this morning Rick passed away, pretty much everywhere I go I encounter someone who didn’t know he’d passed, which usually means I get to go through the whole story of what happened again. The good thing is I get to tell how his passing isn’t the end of the story because Rick was a believer in Jesus Christ, so this was simply “so long for now, see you soon”. I’m finding I don’t spend as much time in the local gunshops, still stop by every few days but not hanging out like I was, don’t know if this will last or not. The wife probably hopes it will.
A deranged man who was my and several of my acquaintances “thorn in the flesh” for many years has finally talked his way out of our lives, who said there is no justice in this world. I have a smile on my face and a spring in my step. I’ll say no more.
Having been impressed but not surprised by a Pilot friend and the Company he works for having flown supplies to Puerto Rico and planning to do more, I decided a donation to an organization I know uses every penny for Disaster Relief was in order. The Baptist Men’s Disaster Relief fund. All administrative costs are borne by Baptist Men/Baptists on Missions, I first became familiar with their work when we joined FBC Mebane and while my health prevents me from physically going with them I can support them financially. With all the needs from this Hurricane season they and others can use the help. I urge you to find a similar organization that doesn’t eat up your dollars with “overhead” as some of the better known organizations do.
I purchased four boxes of Prvi Partisan 9.3×62 from a gentleman in Jonesbough Tn. at a very reasonable price so now the Big Dog can eat, looking forward to getting it to the range…I think.
Had a Weaver 3-9x scope a friend had given me which I’ll do my initial testing with, we’ll see if something else will be better, eye relief could be a bit longer frankly as I feel like I’m having to crawl the stock a bit, we’ll see.
Should be an interesting experience, my gunsmith says the 9.3×62 isn’t really bad, more of a long shove than some of the Magnums.
Sort of an insider joke, on your iPhone you can set ring tones to let you know by the sound who is calling you, for my Hunting buddy Rick it was a big barking dog. After getting the text from his Sister that he had passed I made some phone calls and decided to go by one or two of the shops we frequented in person. One had this CZ 550 FS in 9.3×62 that had come out of Pawn and they’d offered it to me but I really didn’t think I had any use for it. But after looking at it again and doing some haggling in the best tradition of Gun Shop denizens I got it so inexpensively I couldn’t resist. It’s big and pretty no nonsense like a Big Dog I knew, so what the heck it’s the commemorative “Big Dog”, Rick would have liked it.
is likely nearing the end of his run, a Heart Attack, two Stokes, he’s coded twice is presently on a ventilator. He’s had a rough couple of weeks but when this is over he’ll be going where most of us claim we’re going, a follower of Christ, he has often said “everyone wants to go to heaven but no one wants to die to get there”. A lot of wisdom there, meanwhile Manna Market looms today, then two weeks of Doctor’s appointments of one type or the other. Only one that I truly dread, a reexamine of my Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, if its still growing I hope its ready to be fixed. So the cycle of life and death continue, funny but this mornings Daily Bread reading was the first three chapters of Ecclesiastes, pretty appropriate. God Bless…life goes on.
Saturday of last week I took my hunting buddy around to some of our Gun Shop haunts, he had eye surgery several weeks ago and still wasn’t able to drive, we had lunch and all seemed well. Monday morning his Sister texted me that he was at the ER at Duke Regional and they thought he’d had a Heart Attack, Tues. morning he had a light stroke affecting his speech only, then Wed. morning he went into Afib. I was able to visit him for a few minutes yesterday afternoon but he was obviously weak, they hope to be able to do By Pass surgery in the next couple of weeks and one of his Carotid Arteries is pretty well blocked but there’s nothing they can do right now. We never know what awaits us and all we can do it give ourselves to the Lord and trust in him.
It’s a lot more fun but only ensures there will be another cleaning day which is fine, it only takes a little while to clean them and getting them dirty usually lasts a lot longer. Confirming the 100 yard zero on the Creedmoor, took only 4 shots. one at 50 yards then three at 100, love it. The 6.5×55 consumed a good bit more time and ammo, got it on paper at 50 yards then started load testing at 100. The Prvi Partisan wasn’t well received by it and frankly I was getting a bit discouraged, mostly 1 1/2 to 2 inch groups, not what I usually expect from CZ rifles or Prvi ammunition. A switch to Hornady 140 SST’s made a huge difference with 3/4 to 1 inch consistent grouping, with groups 2″ high at 100 yards its good to go. The CZ 527 in 6.5 Grendel is still a puzzle, I only was able to obtain two loads for break in and testing, Hornady 123 Amax and Federal Gold Medal Match 130 Berger. The factory test target showed Hornady 123’s in a three shot group of 1 1/2 inches at 50 meters, not very optimistic about this ammo, but the rifle did much better than that but not as good as I’d like. It would put one shot then two an inch or more away touching or almost touching, I’m thinking/hoping its a bedding issue, we’ll see. The Berger bullets didn’t group at all, three shot groups from 1 1/2 to 2 inches, hopefully something else will group, I’ve got two more brands ordered for testing. Only time will tell.
Now I need to clean again.
Mostly due to my COPD I have to be careful where and with what I clean my firearms, can’t take the fumes in an enclosed space, the Wife had suggested I buy a folding table so I could set up in the garage when the weather wouldn’t permit working on the back deck. Smart lady, that’s why I married Her. Yesterday was my first time to use it, and it worked well, I cleaned all three 6.5 rifles in about an hour, the Creedmoor had fired about 40 rounds since its last cleaning and I was curious how much copper fouling it would show, the 30 round break in Ken (Barfield the builder) recommended did its job. No indications of coppering at all. The 550FS showed no signs of having been fired since it left CZ and cleaned up quickly, the CZ527 6.5 Grendel proved a good bit more time consuming. The old CZ preservative was present in good quantity but cleaned up with M Pro 7 and a nylon brush and a literal hand full of patches. Now they’re all ready to go to the range and get dirty again. If the weather co-operates I’m hoping to get them all sighted in, the Creedmoor has another date with the VIR 1,000 yard range in a couple of weeks.
I’ve shown the Custom 6.5 Creedmoor Ken Barfield built for me, soon after I got it CZ announced they’d be building the CZ527 in 6.5 Grendel with a 24″ barrel, the little 527’s are a favorite of mine so I threw my name in the hat for one and the waiting game began. A few weeks ago I learned a local shop had a CZ 550FS in 6.5×55 Swede, a rifle I’d been keeping an eye out for over a five year period or so, a friend beat me to it but told me I’d be at the top of list if he decided to sell it. Only a few week later he called and said it was mine if I still wanted it, well darned if the same day the local shop called to say the CZ 527 was finally in, I picked up the 550FS the very next day. I’m happy and the wife is shaking her head not for the first time, lol. The 550FS appears unfired and was built in 2001, the 527 doesn’t have great wood but is attractive but has the worst target I’ve seen with a CZ, good thing I know these are just function targets and I’ve never had one that wouldn’t better its factory target.
The 6.5 Creedmoor
The 550FS in 6.5×55 Swedish
The CZ 527American in 6.5 Grendel with 24″ barrel. A whole lot of 6.5 goodness there.