Picked up my rifle from HH Gunsmithing this afternoon, kind of like bringing home a new puppy with really good blood lines, you know its got all the right pieces and proven record from the parents but only time will time if the Dog will Hunt. Rem. Short action stripped, trued and fitted with a tricked out PTG bolt, Calvin Elite Trigger, Brux 6.5 1:8 SS barrel in Sendero contour. HS Precision Pro stock without Palm Swells, Cerakoted Armour Black with a Picatinny Base and Warne QR Vertical Split rings. Topped with a Sightron S TAC 4-20×50 30mm tube with MOA 2 Reticle all put together by one of the nicest guys and darn good ‘smithing and really good shooting Gunsmiths I’ve ever met..Ken Barfield.
Barrel is finished at 26 inches to get all the 6.5 Creedmore has to give, can’t wait to kill some paper and maybe a Deer or few.
Two friends and I took a little ride up to HH Gunsmithing yesterday, I’d taken him a Rem action to start a 6.5 Creedmore build a few weeks ago and one of my friends had acquired a 700 action and spent a good bit of our time going through the planning phases with Thumper for building him one as well. We talked about the truing process of the receiver and then having a custom bolt built by PTG, so many little details that go into the process and so much to consider. Thumper makes it very interesting and is great at explaining things and you can see his face light up as he guides you through the process. Both I and my friend hope to take our finished rifles to one of Thumpers Long Range Shooting classes next Spring. A very pleasant way to spend a nice early fall afternoon.
Seems I stay behind on sighting in and load testing, a friend from out of town and I were going to do lunch yesterday but business interfered so I took the wife to lunch then loaded up the Subaru and headed to the range. Needed to sight in my Ruger 7-08 with its new scope, do some initial sighting in/load testing with a older Mauser 2000 in .30-06 and try out the CZ 527 in .17 Hornet.
The American in 7-08 shoots very well with the last three shot group going 3/4″ at 100 yards, the Nikon 3.5-14x scope with BDC is sighted in dead on at 100 yards, the BDC will be used for longer shots. The .30-06 is a 1978 model in very good condition, first sight in with a 4.5-14x30mm scope is putting 3 rounds of Federal blue box 180’s into 1 1/4 inches and set to shoot 2 inches high at 100 yards. This will be my Black Bear rifle is the hunt comes off. Finally the CZ 527 shot as well as all its kin that I already own, multiple 3 shot groups went into anywhere from 5/8’s to 1/2 inches at 100 yards, love watching the impacts with this round, no recoil. Using a Weaver 6-24x V24, misses will be my fault I’m pretty certain. Short season but got a fair amount accomplished and two rifle ready to hunt with so I’m pleased.
The Savage M25 Walking Varminter in .17 Hornet…
And now the CZ 527 in .17 Hornet…
Long term the pride of ownership is likely to be higher not to mention the SST on the CZ and several other features.
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A few months back I decided I wanted (need has nothing to do with gun purchases) a .17 Hornet and started looking into the CZ 527 and other rifles chambered for it, pretty much decided to go with another 527 ( I already had 5). Then on a trip to Field&Streams now defunct Cary store I was offered a Savage M25 Walking Varminter for $224.95 plus tax, well that changed things. I purchased it, found the factory scope mounting bases too far rearward for me, ordered a EGW Picatinny rail, then installed a Weaver V24 scope. Haven’t gotten to the range to zero it yet. Then yesterday on one of my trips to the Sand Hills area of NC I found a very lightly used CZ527 Varminter in .17 Hornet and priced at $509, well I’ve never paid this particular dealer his asking price for anything so walked out with it for $475 OTD. My hunting partner Ricky was with me and a deal to sell him the Savage for what I had in it was immediately made. Now I need a set of rings to mount the Weaver on the CZ. The wood on this one is nothing special, attractive but no show stopper but that only means I won’t hesitate to take to the field, hopefully I’ll get some photos up in a day or so, raining now.
The Savage M25 Walking Varminter that I purchased in .17 Hornet has two piece bases spaced so wide apart a Weaver V24 barely fits and with no ability to adjust eye relief, just another knuckle head move by Savage. Finding a suitable replacement that says “yes I fit” has been a bit exasperating but finally I found one by EGW. Ordered it Saturday and hopefully it won’t take too long to get it, once I get it I’ll remount the V24 and take it and my Savage SSHB .17wsm out to the club together, think I know which one will win that encounter.
While not really being in a mood to write much or shoot for that matter, I do know a good deal still when I see one. 😉 Flyer came yesterday from Field & Stream and one of the specials was the Keltec PMR-30 for $399, not dirt cheap but about as inexpensive as we see them in my area so I called them and had them hold one for me as I was on my way. When I got there I told them I’d called and Chase (nice young salesman I’d dealt with before), went to the back to get a a fresh one. I looked it over and everything was good, I jokingly asked if they were giving anything away ( I’d purchased two H&R Handirifles from them for under $150 each not long ago) he replied they had some really good close out items. I asked if they had anything in .17 Hornet as I’d been looking for a CZ527 or Ruger 77//17 in it, the only .17 Hornet they had was a Savage M25 Walking Vermonter with the plastic stock for get this $250 plus an additional 10% off, came to $224.97….What? The cheapest I’d found the M25 online was $475 and Savages Centerfires have a good reputation, with a couple of Weaver V24’s at the house, a scope was no problem. The reviews I’ve seen have been pretty good and I’ll say the Accutrigger on this one at least adjusted to about 2 lbs. and pretty clean. We’ll just have to see how it shoots.
Armed with a discount coupon and knowing that these rifles will soon disappear from the New Rack (no longer being made), and with my hunting partner wanting a .357 it was back to Cary Monday. Another Simple, inexpensive rifle joins the accumulation, under $150 including tax. I like it. For the moment this one is wearing a Leupold Hog 1-4x scope but likely that will change soon. Other than the scope no real differences in the two rifles.
Picked up a H&R Handi Rifle yesterday, $149.95 less 10% points type refund, so call it $135 plus tax, .44 Magnum a round that will effectively kill anything roaming North Carolina..with ease. Mounted a Sightron S1 3-9xHHR scope in medium matte Weaver bases on the factory rail, only a dozen or so clicks on the elevation or windage knobs to bore sight it. Sweet. Common bullets range from 180 Hp’s to 300 gr Sp or Hp’s, again something for everything. All the previous ones I’ve owned shot at least “good”, it will be interesting to see how this “pistol caliber” does.
I already own a Browning 92 and S&W M69 in .44 mag so I have plenty of ammo on hand, did pick up a box of 300 gr Hornady XTP loads to try out, don’t think they’d be much fun in either of the other two firearms.
As I said I would, I took it to Ken Barfield and he removed the rear Claw mount without damaging it or the rifle, I then installed Weaver bases and have scoped the rifle with a 4.5-14x 30 mm scope. That may change but it gives me a good scope to do some accuracy testing with.
Looking forward to some ammunition testing.
Another developement, Nate over at Squirrel Hunting Journey is big on a system called Ribz, a ribcage level front pack system he uses a lot Squirrel hunting, I think it may have good application for Turkey and other hunting as well. Mine arrived today and I look forward to a field trial soon.