Recent additions…

The Winchester 310/320 line was built on an Australian action from Sportco from 1972-1975 or so, barreled and stocked by Winchester here in the States, a direct precursor to the Kimber rifles built by the Warne’s when they came to the US. A very well built little rifle I’ve acquired one after many years of looking for a nice example.

I’ve mounted a Bushnell 4.5-14x Legend HD scope and we’ll just have to see if this little beauty lives up to its reputation, I’m betting it will.

A much more common addition is a CZ 455 Ultra Lux, the 28.6″ barreled model known for being extremely quiet and accurate with good Subsonic ammunition, other than a almost unwieldy barrel length these might be the best .22lr Squirrel Rifles made, Not great for sneaking through the woods but a Stand hunters dream with their quiet and iron sighted accuracy, they feature CZ’s most excellent Tangent style rear sight.

That barrel just seems to go on forever…

It’s also the only CZ Rimfire featuring a Cheek piece, I need to test this one and its Iron sights against the Wifama I purchased not too long ago.

 

Well back up and running…

actually for several days, a “update” sank the ship but things are pretty much back to normal, RFC didn’t let my hyper-link go back up but I suspect it was “grandfathered” up from previous time so can’t complain. My hunting partner Rick is having emergency eye surgery today and tomorrow I’ll have to take him for a follow up. He had Cataract removal  last week and suddenly his retina in the repaired eye started detaching…one thing after another. Hopefully the Doctors at Duke Eye can get him all fixed up, he’ll be devastated if they can’t get him at least somewhat squared away. Hunting is his passion and I don’t think he/d know what to do with himself if he couldn’t. The other eye has a Macular Fold they’re going to have to repair before they can do the Cataract surgery on it. Always something for us Seasoned Citizens to deal with and getting old ain’t for Sissies.

The joys of retirement…

The better half retired the end of May and is slowly adjusting to it, about a week ago my Brother in Law called and asked if we’d be interested in going to the Beach with them, I had a couple of Church meetings to attend but we were able to leave Friday morning. We stayed at the Inn at Pine Knolls on Atlantic Beach (formerly the Clamdigger), we had great weather Friday, Sunday and Monday and the Girls took advantage of a rainy Saturday take us shopping, lol. It’s nice to be able to do some spur of the moment traveling now, I’d tried to talk the wife into retiring several years ago and I thinks she’s happy she finally did.

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. 😉  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.