Rifle

Educational Zone #98 – Shooting a Rifle from a Benchrest

A lot of my friends that are hunters know that I am a “gun nut”, and often ask me to help them sight-in their rifles for deer season. I am glad to do so. However, I am often surprised at how awkward many people are when they try to shoot a rifle off of a benchrest. Today, I will show those of you that are interested, how to use a benchrest to sight-in or to test a rifle. First, let’s clear-up what we [...]

Educational Zone #89 – The Remington 700 Rifle

The Remington 700 bolt action rifle comes in an amazing array of models. Remington started making rifles on this model in the early 1960s, and they have made many variations. Some police agencies and military snipers use this rifle as a sniper rifle, as it is a very accurate system and is within the budget of most agencies. The rifles are usually capable of sub-MOA or slightly over one inch groups, right out of the box. [...]

Educational Zone #92 – How to Trim Rifle Brass

I have shot probably hundreds of thousands of rounds of pistol ammo, and reloaded a lot of it too. But if you only shoot pistol ammo, you do not really need to be concerned about the brass stretching and getting too long. But with bottle-necked rifle ammo, this is a different story. When bottle-necked rifle rounds are fired, the brass tends to stretch and the brass gets a little longer each time it is shot and resized [...]

Educational Zone #95 – Interesting Firearms – The Model 96 Swedish Mauser

My buddy Ted recently acquired an example of the Model 96 Swedish Mauser at a gun show. It is one of the cleanest examples of this rifle I have ever seen.I told him, “If you ever decide to get rid of that rifle, give me first shot at it.” He decided that he could live without it and sold it to me. Here it is.It is as clean as the day it left the factory.These rifles are in 6.5 X 55 Mauser, a very fine round. [...]

Educational Zone #85 – Monarch 7.62 X 39 Ammo in an SKS

Some of us recently took advantage of a great sale at Academy on some Monarch 7.62 X 39 ammo at a good price. I was especially interested, as the 7.62 X 39 I had was some Russian JHP ammo and I had a problem with it in my SKS. Here’s the Monarch, which is a FMJ compared to the older Russian JHP ammo. Not much difference, but an important one, as it turns out. I always had problems with the first round out of a full [...]

Educational Zone #86 – The Newton Rifle

I have a good friend named Vern, who once owned a motorcycle that was worn out and in need of repair. A neighbor told him that he wanted the bike and would he be interested in trading something for it. Vern asked what he had and he said, “I have an old rifle I’ll trade you for the bike.” A deal was done. Vern basically cleaned up the rifle and did not even shoot it for many years. But he did some [...]

Educational Zone #75 – Bedding a Rifle Stock

I had a couple of friends ask me how we bedded the rifle stocks on the M44 Mosin rifles I posted about. So I took a few pictures of how it was done today as I bedded a couple of rifles I needed to do.Bedding the action on these old rifles will usually tighten-up the grouping. The original channels in the stocks were often a little sloppy when done in war time conditions. Getting a tighter fit between the action and the [...]

Educational Zone #77 – Interesting Firearms – The Winchester .30-30 Rifle

In 1895, Winchester introduced the 1894 lever action rifle and the .30 WCF (Winchester Center Fire) Cartridge.This round became known as the .30-30 Winchester, the first .30 indicating caliber and the second 30 standing for 30 grains of a smokeless powder used in those days. The great John Browning designed this rifle.Over 7 million of these rifles have been sold. The .30-30 was the first commercial round to use the new [...]

Educational Zone #79 – Tightening Up the Groups on an Old Rifle

Some of you may remember that I have an old 1917 Enfield that is a really nice example. Here it is. It is a really nice example on the outside and even has Elmer Keith’s cartouche on the stock, indicating that he once inspected it at Ogden Arsenal.But as nice as it is on the outside, the bore is enough to make a grown man cry.It is as rough as a dried corn cob.I have done some experiments to improve the accuracy [...]

Educational Zone #80 – Inexpensive Red Dot Scopes

I had a friend on the Box O’Truth Discussion Forums that bought a cheap red dot scope and had some people tell them that such scopes were useless.That has not been my experience and I thought I would share my experiences with you guys.Tman and I both have an inexpensive red dot set-up on a rifle.Here’s mine.It is set up on an M-4 style carbine in Coyote Brown. The scope is a BSA 40mm Red Dot scope that I [...]
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