Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Day Off In January

I don't know what other people yesterday, but I went to the range. There were only three of us, my gun buddy Dan, his son, and I. So we spread out and got comfortable. Set up targets on stands at 7 yards, used the backer boards at 25, 50, and 100 yards for others. Shot standing, prone, from the bench, rifles, pistols, revolvers, all sorts of various calibers.

My favorite gun of the day was an old Palma rifle, built on a 1903-A3 receiver. This one is chambered in 30.06. I don't know who did the work, but I know the long time owner. He shot it in long range competitions out to a thousand yards with handloaded ammo. His dope for the load he used is still on the yellow tape on the side of the rifle.

These rifles were modified in the 1950s and 1960s when long range shooting was not yet F-Class and military surplus rifles were so common that they were stacked in barrels in gun shops. Now there are beautiful, very expensive, purpose built F-class rifles and calibers like 6mm-BR that are so accurate that a backsheet behind the target is moved for each shot. That makes rifles like mine into relics, neither fish nor fowl. No longer accurate enough to compete in F-Class and so modified from the original rifle to be of no interest to collectors, they exist in a limbo of almost being unusual enough to be collectable. Just the right rifle for a duffer to take out and enjoy making tiny groups on a cold January day.




6 comments:

Glen Filthie said...

That's a single shot, then, ASM?

Borepatch said...

That rifle is so sweet

ASM826 said...

It's the 1903-03 action and bolt, so it retains the 5 shot internal magazine. It can still be loaded from stripper clips.

Old NFO said...

Those were the cat's meow back in the day. Sad to see how they've been overcome by 'technology'...

AlexHenzel said...

Sweet way to spend a day. 'nuf said.

STxAR said...

I found one like that at a local pawn shop. It was missing the hand stop under the foreend. He wanted the tippy top dollar of a pristine example for it, and it was a bit tired.

I never did get him to move on the price..... I guess it's still on his wall.