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    Cool

    Finally everything in hand and mounted up

    Ready to put in some trigger time

    I went with the 3x9x40 with the BDC, looking at the charts I should be able to zero it at 140 yards and the pips will be on at 200 300 400ish yards


    The rifle is a little heavy for a "Handi-Rifle" but she balances and points really well
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    Breaking in the barrel

    I was using just the Posi-align inserts to move the zero I figured I would get as close as possible before touching the turrets on the scope

    These were the first two groups out of the barrel at 25 yards, I kept messing with it and tweaking out to 100 yds ended up about 1 inch high and still left but the groups barely expanded..

    Pretty happy with it considering I was cleaning after every 3 shots, not using fireformed brass and not using a fouling shot, basically everything wrong for best accuracy

    First 21 rounds went better than hoped for
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    Plenty accurate enough for your game and distance. It’s nice when they come together like that, though I assume your background and experience had more to do with it than anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfk742 View Post
    Plenty accurate enough for your game and distance. It’s nice when they come together like that, though I assume your background and experience had more to do with it than anything else.
    Only a little

    I built the rounds and I had trigger control,,, but most of this is all on the rifle, I was just looking to break in the barrel and fireform the brass
    I was impressed enough with the groups to do ROUGH adjustments using the posi-align rings, I wasn't even really drying the bore that well between cleaning, and wasn't using fouling shots before each group..

    I am really looking forward to getting in the Hunting rounds and dialing in the loads, but yeah your right I have zero expectations for any shots over 400 yards more in the 100-200 yard range are likely
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    Just Saying

    Worth a giggle, I actually stole it from one of the 35 Whelen groups I belong to
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    Resurrecting zombie threads for fun and frolic.

    I love rifles! I'm way more into rifles than I am into handguns though I enjoy collecting and shooting (mostly vintage) handguns and have used handguns to take some few deer over the years. I love duck hunting and dove hunting, but have fewer shotguns for the purpose. I love shooting rifles, piddling with rifles, handloading for them, shooting boring paper targets with them through the year then putting them to work afield in hunting season.

    I'm more enthused about traditional blue steel and walnut than I am about "everything AR 15, all the time."

    Rifles, new(ish) and old(er), for hunting purposes are on hand chambered for the following cartridges.

    .22 Long Rifle
    .22 Hornet
    .220 Swift
    .257 Roberts
    7X57
    .30-30
    .30 Remington
    .300 Savage
    .30-06
    .303 ICL Improved
    .32-20 Winchester
    .32 Winchester Special
    .351 Winchester Self Loading
    .375 H&H Magnum
    .38-40 Winchester
    .405 WCF
    .45-60 WCF
    .45-90 WCF

    I'm not really into hunting cartridges with the word "magnum" tacked on as a suffix to their cartridge designation for until one gets to bore diameter of .30 caliber or larger "magnum" seems pointless. The .30-06 is my very favorite rifle cartridge and takes care of everything I'll likely ever hunt out to as far as I want to shoot at it. If the .30-06 isn't adequate then we'll step on up to .375 H&H Magnum.

    The oldie and obsolete cartridges on the above list are for fun, but they still work. Most of them have taken deer for me with only a few yet waiting in the wings for their chance. A couple are a bit tepid for good work on big game except perhaps for emergency subsistence.

    Here's the Winchester Model 70 tribe, including my favorite .30-06 hunting rifle. It's the "meat axe."

    left to right: .220 Swift from 1937, .257 Roberts from 1947, .30-06 from 1953, .375 H&H Magnum from the mid (?) 1980s.

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    Nice Iron

    Always liked the idea of a 405, I was reading last year I think it was they were releasing an new version of a Lever action chambered in it

    I think I read someplace the 405 was one of Teddy Roosevelt's favs
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    Quote Originally Posted by noelekal View Post
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    Here's the Winchester Model 70 tribe, including my favorite .30-06 hunting rifle. It's the "meat axe."

    left to right: .220 Swift from 1937, .257 Roberts from 1947, .30-06 from 1953, .375 H&H Magnum from the mid (?) 1980s.
    Nice rifles and choice of calibers.
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    Teddy Roosevelt called the .405 Winchester Model 1895 his "medicine gun" for lion.

    It'd do for the purpose. I shot one deer with it. Texas whitetail don't offer enough substance to warrant .405 capabilities. The buck was 90 yards away with a plowed field stretching out for hundreds of yards behind him. Upon receiving the shot the buck sagged down like a puppet on whose strings had just gone limp and I saw a geyser of dirt kick up perhaps 300 yards down field where the 300 grain bullet then struck. Not much damage to the meat and not as an impressive an undeniably immediate stop as I've observed with other calibers.

    Here's the rifle. It was refinished years before I obtained it. Was manufactured the first year of the introduction of the .405 WCF, 1904. It's the only rifle I've ever shot whose dismally brutal recoil lives up to its reputation. Has to do with the short stock, excessive drop, thin curved steel butt plate and light rifle weight. I'm sure in a more modern design the cartridge would be a powder puff in a relative sort of way.
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    I think it was Elmer Keith that said with large diameter slow moving rounds you could eat right up to the hole. Seems the 405 Win is a case in point.

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