Hoot To Shoot

462

California's Central Coast Amid The Insanity
What is your favorite hoot to shoot gun?

Mine is an 11-pound Pedersoli/Navy Arms Buffalo Rifle rolling block in .45-70. Plain Jane wood, color case hardened receiver, 30" half-octagon/half-round bull barrel with .457" grooves, brass fittings, and a mystery vernier sight.

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Fifty-yard, five-shot load development:
45.0-grains of Varget.

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46.0-grains of Varget. 99.99 percent sure this is only three shots.

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15.7-grains of Unique. The frugalness load.

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A recent vision problem is preventing 100-yard shooting.
 

fiver

Well-Known Member
my wife says I have a couple of vision problems.
apparently I have a hearing issue too because I didn't hear the rest of what she said.
 

462

California's Central Coast Amid The Insanity
I have hearing issues, too, but VA audiologists conspire with my wife, and keep adjusting my hearing aids
 

RicinYakima

High Steppes of Eastern Washington
462, Between Huey's and machine guns I have little or no upper range. Hearing aids will not help. A low mumble becomes a loud mumble, but you don't hear any better. Ric
 

smokeywolf

Well-Known Member
Tens of thousands of rounds of 22s when I was a kid in the '50s. Parents didn't know to make me wear hearing protection. 30+ years in a machine shop. Much of my hearing (especially high frequency) is long gone.
 

Intheshop

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Any of my CB rigs can bring a smile shooting but......

The '16 R700 CDL 30-06 in my avatar probably qualifies as a hooter. Low node velocity... check. Mid level stuff....check. HV....oh heck yeah.

Was blasting cull 311041's yesterday... I'm talkin pretty bttm of the drawer stuff. 28g IMR4198 in fresh, fireformed,reasonably well prepped cases. @100 yds through a Leupold 3-9X40 off some Bud's bags..... bragging 5 shot groups.

Rifle is bone stock,never seen a JB,action never been out of stock,4# untouched trigger,has a dz + varmint kills. I was shooting some sledgehammer HV CB loads back earlier this year with cases full of 4350. Then had some health issues which kinda put the hold on heavy kickers.

Been enjoying other rigs but am dinking around with scope bases and mounts on the EDC 7-08. So started playing with the CDL again. It thinks itself a target rifle? It's one of those rigs that a guy could make some money with at a public range..... "this thing, oh it's bone stock.... yeah Remington quality is pretty bad"..... "wonder what these cast bullets I found will do"? Not that anybody would ever do that kinda stuff or anything?
 

462

California's Central Coast Amid The Insanity
Ric,
Three years of working on F-100s and F-4s, six months of firing M-39 20 mm cannons, and non-existent hearing protection all but killed my hearing above the start of normal conversation frequencies. Hearing aids are a major annoyance, though they do keep the peace.
 

Ole_270

Active Member
Spent most of my teenaged years riding an Allis Chalmers 190XT farm tractor. Turbo diesel with no factory muffler, just a straight pipe up off the turbo. This in the days before tractor cabs. Audiologist just threw up his hands and shrugged.
 

Ole_270

Active Member
I should add my hoot to shoot rifle. M94 Marlin 25-20 made in 1906. I shoot cast only and have dropped back from full power loads to a NOE 260283 plain base over 9.2-4198 for 1290fps. With a Williams 5D receiver sight it's accurate enough for squirrel head shots at 50 yards and my favorite woods loafing rifle. Just wished parts weren't so hard to find, looking for an ejector right now
 

RicinYakima

High Steppes of Eastern Washington
This little hoot to shoot is a well worn and checkered with a chainsaw Remington #2 action with a barrel that was originally a 32 Long Rim Fire. I was able to buy it for less that what the action was worth. Redid the block from RF to CF and rechambered to 32 WCF. Even with the 30 inch long thin 1/2 round barrel it only weights about four pounds. Everyone loves to shoot it off hand as it hangs well and the sights are easy to see.
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Cherokee

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It's hard to chose but I have a pair of 1889 Marlin 32-20's that are just plain fun to shoot. The original sights are hard to see but when you get them lined up it'll hit where they are out to 100 yd. One is 28" and the other 24".Marlin 1889 LA #41 & #106 003.jpg
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Then there's the M1 Carbines, or the Mini14, or...well, you get the idea
 
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fiver

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I think my little model 92 25-20 carbine has to qualify.
I shoot it for serious stuff like ground squirrels and cowboy lever gun shoots.
it's kind of a pain to load for, bit it seems as soon as I hand it to someone else I have to pry it from their hands or grab the ammo box and run away with it to get them to stop shooting.
 

Brad

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Staff member
Most of mine are a hoot to shoot, wouldn’t own one that wasn’t.

My favorite is my Marlin 1894 CB, 24” barrel, 45 Colt. Feed well, is smooth to cycle, and is quite accurate. Rolling cans at 50 yards is easy with the rear receiver sight.

Face it, a lever gun just screams fun.
 

fiver

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they are, I had to think about which was kind of 'the one' the 45-70 is boom type fun, the 44 and 45 92's are ultra accurate for me.
the 351 WSL is another, until you gotta go look for the brass.
 

Brad

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Staff member
The AR in 300 BO with a 230 gr bullet at 1050 is no slouch in the fun realm either. Little recoil, a 30 round mag, and a scope makes it a dream for longer range plinking.
The Marlin 32-20 with a 120 gr rnfp and 3 gr of TB, another subsonic fun gun. A stell plate at 100 and it sounds like this.

Pop.....................................................tink

You can hear the mainspring go “sproing” thru the stock due to the low report.
 

RicinYakima

High Steppes of Eastern Washington
I love it when you can shoot with out ear muffs! I have a Remington 582 that was a 22 LR converted to 32 S&W Long that with 2 grains of Bullseye you can hear the firing pin hit the inside of the bolt.
 

Ian

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I've actually had to ponder this one a bit and have to say my great-grandfather's #4 RB .32 rimfire takedown that I lined, set back, and put back into service as a .22LR is the most fun. What is it about those old Remingtons? We only shoot subsonic or standard-velociy cartridges in it and it eats ammo faster than my semiautos simply because it's so hard to put dowm.

Second would be the short Savage 111 .308 loaded with 230-grain powder-coated bullets and suppressed. The striker is louder than the report using 6.4 grains of Titegroup, and it is MOA or better at 100 yards. The Blackout and .45 ACP direct-gas AR-15s are a lot of fun, too....especially with mufflers.
 

Brad

Administrator
Staff member
Parker Hale 1858 Enfield, 50 gr of Ffg, and an RCBS 500 gr mini is a hell of a lot of fun too. Awful hard on the lead stash when you shoot 50-75 in an outing.
Paul and I went thru 600 pounds of pure lead in a few years and rifled muskets ate the majority of it.
A load of 5 gr of Ffg and the same mini would hit well at 100 after finding the right rear sight setting. Stuck one in a 2x4 at 50 yards that I left just to make people wonder what happened.
FYI, they will breakup a bowling ball hung at 50 yards but ricochets are a serious issue. Seeing lead swipes on the surface tell the tale. But heck, a bowling ball is cheap at Goodwill.
Beeswax and Crisco makes a great lube but damn do your hands and pants get filthy. Greasy mess all over.
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