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April Questions for the Guru

Mike Whitlock brings 40 years of firearms experience to the Guru’s Classroom.

QUESTION #1: I WANT TO TAKE-UP “HANDGUN HUNTING” & INTEND TO PURSUE GAME-ANIMALS SUCH AS FERAL HOGS, DEER, & BLACK BEAR. I HAVE DECIDED IT WILL BE A D/A REVOLVER IN .44 MAGNUM & HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO BE SCOPED WITH 2X SCOPE OR MAYBE A RED-DOT REFLEX OPTIC. WHAT MIGHT YOU SUGGEST I PURCHASE?

THIS WILL BE AN EASY ONE TO ANSWER—” RUGER RED-HAWK / SUPER-RED-HAWK, STAINLESS STEEL, & AT LEAST A 6″ OR LONGER BARREL. (2) SHIP IT TO “MAG-NA-PORT INTERNATIONAL” TO HAVE THE BARREL PORTED. (3) INSTALL A SET OF “HOGUE MONO-GRIPS” (4) PAINT THE FRONT SIGHT WITH “HOT NEON PINK” NAIL-POLISH OR HAVE THE FACTORY INSTALL A “FIBER-OPTIC” FRONT SIGHT IF THAT IS AN OFFERED OPTION. 

BEGIN WITH SOME “REDUCED POWER AMMO” UTILIZING A 240-250 GR. HARD CAST-LEAD, SWC & 8.0 GR. OF ACCURATE #2. VELOCITY WILL BE BARELY OVER 1150 FPS. WHEN YOU CAN STICK THEM THROUGH 1 RAGGED HOLE @ 25 YDS. BUMP-UP THE POWDER CHARGE TO 10.0 GR. & CONTINUE TO PRACTICE A LOT !!!!!! WHEN YOUR SHOOTING SKILLS ARE REALLY “WALKING & TALKING”, IT’S TIME TO MOVE UPWARD ON THE POWER-SCALE—YEE-HAW !!!!!!!!

USE A 240 GR. JHP BULLET (NOSLER, HORNADY, SIERRA) & SHOVE-IT WITH 15.6 GR. OF ACCURATE #7, BUT DO NOT EXCEED 17.3 GR. AS THE RECOMMENDED MAX-LOAD. VELOCITIES ARE NOW IN THE 1300-1400 FPS. & THIS IS PACKING PLENTY OF HORSE-POWER FOR WHAT GAME YOU ARE HUNTING. IF YOU EVER GET A “WILD-HAIR” TO HARVEST A MOOSE / ALASKAN GRIZ, THEN MOVE ON UP TO A 300 GR. BULLET & ABOUT 16.7 TO 18.5 GR. OF ACCURATE #9 OR ONE OF THE OTHER SLOW-BURNING POWDERS LISTED IN “RELOADING MANUAL #1” OR ON THE ACCURATE / RAMSHOT WEB-PAGE.  

QUESTION #2: I GOT A BULLET STUCK INSIDE THE BORE OF MY RIFLE & IT IS BEING VERY STUBBORN TO REMOVE !!!! IT IS MY FAULT, AS I FIRED A CARTRIDGE, THAT HAD NO POWDER. YEP, A TRUE “SQUIB-LOAD.”

YEP, YOU HAVE LOST YOUR GOLD STAR TODAY & YOU MOST ASSUREDLY WON’T BE THE LAST RELOADER THIS WILL HAPPEN TOO !!!!! THE ROOT CAUSE WAS: “FAILURE TO EXAMINE THE CASES UNDER STRONG DIRECT LIGHT, TO INSURE EACH CASE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH POWDER, BEFORE THE BULLET IS SEATED INTO THE CASE”……………………………..

(1) VERTICALLY POSITION THE BARREL WITH THE MUZZLE END STICKING UP. SECURE THE BARREL FIRMLY IN PADDED VISE JAWS, WITH ABOUT 6-8″ OF BARREL SHOWING ABOVE THE VISE JAWS. 

 

(2) POUR ABOUT 1/4 TSP. OF LUBE OIL DOWN INSIDE THE BORE & LET IT SIT FOR 30 MINUTES. THIS WILL LUBE BOTH BULLET & BORE TO MAKE REMOVAL EASIER.

(3) DRIVE TO YOUR LOCAL HARDWARE STORE / HOME IMPROVEMENT STORE & PURCHASE A LENGTH OF HARDWOOD DOWEL ROD, SIZED TO FIT INSIDE THE BORE.  EX:  YOUR RIFLE IS A .30 CALIBER BORE. YOU WILL NEED A DOWEL .308″ IN DIAMETER OR JUST A SMIDGE SMALLER. 

(4) DROP THE ROD INTO THE BORE UNTIL IT TOUCHES THE LODGED BULLET. MAKE A MARK ON THE ROD, ABOUT 6″ TALLER THAN THE MUZZLE & CUT ON THE LINE WITH A SAW. PLACE THE ROD BACK INTO THE BORE.

(5) CUT A PIECE OF 2″ X 4″ ABOUT 3′” X 3″. DRILL A SHALLOW HOLE ON ONE SIDE OF THE BLOCK, WITH A DRILL BIT SIZED TO FIT THE DOWEL ROD. DRILL THE HOLE ABOUT 1/2″ DEEP. 

(6) POSITION THE HOLE IN THE BLOCK OVER THE END OF THE ROD. NOW AS CAREFULLY AS POSSIBLE, STRIKE THE BLOCK OF WOOD WITH A HAMMER, MALLET, OR WHATEVER YOU MIGHT HAVE. STRIKE LIGHTLY, THEN A LITTLE HARDER, & HARDER UNTIL YOU FEEL THE BULLET MOVE TOWARD THE BREECH. KEEP TAPPING ON THE BLOCK OF WOOD, UNTIL THE BULLET BECOMES DISLODGED & FALLS OUT OF THE BORE.

NOTE: IF THE HARD-WOOD DOWEL DOES NOT LOOSEN THE BULLET, CONTACT THE STORE YOU JUST LEFT & ASK IF THEY HAVE ANY SOLID BRASS ROD-STOCK IN INVENTORY. IF THEY DO, BUY A ROD THAT FITS THE BORE & REPEAT STEPS 4-6—GOOD LUCK !

QUESTION #3: I AM REALLY HAVING A STRUGGLE TRYING TO GET MY NEW SCOPE PROPERLY ADJUSTED. THE OWNERS MANUAL SAID “EVERY CLICK OF EITHER WINDAGE / VERTICAL ADJUSTMENT, WILL MOVE THE BULLET’S IMPACT 1/4” 

AT 100 YDS. I AM DOING ALL SHOOTING & ADJUSTMENTS @ 25 YDS, TO ESTABLISH A 200 YD. ZERO POINT. CAN YOU HELP ME WITH THIS PROBLEM? I REALLY DO APPRECIATE ANY HELP YOU CAN PROVIDE!

GET READY BECAUSE THE “SCHOOL BELL” IS GETTING READY TO SOUND–-“DING, DING, DING” PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEAT !!!

YOUR SCOPE’S ADJUSTMENT SYSTEM, HAS THE VERY COMMON “1/4” ADJUSTMENTS & HERE IS WHAT THAT MEANS:

“EVERY CLICK = 1/4″ / .250″ BULLET IMPACT MOVEMENT @ 100 YDS. 4-CLICKS WILL MOVE THE BULLET’S IMPACT POINT 1.000″ AT THAT DISTANCE”. PLEASE COMMIT THIS TO MEMORY: “YOU DO NOT MECHANICALLY MOVE THE CROSS-HAIRS, INSIDE THE SCOPE. YOU ARE MOVING THE IMAGE YOU SEE, TO COINCIDE THE BULLET’S IMPACT POINT.”  

4 CLICKS = 1.000″ @ 100 YDS. 4 CLICKS = 2.000″ @ 200 YDS……..4 CLICKS @ 1000 YDS. = 10.000″—COMPRENDO HOMBRE ????
8 CLICKS = 1.000″ @ 50 YDS.
16 CLICKS = 1.000″ @ 25 YDS. IT WILL REQUIRE 16 CLICKS (LISTEN & FEEL FOR THE CLICKS, AS YOU TURN THE ADJUSTMENT KNOBS) TO MOVE THE BULLET HOLE, 1.000″ @ 25 YDS. TIME NOW FOR SOME PRACTICE CALCULATIONS————–

PRACTICE: YOU LOOK THROUGH THE SCOPE & PLACE THE CROSS-HAIRS PRECISELY IN THE CENTER OF THE BULLS-EYE (X-RING) AND CAREFULLY PRESS THE TRIGGER—BAM—THE SHOT FELT GOOD !!! NOW LOOK THROUGH THE SCOPE AGAIN & LOOK FOR THE BULLET HOLE. SEE IT ??? IT LANDED 3″ FROM THE BULL @ THE 3 O’CLOCK POSITION. VERTICAL LOOKS REALLY NICE, SO NO NEED TO MOVE THE KNOB !!!!  CALCULATION:  3″ X 16 CLICKS = 48 CLICKS TOWARD THE LEFT, TO MOVE THE IMPACT POINT TO THE CENTER OF THE BULL—FIRE ANOTHER SHOT & SEE IF YOUR CALCULATIONS WERE CORRECT.

“KA-BOOM”, THE BULLET WENT THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE X—FIRE ONCE MORE TO CONFIRM. “KA-POW” THE THIRD BULLET MADE THE SECOND HOLE, GET JUST A TINY BIT LARGER—YEE-HAW, YOUR ALL FINISHED !!!!!!!!! YOU SIGHTED-IN @ 25 YARDS TO YIELD A 200 YARD “POINT-BLANK-ZERO” FOR HUNTING SEASON.—-DING, DING, DING—-SCHOOLS OUT. GO HOME !!!!!!

QUESTION #4: WHEN YOU GO TO THE SHOOTING RANGE TO TEST NEW LOAD RECIPES FOR “BARREL COMPATIBILITY,” HOW MANY ROUNDS DO YOU USUALLY FIRE OF A CERTAIN POWDER CHARGE WEIGHT? I WANT TO TEST SOME RECIPES, BUT DON’T WANT TO LOAD A LOT OF ROUNDS & THEN HAVE MY BARREL END UP GAGGING ON THAT LOAD.

I USE THE SAME PROCESS, MR. JOYCE HORNADY BEGAN, IN THE LATE 1940’S—“SHOOTING PAIRS”. WHEN HE FOUND A PAIR THAT GROUPED VERY CLOSE TOGETHER, HIS FINAL TEST WOULD BE “10 SHOTS THROUGH 1 RAGGED HOLE” !!!!!!!! HERE’S HOW YOU DO IT.  

PRACTICE EXAMPLE :  .30-06 SPRINGFIELD, 150 GR. BULLET & 45.0 GR. ACCURATE #2520, UP TO A MAX OF 50.0 GR. 

PAIR #01—45.0, PAIR #02—45.5, PAIR #03—46.0, PAIR #04—46.5 & SO ON, BUT DO NOT EXCEED THE MAX CHARGE WEIGHT !!!!!!

FIRE 2 SHOTS ON A CLEAN TARGET (TARGET WITH NO PREEXISTING HOLES), CEASE FIRE, & MAKE THE FIRING LINE SAFE. WALK DOWN RANGE & EITHER POST ANOTHER CLEAN TARGET, OR USE A SHARPIE-PEN & CIRCLE THAT PAIR OF HOLES. LABEL THAT PAIR #01 & CONTINUE THIS PROCESS UNTIL ALL “PAIRS” HAVE BEEN FIRED. 

SEE ATTACHED TARGET PICS TO ILLUSTRATE “SHOOTING PAIRS” OF TEST AMMO BEFORE LOADING A HUGE BATCH FIRST !!!

RIFLE WAS A “SAVAGE AXIS” .223 REM, BARNES 62 GR. TIPPED-TRIPLE SHOCK, 24.0 GR. #2495, & FULLY MATCH-PREPPED CASES. LOOKING AT THESE TARGETS, I WOULD SAY THAT PARTICULAR RIFLE BARREL REALLY LIKES THAT LOAD RECIPE. WITH CONFORMATION SUCH AS THIS, I WOULD SUGGEST LOADING ABOUT 100 ROUNDS WOULD BE A GOOD DECISION——DUH, YAH THINK !!!!!

CLEAN THE BORE EVERY 4 SHOTS. TAKE DOWN THE TARGET & MEASURE THE SPACING OF THE PAIR OF HOLES, CENTER-TO-CENTER, AS NORMAL. WHICHEVER PAIR IS THE CLOSEST TO EACH OTHER, RECORD THAT “RECIPE” ON YOUR RELOADING SPREAD-SHEET. NEXT, LOAD 5 ROUNDS OF THAT SAME RECIPE & RETEST @ THE SAME DISTANCE. DON’T LET THE BARREL OVER-HEAT !!!!!!! IF THAT SHOT GROUP CLOSELY RESEMBLES THE “PAIR FIRED”, THEN THAT PARTICULAR BARREL REALLY LIKES IT & SO LABEL IT AS SUCH IN YOUR LOGBOOK !!!!!!!! IF YOU TEST OTHER 5-ROUND LOADS, CLEAN THE BARREL EVERY 5 SHOTS.  

QUESTION #5: I WANT TO PURCHASE A BASIC “GUNSMITH TOOL KIT”, SO I CAN PERFORM NORMAL SERVICE MAINTENANCE, ON MY N-FRAME, S&W REVOLVER. WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST I PURCHASE?

FIRST, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU WILL NEED IS SOME “PRACTICAL HANDS-ON TRAINING”. SINCE YOU ARE A LONG-WAY FROM “CAMP GURU”, THAT WON’T BE POSSIBLE (HAHAHAH) BUT YOU STILL NEED A FIRST-CLASS MANUAL, TO LEARN HOW TO DO WHAT YOU WISH TO DO CORRECTLY !!!!!!!!!

(1) ORDER ” SMITH & WESSON SHOP MANUAL” BY JERRY KHUNHAUSEN,  FROM “MIDWAY-USA / BROWNELL’S”

(2) “SMITH & WESSON SCREW-DRIVER COMBO”, #080-087-004AS—BROWNELLS

(3) “PISTOL BENCH-BLOCK”, #080-000-493AS—BROWNELLS

(4) “GUNSMITH HAMMER”, #818-600-075AS—-BROWNELLS

(5) “S&W REBOUND SLIDE REMOVAL / INSTALLATION TOOL”, #080-666-000AS @ BROWNELLS

WELL, THAT’S YOUR SHOPPING LIST TO GET YOU OFF TO A GOOD START. GO SLOW, BE PATIENT, & ASK QUESTIONS IF YOU NEED ANY ASSISTANCE.  BTW:  “BROWNELLS” HAS A VERY GOOD TECH-DEPT, TO HELP WITH THE REALLY, REALLY TOUGH TASKS !!!

https://www.brownells.com/

QUESTION #6: I RECENTLY OVERHEARD THIS DUDE @ MY LOCAL “PUBLIC WATERING HOLE” SAY:  “IT IS A VERY SIMPLE THING TO GET A RIFLE SIGHTED-IN WITH ONLY 1 SHOT”. OH MY, YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THE GROUP OF LISTENERS WAS GOING TO LYNCH HIM. IS THAT REALLY POSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE OR WAS HE JUST SPOUTING VERBAL “B-S” OUT HIS PIE-HOLE?

YES, IT IS ENTIRELY POSSIBLE & ACHIEVABLE, IF YOU KNOW THE PROPER TECHNIQUE !!!!!! GET READY, CAUSE HERE IT COMES….……………………………….

(1) ERECT A VERY STABLE TARGET FRAME @ A DISTANCE OF 25 YDS. STAPLE A TARGET OF SOME SORT ON TO THE FRAME & AT ABOUT THE HEIGHT OF THE REST YOU ARE SHOOTING FROM.

(2) THE RIFLE MUST BE SITTING ON A VERY STABLE BENCH & THE RIFLE MOUNTED ON A “SHOOTING REST” JIG OR SUPPORTED ON SHOOTING BAGS. YOU MUST ELIMINATE AS MUCH “SHOOTER INTERFERENCE” AS POSSIBLE !!!!!!!!

(3) GET SITUATED INTO A COMFORTABLE SHOOTING POSITION. LOAD 1 ROUND INTO THE BARREL’S CHAMBER & PREPARE TO SEND THAT BULLET DOWN-RANGE !!! BEFORE YOU DO SO, PLEASE BE SURE YOU & ALL SPECTATORS ARE WEARING BOTH EYE & HEARING PROTECTION——DUH !!!!!!!

(4) AS CAREFULLY AS YOU CAN, FIRE 1 SHOT @ THE CENTER OF THE TARGET—“POW” !!!!!

Shot is to the right and above the point of aim. Carefully adjust scope until the vertical axis touches the center of the hole.

(5) CONTINUE TO LOOK THROUGH THE SCOPE & LOCATE THE BULLET HOLE. REMOVE PROTECTIVE CAPS FROM THE WINDAGE & VERTICAL ADJUSTMENT SCREWS. REPOSITION THE RIFLE ON THE BENCH, UNTIL THE RIFLE IS VERY STABLE. LOOK THROUGH THE SCOPE & PUT THE CROSS-HAIR BACK IN THE CENTER OF THE TARGET.

(6) WITHOUT MOVING THE RIFLE. I REPEAT:  DON’T MOVE THE RIFLE !!!!!!! TURN EITHER KNOB IN THE DIRECTION YOU WANT THE BULLET HOLE TO “OPTICALLY MOVE”. NOTE: YOU ARE NOT MOVING THE CROSS-HAIRS—YOU ARE MOVING THE BULLET’S IMPACT POINT !!!!!!!!!  TURN THE KNOBS UNTIL THE HOLE IS DIRECTLY UNDER THE CROSS-HAIR & STOP !!!!!!!!!

Now adjust the scope vertically until the bullet hole is centered.

CONGRATULATIONS, YOU JUST GOT THE SCOPE “ZEROED @ 25 YDS. WITH ONLY 1 SHOT !!!!!!!!!! BUT JUST TO BE SURE, AIM ONCE MORE AT THE CENTER OF THE TARGET & FIRE A SECOND SHOT. IF YOU PERFORMED STEPS 1-6, EXACTLY AS I HAVE TAUGHT YOU, THE SECOND BULLET WILL GO THROUGH THE CENTER OF THE FIRST HOLE—2 SHOTS & YOUR DONE !!!!!

Finished zero. Fire again to test the accuracy of your adjustments.

ONCE YOU LEARN HOW TO DO THIS TECHNIQUE, YOU CAN PLACE SOME $$$$ WAGERS WITH YOUR “DRINKING BUDS” OR WITH OTHER SHOOTERS, WHO ARE SIMPLY IGNORANT OF THIS PROCEDURE—GOOD LUCK & STICK ‘EM ALL IN THE SAME HOLE.

STAY MENTALLY FOCUSED, BE VERY SAFETY CONSCIOUS, KEEP EVERY SHOT INSIDE THE 10-RING, & IF YOU GOT ANY MORE QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED, I WOULD BE HONORED TO ANSWER THEM—–OOORAH !!!!!!!!
GURU