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.
Again from Rick’s collection, a 2006 in .17hmr in very good condition mounted with a Nikon Monarch 6.5×20 with illuminated reticle, the bluing and wood finish is simply excellent, with good but not exceptional wood grain. I was without a CZ 452 in .17hmr so I was very pleased to find this one.
I wish the current production would return to this level of finish but I’m sure the prices would have to rise to do so, I had a 452 American in .22wmr that was a near twin to this rifle that I sold to buy my first Anschutz, the present owner loves to remind me of how good it shoots.
Helping Rick’s Family with the disposal of his Firearms has been a honor in many ways, he was a Man who would give you the shirt off his back literally if you needed it, his Firearms tastes were diverse to say the least. What are likely the last two I’ll purchase from them are two rimfire Pumps. First a Rossi M59 .22wmr and second a restored Winchester 06 pump in .22lr, neither true collectors items but both just the kind of thing that appeals to me.
Lots of good memories of Hunts and Field Trips to Gun Shops all around North Carolina, we solved all the World’s problems hundreds of time, discussed the meaning of life and the wonder of God’s Love to Man at length. I miss him but I’ve got a lot to remind me of him too.
From Charlie, one of the readers here, his comments on his new Zephyr II…
Hello Gerald: You asked about my experience with the Steyr Zephyr II. Well, the indoor range I shoot at is limited to 25 yds–but it produced 5 shot one tiny hole results. I also belong to an outdoor range in Pa. but have to wait until warmer weather for more distance. Now the bad news–due to the design— the receiver, the bolt, scope dovetails, etc. are very forward from other 22 bolt receivers. This forces the scope to be mounted in a position that makes eye relief difficult. I use Nikon Rimfire variable scopes (I realize they are not Leupold quality–but I am happy). With the Nikons, the distance from the adjusting turrets to where the scope tube starts to flair out is not long enough to bring to scope backward to a comfortable distance from the eye. I will have to look for a scope with a longer tube to remedy this problem. The trigger is interesting–a bit of slack–stops –touch it–bang. The direction book calls it a “stage trigger”. Aside from the scope situation, I am quite pleased.
Rick was a fan of the .17m2 same as me, he also was a big fan of Ruger’s 96 series of lever action rimfires and had .22lr/.17hmr and .22wmr examples but lamented it having never been made in .17m2. He decided to do something about it, he found a nice 96/22lr. and then talked Clark Customs into making just one more 77/.17m2 barrel. He then took rifle and barrel to Ken Barfield our gunsmith friend to join, bed and “do something about the barrel band”. Ken did good as usual and the combo is reputed to be a excellent shooter but I’ve not had the privilege of shooting it, its now mine so hopefully I’ll know soon.
I had to remount the Hawke 4-16 scope as it was canted pretty badly and gave the rifle a good clean and wax with Renaissance Wax, I also picked up over 4000 more rounds of .17m2. This thing needs to go Squirrel hunting.
1956 per the serial number, in good but not pristine condition so it will be shot, just a sweet handling rifle. Another of the Gems from Rick’s Estate.
and another I didn’t know he had made between 1933 and 1936 I’m told by folks who know much more about these than I.
In remarkably good condition for its age it will join my two 999’s and a 676.
Since most of us are visually stimulated, a couple of photos of Rick’s rifles I now have.
His Sako Quad in .22wmr, I’ve also purchased a .17m2 barrel for it.
It has the Burris Quad scope made for the interchangeable barrels on the Quad, I’ve never used one of those and it may not stay.
Next is a CZ 452 FS in .22lr I didn’t even know he owned.
The dark stain hides some very nice grain on this one, a DIP trigger guard and some other add ons may be in its future. As someone said every time I handle or shoot these I’ll be thinking of my Friend Ricky and all the good times we had hunting and traveling the State checking out gun shops.