The Road to the
Shipping Crate runs through the Range ...
I take all of my work to the range
and proof it extensively before shipping. In this way, I KNOW
that I've shipped a proper rifle.
Following are many of the targets I
shot this week in determining the particular slug, slug size,
and set-up for the Nitro 2.
I'd made a Hellfire slug mold for this
rifle. Oddly, I could not hit the correct size or something and
the rifle wouldn't shoot it into cloverleaf groups @50 yards.
I moved on to another Barnes Slug.
Early on, the rifle
likes the Bishop slug @40 yards. These were some older cast slugs
and #2's which had been picked thru before.
And the rifle liked
them @50 yards too. But the scope proved to be damaged. After
every adjustment, the group would move unpredictably and open
up - settling down after a few shots.
I changed out the scope
to one of my known shop scopes. That did it. I could move the
group wherever I wished predictably. Still had the #2 Bishops
Even the #2's fly quite
And again ...
You don't cut the same
hole accidentally ...
This is a good slug
for the rifle.
Now, here's another
version of the Bishop - and even more lousy #3 quality slugs.
which still work well.
I decided to make a
fresh batch of slugs and return the next day. I decided to also
bring the Peppergrinder slug - a 350 grain slug from about five
years ago. I'd cast some of those too.
I went to the salvage yard (different one from last week where
I got the bogus soft lead that gave me trouble). I walked in and
asked if they might have soft lead. Yep ... in here. "There's
a 125 pound roll of it ... how much do you want?" I look
at the mangled mass of sheet lead and say ... "125 pounds".