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A 'Day' at the Range
Old 05-03-2018, 09:58 PM
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Default A 'Day' at the Range

I've been trying to get to the range for the last two weeks. As soon as I had ammo loaded, etc. the weather got very bad.

On Monday, I had my annual eye exam. They dilated my eyes, and I couldn't see clearly enough to shoot for another 4 hours.

On Tuesday, the sun came out - sorta - and I loaded the van and headed out. A mile down the road I could see some 30 miles away to where the range is. "See" is only metaphorical. There were purple clouds obscuring the mountains where the range is. I turned back and headed home. An hour later it was hailing. Seriously.

Wednesday it's closed.

Today is Thursday.

It was going to be cold (38 F when I was at the range), but no rain predicted. I headed out in time to arrive right when it opened at 10AM. Except I took a wrong turn and drove 15 miles (2-way) out of the way. I still got there about 10 after 10. The wind was HOWLING. I put FIFTY POUNDS OF WEIGHT on the base of my target stand, and it still got blown over. The wind was slightly quartering from behind, so I 'pressed on'.

I started with the .25 Krag. Some of you may remember several years ago that my youngest did a class project in which she correlated bullet type and penetration. The cartridge she used was the .25 Krag. One of the bullets she used was a solid made by Barnes, https://www.midwayusa.com/product/51...tail-box-of-50 that they don't make anymore. (Barnes #25793) I had five cartridges left over from that work, and I figured I would use them to sight the rifle in. First shot (3126 f/s) didn't hit the paper target. I thought I saw a new hole 'low', so I adjusted the scope accordingly and shot the second round. It hit the target, now only about 8" low, and perfect windage (3142 f/s). Couldn't extract the cartridge. No amount of grunting or muscle could get it out. I put that rifle away and got out the .416x348 Win on the H&R receiver I recently built.

I attached the Magneto Speed and prepared to shoot. I had planned to use three of the cartridges I had loaded with 350-grain Speer Deep Curl (#4491) to "sight in", and then use the rest at 100 yd. The hammer wouldn't stay back in the kocked position. How many times have I fired this rifle, at least 100. AT LEAST. NEVER a problem with the trigger. 20 rounds fire-formed. Three live rounds fired. MANY MANY dry-fires. No problem. NOW, AT THE RANGE, the trigger doesn't want to work. I can make it work by pushing it forward while I kock the hammer. I fire all ten rounds I have with me. The Magneto Speed catches all of them, and the groups at 50 yards are VERY encouraging. I move on to the next rifle - the Remington rolling block chambered in 12.7x44R.

I have 20 rounds of four different bullets. Five each a flat-nosed jacketed, a HP jacketed, a cast "Minie", and a 'plain' cast. I load one of the flat-nosed jacketed and let fly. Haven't got a CLUE where the bullet went. Certainly didn't hit the target. Hmm... Case looks good, and at 1768 f/s, velocity is 'about right'. I load the second round and let fly. I see a piece of plastic fly downrange. Hmm.... what could that be from? The only possibility is the Magneto Speed. But, I checked for alignment after I attached it, and the first shot was fine. It looks OK. At first. Then I look closer. The front has been shot off (the bayonet). Destroyed. I have no idea what happened. All I can think is that maybe the bullet came out "wobbling" and hit it. Doesn't matter. Destroyed.

At that, I decided to quit while I was behind. I packed up and went home.

Really now. Doesn't it SEEM like there are FORCES working against me here? Good thing I'm not superstitious.

I will have a "range report" detailing the .416's data in the Reloading subdirectory. http://thehunterslife.com/forums//sh...ad.php?t=19937

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

"We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful." ~ C.S. Lewis.

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