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Boom Again

Posted by on December 17, 2007

Went out to shoot this Saturday again. This time the weather was about perfect and I took my shooting supplies out as well as a big roll of carpet to lie on. I wanted to actually sight in the Hawken instead of just banging away at the targets down range.

I spent about 3 hours out tweaking the loads and practicing at the target down range about 60 yards. The thing I found most difficult is not flinching. Seemed easier with an M16A2. Must be the noise or the slight delay in the ignition process on the muzzleloader.

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This is my layout. Note the tons of spent shotgun shells around the pad… you should see the brass discards.

Anyway, after abbot 15 rounds I was feeling much more comfortable and my sight picture was much more steady. I adjusted the sights for elevation and windage over the next 10 rounds or so. My shoulder was getting tender (as was my cheek) from the recoil. I think the stock on the Hawken is too short for me so I am thinking about getting some maple and extending it to fit better. It will make a nice project in the spring…

So, I hiked back down range to the remains of an old drier that I had been using for a target stand all morning and taped up a sheet of paper with blue tape for cross hairs.

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Here is the target view from about 60 yards. Small huh?

I setup to shoot again and used the same 70 grain load I had been using all day to sight the rifle in. I got comfortable with a good sight picture and touched off the round, didn’t flinch at all. When the smoke cleared though… no bullet hole!

” Damn” I had completely missed!! So I got up and walked down range. Got within about 10 yards and look!

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You could not ask for a better shot! I laughed and decided it was just right and I should call it a day! No need to push my luck.

Maybe back to the range in a week or two when I heal up. Hard getting old.

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