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Is Your Rifle Ready? By Darrell Holland

 
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Old 12-15-2009, 11:00 AM
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Re: Is Your Rifle Ready? By Darrell Holland

Mr. Grant,

No worries mate, 99% of the time a free floated bgarel shoots best. You may need to adjust a handload after having done so???

Be sure you have adequate clearance ALL around the barrel, At least .060 and seal the stock with a good spar varnish or polyurathane finish. Be sure the action screws are tightened uniformly 50-60 inch pounds of torque is fine.

In my experience, barrels that have a lot of stress in them and change point of impact when they get warm may perform better if bedded to stabliize this movement.

I would rather put a new tube on the gun personally. Watch for later articles on barrel lengths/contours and their performance.

I think you'll be fine, develope a good load for the rifle and harvest lots of game....

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Old 12-15-2009, 11:08 AM
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Hi Darrell....I always read and profit from your articles! But what impressed me the most about this one is the beautiful prose. Are we seeing the machinist blossom into a writer?
"The beavers had been working overtime...the leaves were starting to blush with color" Wow! I always knew you were talented... but as a writer...I guess so!

Thanks again Darrell and excuse my tongue in cheek teasing. 30-338 John S

PS...have you ever heard of someone "shimming" a firing pin because it was hitting the primer with too much force? Sounds unusual to me...your comments?


Dear John,

We regret to inform you that????

Don't shim a firing pin, poor practice to say the least...... Adjust the protrusion and spring weight for best results. Protrusion should be .053-.060 and a 24-28 pound spring is best.


Writer??? Hard to say, I do enjoy writing, if I could only have someone type things as fast as I think of them??? Oh well, maybe I can trade healthcare credits for typing lessons???


Cheers and thanks for the kudos....

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Mr. Grant,

No worries mate, 99% of the time a free floated bgarel shoots best. You may need to adjust a handload after having done so???

Be sure you have adequate clearance ALL around the barrel, At least .060 and seal the stock with a good spar varnish or polyurathane finish. Be sure the action screws are tightened uniformly 50-60 inch pounds of torque is fine.

In my experience, barrels that have a lot of stress in them and change point of impact when they get warm may perform better if bedded to stabliize this movement.

I would rather put a new tube on the gun personally. Watch for later articles on barrel lengths/contours and their performance.

I think you'll be fine, develope a good load for the rifle and harvest lots of game....

Respectfully,


Darrell Holland

Thanks a million Darrell, your answer was mind releaving. For once I didn't screw something up. I will varnish the bedding asap.

Sincerely,

Lane Grant
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Old 12-15-2009, 01:15 PM
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Re: Is Your Rifle Ready? By Darrell Holland

Great article.

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Old 12-23-2012, 07:28 PM
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Re: Is Your Rifle Ready? By Darrell Holland

Thank you Darrell,

I'll express my gratitude the best by buying a couple of lube kits off your site.

I am lucky to live in Arizona and infrequently encounter bad weather. However, on several occasions I have hunted Javalina in a light rain and it was good to have a dry lubed and waxed rifle as the only thing that rusted were the sling swivels. (electrical tape over the muzzle) A little AMSOIL Metal Protector took care of the swivels.

Do be careful with the carb or brake cleaner as some stink to high heaven (don't buy the cheap brand) and many will eat plastic. Pull the metal stuff off your gun before hitting it with the spray. Also be sure to wear safety glasses.
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:21 PM
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Re: Is Your Rifle Ready? By Darrell Holland

Well I will tell you I'm 52 and never had a problem with my rifles till this year had a nice deer come out in a snow storm in Montana. I watched it for about 5 minutes even got prone for the shot, but it was the first night of our week out west for hunting & I wanted a Big Mule deer it was bigger than last year but, I did take the gun off safe and stared it down then decided not to shoot put gun on safety and hiked out at dark. Then to my surprise when unloading it felt as if my safety was broken and the bolt would not open Win. Model 70 XTR safety moved back and forth bolt would not open. I emptied the magazine and pulled trigger did not want to ride in truck with a rifle I did not know if it was on safe or not, well it fired fine but the bolt would not open. I thought I was screwed 800 miles from the gun safe and I brought one rifle. Went to camp had dinner put rifle in tent and within 5 minutes rifle was working perfect and did for rest of trip a drop of water in the wrong place froze. I have hunted Coyotes my whole life from -20F in Iowa and in snow and never had this happen and I am a Ex-Marine and keep my guns clean and dry but this was a first. Just FYI I also put wax on Exterior of metal even though it has Cerakote on it. What did I learn even perfect Maintenance S*** Happens & never go with West without a backup rifle in the group.
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