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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Broken stock on .460 wby!
« on: September 10, 2017, 02:39:56 PM »
Sorry about your problem with the 460... I must ask however, what creatures roam the bush in Australia that need a pill from a 460???  Granted, it will cure anything down there from a Tit Mouse to a T-Rex in a big hurry....   ;D ;D

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: recoil/ 338-378
« on: August 14, 2017, 10:29:00 AM »
I have never owned or fired a 338-378. In years gone by I owned two kickers though.  I had a 340 and a custom built 375 Weatherby built around a P-17 action.. The scientific law of "every action has an opposite and equal reaction" was not repealed at that time and therefore both of those rifles kicked. Ironically, the 340 was the hardest of the 2 and the hardest of any rifle I ever fired. 

After giving its local customers and employees two,  three or more different stories about its future here in Bowling Green, KY,  the boys at Gander Mountain finally got around to the final story (at least it seems final).. They are closing, or say they say again, and not to reopen. 

I find it sad how they kept their employees in a lurch of indecision. 


Thanks for the comment.  I have found the big box stores to typically be the highest prices in the market place.  Sometimes they run a sale and offer items below high retail but those seem to be seldom events...  I have a Cabelas within 3 miles of my house and a Gander Mountain within 4.. I have a great little privately owned gun shop within 2 miles but it specializes in pistols and what I call plastic or aluminum guns.  I shop those guys from time to time but when I am really dead-set on a new rifle, I am off to Whittaker's in Owensboro. Chances are the guys at Whittakers will have it in stock and at price typically 15-25% below the big box guys.

Regrettably,  Barnes and Noble did not have the Peterson magazine... Left there disappointed.

On the way to the Barnes and Nobel in 5 minutes to get my magazine... Saturday, I  bought a Howa 1500, 22 inch barrel in 6.5X55 Swedish.. I would have preferred to get in a Vanguard but it is not available..  This is the first 6.5mm I have ever owned. I have owned several 24s, 25s, 27s, and 28s in Weatherby and other (lesser)  brands but somehow, at least until Saturday, I had overlooked the 26 tubes.

If you are in driving distance, Whittaker Guns on West Louisville Road about 8 miles west of Owensboro, KY is a truly great place to do your gun purchases. They have the best prices and the most complete and amazing inventory I have found...  It is a 75 miles drive each way for me, but it is well worth it.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: 4th
« on: July 04, 2017, 08:17:23 AM »
Here's wishing everyone a safe and happy 4th.. Please remember today is not about fireworks. It is not about airshows or picnics at the beach. It is about the brave Americans who dared sign their names to a document that could have very likely cost all of them their lives. They pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honors to give our nation a chance at capitalistic self government and freedom from a despotic, iron-fisted ruler.

God bless all those braves souls who signed that document and all of our Brave American Heroes who have since sacrificed their lives and limbs to insure and maintain our freedoms.

Try L AND K scope repair, 417 426 5041 in Eldridge MO.

Thanks, I did and got a very rapid and satisfactory response.

What kind of trouble are you having with the Imperial?

Thanks for your interest 224King:

The magnification adjustment is frozen between 3 and 4...  I have tried the old heat treatment but to no avail.  I received a rather quick email response from Larry Weisz of L&K Scope Repair just now.. He states he can fix it and essentially rebuild the scope and have it ready in 2 months for a cost of $250.. Unless something changes drastically, I will be shipping my little buddy to him Monday.

If anyone else needs to contact L&K, their email address is:  lkscoperepair@hughes.net and phone is: 417/426-5041.

Welcome aboard!!  Like has been said, the 257WM is very popular among Weatherby devotees.. It was Roy's favorite and I have owned 3.. You will never get tired of the .25 caliber smoke poll!  Small to medium game are so afraid of the 257WM, they sometimes die before we pull the trigger and if you miss the shock wave may even take them out. LOL.  Enjoy your Weatherby.

Does anyone have any recent experience with Parsons Scope Services....I tried to contact them by phone (513-867-0820) and their answering service was loaded and was not accepting any calls.  I also checked them out a bit on the internet and the blog site "Gunboards" had numerous negative posts concerning the company and essentially making me question my thoughts of entrusting them with my Weatherby Imperial (circa 1957) 2.75-10 scope.  This scope is really important to me as it came on my 1957 FN Supreme Southgate 270WM and I want the 60 yrs. old gun and scope to remain as one family heirloom to pass on to my family.

Your thoughts and experiences will be appreciated.

Wow, that record will stand for awhile I think. Yes you read it right 10 second flight time.

I believe the article said "less than 10 seconds."

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Re: Cindy?
« on: June 22, 2017, 07:37:11 AM »
I hope all of our people on the Gulf Coast remain safe and endure the least amount of property damage as possible..  Cindy is supposed to move up to and through Kentucky and Tennessee over the weekend but in a much lesser state of strength.. Word is that we will receive 2-4 inches of rain in the next 24 - 36 hours....

I enjoyed going over to Gander MT. when they had the scopes out to compare, It made it easier to find what I liked online for 50% less!  There was occasional "damaged box" ammo at a decent price. I'm so old, I remember Gander MT, Cabella's and Herter's as paper catalog stores, including Montgomery Ward's........ :)

I currently have a Montgomery Ward's .308 Rifle.. It was built on a FN 300 (aka FN Deluxe) style action by HEYM with a modified safety for use with a scope. I bought it as a project gun in about 1985 but, I had at least 100 sundry other projects and honey-dos which took precedence. So, it is still sitting in the gun cabinet.   Back in the late 60s or early 70s, I also owned a Herter's U9, 7mm Mag, rifle which was built on a BSA action.  I can never forget those old Herter's catalogues. They were masterpieces in marketing hyperbole and were great for reading pleasure.

Reloading / Re: 257 WM Reloading Data from my first 257 Weatherby
« on: June 20, 2017, 12:43:14 PM »
Interesting data.I was on a quest several years ago to break 4000 fps with the 257 Wby.I started out with the 75 grain vmax bullets and H4350.Couldnt get there. I then went to the 80 grain Barnes ttsx and got 4020 fps avg with 71 grains of H4350. Decent group and no pressure signs. I didn't try to go higher or experiment for great accuracy as I didn't want to burn out my barrel.My hunting load for this gun is  100 grain Barnes tsx at an avg 3713 fps with 78 grains of H1000 and is submoa.

My old gunsmithing buddy, the late Joe Hollandsworth, of Bowling Green, and I played with some either 60 or 65 grain bullets in my 257 Mark (1:12, 26")  back in about 1980..  After working up a couple of test rounds which showed almost no pressure signs at all, we loaded up 3 Rounds with about all the 4350 they would hold and set the Chronograph to calculate at 15ft.  As I recall, the first round showed a velocity slightly over 4250 but did not reach the target or the back stop.. The next two rounds were quite erratic with one at less than 4200 and the other showed no timing through the screens and didn't reach the target. The second round hit the target way to the left and keyholed..   All cases showed very flattened and cratered primers but no bulging.  Thus ended our divinely inspired quest for super-duper, ultra sonic velocities. I do not recommend any loadings approximating or approaching the above...

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