The I LOVE THIS GUN Thread

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by HiTechRedneck, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. MrFurious

    MrFurious Been here awhile

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    I'm still of the mindset that 6.5mm is overkill for varmint work - including coyotes. Double duece bullets are a lot cheaper and with the right combination will shoot just as flat as any 6 or 6.5mm. You'll get a little more wind drift with the 22 but that's easily accounted for.

    For me the best all-around, do-all varmint cartridge is the .22-250 Ackley Improved with a fast (1-8") twist barrel. I can shoot most anything from a 45 to 80 grain bullet, I can shoot factory 22-250 ammo in a pinch so I don't "have to" handload everything, and barrel life is still fairly reasonable at around 2 to 3k rounds before the accuracy starts to fall off.

    My long-range prairie dog/coyote load is pushing an 80 grain Nosler at 3,380fps. With a 200 yard zero my drop at 1,000 yards is only 21.6 minutes (verified) at an elevation of 3,300 ft. Wind drift is 7.3 MOA @ 1,000yds (calculated) with a 10mph/90-degree crosswind.

    My standard every day load (pretty much anything out to 500 yards) uses a 65 grain Sierra Gameking bullet propelled to 3,725fps. This particular bullet was originally designed for the Australian market for use on kangaroo's and it hits like a sledgehammer. Great bullet for you southern deer or hog hunters using a .224 cal cartridge.
  2. TexBiker

    TexBiker Been here awhile

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    Well, around here varmints range from squirrels in the pecan orchards to 400lb feral hogs near the feed barn with everything from coyotes to whitetail to feral cats in between, so the 6.5 strikes a good compromise.

    If yotes were the biggest nuisances around here, I'd just use a .22Mag.
  3. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    When I hunted in Germany, you were pretty much required to carry a caliber that could kill anything you might encounter. Yes, I killed many a 40lb Rehwild (mini-deer) with a .30-06. Ridiculous.

    However, in the world of varmint hunting, I'm just as likely to come across a feral hog as a coyote when trying to clean up the varmints. Calibers in the 6.5 range do strike a good compromise between the two, hence my interest in it.

    I appreciate all the input. I'm probably going to invest in the Norma. I get back home in a couple weeks and plan on seeing what my local gun store can find. Heck, they've got so many guns in back, you never know what they might walk out with when you give them an idea.
  4. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    Impatiently awaiting the return of my Sig Scorpion.....should be on its way back by now......
  5. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    Ruger 22 mag, my dad made the holster.


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  6. FPGT72

    FPGT72 Long timer

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    Your dad has talent.

    I got a real nice sewing machine for leather and such...most I ever did was fix my car seats.
  7. RogueClimber

    RogueClimber "Tacticool"

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    Did you break your Scorpion? :ear
  8. 1stgenfarmboy

    1stgenfarmboy The Sherpa Man

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    he did this type of thing for years and years as a hobby, this was the last thing he made 15 years ago.

    all hand stitched and carved, he didn't have a machine.

    Dar
  9. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    No, I am one of the unfortunate ones who got one that had the finish that was done with the bad batch of Cerakote. They are refinishing it free, and installing a new front sight since mine grew a tad bit dark.
  10. HardCase

    HardCase winter is coming

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    I would agree......for the most part. I did have an experience, however, that caused me to wish at the time I had a bigger gun. When I was in college I bought a 220 Swift Ruger 77. Eager to try it out, I borrowed my dad's coyote call and headed out. I found a nice hillside with a panoramic view of some open meadow, perfect coyote country. There was a big bush on the hillside and I hunkered down in front of it, profile eliminated, and began blowing that nasty sounding dying-rabbit call.

    45 minutes of blowing, and not a coyote in sight. Not being the most patient hunter who ever lived (I'd make a crappy sniper), I decided to gather my stuff and head out. I stood up and heard a loud bawling behind me. Not 20 feet away, beind the bush, was a good sized black-bear. He'd been sneaking up on my 6, and I'd been paying no attention to what was going on behind me. I'm not sure who was more scared, me or the bear, but he took off......and so did I. I remember momentarily wishing I had my dad's 375H&H! :wink:
  11. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    This is why you hunt Coyotes with a .577 Kynoch Nitro Express....:rofl
  12. Mullet Bullet

    Mullet Bullet Been here awhile

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    Got my new light, 630 lumin of retna melting power. Holster is on order as well.

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    My every day carry as well as uspsa, idpa, steel challenge, and rifle league.
  13. wagonpilot

    wagonpilot Freeeeze

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    Just installed a 6.5 Creedmor Krieger on my DPMS upper. Waiting on go = no go guages before I break it in. Wanting to see how well I can run an AR platform between 600 and a 1000.

    Reloading supplies were readily available this time. Dies, Hornady Brass, 120 Amax, and 140 Sierra Match Kings.... No 140 Amax in sight.

    It was fun to do my own work on it. First time for me on the uppers.
  14. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    Sweet. A buddy took me out to shoot his AR-15 in November. I had fun, so I started shopping around, half interested and then the SHTF in December. I wrote off an AR in my lifetime (retired). :cry

    When 'the laws were to be changed' July 1st here in Colorado (15rd max), I decided to buy a Ruger SR9c before the 17 round mags became illegal. But no one had them. (They have 10rd and 17rd mags. Kalif wanted nothing to do with the 16rd mags for my XDM-40 3.8 (winter vacation). My five round snubby just didn't make me comfy (and hurt to shoot :2cry). And ARs in Denver were only available on consignment for stupid money. :cry

    I got a chance to go to Steamboat Springs and stopped in a gunshop asking about the Ruger (what's to lose?). Nope, they haven't seen any. Dammit. But they did have an assortment of ARs hanging on the wall; hmmmmmmmmmm. :scratch So I thanked them for their time and left. Since this is the first time I'd seen a new AR, and several choices at that, the gears started turning. :deal So I went back the next day asking questions about ARs, having already decided to buy one (as I had done a little shopping and wasn't as completely stupid as before I'd looked at them :shog). I picked one in my price range (I don't buy cheap crap, but don't buy sumtin' stupid expensive; I'm just a hobby shooter). As I was checking out (M&P 15, not the Sport, for the curious), one of the ole guys (like me), said "Weren't you in here yesterday, looking for the SR9c?" Um, yes I was. "We got one delivered yesterday afternoon."

    Well crap, better add that to the bill. :evil WTF, I wanted one, and here it was. :clap

    So now I'm shopping for 17 round mags for the SR9c, before July 1st, when they become illegal. :lol3
  15. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    It was immediate in CT when they passed a 10 round max. We are supposed to register any mags that we have over the 10 round limit. Trouble is no matter who I called, no one seems to know how or where we are to file paperwork. We have till July 1 to register. I looked into different springs for my 14 rd S&W mod. 59 mags that are wound so that only 10 rounds fit. Might just go that route.
  16. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    yet another reason these limit laws are idiotic, and get ignored since no one in power knows what to do about them. Trouble is, someone will know how to arrest you for having an unregistered 30rd mag......typical govt bullshit. Glad I live in a state that doesn't pull that shit as they know they would never be able to enforce it.
  17. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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    Dang, effective immediately. :huh
    I'm under the impression that our older 16 + mags will be grandfathered, you just won't be able to buy new ones. I hope. :uhoh

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  18. McNeal

    McNeal Long timer

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    That's correct. The older mags will be grandfathered in and that's the reason the Colorado Sheriffs are fighting the law. As everyone knows magazines don't have serial numbers on them which makes it impossible for a police officer, if they were to check, to tell if something was new or old.
  19. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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  20. filthy phil

    filthy phil team FTP

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