#’s 44 and 45

50 rounds through the AR yesterday and 10 (just to finish the loaded rounds off) today.

223 b 1Tuesdays shooting.  A mixture of 26grs and 26.5grs of BLC-2 with the Hornady 55g SP in PMC brass.

Off sandbags at 100+ yards with iron sights.

Sight corrections, Up, Right and Down were made as needed.


223 b 2

26grs BLC-2

The group is not horrible, 10 shots from a cold, dirty barrel  into 4″ High x 3.3″ Wide.

5 into a nice tight cluster, about .5″ High x 1.25″ Wide.

With 7 in 2.5″ High x 1.3″ Wide.

Kind of a pity that honesty compels me to call it a 4″ x 3.3″ group.


223 b 3


26grs BLC-2

3.75″ High x 3.8″ Wide





223 b 4


26grs BLC-2


2.85″ High x 2.25″ Wide.  That’s kind of a pretty group.  If I get to the point were most or all of my groups look like that I’ll be happy.

For a while.  :)


223 b 5


26grs BLC-2

3.6″ High x 3.25″ Wide





223 b 6


26.5grs BLC-2

2.75″ High x 2.8″ Wide

Ditto what I said before.  This is a nice pretty group and I’d be happy if I could shoot more like this.




Today I had only 10 rounds to finish off, then I was off to the local gun store to see what I could see and to buy some case lubricant.  I’m, or at least I was, almost out.

223 b 7

10 rounds 100+ yards, Kats AR15, iron sights with a cold and dirty barrel.  No wind and about 75F.  26.5grs BLC-2.  Hornady 55gr bulk SP

2.95″ High x 5.5″ Wide.  Not as nice as my last one yesterday, but… from dead cold barrel I can live with it.

I’m not sure there is much to chose from between 26 and 26.5 grs.  I might try 26.8 or 27 just to see if it tightens up or not.  Or gets worse, I’ll never know unless I try.

At the suggestion of a friend with more then a little competition experience I changed my cheek weld on the gun.

I’m crawling the stock more and indexing with my nose on the charging handle.  I’m a inch or two closer to the rear peep, which allows me to see much more through it as well as insuring that I get a consistent hold on the gun.  It seems to be working.  The groups seem to be much rounder with less vertical stringing.  Now with a couple hundred or maybe a thousand rounds of practice and I should hope to shrink those groups a little.  Now I just have to try this new hold from offhand and prone, and remember it.

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Just another illegal alien doing jobs that American’s won’t do.


Marcelo Marquez allegedly shot and killed a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy and a Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy, and also allegedly shot and wounded a second Placer County deputy and a civilian on Friday. On Saturday, authorities revealed that the suspect — real name, Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte — had already been deported twice from the United States.

Gee, thanks Obama.


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22LR ammo is back.

The local gun store had 22LR ammo on the shelf today. Federal 325 round packs.

For ONLY $94.99 each*.

That’s 94 dollars and 99 cents each.  Plus 8% sales tax (ballpark figure) it would have come up to $102.59 cents.  Or just under 32 cents a round.

Needless to say I carefully placed that precious relic back on the counter and backed away.

I’ll be waiting for the price to drop.  I’ll also keep reloading.


*They claimed that people were buying it at that price.  They did only have two boxes out.

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Trips #42 and 43

Tuesday was range trip #42.  I shot the Kimber Pro Carry and the S&W 642.  About 80 rounds through the Kimber and 20 or so in the Smith.

If I may quote Tam (again, with the same quote) “If you don’t shoot weekly, you’ll shoot weakly”.  I’ve been shooting more rifle (from the bench at that) then pistol and it showed on the pistol targets.

Today was range trip #43.  And it was all AR, all lunch long.

Two different loads.  PMC Brass, Federal Small Rifle Primer and Hornady 55g Spitzer Soft Point (SSP).  First up were 3 ten round groups loaded with 26.5gr BLC-2, followed by 2 ten round groups with 26gr (same as last time) of BLC-2.  The targets were the same paper plates as usual, only this time I painted the buggers black at the suggestion of a friend.  To tell the truth it does seem to be easier to sight in on a black target then a white one (go figure, all those shooters all these years shooting at black bulls may have known what they were doing).  I’ve been shooting at white paper plates because I get them cheap.  Now I just have to find a supply of 9″ Black Paper Plates.*

223 1



The first 3 targets from the left were shot with the 26.5gr load.  The two on the right were with the 26gr load.  All targets shot from 100+ yards off sandbags.  With iron sights.


223 2


First my 3 26.5gr loads.




4.1″ High x 2.47″ Wide.


223 3





3.28″ High x 1.99″ Wide



223 4





8 rounds into 3.2″ High x 2.2″ Wide

10 rounds into (an estimated) 4.5″ High x 3.4″ wide.

This estimate was made as “accurately” as I could by holding my calipers against the target, while sitting in front of my computer at home,  and “eyeballing” where the missing (on the plate) 2 bullets were on the cardboard which was in the trash out at the range.

Maybe I need to start keeping a tape measure in my range bag.

Next up my 2 26gr loads.

223 5





2.48″ High x 2.86″ Wide (the first target of the day that was wider then it was high.



223 6





4.56″ High x 1″ Wide

I still don’t know if it is me or the gun but again most of my groups are taller then they are wide.

If I compare these targets to those in range visit #41 I just might say that 26grs is more accurate then 26.5.  In any case they seem pretty close. I have more of each load to shoot and I might want to try 27grs also.  I guess I could add up the “Height’s” and divide by the number of groups and do the same for the “Widths” and get some idea about which load is better.  And that sound I just heard far in the distance was the sound of “Millions of Statisticians screaming in agony and suddenly falling silent”.

To do.  Buy black paper plates.  Until then buy at least one more can of Rustoleum Flat Black paint.


*Well what do you know.  Amazon has 9″ and 8.75″ black paper plates.  Only 13 to 15 cents each in lots of 50 to 70 depending.  That’s actually pretty cheap if you go price targets at a sporting goods store.



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50 rounds through Kat’s AR.  All loads were made with PMC brass, with Hornady Bulk (from MidwayUSA)  55gr Spire Point on top of 26grs of BLC-2 that was sparked by a Federal Small Rifle Primer.  Shot using iron sights from 100+ yards off sandbags, 6 O’clock hold.

The gun was thoroughly cleaned over the weekend and no fouling shots were fired.

Trip 41 1

The first four targets.






Trip 41 2
Target #1

Using my calipers I make this target 5.4″ Center to Center (C2C) for the widest two shots, and 4.4″ High x 2.11″ Wide.





Trip 41 3
Target #2.  3.32″ C2C and 2.55″ High x 2.22″ Wide







Trip 41 4
Target #3.  4.65″ C2C and 3.95″ High x 1.52″ Wide.







Trip 41 5
Target #4.  3.42″ C2C and 2.94″ High x 2.15″ Wide.







Trip 41 6
Target #5 (photo taken that evening on our dinner table).  2.38″ C2C and 2.15″ High x 2.78″ Wide.






With the exception of the last target I’ve noticed that most of my targets (today and other days) seem to have more height then width,  I rather expect that is me and not the gun.  I find it easier to index the front sight left to right on the target then I do up and down.

Oh well, just another reason to keep reloading and shooting.

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Trip 39 and 40

Lunch Friday was trip 39, and I just shot Kat’s AR.  I need to clean it and load some more and test it again.

Trip 39 & 40 1 Trip 39 & 40 2
Not as good as it has done, but perhaps (more testing is needed) as good as it can do with the shooter and the loads.

I’ll give it a good cleaning and load some more ammo.  This was some bulk pack Hornady 55gr bullets, loaded on top of BLC-2 and a Wolf Small Rifle primer.

Trip #40 took place Friday after work.  More range time with the Winchester Model 94 in 44 mag, but first a couple of cylinders of 44mag from my Mountain Gun.

The loads were a 265g Ranch Dog cast bullet, gas checked, over 9.5gr and 10gr of RUnique, shot off sandbags at 25 yards.

Trip 39 & 40 3 Trip 39 & 40 4

Not bad…. NOT GOOD but it could have been a lot worse.  I did find out while shooting the 10gr loads that my crimp was not strong enough and the bullets were creeping forward.  In fact after 5 rounds of the first set of 10gr loads the revolver jammed and would not rotate the cylinder to bring the 6th round into play because the last round up had had the bullet creep out enough to jam on the barrel.  So, just as a field expedient, for the second set of 6 with 10gr RUnique I loaded 2 and fired two.  Lather, rinse and repeat twice.  I’ll have to repeat both of these loads with a stronger crimp.
Trip 39 & 40 5 Trip 39 & 40 6
Next up was the Winchester.  This time I foolishly decided to try it at 100+ yards.

My first 5, 10gr RUnique over a 280gr LBT WFN boolit), at 100+ put one on the cardboard and 3 on the wood under the cardboard.  Where the fifth went I don’t know.  The windage was OK however.  I cranked in a lot of UP and shot again,  4 were nice to me and one decided to be a jerk and go high.  A little more UP was applied and another 5 shot and the pattern repeated itself.

Trip 39 & 40 7 Trip 39 & 40 8
With 10.5gr RUnique the loads started to open up.
Trip 39 & 40 9





At 11gr’s the groups went straight to hell.  2 of the group are about 15″ to the right and where the 5th one when DOG alone knows and HE is not talking.

I might try these bullets with 2400 and see how that does but from now on, at least for a while, I’ll do my testing with this rifle at 50 yards.

It’s better for my ego.

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Range days 36, 37, and 38

Quite simply Monday (trip #36) may have been the most frustrating day I’ve ever spent at the range.  I’ve had a few problems with Kat’s Match Rifle (in training), mostly because the major suppler of parts used a cheap front sight base (FSB).  A REAL M16/AR15 etc has a FSB that is pinned onto the barrel

The FSB supplied by Model 1 Sales is held on by 4 LITTLE set screws, 1/16th allen wrench, size.

NM Front Sight

Notice the LITTLE set screws?  Each one takes a tiny bite on the barrel.  Supposedly instructions shipped the upper that said, in essence “sight the gun in and then LocTite the sucker”.  I saw no instructions, or LocTite.    So there I was shooting right along when the gun quite ejecting and suddenly started shooting 3″ to the left, right, the entire front sight base had shifted to the left.  This had the effect of cutting off the gas supply (hence the lack of ejection) and shifting the point of impact to the right

So Saturday I cleaned the barrel and FSB and mounted it as centered as I could judging from the scars left on the barrel from the set screws.  I loaded up some ammo and went out on Monday and missed the broad side of a barn.  I spent my entire lunch trying to get it back on the paper at 25 yards.

That may have been worse then Tuesday (trip #37) when I got to the range and discovered that the night before while cleaning out my range bags that I’d left my staple gun and tape out.

Today, trip #38 I at least got it on paper

23.5g BLC2
Even after playing with it at 25 and 50 yards I was still shooting high and right at 100+, it took a few shots to walk it in.






24 BLC2
At least I’m on paper.  Unfortunately I used almost all my right windage to get to here.






24.5 BLC2
6 or 8 clicks to bring it mostly on center and I’m out of time.  Back to work I go.






I’ll be replacing the FSB with this.

From Armalite, about $50 for the whole shebang.  Clamp that on, sight the rifle in and adjust the windage to be centered by tilting, ever so slightly, the FSB. Then LocTite that bugger.  Then I’ll be happy, and I’ll have most if not all of my Left and Right windage still available if/when needed.

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Range trips #34 and 35

Between the two trips I shot 40 rounds of 38 Special, all at 5-7 yards.  Drawn from concealment and shot in pairs.  I tried using a shot timer app on my Smart Phone but it was a waste of my time and effort.

I want one of these.

PocketPro 2

A Competition Electronics Shot Timer

The Pocket Pro 2.  It will (try to) keep me honest about my draw times, it will also let me safely work on speeding up my draw times and my splits (time between shots).

I guess it’s another thing to save my nickels for.


Along with the 38 I also shot about 80 rounds from the Springfield Armory XD.  At 10+ yards shooting 2 handed and strong and weak hand as well.

I’m slower single strong hand then I am two handed and much slower with my weak hand. How much slower?  No one knows.  That’s why I need to invest in a shot timer.

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Trip #33

Lunch, just me and a 44 Mag.  Sounds almost dirty, Dirty Harryish that is, but in this case the 44 was once again my Winchester Model 94 in 44 Mag.

29 rounds to shoot.  Why 29?  Well I was originally planning on shooting 4 rounds per group for 8 rounds per load for a total of 24 rounds.  I loaded 5 additional rounds of the various loads, just in case I had to make a sight adjustment.  At the last minute I just said the He(( with it and shot five 5 round groups and one 4 round group.

Win94 44  1


50 yards from sandbags, with a scope.  9.5gr Russian Unique, RP Brass, Wolf LR primer and a hard cast Wheel Weight LBT 280g WFN bullet.  No Gas Check.  Home cast and home lubed with Ben’s Red.

The first shot from a dead cold bore went high.  Total group size for 5 was 6.25″ H x 1.25″ W.  4 shots into 1.75″ H x 3/4″ W.

All groups measured “Center to Center”

Win94 44  2


Same load 9.5gr R.Unique, 5 shots in 2.75″H x 1″ W





Win94 44  3
10.0grs R. Unique  5 shots into 1.75″H x .5″W.  4 shots into a .5″ group.

If I was smart I would have stopped right there and retired the rifle.




Win94 44  4
No one ever said I was smart.


Again the load is 10.0grs R.Unique and a 5 shot group of 2.25″H x 5/8’s” W group.




Win94 44  5
10.5gr R.Unique giving 5 into 4″ H x 2″ W.  More like a 2″ group if I throw out the flyer.

Of course If I were to throw out all 4 flyers I’d have a 0.0″, center to center, group.




Win94 44  6
The last group and the only 4 shot group of the day. 1.25″ x 1 7/8’s” W


All in all not bad for me, the gun or cast bullets.  In the past I’ve shot this gun with other bullets that I’ve cast from other molds and the target was closer to something a shotgun would produce, not a rifle.  After slugging the bore I called and talked to Veral of LBT and discussed the gun with him.  He recommend (as I recall, it’s been several years) his 280 gr (non gas checked) WFN bullet at .433″.  As I recall the mold drops them around .4335 or a little larger and I size them to .433″ with the results you have seen.

I think I’ll load up another series of loads, with 10.0, 10.5 and 11 grs of R. Unique and see how they do.  Thinking about it however, I need to see how many of those bullets I have left.  I may need to spend a weekend or two casting.

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Ever wonder what happen to live ammunition in a fire?

Or if you drop it or crush it?

Well if you watch this video you will know.  Shot, dropped from 65′, crushed under a bulldozer and set on fire.  10’s, 100’s and 1,000’s of rounds.

I honestly had read and heard this before and figured I’d watch 5 minutes of the video to confirm what I knew.  25 minutes later the video was done.

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