Archive for September, 2007

Bushmaster .223 With 6.5-20x50mm Burris

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

I’m really upset about how my Bushmaster is shooting right now. I took it to the gun club on Wednesday to sight in my rifle now that it’s back from Bushmaster with the new trigger and scope combination. Short story is that it shot like crap.

Now, I don’t know if it’s the scope, the ammunition, the new trigger job or that maybe they screwed up when they polished my loading ramp when the company was fixing my jamming problem, but I used to be able to put 5-10 rounds in a 1/2 to 3/4 inch group at a 100 yards, but when I shot it on Wednesday, the groups were coming in at like 2-4 inches. (I almost threw up and cried… I’m a big baby when my pet guns get old and shaky and can’t shoot the eye out of a squirrel at a 100 yards anymore.)

I talked to the Verminator about it, and since he is way more into guns than I am, he said he would take it down and see if it was me or if it was the gun. After running the ammo I was using, which was Federal’s Power-Shok shooting a 50 Grain Jacketed Hollow Point, through the Chronograph, he concluded that it might just be the ammunition. Here are the 10 shots recorded out of my Bushmaster’s 20′ V-Match H-BAR.

  1. 3201
  2. 3215
  3. 3224
  4. 3229
  5. 3276
  6. 3256
  7. 3235
  8. 3231
  9. 3263
  10. 3228

According to the Verminator, if you take the high number and subtract the lowest number, it gives you some kind of spread or deviation that tells you something about the consistency and quality of the ammunition. So, if you take the high of 3276 and subtract the low number, which is 3201, you get a deviation of 75.

 3276
-3201
_____
= 75

The Veriminator says that the lower the number, the better the consistency and potential accuracy of the ammunition. He also said that the number needed to be under 20 to be any good and that what you really want is for your ammo to come in with a spread that is less than 10.

Now that we know that the ammunition might be the problem, I’m going to have to go to Bi-Mart and pick up 4 or 5 different types of ammunition and see which shoots the best in my rifle. I’m nor really looking forward to that, because the Federal Power-Shok is really cheap and worked really well in my rifle this year. If I have to change ammunition, I’m probably going to either spend a fortune for a higher grade ammo, or have to take the time out of my busy life and start reloading my own .223′s again. I’ll keep you posted.

Shooting Squirrels While Cougars & Wolves Watch

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

I love the government! No, really. (sarcasm) They are there to protect us from all the dangers that lurk in the dark and to tell us of the dangers before we can hurt ourselves. You know what I’m talking about, you’ve all seen it in action, the “Smoking Will Kill You” stickers, the “Don’t Dry Your Hair In The Tub” labels on electric hair dryers and other such crap. Why just the other day I saw a sign that said the road was “Slippery When Wet”. WOW, I didn’t know that.

But, there is another side to your friendly, “We Just Want To Protect You”, government. These are the losers that work for the Wildlife branches of government. Here are a couple of examples of what I’m talking about:

I grew up in Oregon and have been to Alaska, Canada, and every other Western state. I hunt and fish, camp in the woods and spent 3 years logging fresh out of high school. During that time, I’ve seen a ton of wildlife, including bear, dear, elk, coyote, raccoon, skunk and wolf. I added wolf in there because I saw one running down the road this year 6 miles outside Unity, Oregon. It was a big grey wolf and spent at least 10 seconds running 10 yards down the road in front of The Verminator’s truck, in which I was a passenger.

Now, I mentioned that I’ve seen coyote and bears, just so that you know, that I know, what they look like. Well, when I emailed the Oregon Department of Whatever, that is tracking the Grey Wolf migration from Idaho into Oregon, they said, “It must have been a coyote”. Did I mention that I’ve seen a coyote before? Lots of them? Well, I got pissed off, and called him, and told him I’ve lived here my whole life and wasn’t from New York. At that point, I finally got him to listen to me, but it was like pulling teeth and I never heard back from him or any of his fellow government employees.

On that note, I’ll lead into the reason I’m writing this, and that is because the same idiots who work for the Oregon State Department of Wolf Watching or Whatever, also work in Connecticut. Read this story posted by Bob Rich about how he saw a Cougar in the Roraback WMA of Connecticut, and talked to a guy who ran into a pack of coyotes the week before, but the idiot DEP biologist he talked to blew the whole thing off, even though the area is used by families with small children.

The reason I’m posting this is because, as squirrel hunters, we need to remember we aren’t the only “THINGS” hunting in the woods and fields. Just because you haven’t heard about the 22 mountain lions that live where you’re hunting, and your local government says there isn’t anything in the woods to be afraid of, doesn’t mean you don’t need to be prepared for the wolves, mountain lions and bears before they decide to snack on you while your hunting. In other words, “BE PREPARED PEOPLE”, even if you think it’s not going to happen to you.

SquirrelSniper

Burris 6.5-20x50mm Rifle Scope

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

The Verminator put a 6.5 – 20 x 50mm Burris scope on my Bushmaster yesterday, and now I need to go to the park and sight it in. (Did I say that out loud?)

So, now I have my .223 Bushmaster back in action, with a new-to-me, high dollar…. OK, medium dollar, scope on it. Add to that the new, Smooth-As-Butter, two stage sniper trigger and all I need now is a couple of hundred squirrels to shoot. To get ready for that I think I’m going to take it down to the range and see if I can put 10 rounds in the same 1/2 inch hole at 100 yards.

WOW I’m Looking forward to that….

On another note, the Verminator, who has really bad luck with .17HMR’s, just got his Ruger 77/17 back from the gunsmith. The barrel that came on the rifle had a “SLIGHT” problem, where it drifted rounds across the target as it got warm. It was really noticeable, and made the gun not worth a sh*t as far as accuracy went. So he is also feeling the need to run to the gun club and see how the new barrel works out.