My friend Rick…

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.

How quickly life changes…

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.

Cleaning day, followed by range day…

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.

Cleaning rifles…

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.

All in on 6.5’s…

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.

Recent additions…

The Winchester 310/320 line was built on an Australian action from Sportco from 1972-1975 or so, barreled and stocked by Winchester here in the States, a direct precursor to the Kimber rifles built by the Warne’s when they came to the US. A very well built little rifle I’ve acquired one after many years of looking for a nice example.

I’ve mounted a Bushnell 4.5-14x Legend HD scope and we’ll just have to see if this little beauty lives up to its reputation, I’m betting it will.

A much more common addition is a CZ 455 Ultra Lux, the 28.6″ barreled model known for being extremely quiet and accurate with good Subsonic ammunition, other than a almost unwieldy barrel length these might be the best .22lr Squirrel Rifles made, Not great for sneaking through the woods but a Stand hunters dream with their quiet and iron sighted accuracy, they feature CZ’s most excellent Tangent style rear sight.

That barrel just seems to go on forever…

It’s also the only CZ Rimfire featuring a Cheek piece, I need to test this one and its Iron sights against the Wifama I purchased not too long ago.

 

Well back up and running…

actually for several days, a “update” sank the ship but things are pretty much back to normal, RFC didn’t let my hyper-link go back up but I suspect it was “grandfathered” up from previous time so can’t complain. My hunting partner Rick is having emergency eye surgery today and tomorrow I’ll have to take him for a follow up. He had Cataract removal  last week and suddenly his retina in the repaired eye started detaching…one thing after another. Hopefully the Doctors at Duke Eye can get him all fixed up, he’ll be devastated if they can’t get him at least somewhat squared away. Hunting is his passion and I don’t think he/d know what to do with himself if he couldn’t. The other eye has a Macular Fold they’re going to have to repair before they can do the Cataract surgery on it. Always something for us Seasoned Citizens to deal with and getting old ain’t for Sissies.

The joys of retirement…

The better half retired the end of May and is slowly adjusting to it, about a week ago my Brother in Law called and asked if we’d be interested in going to the Beach with them, I had a couple of Church meetings to attend but we were able to leave Friday morning. We stayed at the Inn at Pine Knolls on Atlantic Beach (formerly the Clamdigger), we had great weather Friday, Sunday and Monday and the Girls took advantage of a rainy Saturday take us shopping, lol. It’s nice to be able to do some spur of the moment traveling now, I’d tried to talk the wife into retiring several years ago and I thinks she’s happy she finally did.

Well I went back…

The Rifle in question was/is a 1954 Steyr Zephyr .22lr Mannlicher stocked, somewhere between 5 and 6 thousand were produced between 1953 and 1965 or so, some single trigger and some double triggered. Serial number is 528 and is single triggered and this is  the first I’ve encountered in person, in pretty good condition for 63 years old, a lot better than I was 4 years ago at least.

While I have several other Mannlichers the Steyr is smaller and trimmer and handles very well.

Something to think about…

A friend will be having some eye surgery soon and needed a diversion so we made a little trip to some of our favorite gunshops, at one I looked at a nice little Mannlicher .22lr that I know a bit about. Condition was good but not what I usually look for, price wasn’t abargain so I left it there. I asked a couple of questions on another sight and got reminded by one person why I have so little use for some folks as they are more interested in pumping themselves up than giving a straight answer. Still pondering the purchase of that  rifle but I’ll do some more study before I decide and hopefully someone will buy it before I make up my mind.