It's been a while since I posted anything round here but thought I would share a bit from Easter Weekend with the oldest grandson. Some of you all might even remember when he shot his first hog just before his 4th birthday. He's come a long ways since then.....
The wife and I took a little time off work to head up to the country and have time with the grandkids, and piddle around on the farm. I decided that since we weren't going to be tackling anything over the weekend, that I would haul up a box full of reloading junk and try out a couple of loads. Well not long before we left the house the oldest grandson called and wanted me to bring some ammo for the 25-06 so he could get in a little practice. Since about all I had loaded for it is were Accubonds, I decided to look around for something else to shoot paper with, and found some old Partitions I messed up years ago and saved for just this purpose.
This particular rifle has always been a tack driver and shot many groups under 1/2" at 200yds. It has never been overly particular to the loads but is pretty partial to seating depth. So Thursday, I played around with some .308 and 30-06 loads I wanted to get going for hogs, while the kid was in school. We picked him up and rushed out before his baseball game, to work on some cases. We only managed to get 30 done up before he had to split. After his game he came back to the farm with us to spend the weekend.
So on Friday morning, with the wind blowing a steady 15, and gusting up to 20-25 we set out to load some ammo, and in between gust put a few down range. I had set up targets at 100yd, 235yds, and 350yds to shoot with the .308 and 30-06 while working loads up for them. The grandson shot up the 100yd target for a while and then decided to work on a few rounds at 235yds. Since he hasn't shot that far before, I think he managed a pretty decent group for a 9yr old with a rifle that is still a bit big for him. Especially since the ammo he was shooting wasn't anything especially worked up for accuracy. IT was simply ammo I put together from left overs to shoot hogs with.
After he had shot some at 100 and 235, I cleaned the barrel. and while it cooled, we loaded up 30 rounds of new Accubond ammo for him to work on hogs and deer with this coming fall. After we finished with this I told him I wanted to just check the zero out on it, and we hauled a target out to 250yds which is where I had set it up last August.
This is actually my old rifle which I gave to my daughter, since we fought over it anyway. So I loaded up a round and fired a fouling shot down range. With wind blowing the target board and the grass swaying in front of it, I couldn't make out the tiny hole, so I fired another holding dead on the sticker. We drove down and looked it over and returned to load up the last few rounds we had cases prepped for. After this and the rifle cooling down I fired once more before we headed to the house for a sandwich.
We looked the target over and the grandson told me, well I guess you got me again. For most a two shot groups means nothing, but I know this rifle and load and it will simply put them together time after time after time. It's been doing it since back in the lat 80's when I got it. I know if they hit like this in the wind we were having that day not to mess with anything.
Well he won't be long taking it to me on the range, and if I didn't have the added advantage of the rifle actually fitting me over him, he would probably take me now. I think he would have faired much better shooting the ammo we loaded which is what I shot. LOL
I still have a bit of seasoning on him but he is catching on fast hanging around with me.