Thursday, November 29, 2007

I just ordered two Choate stocks

I just ordered two Choate stocks from European Target Shooters Supplies. It's my first dealing with them, but so far I think they'll be great to work with.

This is Ultimate Sniper stock I plan to use on my for my .338 Gaillard project;

This is what the new Varmint stock looks like. I think it will be great on my .223 project.

I am also considering getting a nice fat barrel for the .223 and chambering in .223 improved. Comments??

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I said I wouldn't hunt this year, but...

I told enough people that I probably wouldn't hunt this year. I am still pissed off about my supposed buddy keeping the two deer I harvested last year. I haven't really shot much all year either. I think I fired about 15 rounds of 7.62x39mm. I hope I'm not too rusty. I usually fired hundreds of rounds yearly.
Well I changed my mind. I picked up two doe tags for the Herd Reduction Area. These were so cheap. Both tags cost me a total of $10.90 (That's 11.32 USD, ha ha ha). So I hope to get some time off and bag a couple fat does. Who knows, maybe I'll go back for a big buck after I turn in the heads so the folks at Sask. Environment can test them for Chronic Wasting Disease.

So now I have to make some emergency repairs to the stock on my Norinco m-305 (M14S, M1A clone) . Last year I overtightened my Harris bipod and pulled the sling stud right through the stock. Now I am building it up and reinforcing it. Next year I will finish my customized fiberglass stock.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Good Bye to my .338 Win Mag

Ted Gaillard inspected my rifle and found that the bore was actually pretty good. I thought it might be, as the rifle looked like it had little use when I bought it used. He even showed me the bore in detail with his bore scope. Of course I found the bore scope to be very cool. I was amazed at how closely I could see every little detail in my bore. Turns out I had some copper tracing present. I found that a bit odd, as I had just cleaned the bore with a spray in foaming bore cleaner. Ted didn't seem too concerned with the tiny amount of copper he found, so I am not too worried.

So I asked Ted to take his time re-crowning the muzzle and chambering the barrel in his .338 Galliard cartridge. He was even kind enough to set me up with what I thought was far to good a deal on the .338 Gaillard two die reloading set from Redding.

So I have until next year to start gathering up piles of 8mm Remington Magnum brass, magnum rifle primers and powder. I  just hope the factory Remington stock isn't too light for this cartridge. I don't want to develop a flinch from the recoil.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Torn Between Two Worlds

I am standing firmly with one foot in the Geek world and the other in the Gun world. What a weird mix? On one side I am a computer nerd. You know the type. I love Linux. I want to teach my self the Ruby programming language. I am a network administrator wannabe. On the other side of the coin, I love guns. I love how they work. I enjoy the science behind their function. I love learning about external ballistics and ballistic coefficients. I enjoy spending hours hand loading my own ammunition to perfection.

Is this normal?

As a result of my strange interests (only strange in that they are very unrelated), I find that many people are shocked to find I am interested in one of either guns or Linux. Here's what I mean:  People I bump into at gun shops or at the range, find it odd that the big redneck facing them enjoys configuring an Apache server. Then there are the times I surprise other geeks when they find out that I actually enjoy collecting military surplus firearms.

If only I could combine Linux with guns. Any ideas?