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?

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.