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Steelhead

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working on 100 yard + today
« on: November 11, 2018, 11:22:05 AM »
I've been having so much fun with my new FX .25 that I haven't had the Texan out for a while. Steveoh and I were supposed to shoot today but the smoky air is just brutal. I've been wanting to use the new Joe B. regulator and also the 79 gr. slugs in the Texan. Another goal was making my first attempt at joining the N.U.A.H. club on GTA.

I sent out a text to my neighbor this morning saying 'it's just me shooting' as a courtesy (for when I use the Texan) and set up on my backyard range.  I've settled into a nice rhythm on the .25 and it's been a lot more fun than I thought it would be to stretch the range. I didn't think that it would be capable of anything over 100 yards but it most certainly is.

I set up and tethered the .25 to try to get the 5 shot 100 yard group to qualify. I made two tries and both groups were about 2". Not even close to good enough, but still impressive (to me) for an out of the box new gun. I took the time to make notes on all of my holdovers from 25 yards to 175 yards so I could tape it to the gun. I've basically got it committed to memory but it never hurts to take a peak for confidence. At 200 I'm off of my mil dots and while I can hit the steel consistently with a 'guess-timate' holdover it's not really accurate; just fun to do. Maybe after some more practice and a barrel cleaning (haven't done it yet) I might get that 1" group.

The .308 session was a little disappointing. I was hoping for better results from the .79 gr. cast bullets and unfortunately it was just the opposite. They sprayed all over the place and struggled to stay within 6" at 100 yards. Longer shots were impossible and it was only luck that that anything found its mark. I tried a lower air pressure but the results weren't any better. Perhaps a lower power setting would've helped but I keep my wheel on max power to avoid valve lock. I also shot 118 gr. round nose and 118 gr. flat nose. Once again, the 118 gr. flat nose was the most consistent. I was nowhere near MOA at 100 yards for five shots. They were jumping around from 2 or 3 touching and then one being 3" high/left or similar. Practice, practice...

After Bullfrog's results with pellets I was hoping that the 75 gr. would be a sweet shooter, but alas, it's still the 118 gr. that leads the field. I haven't revisited the heavier slugs in a while (132's, 154's) and one reason might be the holdovers. The 118's keep everything out to 250 yards or so comfortably on the dots and usable for both field and target conditions. The same can't be said for the heavier slugs.

It's just nice to get back out and sling some lead again.
« Last Edit: November 11, 2018, 11:24:55 AM by Steelhead »


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Re: working on 100 yard + today
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2018, 01:26:52 PM »
Are your 118 grains shot as cast? Or are they run through a sizing die? Consistency is usually a must for superior accuracy IMHO.
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Re: working on 100 yard + today
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2018, 04:08:06 PM »
Shot as cast (purchased, not poured by me) I keep going back and trying the swaged ammo to see if I can find the improvement that others are getting but it hasn't worked that way for me. The cast slugs I buy are pretty consistent weight-wise but they are out of round an average of 4 1000th's. The swaged are all perfect. For whatever reason I don't see an improvement with swaged.

I saw a post on GTA about some clearance priced moulds from Lee's and I saw one that I might like to buy: 110 gr. round nose. For the price it's tough top beat and being as how I have a bunch of lead it could pay for itself relatively quickly.

I will look at the sizing dies when I order the mould. I hadn't considered that before although I was concerned about consistency, especially if I pour my own.

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Re: working on 100 yard + today
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2018, 06:25:53 PM »
Kevin, I woke up to clear sunny skies this morning and thought, oh crap I blew it because it’s really nice. Then I went outside and it smelled like a hundred people smoking pipes outside my door. Eeeeeep! I think we made the right decision.
I went outside here and there and was rewarded with a big fat headache, and now a sharp pain in my chest. Asthma sucks.

Of course, I fret sbout the folks who have lost everything in these fires.

Damnit, went to Lee and bought a .457 300 grain mold. I have been looking for a bullet weight around 300 grains. Anyway hope I’m not disappointed.  Kind of a pig in a poke as I couldn’t see a picture of the mold or bullet. All your fault for telling me!

I almost bought a .308 mold to cast some bullets for you, but I couldn't decide what to get. :)

I really was looking forward to shooting today. Oh well, soon!
« Last Edit: November 12, 2018, 11:43:34 AM by steveoh »
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