Friday, October 19, 2012

H&R 999 Sportsman

I neglected to mention that while I was at the September gun show a Harrington and Richardson Sportsman was spotted. I like these 9 shot top break 22 revolvers.

I couldn't bring it home right away as it was just transferred in to the dealer. Turns out that it could be delivered to me about a week and a half later. Works for me. This has a better trigger pull than the other small HR 22 I have.

 I believe the little one was dubbed, "The definition of a bad trigger." It is still pretty accurate after you compensate for the trigger.

I Get Tired of Being Beat Up

I was at Pima Pistol this last Sunday as it is time to sight in some of the rifles that have had scope changes. I have a muzzle load deer hunt in mid November and an Elk hunt in early December. It was mentioned previously that scopes had been shifted around. There was a bit of time in gathering all the stuff for 3 calibers but I still made it to the range in the mid-morning. The target was set up at 25 yards on the 100 yard rifle range. The plan was to get all three rifles set about a half inch low at 25 and then move out to the 100 yard line for final adjustments. I have typically always shot from sand bags.

The 50 cal muzzle loader was fun, slow but fun. I like the new Leupold UltimateSlam 3-9x40mm with the Sabot Ballistics Reticle.

The 30-06 was nice. That is first time it has had a decent scope on it. The previous optic was a Bushnell Sportview 3x9. This is really an entry level scope but has been fog free for about 20 years. The Rem 700 has always shot well but now it was clear and easier. I had taken the scope from the 300 Win Mag, which was an older Leupold Vari-X II 4x12 Adjustable Objective, and sent it to the factory for the CDS dial to be installed on elevation prior to going on the Remington.

The Ruger 77 RS in 300 Win Mag has always been less than pleasurable to shoot from a bench. What an understatement! This thing beats you up. It will bruise you through a Past recoil pad. I had picked up a new Leupold VX-3 4.5x14x40mm CDS. Nice scope.The session started with 150 gr bullets as I have a bunch of them and they don't kick as bad. This is all relative as it still is not pleasant. After dragging the pattern over to the correct spot, I switched to the Barnes 165 gr TTSX. The 165 gr is what I have picked for elk this year so the CDS dail is tuned to it. I was a starting to flinch and decided to quit for the day.

I am going this weekend to finalize at 100 yard but .........enough is enough. Hopefully, one of these Lead Sled Plus units will make sighting in more enjoyable. I went over to the Sportsmans Warehouse and bought one.
Anyone have good/bad experiences with these? I will post back up my thoughts after the range trip.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

I Actually Won Something!

The Masonic lodge located in Payson, Sy Harrison Lodge No. 70, held a fundraising raffle with three weapons as prizes. The weapons were a CZ Mallard O/U 12ga shotgun, a Remington 1911 R1, and a Henry Big Boy 44Mag. First place had pick of the weapons, second place had next choice, and third place got the remaining weapon. I had purchased a raffle ticket at one of the state events. My thanks to the Brothers of the Payson Lodge for organizing the raffle and getting out there selling tickets.

I received a call Wednesday that I was the third ticket drawn but did not know what I would receive yet as the other two had not made their choices. A call came Friday that I had won the Henry! Being the patient person that I am, I jumped in the vehicle Saturday and drove to the Old Town Pawn Shop in Payson to pick up my loot. The winners needed to go to the pawn shop, with their winning ticket, to fill out the paper work.

Sweet! I was actually hoping for the Henry but figured that others did too. Now I will have dust off my Tombstone Stetson, western boots, and dress up like a cowboy! Since I don't have a horse, perhaps my wife can find a couple of coconut shell to make clopping noises while I prance around the backyard!