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Range Day!


Took a Tundra 45 caliber to the range today. Here's a few targets.


These were both shot with Barnes Raptors @ 50 yards. These were 215 grain versions @ approx. 810 fps. with this particular rifle setting.


First one is an 80 yard group with 280 grain Barnes Bishops. Second is an 80 yard group with 215 grain Barnes Raptors.

I never have time to get too familiar with a particular rifle. I clamp a scope on it and go shoot. I did so today. Was gonna clamp on a big Tasco Side Wheel custom shop, but; the big front bell was juuuuuuuust a smidge too large for the set-up. So, I clamped on an old 6 by 18 by 40mm Trophy shop scope. I don't shoot up tons of lead to just sight in. I get close with a few slugs - note the "hold off", and shoot. Note the spot at 7 O'clock. I noted the hold off on another target. Rather than burn ten slugs dialing in the scope, I just drew the spot for the hold off and shot. I'm displaying the accuracy potential. You hold the same POAim, a good rifle will hit the same POImpact.

A day at the range is good for ya!


I took two PCP rifles. The re-built Ranger 32 project rifle, and my prototype test rifle - the Ranger 2002/25 caliber. I grabbed my 6 by 12 shop scope and stuck it on each in turn. Didn't go through alot of scope fiddling - just noted the POI and "held off" for these groups. This is why the group centers vary so much.



The Ranger 32 is ready to ship. Final range proof testing was carried out yesterday.

This is the Ranger 32 shooting my new Falcon 70.6 grain slug at 50 yards

Ranger 2002/25 Super Magnum


I also took the Ranger 2002 for additional testing. Here, firing the 50 grain 25 caliber Barnes Bishops @ 50 yards early in the session.


Couple of 75 yard three shot groups with the Ranger 2002 and the 50 grain Bishops in 25 caliber.


The 25 "Daisycutter" is a new slug. 60.6 grains in 25 caliber. Takes a special rifle to shoot such a slug. Here, @ 50 yards. The Ranger 2002 will break 100 foot pounds with the Daisycutter.

Now, something illustrated yesterday. A topic I've covered in some detail before. It takes "Energy" to project to distance. Look at these following two targets.


Here's two 100 yard targets I shot yesterday. (Top Ranger hole is a double - but it could not be followed up). Now, these were first attempts with both rifles and both new slugs. I can clean this up some with more work. However; it illustrates my point. Both of these rifles are shooting right around 100 foot pounds at the muzzle. They are expected to tire some at 100 yards. Wind currents will effect the trajectory more. When I make long range PCP target rifles, I always recommend more energy than this for 100 yard work.

My experience is quite different than the stories I read in the press. I read, recently, about the reported phenomenal accuracy of a new rifle. Shooting only 8 point something foot pounds at the muzzle, "Group" sizes were quoted for 50 yards! Good group sizes - under an inch. (While no targets were produced of same). What could the remaining energy be after lobbing 50 yards? I'd expect the pellet to bounce off the paper. We know the pellets from FT rifles @ 20 foot pounds are blown all round by the mere hint of a breeze. These reports just confuse people. When they are told they can accurately shoot 50 yard targets with 8 or 9 fpe of muzzle energy, then I have to spend hours explaining why a 100 fpe PCP isn't a Dragon Slayer.

My experience has shown me that 100 foot pounds is minimal for 100 yard work. Yes, @ 100 yds, the 100 fpe slug still penetrates the 3/4" ply backer ... but; the slugs don't "drill" across the distance and buck wind currents as well. 75 yards is a much better range for a 100 fpe PCP, as demonstrated by the above range targets of yesterday.

You must have the equipment to cleanly perform the expected task. This is why I honestly promote energy in my target rifles. You are just shooting paper, I know. But you want a clean trajectory and a breeze resistant slug. I won't lead you to believe you can perform unrealistic tasks in order to make the rifles look good. And, what I tell you, I'll show you.


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