The rifles for the day was the AR, of course. The other was the Rem rolling block single shot Outhouse Assault Rifle. Being between jobs I finally have time to work with it - and it's been proving difficult. Unlike my AR squirt gun - the .45-70 develops some real recoil when loaded up with high end loads. It's nod bad... but it takes all my concentration to shoot it. As a skilled and knowledgeable rifleman, I dispensed with the powder-gobbling magnum monsters years ago. In the game field there is simply no real need for them. My guns have all been standard caliber weapons and they worked like a charm. So recoil management is a new thing for me... and yesterday I stoked up the big Outhouse Roller with light smokeless 'varmint' loads: home-cast 350 gr. lead flat points, sitting on 40 gr. of IMR3031, with 1.5 gr. of Dacron filler.
That's a 3-5/16" group fired at 200m
Why - I'm strongly tempted to storm Castle Borepatch
and lay down the law on those guys!
(I'll wait until ASM is away - he could cause problems
for me with that damned Springfield of his).
Velocities are up around 1520 FPS so that's a little fast for my liking. If I back down to about 38 gr. of 3031... that should get me down around 1450 or so, which is where the book says ya wanna be with these guns. I suppose I'm an idiot for gloating - there are real marksmen doing better than that with black powder!
I am shamed: can somebody confirm that I am reading this right? This is a precision
Lee Shaver Vernier tang sight.
I am reading that as 0.82. Are there any BPCR geeks out there
that can confirm?
Hey - all my precision tools are digital! Leave me alone!!!
Sigh. Modern technology spoils us. I remember Pop telling us that he would kill us if he caught us playing with his micrometer and calipers as a kid - and meaning it too! Those things were all 'analog' and were hideously expensive. Today you can buy a good digital set of calipers for $35.00. For a few more coins, you can get ones that will go down to 1/10 000 of an inch - Rotten Rod the gunsmith had one and I was hard pressed to give it back to him when I was done fondling it.
After that I started shooting off my hind feet at 100m and I stunk the range out with my shoddy marksmanship. I shot from the sitting position with the AR at 200m and did really well on the first 15 and then sucked on the last five. I have a focus problem, I can see it in the pattern: all my good shots - (about 12 of them) were in a nice 6" group. The rest were all over hell's half acre.
So, it was a mixed bag yesterday. At first I could have outshot Quigley down under, and then my true colours started to shine through and I shut 'er down before the suckage got to be too much for my ego!
If you yanks are out harvesting the bananas in your gardens, and catch a whiff of rot and corruption on the warm spring breeze... you'll know it came from a certain rifle range up near Edmonton, Alberta.
Hey - have a good Thursday!