Familiarity with my AR-15 in the Yote Woods Helps!

I am first and foremost, a hunter, more specifically a big game hunter. The AR-15 in .223 with a 55 grain pill does not add up for me as a big game weapon, but for Coyotes it is fabulous if you can get these smart song-dogs to stick their head out. My son gave me a Colt upper back in 2016 and I wrote lots about combining it with a Mil-Spec. lower unit. I disliked the stock trigger so I added a 2 stage Timney Trigger and tested it. See below. Wow! What a difference the Timney made!

New Timney Trigger Install on My AR-15

I put a scope on recently for yote hunting that had low rings and was uncomfortable with my cheek line up. I did not want to spend money on more rings so I put my best scope, a Leupold VX-6 3-18 and Leupold MK2 IMS mount for 30mm tube back on it as you see this photo. “LOVE MY LEUPOLD” As before sent some factory 55 grain FMJ pills down range at 100 yards at sub-moa groups. Since I have been out in the woods just three times this winter with my AR, I find that I am more comfortable in my handling practices and a sling. Taking the AR for a walk helps me know the best way to handle, cradle or sling it as I hunt.

Just got to get a Yote in my sights. They are not stupid here in New Hampshire. And yes they have some wolf genes!

Note: An AR-15 is a fine rifle for self-defense and home protection provide I train with it and shoot it regularly. There are lots of clubs offering training as do my friends at the Sig Sauer Academy in Epping, NH. Check them out and see the add I have for them on my front page!

Soon off  on some well deserved vacation in the sunshine state and will swap a rifle for a fishing rod, sun block and time with my lovely wife.

Good Shooting!

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Conceal Carry – NEW Springfield Armory 911 .380 ACP?

Very handsome ACP Frame pocket gun seen at the Shot Show 2018. I have asked Springfield Armory for New Hampshire Rifleman Magazine to test one. Hope they call me this week.

I have been looking for a small reliable conceal carry gun for a long time. Did I just find it?

911 .380 ACP

WEIGHT (WITH EMPTY MAGAZINE)12.6 oz


HEIGHT3.9″


SLIDE416 Black Nitride, Loaded Chamber Indicator


BARREL2.7″ 416R Stainless Steel, Black Nitride Finish, 1:16 Twist


LENGTH5.5″


GRIP WIDTHG10


FRAME7075 T6 Anodized Hard Coat Aluminum, Octo-Grip Texture on Front Strap & Mainspring Housing, Extended Ambi Thumb Safety


MAGAZINES1 – 6 Round Flush & 1 – 7 Round Extended, Stainless Steel


MSRP$599.00

 

Sig Sauer Academy Link

New Hampshire Rifleman was recently contacted by media representing Sig Sauer Academy. We have placed a link image to Sig Sauer Academy on our home page on the right our use the “Links” tab to go there. Click and you are taken to the Academy. Check out the Course offerings for 2018 and be amazed. 

We at NH Rifleman Magazine are fans of the Academy and have attended classes and believe these classes for NH Rifleman readers are extremely helpful if not essential in establishing and maintaining gun- safe handling, proficiency in Self and Home Defense and Law Enforcement as well as sporting and shooting competitive activities.

Good Shooting!

Look for more articles on Sig Sauer Academy in the near future. 

 

The Pennsylvania Rifle and the American Revolution

The Pennsylvania Rifle with its unique spiral grooves, called rifling, has been credited with being an essential firearm in winning the American Revolution.  Without this rifle in the Battle of Saratoga, and  many other battles, we would have been forced to play on a level playing field with superior British forces in a toe to toe battle and surely lost.

Elegant Brass Daisy Patch Box – with original Dickert Engraving pattern by a master engraver.

 

Engraved Brass side plate completed by a master engraver – side plate used to hold the lock in place. Note the original trigger design

Double C Scroll Carving in Dickert style above and floral below. Not bad for my first try with new hand carving tools.

42 inch “Swamp” Barrel – thicker at each end and thinner in the middle.

The first known Pennsylvania Rifle, also known much later as the Kentucky Rifle used to settle Kentucky, with spiral grooves in the bore, was created by Martin Mylin (1690-1749) in the year of our Lord 1705 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. All guns in the 13 Colonies of that period before 1705 were smooth-bore muskets where the projectile, a round lead ball,  did not spin.  Accuracy of the musket beyond 50 yards was a hit or miss proposition, pardon the pun, but could be easily reloaded. The rifle on the other hand had accuracy far beyond the musket, out to more than 200 to 300 yards in expert hands, but was more difficult to reload. Each of them, the rifle and musket had earned a place in battle.

The Pennsylvania Rifle, with its 42 inch rifled barrel, an excellent long range hunting rifle, was in fact, our first American Revolution – Sniper Rifle.

To a large degree in particular, a now legendary German Immigrant named Jacob Dickert of Lancaster, Pennsylvania created the most quantity and quality of these rifles in the 1770’s and 1780’s under contract to the Continental Congress.

Above is an exactly carved and fitted 50 caliber working replica of the famed Jacob Dickert Rifle build by Edward R. Hale – Member New Hampshire Sons of the American Revolution, and will be on Display this July 2018 at the American History Museum in Exeter, New Hampshire.

The rifle is based on a custom Lancaster Rifle kit from “Chambers Flintlocks Ltd.” and took over 100 hours for Mr. Hale to create. The barrel exterior in its final assembly phase was intentionally rusted and polished to give an antique patina as it would have been seen in the 1770’s. An exact model such as this was created by Dickert for Col. David Crockett.

French and Indian War

The Pennsylvania Rifles first use in the America’s was in the “French and Indian War” also known as the “Seven Years War” (1756-1763). Our American Revolution leaders such as General George Washington and many other leaders in the 13 Colonies fought in the “French and Indian War” and had knowledge of the Pennsylvania Rifle as a long range weapon that could take out the enemy from behind trees and rocks from long range by sniping enemy officers and American Indian scouts.

Siege of Boston

This rifle made its debut in the American Revolution at Boston where legendary General Daniel Morgan, appointed by General George Washington marched 600 miles with his contingent of Morgans Rifleman to fight alongside the Minutemen. They laughed at the Pennsylvania rifle when they saw that it had no bayonet. But the Minutemen leadership paid attention when Morgans Rifleman, perhaps such as private Tim Murphy gave a marksman demonstration at 200 yards or more. It has been said by some accounts of Tim Murphy that to qualify to be a rifleman he had to fire and repeatedly hitting a 7 inch target at 250 yards.

Battle of Saratoga

It was during the Battle of Saratoga that General Morgan had his best marksman, Tim Murphy, climb a tree and shoot British General Simon Fraser off his horse from 300 and other accounts say 500 yards. Murphy is said to have rested his rifle in a notch on a branch, and adjusted for wind and elevation and fired. Other accounts say it took more than one shot, never the less Fraser fell at the shot and was mortally wounded thus ending the flanking movement that the British desired. We won the battle and without this rifle and marksmen we would have surely lost.

There were many other battles such as the “Battle of the Cowpen’s” where the Pennsylvania Rifle won the day with leadership of General Morgan and marksmen like Tim Murphy so numerous that you can take a few days of reading just to catch up on how guerrilla warfare and the Pennsylvania Rifle won the day.

 

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New Hampshire Coyotes Soon Begin Looking For A Mate – Take Advantage

The experts say ( I am not one) that female vocalizations can draw Coyotes to your set up in January/February. I have given that a try and mix it with Coyote locator vocals and prey distress calls but it does not happen every time.

Use of electronic calls are very effective as  is having some decoy movement as in a motorized battery operated device. Get your NH 2018 Hunting License on-line and go for it.

I found solid advice here at this website: https://allpredatorcalls.com/coyote-hunting-101/

Most popular gun used is the AR-15 in .223 during the day.   I called NH Fish and Game today. It IS legal to hunt Coyote with more than 5 rounds in your center-fire clip (e.g. .223 rounds) after deer season only in daylight hours in New Hampshire. If you have questions for F&G please call.

From the F&G site: “Here’s how to contact your local Conservation Officer (CO): call Fish and Game’s Dispatch Office at (603) 271-3361. From December through September, the line is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed from noon until 1:00 p.m.); Saturday and Sunday, 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. The Dispatcher can relay a message to your local Conservation Officer.”

It is also legal to hunt in southern NH areas with center fire rifle in those Deer season shotgun towns in daylight after deer season. 

NHFG site 2018 says;

Coyotes

  • No closed season.
  • Night Hunting: Coyotes may be hunted at night from Jan. 1 through March 31. Lights may be used, except from a motor vehicle, snowmobile, or OHRV. Coyote night hunters are restricted to shotguns, .22 caliber rimfire, muzzleloaders, or archery equipment in those towns with special rules.
  • Electronic calling devices are legal.
  • Written landowner permission, filed with the local conservation officer, is required to hunt coyote at night or to place bait for coyotes.
  • Baiting is not permitted on ice-covered public waters.
  • From the close of the bear baiting season through December 15, baiting for coyote will be restricted to the use of meat, animal parts, carrion, or fish only.

Good Hunting! Send any Photos to us and we will post!

 

Reloading Tech: Wiring up a 6.5 Grendel

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

I hope all spent time with family and friends, and most importantly realized that we all have so much to be grateful for!

I’ve had the PressureTrace™ II system for a few years now and I’ve found it handy in examining the pressure characteristics of my reloads.  It’s been particularly handy in determining the pressure differences between two projectiles of the same weight using the same powder charge.  I’ve only used the system on my bolt guns up to now. I finally wired up my new 6.5 Grendel AR pattern rifle build, the details of which I can share in another post.

In terms of published data there still isn’t that much out there compared to other cartridges, but new data is coming out all the time.  In my estimation Alexander Arms® produces the best factory ammunition for the 6.5 Grendel since it was Bill Alexander who spear headed the design of the round.

Factory 123 gr Lapua Scenar Load

I wanted to use the Alexander Arms factory loads to compare against my loadings for my Grendel.

Since I had some time off yesterday and it was raining, I decided that I would get some load testing done under cover with the range all to myself.

Conditions:
Temp: 42ºF
Baro. Pressure: 29.83
RH%: 97%
Equipment:
Pressure Trace II System
Magnetospeed Chronograph

***CAUTION The data presented below is by no means meant to represent data published via SAAMI approved testing or test methods, and may not reflect the true pressure; this pressure testing is only meant as a comparative tool***

If you are curious as to what a Pressure Trace system is, check out the vendor website at Shooting Software

The barrel I am currently running is a Shilen Stainless Match HBAR 20″ 1:9″ twist featuring a rifle length gas system.  Its worth noting that most bullets in the 123 gr weight aren’t optimal in a 1:9″ twist barrel due to marginal theoretical stability, with the exception of the Hornady 123 gr Match ELD projectiles.

On to the data:

SAAMI MAP (Max Average Pressure): 52,000 psi

Pressure readings I’ve collected from Factory Alexander Arms 123 gr Scenar rounds following an estimated offset of 13000 psi added to original pressure value measure by the pressure trace system.

I’ve chronographed these rounds in 75-80ºF outside temps and they are cruising at about 2510 fps ±10fps out of the 20″ bbl, which is a fair amount faster than at 42ºF as we see here, so I think my estimation on the offset was correct. My aim is to establish the summer time pressure readings of the factory loads as my working maximum pressures.

Pressure readings from IMR 8208 XBR with a 26.5 starting load (not shown here) in 0.5 gr charge increments out to 28.5 gr (also not shown because of pressure signs of previous loadings.

Its clear that I’ve reached high pressure characteristics and any increase in charge weight would unnecessarily strain the Grendel and could eventually approach an unsafe condition.  I now believe I’ve established a safe maximum of 26.0 gr of IMR 8208 XBR, at least in these low temps. Surprisingly the charge to pressure correlation peaked at a lower charge weight than I would have expected based on published data out there for a similar weight projectile.  Published IMR loads with the 123gr Sierra Match King peak at a maximum charge of 28.5 grains (compressed).  I may have to re-adjust the charge downward during the summertime temps to stay consistent with pressures if I decide to stay with this load.  This is another reason why it’s always smart to back off by 10% (I started 7% from max). That being said, this is an accurate powder with 3/4″ groups.  I’ll likely study other powders as well for comparisons sake, such as Hodgdon CFE223 and Accurate 2520, both known for velocity production.  There is little data on CFE223 use, this is where the PressureTrace™ II system will shine, now that I have a baseline.

26.5 gr 8208 XBR 123 gr Hornady ELD Match vs Factory Alexander Arms 123 gr Lapua Scenar

Based on the images above, the Alexander Arms rounds are close in appearance to when I’ve fired them in the summer time, so these marks may be more associated with chambering.  One thing I’ve noticed is that sometimes just chambering a round produces some ejector swipe marks.  I think the marks on the reload to the left suggests that I should back off to 26.0gr and call it a day.

If your range has a covered firing position and it’s raining out, get outside and work your craft and understand your gun/ammunition combination, you just might have the range all to yourself

Look out for a companion piece to this article, as I purchased a 24″ barrel made by Satern Barrels and sold by Brownells, testing will commence with this shortly using the pressure trace system.

Until next time….

See you at the range!

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TargetVision Camera

Nearing the end of the competition season I became frustrated with the number of opportunities I had to practice a the 600 yard line.  One of the drawbacks to a 600 yard range in New England is the proximity to civilization.  Tracking your hits at such a long distance requires a spotter or someone to pull targets for you in the pits.  You HAVE to know you’re on the target.  This makes shooting/practicing by yourself a non-starter for safety reasons.  I wrote to the folks over at TargetVision and asked if I could do a review out of my own curiosity and for our readership.  They liked the idea and shipped a unit over for us to take a look at.

They sent over the LR-2 unit for us to review, which retails for $649 and is good for targets up to a mile away, wow!!  They do have other offerings for reduced distances, so take a look at the website to see what unit would better suit your needs.

When I opened the exterior cardboard box, I remarked to myself about the high quality of the carrying case for the camera system.  In the pic below, you can see that this case will protect your investment.  One of the little things that the folks over at TargetVision thought of is to ensure that the system doesn’t turn on in transit, so they taped the power switch in the off position.

From targetvisioncam.com Website:

The LR-2 is a fixed lens, portable, battery powered, wireless target camera system that can be viewed from a phone or tablet.  This target camera has a range of one mile and a run time of 12 + hours. TARGETVISION is the perfect companion for long range shooters, competitive shooters, and people who are looking for a more interactive and entertaining shooting experience.  This unit is able to clearly see .17 caliber bullet holes (and larger) at any distance up to a mile.  TARGETVISION consists of two pieces, the camera/transmitter and the receiver.  The camera sits down range about 10-15 feet from the target and can be moved within that range to adjust the field of view.  The receiver sits next to the shooter on the ground or shooting bench.

External antenna is not required to go one mile, but optional.

NO CELL OR WiFi SERVICE REQUIRED!

NO SKEW CORRECTION REQUIRED!

MADE IN TEXAS.  

Instructional Videos 

APP Video 

Hardware

Specifications

  • Resolution: 1280 X 960
  • Pivotable Camera
  • Batteries: Rechargeable Lithium Ion
  • Band: 2.4GHz
  • Weight: 13 lbs.
  • Hard Case Dimensions: 16.00″ x 13.00″ x 7″ (IP67 Rated)

In the Box

  • TARGETVISION Camera
  • TARGETVISION Receiver
  • Waterproof, Crush-proof, Dust-proof Custom Hard Case
  • 12V DC Charger
  • 2 Tripods

 

Serious protection for that hardware!

I was impressed with the quality so far and couldn’t wait to get it out to the range, but before I did, I inspected the system and made sure to charge both the Transmitter and Receiver. After the charge up, I was ready for some range action.  It was some time until I could find an opportunity to get out and take it for a spin, but I eventually got out to the 600 to use the system.  Set up was ridiculously easy!  You set up the camera/transmitter unit off to the side about 10 feet or so away, connect to the WiFi network and center the target in the camera view by making final adjustments to the ball/socket style camera lens.  After that, you head back to your equipment, confirm the image in your smartphone/tablet, and start shooting.  I had this gear up and running in 15 minutes.  See the TargetVision video below:

Below are the images from my set up at the Nashua Fish & Game Club.

Simple as 1, 2, 3!

Marking your shots is a breeze with this system.  So after set up and watching my rounds impact down range, I’m officially hooked. Guaranteed after I pick up one of these, that next season will show a marked improvement in my accuracy at distance.  The image below is from a photo I took and exported using the TargetVision app functionality on my iphone.  I am thoroughly impressed with this camera rig.  This gear gets a solid A in my book!

Not bad, but this isn’t an F-Class Target.

The bottom line is if long range shooting is on the menu, get your hands on a high quality target camera system like this one and as they say at TargetVision, “Never Lose Sight”!

See you at the range!

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Rifle Recoil, Accuracy and the 6.5 Creedmoor for Big Game Hunters

It is axiomatic that most can shoot with more accuracy with a .22 LR Rifle than with a larger center fire bullet. The fundamental reason is lack of recoil or kick as some may say.

Many folks recommend the .243 Winchester (6mm) as a good rifle caliber for a young deer hunter. And for good reason, it has low recoil in the 8 to 11 ft-lb class that many women and young shooters can easily handle.

But what if I could raise the caliber to 6.5 and still shoot in the 10 to 11 ft-lb class and really be able to pack a wallop at long range and have even deeper penetration ensuring game going down faster.

The 6.5 Creedmoor does just that and with great accuracy! I am a big fan as you can tell from all of my articles!

At right is a 6.5 Creedmoor next to a 30-06 cartridge. Big difference!!  All said and done, the 6.5 Creedmoor built rifle can be lighter and easily handled in the field making it even more popular for all day or all week hunting and handling. Who doesn’t like that!

I have tested several rifles here in New Hampshire Rifleman Magazine with the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge and find that many rifle brands are extremely cost effective from say the $400 to 600 dollar range for a new rifle such as Ruger, Thompson Center, Weatherby and Savage to name a few. And all of those I tested were MOA or better in accuracy.  I mean really, that is just fantastic. If you hand load the 6.5 you are in for a treat, at the bench and at the target range it shoots holes in holes bringing a smile to  my face every time. As a varmint rifle it is in the process of making new permanent friends for Coyote and Woodchuck/Prairie Dog hunters too.

I hope to shoot the 6.5 Creedmoor soon in a Weatherby Rifle I am due to test. Look for it soon!

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