Articles by tbotoh_sysop

The Remington 700 SPS Rifle

My nephew Shane recently bought a new deer hunting rifle for the thick East Texas woods. It is a Remington 700 SPS (Special Purpose Synthetic) in .308 Winchester. He also bought a Leupold 4-12 scope and a solid base for it. We put it all together in my shop and he was ready to sight it in. He is working a lot of overtime and deer season is fast approaching and he finally asked me if I could sight it in for him. (More on [...]

A Small Lesson About Bullets

I went to the range this morning with no intention of posting about anything. But I observed something I thought you guys might be interesting in seeing and talking about. I took my S&W 686, .357 Magnum pistol, stainless, with a 6 inch barrel. It is a fine shooter. Here it is. I wasn’t shooting .357 Mag loads today. I was shooting some .38 Special full wadcutters with a light load for accuracy. I was shooting at [...]

The Box O’ Truth – Will a Better Target Improve Accuracy with Iron Sights?

My old buddy j97531, who I will call Matt, recently had an idea for the Box O’ Truth. His question was: Will a better target improve accuracy when shooting with iron sights? We discussed how many targets work, such as in Military Rifle Matches. They use a large circle, with smaller circles inside it to score the target. But the entire target can be as big as 5 foot in diameter, as it is shot at 100, 200, and 300 yards. [...]

A Lovely Day at the Range and an Important Fact

Today was a nice morning, so I decided to make a range trip. The lovely wife decided to go with me. She likes to take photos as a hobby. I shot my Remington 700 VLS in .308. It shot great as usual. Here are my groups for it, with the best one being about .43 MOA at 100 yards. And here’s the smile of a guy that just shot a ½ inch group with a fine rifle. I also shot my Swiss K-31 with a Tasco 4-16 power scope on it. [...]

How Does Barrel Length on a Shotgun Affect Velocity?

I did a test last week where we shot an old Marlin Goose Gun with a 36 inch barrel and compared it to other shotguns with shorter barrels but with the same chokes. We wanted to see if the extra barrel length would cause the patterns to “tighten up”. The results were kind of surprising, as they indicated that barrel length had nothing to do with pattern size. Only the choke mattered. You can read about it here: Does a [...]

Does a Long Shotgun Barrel Tighten the Pattern?

I am very fortunate to have a great Pastor at my church. Not only is he a great preacher, but he is also my very good friend. And, he is a gun nut. He recently told me that he had gotten an old shotgun from his Dad. It is a Marlin Goose Gun, also sometimes called a “Long Tom”. It has a 36 inch barrel. Marlin marketed these to goose hunters with the understanding that they would “reach way up” and knock down the [...]

The Ultimate Cliploader

My friend Matt came to go shooting with me and we were going to shoot our Ruger 22/45 pistols with our suppressors on them. Matt said, “I have this new thing you need to see. It is amazing.” It is a device called The Ultimate Cliploader and is made by McFadden Machine Co. Inc. It is made to quickly and easily charge the magazines for a .22 pistol. The problem is that with a Ruger 22/45, the magazines are very hard to [...]

The Box O’ Truth Tries a Suppressor on a Rifle

You may remember that while I was waiting for my suppressor, I ordered a .22 rifle to use it on. It is a Ruger American Rifle. Here’s the link: http://www.theboxotruth.com/the-ruger-american-rimfire-rifle/ Well, I got the suppressor and it was time to try it out. First, here’s the rifle without the suppressor.   Tests have shown that it will have an average of 140 decibels of sound without a can. With the can, [...]

The Box O’ Truth Gets a Suppressor

I don’t know why it took me so long to realize my dire need for a suppressor, but I finally got one. It took right at 9 months from ordering the suppressor and filing the paper work with the BATF before I got my stamp and could pick up the suppressor. First, let’s talk about the suppressor and what it does. Suppressors “suppress” the sound of a firearm firing. They are also called “silencers” or even [...]

Product Evaluation – The Colt Competition Series 1911 Pistol

My niece and nephew recently celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary and she wanted to give him a special gift. She knew he was looking for a certain 1911 and asked my help finding one for him. We found it. He said it was the best present he ever got. Here it is in the box. It is a Colt Competition 1911 pistol, a special edition model It came with two 8 round magazines and a nice case. It has a fiber optic rod front [...]
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