Tuesday, July 15, 2014
First a lovely picture of this wonderful cool front sent in by our Lord Almighty specifically to make my day on the range something special. I just know he had me in mind when he sent it. This was taken at sunset last night and you can see the bank of clouds coming in and it brought temperatures I cannot ever remember experiencing in the Middle of July before around here. If it hadn't been for my poor overworked shoulder giving me fits all night I would have slept like a baby... a very comfortably cool baby :)
With the prices of ammo still what I consider extremely high and not wanting to either mess with brass catchers on my AR's nor chase empty cases around the place I decided that today was going to be a cast bullet, straight wall case and Black Powder only day.
I took my little .357 handy rifle, a GP100 and a little beauty I picked up a few years ago but have never fired. A Thomson Center White Mountain .50 cal Hawkins Carbine. I have to say I like my firearms like I like my women. Slim, trim and Petite :)
I spent half the night running around trying to find all my stuff to shoot this little girl. It's amazing how the little odds and ends get scattered around when you haven't used em in decades. As it turned out I plum forgot to grab the cleaning end with the little wires (whatever that is called) and almost had to call it a day early because a cleaning patch got stuck down in the barrel. Luckily my step dad managed to fish it out with the wire brush end so I could keep shooting.
The first shot out of her at 50 yards went dead center but a little high. After that the next six all went inside the orange center circle but I never did get a perfect bullseye.
I upped the powder from 50 to 70 grains and put another 20 or so shots down range with the same results overall. Nothing I can complain about for a rifle I have never fired before and shooting black powder which I haven't done in decades. The whole trip probably ran me maybe $10.00 in lead and powder even after shooting off a box of .38's through the handy rifle and the GP100.
I certainly can't complain about the little carbine either. She shot pretty well and since I only paid $75.00 for her to a co-worker a few years back I think it was a pretty good investment. As it turned out there was a meeting going on of all the old retired guys from the club and I had two people offer to buy her right on the spot. All the old BP guys were convinced the little carbine would kick like a mule but to be honest I never felt a thing even at 70 grains. She was just a sweet little rifle.
edit: I should add that all shooting was done standing with no bench rest and all open sights.
Why I may even take up deer hunting again since I can go out during primitive season and avoid the crowds now.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!