Archive for October, 2011


Gun-a-Day 303: Saluting YoJimbo

These rounds are all fired in honor of my brother’s birthday– a day early.

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If I had a .303 caliber rifle, this would be the day to shoot it, but I don’t, so I’m sticking with the Mosin-Nagant.

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I’m pleased with these results– with iron sights and my much-less-than-amazing eyesight.

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It’s funny that my pre-shooting research had me a bit faked out. Several sources noted that these rifles are tuned to fire with the bayonet mounted.

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Supposedly, they don’t shoot to aimpoint without the bayonet, but that’s not what I found– at least not from 50 yards.

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Actually, my attempts to aim off to account for this “balance” issue all ended up going pretty much straight to aimpoint.

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I’m a big fan of this rifle!

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I’ve got some more ammo set aside for practice with the bayonet– maybe over Thanksgiving when my brother is visiting.

Gun-a-Day 297: Round Holes Pegging a Square

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It bears repeating: I love this cheap, simple, little gun. The bargain basement scope is a sweetheart, too.

With CeeBees in the chamber, this rig is my idea of the just-about-perfect setup for squirreling quietly with a minimum of over-shoot risk.

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Finally got a “trophy target” grouping of three consecutive shots.

This is the rifle I want to always have handy.

Gun-a-Day 296: Striking the Ball with a 22-Iron

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Technically, I’m not beating a dead horse, but if I keep up this bolt-action .22LR practice, I might end up with carpal tunnel syndrome issues.

What would I do with real problems?

The scope adjustments seem to have done the trick.

I didn’t know to trust it, though. The first hit low-left, and I was aimed low-right.

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Back to basics, I centered on center from 25 yards and put four shots in a dime’s worth of space.

The fourth shot did a Robin Hood on top of the first one.

Wow, some days are better than others …

Gun-a-Day 295: Beautiful Day, Decent Group

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Before Lady Gun-a-Day and I took off for a daytrip to see the early stages of Fall leaf color change, I carried another empty tissue box out as a way to test the TOZ in combination with the Remington CeeBee rounds.

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I’m happy enough with this level of consistency that I’ve decided to adjust the scope to suit this ammo.

Squirrels beware (if I ever see any in season on the property again). In the meantime, no Shoot-N-C target or Kleenex box is safe.

Gun-a-Day 294: A Golf Ball isn’t a Great Substitute for a Squirrel, but it’ll Have to Do …

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I didn’t want to settle for a golf ball target, especially after the lady of the house saw a squirrel by the oak tree nearest the house.

An obvious ploy. The cold snap has me thinking that the tree-rat militia has patrols out scouting for attic access points.

I will remain vigilant.

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And I’ll keep practicing.

After walking the property border and seeing only one skittish ground squirrel running across the fence in the neighbor’s brushline, I ended up back at the 25-yard station with the Simmons scope crosshairs on another old range ball.

Three shots landed around the circle, and two made a pair of goodly eyes in the center.

Any of the shots would be inside varmint center-mass, so …

It’ll have to do for today.

Gun-a-Day 293: Nothing Dumb about this Box of Rocks

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With all of the five-shot groups I’ve been doing lately, the aimpoint has been the same: crosshairs on target center.

The weather took a break from the very welcome rain to give me a chance at cool but dry target practice.

With a couple handfuls of gravel inside, these tissue boxes sit still and steady while the bullets fly.

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As soon as I think I might tinker with the scope settings, one of the rounds runs straight to that point.

Kinda strange how often that happens on the third shot …

Gun-a-Day 292: May Wonders Never Cease

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This is not a lazy rifle. When I hold it steady, satisfying target groups can happen.

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This round came out of the box like this, and I was very interested to see what it would do on the fly.

Not bad at all, as it turns out.

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These hits were an inch or two off of my centered aim point, but the last four shots stacked up very nicely.

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My TOZ-78 is a keeper– a handy little wonder-worker.