Just a gorgeous little rifle.
Just a gorgeous little rifle.
I have a fascination with single shot rimfires and a month or so ago the LGS got two on consignment, both Winchester 1885’s, one a .17wsm and the other in one of my favorite calibers… .17m2. As readers know I’m in the process of getting a T/C Encore up and running in .17wsm (barrel is back to MGM and they’re likely going to replace it) so while an attractive rifle I’ve already got that covered. The .17m2 is a Low Wall in Hunter configuration, has a Marbles flip up aperture as well as the Buckhorn rear (which I really do not like) and is drilled and tapped for a scope mount. If I can I’m going to leave it Iron sighted and its number Seven in my .17m2 line up, the old eyes can still do pretty well with Peep sights. Rain yesterday kept me from taking any decent photos but a few iPhone quickies will have to do for now, its a good looking little rascal.
Better photos to come.
Bad news is I’m getting over 50% failures to fire even after installing a Bellm Hammer spring and Trigger kit, hits appear to be too far inside the rim.
The Good news is after looking at my photos and a very nice conversation with one of their employees they sent me a UPS Return label, the barrel will be going back today, he advised they will likely be building a new barrel for me. So…great customer service with no drama, pretty much all I could ask for.
I switched out scopes to a SIghtron STAC 4-20x 30mm MOA2 scope as the Nikon that came on the rifle only adjusts down to 50 yards, simply not acceptable on a rimfire rifle to me. Fired 25 rounds each of A17 ammunition, CCI TNT 17gr. HP’s and Hornady 17vmax. No surprise to me that the rifle was accurate with all load and that it did its best with the Vmax loads. With a base zero I’m now ready to take it out to 100 yards on its next range Tripp.
I’ve mounted a Weaver Grand Slam 4-16x scope and took it out to zero and do a bit of ammo testing yesterday, it shot well but definitely needs some trigger work, most 452’s do. It was a quick trip and rather than drag a lot of equipment around in the heat I took my smaller Caldwell Bull Bag. All in all I was pleased, with CCI SV/Norma Match .22/SK Standard plus and SK coming out the clear winner, no surprise to any CZ owner, that oily lube just seems to suit them.
Speaking of Oily things, slimey Spam artists, hows that for a Segway. My Anti Spam system has thwarted 10,490 attempts in the past six months, that from a sight that sells nothings, promotes pretty much nothing…IE no monetary advantage to hacking me. Scumbags abound in our society.
Stopped by the LGS to get a hard case to ship a rifle, got lured into this…no complaints, very nice rig and at a very good price…
.17hmr and .22lr barrels, the .22lr new in its wrappings, total of 5 magazines (3 HMR, 2 .22lr), Nikon Prostaff 5 3.5-14x side focus.
Very nice wood to boot, price about $100 over the prices I’m seeing for the rifle alone on Gunbroker.
Saltwood? Yes it would seem a very mild case, mild enough one of my Wood expert friends has doubts it is even one but my Gunsmith after examining it says he thinks it is but a very lightly corrosive one. For the price I paid I’m not unhappy. It was bought with the idea it was one but that it will still make a good shooter.
The two tell tell spots…
The later is on the barrel right at the end of the fore stock, Gunsmith says clean it with a Big 45 pad, re-blue with Oxpho-Blue, put a good coat fo wax on the inletting of the stock and ENJOY. The T2’s have a reputation for smooth functioning and accuracy. Time will tell.
Talk about extremes, a Taurus PT-22 Poly, I was at the Pawn shop when a gentleman was talking trade with them on this one but had to leave, later saw it sitting there. His wife had put less than 40 rounds through it and didn’t care for it so he traded it on a revolver. I got it for just over 1/2 price.
A young man who works there had a Alexander Arms 6.5 Grendel upper with 24″ Shilen barrel, he’d been trying to sell it for a while, I got it for 1/3 of what the equivalent model sells for now. Actually less than the barrel alone sells for from Shilen. Now those are extremes, lol.
A phone call to Go Daddy and a flip of a switch and its secure.
Now on to more pleasant things, taking another to view Rick’s estate resulted in the purchase of a very nice T/C Encore in ,243 and that precipitated the ordering of a barrel for it from Match Grade Machine in .17wsm. Seems that’s the surest way to get an accurate rifle in that caliber.
A very nice bit of lumber on this T/C which as most of you know is always a bonus with me. I also picked up a Remington 597M in .22wmr that I was already familiar with, it and one I owned years ago are good shooters and both have shown a preference for Federal 50 gr hp’s.
That’s 16 of Rick’s firearms now in my accumulation, need to stay away from those guns, while at Mace Sports yesterday I spied a CZ Drake in 12 ga. with some decent wood (the Drake is CZ’s entry level O/U with few frills but a reputation for being a solid shotgun at a reasonable price. The wood again, it came home with me, I’ll post a photo or two soon. So I’m back to rimfires and have another O/U that I intend to make a real effort at putting to use this time, only time will tell.
Several years ago I purchased a Savage HB stainless B-Mag, never attained anything accuracy wise I was happy with, tried all the tricks others promoted to fix its many ills but nothing really helped. Eventually ended up with a CZ 527 Varmint in .17Hornet and. the B-Mag was traded away. Yesterday I purchased a as NIB T/C Encore blue and Walnut in .243 Win. and last night ordered a Match Grade Machine Co. .17WSM barrel for it. I’m already a fan of the .243 and from what I’ve read the MGM .17 WSM shoots very well. As a pleasant aside on MGM, about 30 mins. after I placed the online order a young man from the company called me to confirm the order as I’d managed to order two scope mount bases, his call saved me $40. I’m thinking I’m going to like dealing with them.