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?

Lots of new things…

Recently picked u[ a Ruger 96/44 magnum from a small shop, in good condition and not a common thing in this area as medium range bolt actions tend to be the more popular Deer rifles here. I have a CZ452 Grand Finale on order and paid for, high polished blue, hand engraving, upgraded wood with a ebony fore end tip and grip cap and wrap around checkering. Some nay savers have panned these but there will only be 1000 made so they won’t be forced to buy one anyhow. Have a CZ 527 American in 6.5 Grendel on order as well, these have 24 inch barrels and if of the usual CZ quality will likely be good shooters. I still haven’t gotten to the range with the 6.5 Creedmore as Church activities just seem to keep multiplying, part of me says its about time to shut down this blog as I find it harder and harder to make time for any of my guns or shooting. We’ll see.

6.5 Creedmore

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.

Planning session…

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.

 

 

 

 

Range trip…

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.

Couple of photos…

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.

To prove I actually read comments and have a sense of humor, this is a search term that showed up in the stats on the site…ie supposedly this is what some one was looking for in a search and was directed here, lol.

a silly chattering windbag, an infernal liar, a conceited, gushing, rump-wagging, blethering ass.”

Hope they’re pleased with the result of the search….  😉

.17 Hornet revisited…

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.

Time to get to work…

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.

Hot deals…

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.