Remington 788 in 6mm…

joins the fold, I have a 788 in .243 Win. that I’ve owned since 1974, it was my main hunting rifle for many years and is still one of my favorites. The new to me 6mm was one of several 788’s on consignment at a local shop, I’ve known they were there for couple of weeks but yesterday I went an took a look at them. There were two .243’s, a .308 and the 6mm, the 6mm came with the medium length Harris Bipod and  a Bushnell Elite 3200 3-9x scope, the add on’s made it a bargain so temptation won again.

The 6mm is limited by a small selection of loads these days but with reloads it best the .243 by a 100 fps or so with any bullet weight, and is very versatile, looking forward to trying this one out.

CZ 452 Grand Finale…

what a controversial rifle this is turning into, pseudo experts are crawling out of the wood work but CZ’s seem to bring those out anyway. This is supposed to be the 452’s Swan Song which we’ll have to wait and see, wood is varying a good bit and that is causing many folks palpitations. Mine is very nice and will likely stay a “safe queen” a friends is closer to the average  but he’s not pleased.

Operation “In as much”…

Twice a year our Church does a Mission day called “In as much”, we build handicapped ramps, make repairs for those who can’t afford to do them for themselves etc. I had a painting crew and we painted the Food Pantry at Allied Churches of Alamance County, we varied from seasoned adult to two high school students and all pitched in whole heartedly It really does my heart and soul good to see these folks doing for those who often can’t do for themselves, I’m proud to be associated with them.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Ken Barfields Long Range Shooting Class…

This past Saturday found about a dozen shooters at VIR (Virginia International Raceway) attending my Gunsmiths LR Shooting class, Ken is a three time State Champion, two time Regional Champion and holds two NRA Records. Add to that his abilities as a Gunsmith and you have the makings of a really good glass. Shooting was from 500/800 and 1000 yards or steel targets, what a satisfying sound they make. Ken supplies rifles, ammunition and support services (tent awnings, mats, Bipod et al, He has snacks, water and soft drinks, other than providing your own lunch just bring yourself. Of course I have a sweet 6.5 Creedmoor he built for me so I shot it at both 500 and 800 yards, since the wind (Thunderstorms in the area) had gotten pretty twitchy by the time we hit 1000 yards and I’d packed my kit up in my car I shot one of his rifles at 1000 yards.

Some one commented that the 18″x22″ steels looked postage stamps at 1000 yards and that pretty much true, Total of about 3.5-4 hours of classroom, 5-5.5 hours on the range, learned a lot, relearned a lot and picked up some good hacks for things I already knew. Hope to do it again this fall.

1000 yards is a long ways, target are just to the left of the tower

500/800 yard firing line from above…

 

Wifama WZ78 Trainer…

Back in 2012 these became the rage on one of the forums I frequent, several of my friends told me I really ought to buy one but my interests were elsewhere. A couple of days ago I spotted one on consignment in a near by Gun Shop (Liberty Guns in Hillsborough NC), price seemed a little bit high so I went home and did a bit of research.  The price wasn’t out of line as the rifle is in excellent condition and came with the box it was shipped in, factory cleaning rod and sling both of which were still wrapped in original packaging. These Polish trainers will not win any beauty contests but have the reputation of being excellent shooters and with their AK/SKS type sights have a very distinctive look. I’m so far behind on firearms testing I have no idea when I’ll shoot it but I look forward to it.

Update on 917m2s

I got panned for using blue rings when I mounted a scope on my Marlin 917m2s, heck they were on hand what can I say, the trigger was also typical Marlin 900 series, i.e. gritty and heavy. Warne silver rings were ordered as well as a Rifle Basix replacement trigger, got around to installing both yesterday afternoon, for those thinking of installing these triggers I advise taking your time and triple checking everything. I had to remove the rifle from the stock after the install to correct the sear engagement as I could remove the bolt. Not a big deal but something I should have caught before buttoning everything up.

Does look better…

and the trigger is so much better and smoother, corrects the major failing of these rifles in my opinion.

6.5 Creedmoor photo and group photos since Photobucket decided to wake up…

 

First groups was three inches low and four inches right but looked like had been fired on that bull…

12 clicks up and 16 left gave  me this one…

It just kept up more of the same except for two that suffered from me suffering from the Pollen blowing around, red watering eyes don’t do much for my shooting and those had two touching and the third off opening it up to 3/4 inch or so.

Photobucket hoovers big time, still acting up so I’ve no idea what will actually so up.

6.5 Creedmoor first shots…

Don’t know why I’d put this off so long, well actually all the cleaning involved likely had a lot to do with it, my Gunsmith gave me a shoot 3 rounds, clean well, shoot 3 rounds clean well and repeat up to 30 rounds break in for the Brux barrel. After the money I put into the rifle I figured only thing to do was exactly what he recommended, so off to the range with all the cleaning gear and two boxes of Hornady 140 gr ELD/Match ammo which Thumper said should shoot around 1/2 MOA. Well the boy knows his stuff, cleaning was using CR-10, Butches Bore Shine and Kroil. I wet the barrel down good with the CR-10, let it soak a bit then took  a nylon brush to it for a few strokes, applied Butches, let it soak, then patched it out, a couple of times I pushed a couple of Kroil patches through as well. By the  last couple cleanings I was getting no color at all on the patches, there never was much even with the first cleaning but at the end I wasn’t getting any. Well good old Photobucket is being it usual uncooperative self so I’ll have to post photos later but suffice it to say the first group was 1/2 inch and things didn’t change much one way or the other except a couple of times when my eyes and lungs rebelled against all the pollen in the air, it was positively yellow the whole time I was at the range, even the tops of my socks were yellow when I got home.

 

Tandemkross “Freedom Rail” for PMR-30

Wanting to put a optic on my older PMR-30 I ordered a Freedom rail which attaches to the   holes on the rear top of the PMR-30. Such a simple thing but really effective. In less than 15 minutes I had it installed and ready to zero.

The Bushnell First Strike slips right on and with the tightening of one screw is ready to be zeroed.

Couldn’t be simpler, now to get it zeroed.

Another PMR-30

At a Pawn Shop in Reidsville last week the owner was cataloging a trade in, a NIB Keltec PMR-30 in Titanium/Black, box and all. A little negotiation and it came home with me, picked up a Bushnell First Strike and ordered a Freedom Rail from the good folks at Tandemkross, Should be fun. So now its…

And their big brother the CMR-30

Have a total of 16 magazines now, thats a lot of .22wmr. You have to be careful loading the magazines or you get rim lock, but if loaded correctly these are very reliable.