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Steelhead

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A great shot witnessed
« on: May 21, 2018, 07:28:38 AM »
Steveoh and I got out for a little big bore shooting yesterday at one of my permissions. We were both working on some louder than normal stuff (his DAQ's and my Texan with the moderator off)  I had my Remington .308 powder burner as well to make sure all is well for the upcoming deer season (for those outside of California, our gun season here opens the second weekend of August and bow season opens in July so I wanted to get it done to let things settle out)

I'm not the best at eloquently describing outings and the like, but I got to see Steveoh hit my steel target at 221 yards with his DAQ .58 Outlaw and a round ball. And when I mean see, I mean SEE. With my binos I could watch that shiny ball all of the way in to the target. Very cool. We all know that it's certainly not a long range gun, but not-so-little things like that is what keeps one coming back again and again to this great hobby. I personally know that Steveoh has put in a massive amount of time and money on his DAQ's and they are cool beyond cool. I can attest that the shock and awe factor of the .58 Outlaw is definitely intimidating. It kicks harder than my .308 Remington (granted a Witts muzzle break is on it) and shooting it is like playing with a rattle snake; at some point you're probably going to get bit and it's going to be swollen and purple for a couple of weeks.

At any rate, it was cool to see and congrats to Steveoh for making it happen. We all have gun mechanical issues, setbacks, frustrations, family/work b.s., etc.  It's great to see an arms raised smiling moment in our world of stress, chaos, and depressing news.
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Re: A great shot witnessed
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2018, 11:50:54 AM »
Amen!
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Re: A great shot witnessed
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2018, 05:26:09 PM »
Nice!! Sounds like good stress relief.  ;D

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Re: A great shot witnessed
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2018, 08:33:48 PM »
Kevin is too kind!

It was indeed an awesome day. Used up a bunch of air and flung several pounds of lead out to kingdom come.

I really do most of my shooting at 25 and 35 yards in the backyard with everything from Crosman 1377s to the Sumatra Carbine and .25 Marauder. So 50 yards much less a 100 and 221 yards is forever away. I am seriously challenged. The big bores hardly ever get to go out and play. Because of this I don’t know them as well as I could or should. Yeah and I’m still flinching.

Great fun! So awesome of Kevin to share his hunting and super secret shooting and hunting places.


Kevin shoots the .458 DAQ LA. 100 yards.

Kevin really has his .308 AirForce Texan dialed in. He whacked those small steel plates at 221 yards over and over. Sounded like music!

I also got to see the first production models of his super shooting chair. Actually I came home with one. It improves my crummy flinchy shooting 100%. Wow!

It comes apart with no tools so you can pack it in a back pack for a hunt, trip to the range or to a pasture full of ground squirrels for a comfortable all day shoot. I dig it!


Awesome day. :)
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Re: A great shot witnessed
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2018, 05:21:29 AM »
You guys didn't mention if this was a familiar hunting area? I have a reason to what to know.

Contrary to the popular adage, familiarity doesn't breed contempt when applied to a favorite hunting area. You learn by instinct (if nothing else) what the distance to the target is, clear across the area (no pun intended). This fact increases the hit rate, and places an extra level of difficulty on one's hunting guests.

So what WAS the deal?
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Re: A great shot witnessed
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2018, 10:22:12 AM »
Kevin has been shooting/hunting here a long time. He also shoots long distance in his backyard. And Kevin has his Texan dialed in. He's also a better shot than me, me thinks. :)

The Texan really is a different animal than the .458 and .58 DAQs. Kevin gets more shots with his Texan, and has way better consistency with the ammo he's got dialed in.

With the DAQs I shoot once, and refill since the first shot eats up 800-900psi. Second shot drops significantly. And so I've been picking one bullet and shooting and shooting, trying to get it dialed in a 50 yards, then 100 yards, and then for me a Hail Mary shot at 200yards. 200 yards feels like I'm shooting artillery with the .58.

For me there is still a significant flinch factor. At we neared the end of shooting on Sunday, I guess I was tired, and did not fully close the bolt on the .458. It made a significantly louder boom, and I ended up with a broken bolt. $20 for a bolt and $5 shipping, and I'll be good to go again. The flinch is here for a while me thinks until I shoot a few hundred more rounds.

I'm still searching for what this rifle likes. Right now I'm shooting light home cast bullets, around 220gn, and so far they shoot the best. But I'm thinking it probably likes a longer heavier bullet, and that's next on my list.

I am convinced I'll find the ammo, and I'll eventually, and consistently hit a 2" area at 100 yards on both first and second shot as I get the rifled dialed in, and I myself get dialed in.

Now I need more air. Those DAQs suck up the air, and I could see having three big tanks would make life easier. Also if I had a regulated big tank, I could seriously work on the ammo and consistency I am missing.

You guys didn't mention if this was a familiar hunting area? I have a reason to what to know.

Contrary to the popular adage, familiarity doesn't breed contempt when applied to a favorite hunting area. You learn by instinct (if nothing else) what the distance to the target is, clear across the area (no pun intended). This fact increases the hit rate, and places an extra level of difficulty on one's hunting guests.

So what WAS the deal?
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Re: A great shot witnessed
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2018, 04:13:24 PM »
In response to Alan's inquiry about the familiarity with the shooting area; yes, I do hunt that ranch. However, the area we chose to shoot was selected due to being able to have 200+ yards of range that was a) being safe with a good backstop, and b) not much elevation so that we could walk to the targets without having to use an oxygen tank. Those variables can be hard to come by on a hilly piece of property.

I had trouble finding the bull's eye right out of the gate because the conditions were slightly more random than I'm used to at home. We were talking about that when we were setting up; that things are much easier in the controlled conditions of a familiar range. I did have a range finder for setting up the distances, but that's all. As far as exactly where we hunt, no it's not right there where we were shooting. Whitetail hunters might get away with parking it in one spot (tree stand, elevated blind, etc.) but that really doesn't cut it 99% of the time blacktail hunting. You have to move a lot, glass, spot-and-stalk, or do organized drives with a numerous hunters to make them move out of the canyons and thick brush.

If you look closely at that steel target hanging on the fence post, you'll see a bunch of shots through the wood just below it. That's because I was using the 200 holdover that I use at home and that target was 221 yards on the r.f.  As soon as I quit being bullheaded and made the adjustment I started center punching it. So to Alan's point, a 200 yard shot at the range is a chip shot until you throw in the factors and variables of being in the field.

 
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