first range time with model 94 winchester


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PonyKiller
March 4, 2012, 05:35 PM
On new years eve my uncle gave me a 1962 model 94 winchester 30-30. I cleaned it up and finally got to the range with it. Tested three different ammo varieties through it. Took a bit of getting used to with the williams peep sight on it.

After some practice i managed to average sub 2" groups with it with both 150gr remington core lokt's and 150gr winchester silvertip ballistic tips. the rem's hit right at poa, the winchester's were about 3" high at a hundered. the 170 grn winchester super x's were about 3" low and left at a hundred. average on them was about 2.5" i guess all about average all thing's considered. i have been happy so far, on one patern each i had both 150gr' types almost laced together.

At this point the gun seems to be about as accurate as it needs too be for a non scoped hunting rifle. I'm gonna try a few more varieties, See if it really stand outs emerge,if not, i can accept that, my eyes aren't more than 200yd good anyway.

Any suggestions for what i should try next. I've got a box of 170Gr core lokt's i haven't touched. I figured i'd run some hornady leverevolution's, and some maybe some of their round noses too.

Game wise It'll be NY and or PA white tail if anything in the foreseable future. i've got family and friends there that want to show me something bigger than the antlered dogs we call whitetail in south jersey.

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Abel
March 4, 2012, 05:38 PM
Try the Federal Power-Shok too. 150 & 170

ECVMatt
March 4, 2012, 09:57 PM
Sounds like you are pretty much good to go. I would be happy with those groups.

Good Luck and have fun hunting with a great rifle.

murdoc rose
March 4, 2012, 10:00 PM
Taking a pre 64 into the woods?

kev778
March 4, 2012, 10:28 PM
I have a Win Model 94 and I have used both 150gr Rem Core Lokt and 150gr Win rounds. They both are fairly accurate for me (not much difference.) At 100yds they are dead on sub 2.5" groups.

I also added a side mounted (mine is top ejection) 3X9 scope to help at 200 yd shots. Using the 150gr loads they drop 6" at 200 yds. with a 3-4" inch group. Admittedly I don't practice that distance too often, but if need be I know where to hold to alleviate "guessing" at that range.

I don't recommend the 170gr loads they are too heavy thus sporadic with accuracy and 150gr is more than enough to take down any large whitetail and animal below with a well placed shot.

Aim small, hit small...:)

BCRider
March 4, 2012, 11:14 PM
Is that at 100 yards? If so I comend you and curse my old guy eyes that won't allow me to shoot to much less than around 6 inches at that distance.

kev778
March 5, 2012, 12:10 AM
yep 100 yds

Smokey Joe
March 5, 2012, 11:36 AM
delete.

PonyKiller
March 5, 2012, 10:30 PM
With the top ejection, i've pretty much nixed the idea of a scope. At a hundred yards and a two inch bull's eye i can see it pretty clear, a three inch one i can see what portion i'm over with the front. I'm reasonably sure i can tighten the groups up some practice.

It certainly seemed to prefer the 150 gr. It has the 20" barrel, I'm guessing the lower velocity is a factor in the accuracy at the longer range.

Without ordering online i can get my hands on some hornady, and federal fusion's but i couldn't find the powershock's locally. I'll give them a try next time. i'm not really expecting a big difference in accuracy but you'll never know unless you try.

As far as taking it to the woods, that's what it was built to do. Before i got it, it sat in the corner of an old man's garage wrapped in an old shirt stacked behind lumber. Seems much more fitting, to take an old hunting rifle hunting.

PonyKiller
March 18, 2012, 02:07 PM
Measured the paterns from the range a few weeks ago. out of the eight patterns i shot at a hundred yards my average was 2.38". The last three groups i shot i felt i was really getting a handle on it and getting accustomed to the sight picture and the results bore it out. My average on the last three was 1.4" and on or around the 3" bull the whole time.

I've picked up another box of the 150gr rem. core lokts, gonna try to track down some from fedral next. With any luck i'll be able to get back to the range sometime this month

Abel
March 18, 2012, 03:32 PM
Measured the paterns from the range a few weeks ago. out of the eight patterns i shot at a hundred yards my average was 2.38". The last three groups i shot i felt i was really getting a handle on it and getting accustomed to the sight picture and the results bore it out. My average on the last three was 1.4" and on or around the 3" bull the whole time.

Good shooting!

montanaoffroader
March 18, 2012, 09:58 PM
Taking a pre 64 into the woods?
I certainly would. I have, in fact. That's what they were made for.


Ponykiller, seems like you are good to go. That is a great rifle and it sounds like you are getting some decent groups out of it. Glad to see it doing something besides sitting in the corner.

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