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Trip to the Rifle Range
December 20, 2014
10:49 pm
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 Had my 1886 .50-110 and Model 53 .25-20 to the range this week for a bit of a shoot.No long range stuff,just out to 50 yards.

 Had two loads for the .50-110.One with IMR 3031 and the other with IMR 4198.The IMR 3031 seemed to work better .The rifle shot decent for an old rifle that had seen lots of use and whose rifling was far from perfect.Most shots were in the black.All shots would have brought down big game.

  The rifle is shooting a bit to the left.Not sure I want to try moving the old sights to get it to go to the right a bit or not.Might just be better to leave well enough alone.Smile

 

 Had two loads for the .25-20 .One with IMR 4227 and the other with IMR 4198.The IMR 4198 seemed to work better.

 

  Sorry no pictures.My computer skills just too poor. 

December 20, 2014
11:03 pm
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Those sound like two different and interesting old calibers to load for.  What can the recoil be like on that .50? 

That’s good to hear you are finding enough components up there to go to the range.  Components seemed to have really loosened up around here and it’s not too difficult to find powder and bullets.  I had been looking off and on for some certain powders and bullets to try in 30-’06 and .30-30 and they seem to be much easier to find now. 

Brad

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December 21, 2014
1:39 am
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 The recoil with the lighter 300 grain bullet in the .50-110 was quite light,more like a .30-30.Pleasant surprise.SmileMost likely to do with the heavy rifle and the for its size , light 300 grain bullet.

However I have tried firing 450 grain bullets and they were a real pain to shoot.Lots of recoil and I could not get them to work well in my rifle.Shots all over the paper,some not even on the paper.

 

 Had no trouble getting the 50-110 cases,powder and primers,but had to wait over a year to get the Barnes 300 grain bullets.

 

 All in all, a real fun rifle to shoot.Kind of neat to see those big 50 calibre holes in the back board.Smile 

 

 The.25-20 was fun as well to shoot.No big holes in the back board,but still fun to shoot.Smile

December 21, 2014
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That sounds like a good day shooting!  You have certainly chosen two cartridges from each end of the scale. If you don’t mind me asking, why the long wait for the Barnes bullets. Is it a import problem are a supply problem from Barnes? Those big fifty holes should be big enough to see very well. Good shooting ,,,,,,DT

December 21, 2014
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 Yes it was a nice shoot.Yes it was a sort of Jack and the Giant shoot at that, Dusty Texian.

 

 The  long wait for the 300 grain bullets was caused by a supply problem from Barnes.

 

 Dusty Texian, I always enjoy reading your posts about shooting and hunting with your old rifles.Many just collect them and never shoot them.Kind of a shame in my opinion.I have always been of the idea ,if I cannot shoot it,I cannot afford to own it.That does not mean beat it to pieces ,but a shoot now and then at the range should not be out of order.

 Also a hunt with an older rifle that is not just mint should not be out of order as well.

 

 There is a lot of fun in finding the components and getting the old rifles shooting again.Too bad we did not live closer .I believe we could have a good time shooting each others old rifles.Smile

December 23, 2014
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 Yes it was a nice shoot.Yes it was a sort of Jack and the Giant shoot at that, Dusty Texian.

 

 The  long wait for the 300 grain bullets was caused by a supply problem from Barnes.

 

 Dusty Texian, I always enjoy reading your posts about shooting and hunting with your old rifles.Many just collect them and never shoot them.Kind of a shame in my opinion.I have always been of the idea ,if I cannot shoot it,I cannot afford to own it.That does not mean beat it to pieces ,but a shoot now and then at the range should not be out of order.

 Also a hunt with an older rifle that is not just mint should not be out of order as well.

 

 There is a lot of fun in finding the components and getting the old rifles shooting again.Too bad we did not live closer .I believe we could have a good time shooting each others old rifles.Smile

I could not agree more ! The fun in owning the old rifles and their loading tools, is using them. I am lucky enough to have the reloading tools for most of my old rifles. I enjoy reloading for them using the old bullet moulds and tong tools in an effort to duplicate ammunition that the ones before us had. That just leads up to the shooting and hunting with the old guns. You are right ,it would be Great to share a shooting bench with you. That is the very reason I visit sites such as this, to visit with like minded folks . Keep the stories coming also, I look forward to reading them.,,,,,DT

December 23, 2014
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 Thats great that you use the old tools to do your loading with.I have a few old tools,but not many.My loading is done with a Lee hand tool and modern dies. Although, using the hand tool instead of a bench press, is probably  close to how the old timers would have loaded.

 

  I notice that the posters .25-20 and .38-55 Win,like you and I , do a bit of loading and shooting the old rifles as well .

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