Yesterday, I took my M56 22 short to the range. Using CCI 22 CB’s I shot the heck out of a popcorn tin at 50 yards offhand. No noise and no recoil. Less than a silenced 22 LR. Had some trouble with the original magazine, the scarce one with all the patent dates and caliber on the follower. Fortunately, I had brought one for my M69 in 22 short caliber and it worked fine. Today, I am taking my M1885 in 22 short to the range and see what happens. I will have to bench it because it weighs at east 13 lbs. with its 26″ #3 bbl. I have some CCI target ammo for it. Big Larry
Sounds like fun, how did the 1885 shoot?
Sounds like fun, how did the 1885 shoot?
Went to my buddys private range yesterday. It was warm out, but in the shade of the overhang, it was colder than heck. I didn’t have my good rest, so I used one of the real old ones, which are not conducive to getting a rock steady hold. I used my set trigger, but the little screw must have backed out and it became unoperatble. Also, about every third round, the firing pin would not strike the round. Have to ask Mr. Hartman about that. Anyway, I started shaking from the cold after just a few shots of CC1 Target 22 short and CCI CB’s, and packed it in for the day. My rifle has a Sporting barrel sight with the 1-A elevator and a factory installed Mid Range Vernier. I need to take the Sporting sight off as it gets in the way. I also took the post sight from the factory installed Globe and installed a “Lollypop” type in it that came out of one of my M52’s. I will do more testing of the rifle when a warmer day comes along. We just had an unseasonable snow storm and it is starting to warm up here in Cedar City. Big Larry
Come on down to Texas, Larry. Showed up at the club early today (unlocked the gate a little after 8) and only weather issue was a bit of rain early on but it was nice enough to hold off until we posted targets. 71 at dawn, high in mid 80’s. Wind not bad until I headed for the trap fields. 22 shorts sound like fun, hope you get the mechanical gremlins chased out of that 1885 soon and get some weather conducive to proper shooting. Seems most of my globe sights wind up with lollipops, seems they frame many of the targets I use quite nicely.
What kind of rest do you use? I’ve gotten to where mine stays in the truck, no need to tote it out with my guns and other range gear.
Funny you should ask about the rest. My good one was missing and I need to talk to my friend before I make accusations. I had been using a cheapie until I bought a real nice one. I cannot remember the brand but I got it from Midway and it was expensive.
We have great weather here is the fall. A freak storm came through and dumped snow in the mountains around us and the temperature fell. It will warm up in a few days or I will go to the range in St. George. A 60 mile drive, but always warm.
Gave my Grandson one of my M94 carbines yesterday and today he learned how to reload 30-30’s. It was a nice 1952 vintage carbine so he wanted to get all the dies and stuff to make it shoot. He is as gun crazy as I am at times.
Thank you for passing our passion on to your grandson, Big Larry. He’ll never forget this time with you.
I’ve been studying a bit on rests, our club is very strong in the benchrest game. I shared the range with the benchrest world record holder this morning, his record was set at our club. I use a simple Caldwell rest, bags, and a few 2X6’s cobbled together. We have some pretty serious poker chip shooters with “10-22’s”, only problem is they have several thousand invested in custom rifles, muzzle brakes, optics and rests. Funny thing, most can’t keep up with my simple Winchester 75 Target rifle. They won’t let me play because it’s a bolt gun but that’s OK.
10-22’s when done properly will probably outshoot a nice M52 of any era. You know I have 13 M75’s and have yet to take one to the range. I have a Rem. 513-T that really shoots well. I can keep 10 for 10 in a standard 100 yard target in the 10 ring with iron sights. My M52’s will out X it though. My Grandson is working on the Stainless 10-22 I gave him a few years ago. Just ordered a trigger group with the 2 1/2 lb. pull. Ruger triggers are notoriously bad. Big Larry