Sunday, March 05, 2006

Range Report

Got out to the range last Tuesday, trying to get the final tuning in on the primary Boomershoot rifles, my Browning .300 WSM and the Old Man's M14. Unfortanately, there were sustained winds of 25 mph and gusts up to God knows what.

Gene stresses the importance of wind-doping, but also understands that it is for naught if you don't have a good "no-wind zero."

Thankfully, we took our Boomershoot clean-up rifles: a stubby AR-15 and an M1 Carbine, respectively. For lack of anything better to do, I torture tested the AR, to some extent. It was a direct crosswind from the west, which heads straight into your ejection port at our range. It was kicking up a shitload of sand, as well. We traded up firing the AR and put about 250 rounds through it in less than half an hour. It heated up pretty good and took on about a pound of sand. One jam. Needless to say it was a bitch to clean.

The Carbine performed flawlessly from both an offhand and kneeling position.

At the end, the wind subsided down to 15 mph or so and we got some rounds through the M14. It's got a rough 400 yard zero so we decided to dope wind at 600 yard steel. It did remarkably well.

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