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Range Report: SB’s guns, continued!

Posted by Lissa on March 23, 2010

[My computer refused to connect to the Internet yesterday, leaving me with a half-finished post and no way of saving it.  It’s behaving better today, so I’ll finish it up!]

Good morning all!  On a side note, I’m exhausted; I helped a friend by editing a paper, and as a result I was stricken with college nightmares.  You know — dreams of papers overdue, of roommate and dorm issues, of irate chemistry professors, stuff like that.  I feel unrested and stressed despite the fact that I’m not in college anymore!!!

Anyway, let’s revel in the fact that I’m an adult and look at more guns!

While playing with the AR-15 and .22, some nice guys the next berm over offered to let us shoot their .22.  It was a Savage Mark 2 BTBS with a lovely lovely stock:

To be honest, I don’t know whether I hit the target with the Savage; their paper was pretty well perforated and the scope wasn’t THAT good.  But Mike seemed to like it!

Shoothouse Barbie was thrilled to break in her birthday-Garand:

(I’ve had a date with a Garand — remember? — and so declined to make this one’s acquaintance.)

After much hopping up and down and pleading by Lissa, we brought out the shotties!  This shiny gun is a Winchester Model 1300 —

— and here Vanna Dr. Boyfriend shows off the Remington 870:

Is this a good excuse to post the shottie video again?  Oh, surely it’s a good enough excuse:

(And of course I wanted the shiny gun for the video! I did shoot both though.)

As you can tell by watching me fly backwards, buckshot is a WHOLE DIFFERENT GAME than birdshot!!  I was hunkered low for stability and bracing my feet and still got slammed about.

Memento of two shotguns' delicate caresses

The last thing we shot was an FAL .308 (which I believe is specifically verboten by our good friend Martha Coakley):

It took me a little wiggling to get the magazine in — it loads weird, and I’m always afraid to break other peoples’ stuff — but it was a hoot to light off.  It had a real smooth trigger pull; the recoil was not insubstantial but it was fairly quick and easy to get the red dot sight back on target.

I don’t have any pictures, but we used the fading light to scoot over to the pistol range and play with Glocks and Steyrs and Sigs (they have a Siguette!) and removed the center of many targets.  A good time was had by all!

Shoothouse Barbie and Dr. Boyfriend, thanks so much for taking us shooting!  We had a fabulous time!

And as a bonus, I finally, FINALLY learned how to make a moist pork loin!  Apparently the secret is to sear all four sides in a cast-iron skillet before popping it into the oven with a meat thermometer.  Hooray!

I used Rendezvous dry rub all over the outside and served it with pan-roasted brussel sprouts. Nom nom nom!

8 Responses to “Range Report: SB’s guns, continued!”

  1. ZerCool said

    I’m going to nitpick, so please forgive me. The Savage appears to be a MkII BTVS. Savage has a somewhat bizarre and not-entirely-logical method of indicating features of their rifles.

    MkII is the model – a bolt-action .22LR.
    B indicates a laminate stock
    T indicates a thumbhole-style stock
    V indicates a heavy barrel
    S indicates stainless steel

    (I know this because I have the same one. It is a *phenomenally* accurate rifle, particularly for the price point.)

    Other codes Savage uses:
    F: Synthetic stock
    G: Hardwood stock
    Y: Youth model
    L: Lefty-action

    It looks like they’ve added a few since I last dug out one of their coding sheets; both R and J are now in the list. Not sure what they are off-hand.

    Ok, I’m done nitpicking, and entirely jealous of your range trip!

  2. Jay G. said

    Marcia had nothing to do with the availability – or lack thereof – of rifles. She maintains the Approved Firearms Roster, true; however that deals with pistols only.

    It’s the AWB – which your fiend and mine, Mitt RINO Romney signed into law – that prohibits certain flavors from being allowed in MA.

    The FN/Fal, though, is simpler than most to bring into MA – since it’s a fixed stock, the only two things to worry about are the bayonet lug (easily ground off) and the flash hider (which a competent gunsmith can swap out for a MA-legal muzzle brake in short time).

    Also, pre-ban FN/FALs are perfectly fine, too – it’s finding one and a FFL that will transfer it that’s the issue.

    Glad you had a good time shooting all those fine guns! We’ll have to try buckshot and slugs through the Mossberg with the Knoxx stock this summer to see if it’s any easier on the shoulder (slugs hurt like hell, FWIW)…

  3. Minnie said

    First of all, my mouth is watering. I’m coming for dinner.

    Secondly, I’m cracking up at your barrel hicky. Note that I’m laughing with you, not at you. Been there, done that.

  4. Borepatch said

    That’s a sweet Garand. Different tastes, and all that, but man, what a rifle.

    For pork loin, you might also try a brine – a salty/sour solution (kinda marinade-ish) that you give it an overnight soak in. Pat dry, roll in your dry spices (salt/pepper/five spice/whatever) and THEN sear.


  5. Ken said

    If you “liked” the buckshot you should try a turkey load.

    I’d rather go through a box (25) of buckshot before shooting a second round of turkey.

  6. Jennifer said

    Ooh shiny 1300. Love that. Mine is black.

  7. James Nelson said

    As to the shotgun with buckshot, that much recoil makes it less than optimal for self defense unless you face just one slow moving offender. GF Sue’s solution was to get me to buy her an 870 youth model 20 gauge for Christmas, which she loves and the recoil is very manageable for her.
    While I am not that recoil sensitive, I find any of the low recoil 12 gauge buckshot loads allow very quick follow up shots. The recoil feels about like the 20 gauge, but you get 8 to 9 00 buck pellets with about the same penetration as the full house load. GF Sue agrees about the recoil, she just likes her 20 gauge. Law enforcement has gone to this stuff for the above reasons.
    If you want even less penetration in a home defense situation, S&B makes a #4 buck that is a 20 gauge load in a 12 gauge hull. The pellet count is 21 and the recoil is low. I have played with this and now keep it in my house shotguns, the short shot column gives good patterns for me.

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