We went out today to test some rifles and ammunition. Gopher-sized groups were achieved in the cold and the wind even to 300 yards. We are ready for the general season. We didn’t test the muzzle-loader. It’s too reliable. Neither did we test the ancient 8mm Mausers. 😉 Those scoped newer things though are always being tweaked. Not today. Windage and elevation were perfect from last year’s settings. Saved a lot of ammunition today. Also, we arrived at the place right between two snow/rain squalls so we didn’t get wet at all.
Chosen for this year’s outings:
- 7mm Remington Magnum with 180 RN grain reduced load for close-in stuff.
- 7mm Remington Magnum with 175 grain SPBT full-power loads for long range stuff.
- 308 Winchester with 165 grain SPBT full-power loads for long range stuff.
- 308 Winchester with 180 grain RN reduced loads for close-in stuff.
- .54 lead balls from the muzzle-loader or 1 ounce slugs from the shotgun will take care of most of it as one can get within 10 yards or so fairly often and 100 yards takes care of half the encounters. The long stuff is just for bragging rights on large openings.