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Friday, April 8, 2016

Latest on the S&W 1911Sc

Yesterday I got my beloved 1911 SC back from S&W. They made it right, and repaired everything, paying shipping both ways...New plunger housing staked on, and chamfered correctly it looks like. 
We're at the range and ready to fire 300 rounds of cheap Russian Wolf Poly ammo.
Ten yards rapid fire, four full magazines worth. Remember, we are testing for operation,
not accuracy. Not Olympic groups, but respectable for crap ammunition.

The target below I decided to fire a magazine of 185 grain +P Remington Golden Saber, my duty carry ammo. Not an issue. Spot on.
Fifteen yards, rapid fire. This is with the Russian stuff. Not pretty, but doable. 
Rapid fire with Russian at 25 yards. Not easy with this lightweight .45 ACP. In fact, I can tell you, it is damn difficult to shoot rapid fire with a lightweight .45 ACP. If you disagree, write and tell me why. I suspect you do not have much experience..
All over the place rapid fire, but, acceptable if in a violent confrontation.
Thirty+ rounds, cadence fired to the head at 30 yards. I am NOT pleased with this target.
OK, is it the gun, the ammo, or me? I set this target up at 15 yards and shot at cadence speed. Watch the front sight. 100 rounds. Press. and is shooting spot on.
I do need to say though, that the Wolf Poly ammo is a no go. It IS cheap, and now we know why. It is not entirely accurate or dependable. The Russians use extremely hard primers, and if you shoot this stuff and have a failure to fire, try the round again. Sometimes it'll go, and sometimes not. If not, dump it. It burns extremely dirty.  Below you see the repaired S&W torn down. I have never cleaned a dirtier weapon than this one after 300 rounds of Wolf Poly Ammo. It is terrible. After 150 rounds of failure free shots, we had constant failure to feeds, with the failure to feed bullet up in a half closed battery. 
Below is the product of 300 rounds of the poorest and dirtiest ammunition I have ever fired. This .45 was gunked up beyond  belief, and I had multiple failures to feed.  I
know this is not the fault of the gun because I shot twenty rounds of duty +P 185 grain Golden Saber, and they functioned perfectly. 
Conclusion: Got the gun back, all fixed. Operates fine, and I realize now, after having fired some 500 rounds through my S&W M&P 9 while the .45 was gone, how easy it is to control the 9mm. Now, in defense of the .45, I am shooting a lightweight one. It is tremendously difficult to control if you are not an experienced shooter. This is a professional's gun to be sure. It is accepted among the pro's that if you shoot a lightweight commander type over a full size, you'll have to train 25 % more to obtain the same skill level as you would with a full size. I can live with that, as I shoot all the time.
On a calmer note. Can you believe these lilys in our kitchen? The perfume is almost overwhelming!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

April Arrives at Long Ridge Deer Camp

March here in the Connecticut River Valley was absolutely...decent. Usually here in March in the mornings I am walking on 18 inches of snow with cement like crust, which by noon has softened enough to become impassable. This year,  slogging through mud. As of today, I only have one place left on the property that is still frozen, and by tomorrow everything will be completely thawed. As you may have surmised, the deer never needed to yard up this year, and thus I threw out a bit of corn everyday to maintain a longer census. I did switch from cracked corn to whole corn on the advice of a game warden. Interestingly, turkeys never discovered the corn until a week or so ago. Speaking of turkeys, a video of a flock of 150+ was taken less than a mile from camp! The flock you see here numbers around twenty. Early this morning our hunters were out scouting for turkeys.
One thing different this year. Not a single coyote on camera since December. They are GONE! I have a neighbor to thank for that. But imagine, if you will, that now I have to travel if I want to hunt them! How ironic is that! Watch the fawn numbers soar. 
Below is a nice looking doe passing underneath a twenty foot ladder stand. I've never placed a camera here before and am pleased at all the pictures.
Eyeball within earshot picture of this curious deer!
This red fox is just about to cross one of my mineral licks. Looks healthy, and why not? No snow cover for rabbits or mice this year.
One of our flocks feeding, with a big tom wanting to go to work. Pay attention ladies!
This is the so-called hemlock group below. They bed about 300 yards from here in a dense hemlock grove. There are actually nine in this group.
Just winging on by...
Can anyone tell me what kind of creature this red fox has caught? The fox appears healthy, if not fat!
Not sure if this turkey is flying in, flying out, or just exercising.
The picture below explains why we call them 'whitetails'!
Turkeys and deer. Almost always compatible, although deer youngsters love to chase the big birds.
The two pictures below show what I have been doing on trail, and there is a lot of cleaning up to do still!

Beside farm chores, trail cleanup is a week long issue in these parts. No ice storms this year but we did have some days of near gale force winds, and it'll take me days to be happy with trail conditions. Not complaining here, I love the work! With farm maintenance and chores, and twice weekly trips to the shooting range (and the Sheriff's Dept) we do stay busy!

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