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.

Charlie..I do read my Contacts…

From my Contacts…

From Charlie H.
Message Body:
I have Grand Finale #1xx in my CZ collection.  Checkering is great.  The engraving follows the Farewell Editions.  I recently started buying the Sako Finnfire II rifles.  I think they are really superb.  My regrets ( big regrets ) were selling my Savage Anshutz Model 54 sporters and my Weatherby XXII semi autos.  But that was back in 1970–however, it still bothers me all these years

My Reply

Congratulations on some fine Firearms, my GF is in the 350 range (its in the the safe), a friend just got 972, we’re both very pleased with ours, as to getting rid of the 70’s SA 54 series, what were you thinking….just kidding, I’ve done a lot worse than that over the years. Thanks for the contact Charlie

Gerald.

Thanks for the contact and comments…

 

 

Photos transferred…

Over 7 gigs of photos have been successfully transferred, it has taken about a week as Photobucket would slow to a halt each day with about 1 gig transferred, deliberate or not is impossible to say. Some have closed their accounts with PB but I’m leaving mine open as much to annoy as anything. Doesn’t cost me a dime so far, so I’ll leave it there. I will not be going back and restoring my photos in past posts, we’re talking thousand of photos over at least ten years, just too much to even try, so in that respect they do win.

Is Photobuckets latest

the end of internet Blogs at least those that tend to depend on visual media to a large extent as this Blog does. Their refusal to allow 3rd Party hosting at a reasonable rate has devastated the many how to posts on many of the sites I visit. I have a five year hosting deal with Go-Daddy that costs less than what Photobucket wants for a single year, I don’t do anything to make money from this Blog because that’s just not what I’m about. It will be interesting to see if Photobucket comes up with something more reasonable, otherwise I think the backlash will take them out, I could be wrong.

Photo Phuucket….

As you can see, Photobucket is choosing to hold up (as in ROB) its users if they reach a certain level of usage, some fee is not unreasonable but they want $39.95 per month for those who do what they call 3rd party hosting.That’s more per year than I pay for hosting this website for 5 years. Shame on you Photobucket…I was told unlimited storage and band width when I joined 10 years ago, that then changed to 10 gbs a year or so ago, I’m at 75% right now and would have no problem paying a reasonable fee but what they are asking for is hardly reasonable.

Patience pays off…

For a couple of years I’ve been looking for a Belgium Browning SA22, I’ve always liked the looks and handling qualities of them and had  purchased a Miroku SA 22 a while back for my Daughter in Law to use as she is the family Leftie. The Miroku is well used and had to have its Crown re-cut as it was well ovalised but after that shot very well, this led me to start keeping an eye out for a Belgium at a reasonable price. Yesterday my local Pawn Shop   offered me one before he put it out for sale and I appreciate it Haw River Gun and Pawn. :wink:  A very clean ’72 which appears to have had little to no use, fairly plain wood but the metal work is near perfect.

Pat treated me right on the price and its a little gem, I’m looking forward to giving it a trial one day in the not too distant future.

Another road trip, another rifle…

Funny but someone on RFC earlier this month posted wanting to know what one of these was, its called a TNZ, supposedly standing for Target New Zealand as the stock was designed by a New Zealander. Don’t know but they’re said to be rare and I encountered it at Ed’s Gun Shop in Vass, NC at a price I knew was better than good so home it came. Has a heavy tapered barrel similar to Green Mountains and the trigger is good for a un modded 10/22, said to be quite accurate, we’ll have to get a scope mounted up and see.

A bit odd looking but quite comfortable to hold

Actually paid $259, always haggle, even on a bargain…

Gotta love road trips, yesterday was the First anniversary of my Dad’s passing and of course Memorial Day. Put a bit of a smile on a solemn day.

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.