Great gun weekend!


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Langenator
March 15, 2004, 10:16 AM
Yes, that's right, weekend...I got to go shooting on both Saturday and Sunday. Just to make everybody jealous. :neener:

All shooting was done at the Hathcock Rifle Range at the Mid-Carolina Rifle Club in South Congaree, SC.

Grandma and Grandpa (my parents) have come to visit, so on Saturday Mrs L and I let them babysit the Future Shooter and we drove down to the range. We took along her Yugo SKS (courtesy of AIM Surplus, purchased a week prior to the big price drop that sold out their inventory) and one of my K-31s. First time firing both rifles. Had a great time firing, although my wife only shot the SKS. She did pretty well with it, especially considering the length of pull is a bit longer than optimum for her.

Range report:
SKS firing AIM's current 7.62x39 ammo special: This ammo is by a Russian company, Golden Tiger, that I'd never heard of. 124 gr FMJBT. Grouped pretty well at 50 yds, putting most of my shots inside a 4" circle. Probably would have done better with a better rest-I was using an ammo can with a sweater on top. I now have a proper rest for a better eval next time. Overall: both the rifle and the ammo performed well. At $70 for 1000, this ammo is a terrific bargain.

K-31 with GP-11. After firing the SKS, this felt like a hammer hitting my shoulder (yes, I'm a wimp). Only fired 10 shots, because Mrs L was getting anxious about being away from the Future Shooter. Grouping was very nice, but I can't say the size exactly because there were too many other holes from the SKS.

Sunday: MCRC monthly High-Power rifle shoot.
A huge turnout-two complete firing orders with all points filled. I took my K-31, and was one of two contrarians firing foreign military surplus rifles, the other being an Enfield No 4 Mk 1. AR-15s were the predominant rifles, with 2 Match rifle types, a couple of M-1As, and 3 Garands. My shooting was respectable-264 out of 500-especially considering I didn't have a sling for the sitting and prone positions. Holding the rifle up for the prone slow-fire (600m) portion without a sling is extremely tiring, and the 7.5x55 in a bolt action starts to hurt the shoulder in the prone. On the plus side, the straight pull bolt action is slick and quick during the rapid fire stages, although it still requires the shooter to open up his position to work the bolt. Adjustable sights would have been a great help, but I can't justify $340 for the St Marie Graphic diopters right now.

So, I had a great weekend. How about ya'll?

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jsalcedo
March 15, 2004, 10:57 AM
Sounds like a good weekend.

I took my Beretta Model 100 .32acp out for the first time.
Once I learned trigger control I could group all nine rounds in
a quarter sized group at 15 yards. The light alloy frame actually
made a deep red mark on my hand with the anemic recoil of the .32acp.

Also took the SKS and shot it at 50 yards. I've been getting to be a better
rifle shooter recently and can keep almost every round in a circle the size of a softball.

Shot the marlin Camp 9 at 50 yards and with a scope could hit where the crosshairs intersect on a regular basis. I would fifure 9mm out od a carbine
has a fairly flat trajectory out to 100 yards.

I'ts too bad there are no 600 meter ranges anywhere around me.
looks like I'll have to buy some land and make my own.

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