CZ 527 American in .221 followed me home…

unfortunately it didn’t bring any ammunition with it, dang that stuff isn’t easy to find and a bit pricy when you do, got some on the way, mounted a Nikon 5 3.5-14x BDC. Supposedly only 20 rounds through it, you know the routine, only driven to the range on Sundays etc. It is clean as a pin without a mark on it and the test target is just sick even if it is at 50 yards. Photos will have to wait on Sun Shine along with the .17m2. Expensive week so far but some nice additions to the accumulation.

Big Dog food and eyes…

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.

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.

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.

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…

 

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.

 

Back from the Gunsmith..

The Ruger 96/44 I purchased not long ago is back from the gunsmith, it had a small crack in the wood at the back of the receiver, more like a thumbnail sized area that had popped loose and been poorly repaired. With that area taking most of the recoil I didn’t want to take any chances so I had Thumper put it right and as usual he did it well.

A friend had given me a couple of Weaver V9 scopes and one of them seemed to be just the ticket for this little .44 Carbine, darned if it isn’t a slick actioned thing and the trigger seems just fine for what it is as well.

In other news it seems the Board of Directors at DPRC is at it again, power grabbing or at least trying to, they want to make all their decisions binding without member approval. It’s just one thing after another the past 5-6 years. Are there no honest men in that Club?