The Box O’ Truth #48 – Laminated Bullet Proof Glass – Rifles

In Part One, we shot some glass rated for pistols. Today, we will test some glass rated for rifles. This piece of glass is very heavy. Here’s the set-up, with the glass supported on three sides. It is rated NIJ III for Rifles, and is 20 X 20 inches, and 2 inches thick, and weighs 70 pounds. That’s heavy. We already know that this sheet of glass will withstand 5 rounds of .308, as that is what is required to [...]

The Box O’ Truth #49 – Damaged Bullet Accuracy and the Box O’ Truth

I have had friends that were deer hunters that would closely inspect their hunting bullets and discard any that showed any damage whatsoever to the point of the bullet. Is this a good idea, or does it even matter? Let’s find out. First, I ordered a box of hunting bullets with an exposed lead tip. These are Hornady Interlock, .308 caliber, 150 grain, Jacketed Soft Point hunting bullets. They look great and I know [...]

Low Light Essentials #7 – Gear – Long Gun Sights and Lasers

Long Gun Sights The best option for low light use for most people is an Aimpoint red dot. They work great in conjunction with a white light and they’ll work if you mount some sort of NV behind them. They have a long battery life, they are durable, reliable… pretty much everything you could hope to want in an optic. A decidedly inferior option to the red dot sight, the various tritium equipped iron sights [...]

The Box O’ Truth #54 – Busting an Engine Block

Back in the early 1970s, I was told, as a young policeman, that one of the advantages of the .357 Magnum was that it would “bust an engine block”. I did not know if it would, but that was the persistent rumor. I’ve always wondered what it would really do, but hauling a heavy engine block to the range and then hauling it off to the dump was too much for me to tackle. But my old friend Boyd called me last week and [...]

The Box O’ Truth #50 – Shooting Bullets Backwards

A while back, I shot some bullets that had been loaded backwards in the case. I had read about this trick in a book by old Elmer Keith. He had found it difficult to find good soft nosed hunting bullets in the late 1930s, and had decided to try pulling some military ball bullets and turning them around so that the open end of the Full Metal Jacketed bullet was towards the front. He hoped that they might open up and work [...]

The Box O’ Truth #51 – The Effects of a Rifle Rest on Groups

A recent shoot got me to thinking. (Dangerous, I know) I have been told all my life that if a rifle barrel was allowed to rest on a hard surface it would have a bad effect on the accuracy. One school of thought was that a hard rest would result in larger groups. The other was that it would result in the group landing higher than normal on the target. I have even heard hunters say that they had missed their deer because [...]

The Box O’ Truth #52 – Bullet Quality and Accuracy

Those of us that handload know that there are several things that can and will effect accuracy. Case quality and preparation, primers, powder, and bullet quality will all affect the accuracy of the load. Today, we will look at one of those parameters, bullet quality. I started out with some once-fired, Israeli military brass. It was full length resized, chamfered inside and out, and polished. Federal Small Rifle Primers [...]

The Box O’ Truth #57 – The Box O’ Truth Tests Infidel Body Armor Rifle Plates

I was contacted by a fine fellow from Infidel Body Armor who told me about the rifle plates that they made and sold. He asked me if I would be interested in testing a few of them against my rifles. Of course, I said, “Sure!” Here is a carrier that they make to hold the plates. It is about as nice of a carrier as I’ve ever seen. Lots of Velcro and snaps to make it fit just about anyone. It also has a cumber bun to [...]

Educational Zone #96 – Refinishing a Mosin 91/30

Some of you may not know this, but my friend Ponyboy has been hosting The Box O’ Truth for me for several years now, on his bandwidth that he uses for his business. We have become good “Internet friends”, even though we have never met in person. He recently sent me an e-mail and said, “Send me a copy of your C&R, as I have an early Christmas present to send you.” I did so, and waited for [...]

Educational Zone #97 – Handloading the .303 British

I enjoy shooting my .303 Enfields, but mostly shoot military surplus ammo I them. It is corrosive, but it shoots well enough to entertain me at 50 yards.  I recently decided to try some Prvi Partizan factory loads and compare the accuracy to the milsurp. Here’s the Prvi on the left, and some milsurp on the right: Here is a typical 10 shot group at 50 yards with some Paki .303 surplus. Not too bad, but not exactly [...]
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