Loading up for ML elk season and leaving after this is posted. My daughter and I had been out shooting our ML's all summer so today I also got out the "back up ML" to put in in case something happened to one of ours. I made sure it was uncapped as I always do and then took the ramrod and put in the barrel. I always check them but last time I put it away I didn't and the darn thing had a loaded barrel.
That was the first oops as it had been two years since we shot it. So I immediately went out to the mesa where we go shooting to fire it off. I got out there and it is an inline 209 primer CVA I bought from a buddy for $50 since he only used it once to go hunting. I put a primer in and figured it might not go off right away since it had been loaded for two years. The nice thing about living in the desert southwest is the low humidity so the darn thing went off with no hang time with one primer. It had an elk load in it of 90 grns. volume Pyrodex P and a 250 grain Shock Wave. This is where the second oops come into play.
I had a cardboard backstop with out a target. I thought to myself I should put something to aim at to see if the scope is still on. The only thing I had was my can of unopened Dr. Pepper. I figured my ML is 4" high at 100 yards so I will lay it on it's side and have a nice shiny bottom for a target. This is what I did and paced off 100 yards and got into a sitting rest using the sling. I got as steady as possible with the cross hairs centered on that can bottom. When the ML went off the can blew apart, losing all my ice cold Dr. Pepper and I realized the back up is sighted to be dead on at 100 yards and not 4" high like mine is.
Should have drunk the soda before using it for a target
. Who knew I was that darn lucky. Now if my luck holds until that big bull steps out Saturday morning