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"Participating in Life"

Summer 2011/12: New additions to the Armoury...

 year has gone by since I wrote about the acquisition about the .454 Casull..    I have enjoyed the rifle and am now well into reloading.   I must admit the reloads are much easier on the shoulder than the factory rounds...  that being said I seem to get just as good accuracy from them.

This year...  Keeping in the vein of lever action rifles I purchased a .22 Norinco Lever Action..   A cheap chinese rifle but it fires well and is accurate enough for plinking down at the quarry...  

 

Next TK spoiled me again as she is apt to do by buying me a Rossi Wizard Break Barrel..   with a .223calibre barrel.    I wanted this caliber as it is one of the most popular these days.   I also got the reloading gear for it so I can reload the ammo for it..

 

 This is a pic of a Wizard..  this one is nickel finish but the one I have is blued...   With the Wizard you can get other caliber barrels so not long after that another barrel was added..   This time a .308   another popular caliber these days..  close to the 762 military round.  I am also reloading them.

 For my Christmas present this year I bought myself another lever action..  This time a Mossberg 30/30... 

 A nice rifle...  and boy does it pack a whack...   but very accurate and fun to use...   I have the reloading gear for it but haven't fired off enough rounds yet to reload...

At the beginning of our holidays we went down to the unofficial range and had a blast trying the whole lot...  Great fun...


This is the line up...  The Norinco .22 on the top..  Then the Mossberg 30/30...  Then the .454 Casull below that is the .223 Rossi Wizard complete with scope...   and on the bottom is the .308 barrel for the Wizard.  I will get another scope for that as my eye sight is not as it used to be...

 A great set up...  We had a great time.   I wonder what I get next...

Stay tuned...

XC

Christmas Day 2010:  Trying the new toy..  A Rossi .454 Casull

TK convinced me to take a break from truck building this afternoon and go and try out my christmas present to myself.   I had finally relented and purchased a Rossi .454 Casull lever action rifle based on the famous 1892 Winchester.    I got it because I wanted a lever action rifle and I want to learn how to reload the ammunition for it.  This rifle came with some reloading equipment.  These lever action rifles actually fire a pistol round.

So this was the first outing.   TK and I loaded up all the firearms and headed out to the unofficial range nearby.  I wont say exactly where it is but it is a perfect location and is often used by the locals based on the number of targets left lying about all shot up..!!

 

Of course we like to do things in style.  TK at the firing point with her Norica Goliath...  It looks like a military weapon but it is a .177 air rifle.   Has a kick bigger than a .22 and she loves plinking with it...   Practicing ready to go hunting rabbits.   The Rossi is leaning on my chair.

A while ago I built an engineers workbench and bought a sheet of 5mm steel fot the top.   With the leftover sheet I cut a square to use as a target.   It makes a nice "GONG" when hit.  Great for .22LR plinking.

I set it up to see how it stood up to the .454 casull....

 

XC taking careful aim...  Not having fired the rifle before I was not sure how much of a kick it was going to give.
Then I found out  "BOOM"... Just as well I was holding it tight into the shoulder.
HIT..!
We walked down to the target about 50m away and as I got closer I saw that it had actually made a hole in the 5mm steel.   Amazing power for a pistol round.

TK was not to be out done..   She dug out her Rossi Puma breakdown rifle she got for christmas last year.  It has an interchangeable barrel...   a .22LR  and a .410 shotgun barrel.     She puts the .410 on and loads up with a solid slug cartridge.

 

 She had not fired this barrel before either and was surprised at the noise and the kick it has for such a small gun.   She missed my steel plate target but hit the frame it was being held by...  Mumble..!!! put a hole in it.!!

I fired 10 rounds through the .454.... (not all at the steel plate..!!)  It is an amazing rifle..  a hell of a kick but very accurate at 50m...   I will manufacture a target and take it out to 100m plus...  

We spent some more time plinking.  TK with her air rifle and I put on the .22LR barrel on the Puma and fired off a few.  Great fun.

When we got back home I took a pic of the plate...

 

The top hole of the three was the first hit...   Look at the size of the hole..   The round you can see by the rifle is the .454 casull round... it is pretty big but the hole it made in this 5mm plate steel is huge..   The peg is there for scale.  The marks near the top hole are made by .22LR  no dent even...   The dent below the bottom left hole is made with .410 slug.

 

Just to prove there is a hole in the plate steel..  I shove my finger through it to take a pic...

A great christmas present...  The ammo I used was Hornady 300 grain bullet...  When I reload the cases they wont be as powerful as the factory loads.   So my shoulder will appreciate it.  It will be interesting to see the different effects the different loads have.

All good learning.  Thanks to Russell who was generous with tips and hints with the rifle.

Watch this space for more fun on the range.

XC