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I don’t know of a non-custom rifle maker in North American regularly producing a 284 Winchester in their lineup. As one that had a poor first opening with Winchester 50+ years ago due to making it for  non-bolt action rifles, it didn’t catch on very well. It sorta stunk but the cartridge has merits anyway.

I would love to see a 284 Win in a standard Vanguard or a light weight version of it brought back by Weatherby, especially with a 20” and 24” barrel.

The closest to a 284 Win with current Vanguards is the 270 Win and 7mm-08 Rem——-unless a 7mm RPM is in development. Thoughts???

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Transtech Firearms——-Fraud
« on: November 21, 2023, 02:41:41 PM »
Transtech Firearms is a fraudulent entity. It has a website advertising too good to be true prices on reloading components. That’s because they are not truly in business. I fell for their good prices, I didn’t check out this “company” and I’m likely out the money I transferred to it.
I reported this place to the Better Business Bureau although I doubt that will do much to stop the deception.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Securing a Leupold CDS dial
« on: October 08, 2023, 11:32:46 AM »
Sighting in a new rifle this morning took longer than expected when I accidentally turned the resettable, exposed elevation dial. I moved it about 12 or 15 clicks and I didn’t know where the dial was before turning it. If it can happen while zeroing, it could happen when hunting———and I might not even know it moved. I was able to get a nice shot group at 100 yards, then confirmed it from 200 yards.
Aside from Gorilla tape to hold the dial, what have you used to keep a dial from moving?
I loosened the screws, set the dial to zero and tightened them. Now I ready for ideas on keeping it in place.

The newest cartridges share some or all of these traits:
Minimal case taper
30 degree shoulder angle
Longer or shorter parent case of a much older cartridge
Faster twist rate compared to older cartridges of the same bore diameter
Designed to use heavy for caliber bullets
Closer tolerances on cartridge dimensions and leade angles than older cartridges of the same caliber
Rifles with the new cartridge in retail stores ahead of ammunition choices from more than one manufacturer and brass for handloaders
Designed in a standard line and an ultra light version
Marginal external ballistic improvement over older cartridges

These are dry and boring observations. They lack the perspective of looking for a better cartridge than (fill in the blank). They also do not include the “want” factor. I have several different .30 caliber chamberings, in bolt action, semi auto and single shot configurations. Some are quite old, such as a 30-40 Krag and a 303 British. There is no need to get rid of them. In “their day” they did the job. The loose nut behind the rifle matters more than the cartridge.
This is the Land of the Free. If you want a new rifle in 6 ARC or a 6 Creedmoor to replace a worn out or inaccurate rifle chambered in 243 Winchester, go for it. Nothing is stopping you——-maybe slow at first but still possible and rewarding. I have read plenty on the 7 PRC. I have numerous other rifles chambered in .284 cal and can’t see that certain cartridge making a difference. Gimme time and I might do it.

Rifles / Return of Remington 700s
« on: August 09, 2023, 12:52:04 PM »
I read in an industry magazine that Remington (Ruger) 700s will have Timney triggers. Putting quality, non OEM triggers in factory rifles is nothing new. What I think it shows is the fact that the restoration of the 700 line is addressing the trigger issue that tragically haunted Remington 700s, even though you or I could have had a great 700 with no problems.
This by no means puts a new 700 on my radar. I gotta give Ruger a thumbs up for trying to make a better product. Sales will tell if buyers are taking in the new 700s. Yes, experiences from the field will do the same.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Wood stocks
« on: June 06, 2023, 04:53:51 PM »
The topic of continuing to use wood stocks is back. The durability of a composite stock, such as a Bell & Carlson Medalist, needs no explanation. I have Medalists on two Vangaurds. Accuracy and fit of those stocks is worth every penny. I think cost is the biggest consideration when going for an after market stock and I know Medalists are far from the expensive side of things. Frankly, color choices of stocks has little to do with it since a few can of paint and a pattern template can take care of things.

I like the Eurostock that was available on Mark Vs several years ago. Pilar bed the receiver screws and the action of a Eurostock, plus a couple of inches beyond the front recoil lug and you’ve got the best of both worlds for the feel and looks of wood and the resistance to warping and shifting you get with a Medalist (or similar models). A walnut stock just like I described stocked with a 7mm Weatherby withstood hunting in an ice storm with no changes in accuracy the next day——the big White tail buck that fell like a cheap tent is my proof. I put at least three coats of oil into the stock, including the barrel channel so the wood had a great barrier.

Optics / M-1A scope
« on: January 20, 2023, 07:48:51 PM »
I’m in search of a scope for a M-1A. I would like to stay under $500. What are your choices based on use?

The drought in Western Kansas made the pheasant count dramatically lower than anything in the past 10-12 years. Native grasses didn’t grown much, some fields were cut for cattle feed which further reduced nesting areas, and very little moisture made the chick survival risky at best.
Now for the good news——the mature birds gathered in the usual places on my parents farm and the bordering grass field. The Honey Hole ( where CRP, tall weeds and milo converge) lived up to its name as at least 30 pheasants flew out, here and there, almost one at a time and our long- and short-range skills were tested. The bursting of birds was anticipated since IF they would be somewhere, it would be at that spot. We nailed some of them and scattered others that we took later in the day.
One hunter took his first bird. That was exciting for him. At the end of the hunting day we made one more sweep of the area and kicked up another ring-neck rooster and Bobwhite quail. Both were in “typical” places and our shots were true as my son and I each took birds. I have to admit hitting the quail was harder than the bigger pheasants.
I carried an old style Browning A5 20 gauge. It was my first time using it.  Not only was a totally pleased with how it worked but it is LIGHT. I am happy.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / "I own the F*^$@ing land!"
« on: November 01, 2022, 01:14:26 PM »
The irate land owner shows he has lost his brains in this rant. He doesn't stand much of a chance of getting a fine out of the hunters since he wanted money from them to make it all go away. The kids put their blinds on the line and that was too much for his senses.


About 20 years ago I was fishing north of Anchorage, Alaska when a drunken landowner claimed we were tress passing as soon as we crossed the signs by the river. There were no signs by the river that day. She wanted $20 from all of us (four guys) or she would call the police. There were no police for 70 miles and we knew it so her demand was laughable. Rather than face the wrong end of a revolver we gave her $20 and left. 

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / The 6.8 Western
« on: October 29, 2022, 10:34:30 AM »
Is this one dying on the vine? While there a new name for a cartridge, a faster twist rate, a heavier bullet, are Browning and Winchester trying to carve a spot for the 6.8 Western that doesn’t exist? Not far off from the 6.8 is the 277 Sig. About a year ago I said the 277 Sig Fury is the recreation of the 270 Wby and “welcome to 1944” referring to when Roy Weatherby brought out his 270 Wby. The 6.8 is not a 270 Wby and won’t be better, in my opinion.

The not-so-secret Swift Scirocco IIs are now loaded on Weatherby factory ammo. I received an email on it this morning. The Nosler Accubonds are hard to get, according to the email, so the Swifts are in place. I think anyone who uses the Scirocco likes it enough to keep using it. I have seen the deer fall to Sciroccos as if they were hit by lightning. (My 7mm Wby loves the 150 grain Scirocco.)

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Building a rifle inventory
« on: March 13, 2022, 06:28:12 PM »
A friend asked me how I built up a variety of hunting and target shooting rifles. I told him I didn’t start with an acquisition plan. It was more like I have these rifles and they are probably good for these things. As an example, the single shot 22 Long has been fine for dispatching the odd animal around the farmyard without damaging buildings——-sometimes a 12 gauge shotgun is not the best thing vs a skunk.
I had several .30 caliber rifles before getting an older but positively accurate 243 Winchester. My most recent acquisitions are mostly specialized ones and are chambered in 22 Long.
How have you all built your batteries of firearms?

Reloading / Real effects of mushrooming and the toughness of bullets
« on: February 03, 2022, 02:00:53 PM »
This story does a great job of how a mushroomed bullet gets in to do the job and how the sectional density numbers tossed out for this caliber and that caliber have to be applied in a real situation.


Rarely do I recover a bullet from deer. That doesn't bother me because a hunting bullet is only designed to do one thing.

Rifles / The Vanguard does it again (7mm Rem Mag)
« on: December 13, 2021, 08:35:51 AM »
My oldest son borrowed his younger brother's Vanguard (7mm Rem Mag) to drop two does yesterday on the final day of firearms season for deer in Kansas. The Bell & Carlson stock and muzzle break combined to make the recoil a non-factor for his less-than-stellar shoulder. The 150 grain Swift Sciroccos plowed down the deer with typical results.  The two-stage trigger got a big thumbs-up too.

After skinning and clean up was done at my parents house, a young Golden eagle came by and feasted on the scraps. About 10 years ago I saw a mature Golden on a fence post in the pasture. The post looked like it was about 6 feet high. I hope to see the young eagle more.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Young 10 pt whit tail buck
« on: November 07, 2021, 04:47:04 PM »
The kid I’ve taken hunting over the past few years still hasn’t taken his first deer. My trail camera has been picking up a 2.5, maybe 3.5 year old buck on a fairly regular basis. There are also two does coming by to eat the butterscotch and molasses flavored corn. At least I know these three deer are in the area——-the goal of using the feeder to bring them in for photo proof they are at least around here has been fulfilled.
With a little luck we will be skinning some deer early in December.

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