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Old 06-16-2007, 09:59 PM   #1
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Went down to the Deer Creek State Park shooting range today with my Bro and Cody. Sorry the vids are so crappy. First day out with this camera, and I didn't realize it was set to low-rez.

Guns are:

Ruger Blackhawk .357 single action:

Mosin Nagant M-44(with bayonet)
Mosin Nagant Model 91-30(longer, no bayonet)
Both 7.62x54mm.
For comparison, the AK-47 fires 7.62x39mm.
Sean loading and firing:

Me firing:

Cody firing his one and only shot with the Model 91-30:

And what happens at the business end of the Mosin Nagant Model 91-30:

On the bigger puffs, we could hear stuff raining down on the metal roof of the shelter.
Another guy showed up with another Model 91-30 right at the end of the day. They're getting really popular around here. Someone in eastern Europe bought an entire warehouse full of them, and you can get them for $80 at the local gun shops. They're as accurate as any modern hunting rifle, and much more powerful than most.

We also had a Remington 514(single shot .22 long rifle), a Colt .32-20 Army Special revolver, and a Springfield XD .45 Tactical.
The .32-20 is an old western rifle round.

Everyone did pretty well. The Mosins are a very heavy round, so me and my Bro have both got sore shoulders, but they're pretty accurate for a gun that was designed in the 1890'*.
The .357 started out dead-on, but after 150 rounds, it was just spraying rounds. The .32-20 wasn't very accurate, but it'* well over half a century old and very well-used. The action was smooth and easy, though, even in double-action.
Cody really liked the .45, though. It'* a big gun, and it was pushing him around a little, but he did pretty good, considering it'* his first time firing anything that big. On the 50' range, he put 8 out of 13 rounds in the first mag in the target. He got better on the next few mags. Sean and I were pretty much putting rounds in a 6" group with the .45.

The .22 was the real winner though. The thing is a tack-driver, dead-accurate out to 200' or more. I think we might see about putting a scope on it. It'* only a single shot, but the guy down the bench with a scoped, match-grade .22, with more adjustments than I could count, was barely able to match what we were doing with old iron sights.
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Almost forgot, second shot of the day, got myself cut on thereceiver of the 91-30. Not sure exactly how, but oh well..
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