Educational Zone

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 #90 – Interesting Cast Bullet Situation

My old buddy Tman left me a coffee can full of cast 200 grain SWC .45 bullets. They had not been sized or lubricated. Last week I set up my Lyman 450 Sizer Lubricator and ran them all through it. For those that are not familiar with cast bullets, they come from the mold slightly larger than necessary, and you have to run them through a Sizer Lubricator to size them to the proper diameter, in this case .452, and it also [...]

Educational Zone #91 – Let’s Talk About Buckshot

A short while back I was on Shotgunworld in the Tactical/Home Defense Forums, (also known as The Basement) and we had a guy ask a simple question: “Specifically, I’m curious about how much the shot in standard 2-3/4” 9-pellet 00 buckshot weighs. Anyone know? I tried figuring it out mathematically and came up with about 1.1 ounces. I thought that seemed a bit light, but I guess they can’t pack big [...]

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 [...]

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 #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 #93 – Took The Lovely Wife Shooting

Today was one of the Quarterly Requalification days for the wife. She isn’t as big of a shooter as I am, but she enjoys it and I like to keep her qualified to use her pistol if it should ever be necessary. Today we were going to be shooting my Kimber 1911 Royale and her Smith & Wesson 642-2 Airweight .38 Special. Here they are. She started out with the Airweight and ran about 75 rounds through it today. She was [...]

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 #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 #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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