12-04-2008, 08:01 PM
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Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Lansing, MI
| | Sighted in today...
I went out and sighted in today. It was a frigid witch out here today, around 19 degrees, but I toughed it out and got some good groups. I first sighted in at 50 yards to make sure I was on paper and got my left and right good, and left it about 4" high, and then moved back to 100 yards. At 100 yards I was good left and right, but still high, so I dropped it down a bit, and ended up being dead nut. I then shot a wooden box that we used the laser on and it was at 140, and I hit that square aiming at center mass. I was happy with the overall performance with my gun.
Just to update I am using a Traditions LT .50 caliber. I ended up using Remington 209's, Triple Seven Pyrodex pellets, and I couldn't find any Hornady SST sabots where I had bought my gun. Apparently, the day after I bought my gun, everyone came in and cleaned them out. I ended up going with 250 grain T/C Shockwaves, as a friend had told me that is what he swears by. I was happy with the accuracy.
The only issues that really peeved me about my gun is that my ramrod is too short. I was shooting 100grains of pyrodex and when I was seating my load, my ramrod would go into the barrel by about 1/4 of an inch when everything was all said and done. It made it very difficult to make sure I had my load packed properly. I ended up using my bullet starter, then had to throw my rod down, then upend the gun, then throw it down until it was bouncing back at me. It just took more time than I really wanted it to, if I needed a quick reload, it would be difficult to do. There is a set of threads on the back end of my ramrod, so maybe they make an extender that I can attach to it to give me the extra 3-4 inches I need.
Thanks for the tips guys. It really gave me a lot to think about and I really do appreciate it. Season starts for us tomorrow, but I will be out all Sat and Sunday to try to pack the freezer. My one deer I shot last year did not suffice long enough to keep me happy. And this year I have a drop freezer that is just waiting for my meat lol. Anywho, cheers to you all and happy hunting. -Bird
P.S. Thanks for the welcome KTL, what part of Michigan are you from?