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  2. 2018 Spring Shootfest AAR

    More to come, but many thanks to @98Z5V for hosting us yet again and for making sure a good time was had by all.
  3. My first PSA Gen II 308

    Welcome Steve! I have a PA10 as well. I bought an upper assembly. If I could do it again, I'da bought a stripped upper and pieced it together and saved a few dollars. I have a Diamondhead VRS-T handguard on mine along with a Faxon 16" pencil .308. The PA-10 uses a "low" DPMS LR-308 pattern HG. I'm very pleased with the finished product. The 18" nitride that came with it shot great (.7 moa) but was too heavy for my liking, 2.75lbs. The Faxon is 1.78Lb.
  4. 2018 Spring Shootfest AAR

    So we got set up on Poverty Tank and shot pretty much as Tom described. I felt the need to set a challenge right off the bat, so I threw a cold-bore shot at the 845yd target hoping for a 1st round hit at distance. Alas, diagonal mirage in your optic at 845 means you need to account for wind, and I simply did a dead-hold. 1st shot fell just right of the target, slightly low elevation of point-of-aim. Spotted the impact, measured the offset by the reticle, fired a follow-up shot and heard the satisfying sound of the steel ringing while watching the target begin swinging. 2 rounds into the trip and I'm completely satisfied! After all, really all I wanted was to get out and test my rifle out at 800 yards and beyond. Having seen that my dope is consistent at all the distances I have shot from 100yds to 850, I'm completely satisfied with the performance of the MA TEN. It is point-of-aim accurate from 100-800yds and beyond, and demonstrably repeatable. We did repeated long fire strings throughout the day, mixed dialing and holding for both wind and elevation, at varying magnifications, and the MA TEN was on the money. The wind was fairly calm but still had to be accounted for, and that was an excellent learning experience for me.
  5. 2018 Spring Shootfest AAR

    Tom's account is pretty thorough, covers pretty much all of it, sans minor detail. I went to bed about 2:00am EST after packing and trip prep, and set my alarm to be up at 4:00 to head to the airport. Didn't get much sleep at home but the two flights to PHX span about 5 hours and that's a fair chance to get caught up on sleep, so I slept on the flights as much as possible. Arrived in PHX ~9:00am MST, picked up my guns and texted Tom details on my location. It is noteworthy that with regard to travel, this has been the most uneventful trip yet, it really worked out nicely. So we headed to the Casa De Tom's Folks to drop off my gear while we did a preliminary supply run at the Glendale Cabela's. Got to meet Tom's mom and her husband, both really awesome folks. Did our supply run and dropped by Arby's on the way back for some chow, lunch at Tom's Folks and after getting better acquainted, we loaded all the gear back into the Nissan from Hell and headed to the gear staging area at TactiCat's place. We spent the rest of the day doing gear prep, and retrieving and loading Tom's camper/gear trailer. After making a preliminary grocery run, we loaded up all the requisite coolers and took a cold beverage break. Then Tom and I teamed up to create the ultimate grilled steak concoction, with an awesome marinade of my own making, and with Tom's grilling skills coming to the fore. After a fantastic supper of steak and buttered peas with garlic, Tom headed to the shed to do some last-minute custom loads and I busied myself with trying unsuccessfully to figure out how to make a cheap sling work for my Barbie gun. Called it a night after that and headed off to bed to catch as much sleep as possible to be up and at 'em at daylight. That's pretty much where Tom's account picks up. Here's my dope sheet for the MA TEN for the weekend, straight from the Hornady online calculator. I simply rounded up all the given numbers for 500 yards and above, and this dope sheet was on the money! We also got to play with Tom's rangefinder/Kestrel combo, which was every bit as he described and then some.
  6. Back Up For Sale.....Buyer was a scammer.....I WILL CONSIDER OFFERS
  7. Mispost

    My motor partner came back from school and his duty bike was still all fubar from the class. I actually had to ask him, “how did you scratch the top of your windshield?” These bikes are all kinds of screwed up
  8. 2018 Spring Shootfest AAR

    Here are the dope charts I worked up on both the Grendels. I will confirm and test these at various others distances coming up soon. These charts are about right on, based on what I saw at 500 and 845 yards. I'll confirm with accuracy shots at other distances, instead of "shots that can hit steel" at those distances. This is all used to refine what my handloads are really doing - but they're really close this (and right on at 845) for what we saw this weekend. 18" Grendel, 123gr ELD-M at 2585fps from the handloads delivered this on target: 12.5" Grendel, 123gr ELD-M at 2370fps delivered this on target:
  9. Mispost

    That happened back in late '06 when I highsided my Harley Ultra Classic. I'm a fukkin legend you know, not just anyone can highside an 830 lb. full dress Harley!
  10. 2018 Spring Shootfest AAR

    @Matt.Cross, get in here, brother, and tell some tales...
  11. 2018 Spring Shootfest AAR

    So, Matt and I drive down there, and this guy is shooting pistol on a small silhouette - and doing damn well, I might add. Tight group in the center of that little plate. He's about 75 or 100 yards short of where our target was, in relation to camp. We drive right up to the base of the hill, Matt waves at him when we're rolling up, and we get out and walk uphill... I don't know if he really saw that white-painted steel or not, but when we were walking up the hill, he looked kinda shocked. He stopped shooting, obviously. We pulled the target, put it in the bed, and drove right over to him on the way back to camp. When we pulled up, I said, "We were shooting that thing at 605 yards, but we didn't think it was polite to shoot over you, and slightly in front of you, so we yanked it." The guy says he's sorry, and he'll move, and all that, and we just said, "No worries, man. Don't sweat it." He says he saw a few people shooting over there, and he saw a camp way to the south... I said, "That's us. We were shooting that thing from there..." You should have seen the look on him. He looked back to where the target was, looked at our camp, did it all again... then just looked at us... He says he'd move again, but we refused. I told him, "Everyone needs some training, it's no big deal. Do what you do..." We rolled back to camp. By this time, JB Matt is just sighting in guns and getting dope on all kinds of stuff he brought out there. 257 Roberts (Holy Fuk is THAT thing sweet!), and all kinds of others. We spent the rest of Sunday doing pistol drills, rifle dope gathering, and shooting JB Matt's guns. I'll let Matt get in here now and spill some stories.
  12. 2018 Spring Shootfest AAR

    It is, indeed - it is perfect ground for longer distances, brother. Just perfect. We can go 1200 yards all day long, and really studying the terrain - we can go as far as we want, really. As far as we want. Way further than any of us can shoot, and any of our rifles can shoot - even Ron's MRAD. Yep... I'll bet we've got more than 2,000 yards out there... This event went Friday ,Saturday and Sunday. I'll let Matt talk about Friday, which turned into a planning and item-gathering day. For Saturday, the whole plan was go drop the big truck and camper close to the long range site, get over there with the gear in the Nissan, and have at it. Return to base camp later in the day, set up camp, and set up targets for Sunday. So Saturday, we did just that. We dropped the Dodge and camper, proceeded in our mini-convoy (the Nissan and JB Matt's Tactical Cadillac, the Suburban). We set up the 100 zero targets just to confirm or refine gun zero's, 500 yard steel and 845 yard steel. The 500 was just another conformation target for both sighting and wind holds - just a practice target for the 845. Everything was confirmed with the range finder (more on that thing later), and the 100 was right on, the 500 was actually 513, and, well, the 845 was 845 yards. That's why we called it the 845... As soon as Matt pulled the trigger on his second shot, he was done. Mission accomplished for his shoot-goal. Go longer than last time. He was content as I've ever seen him, and smiling the whole time. That MA-TEN dope card that he had with him was right on the money - as we saw the rest of the weekend, too. I got out there right away with the 700 AAC-SD, and it did it's business as usual. I was loaded up with Hornady 178gr HPBTs in once-fired Hornady Match brass, and those loads delivered. I have another 50 rounds loaded with Hornady 195gr HPBTs in the same brass, at 2.800" COAL, to try out, and we intended to do that, but we never shot them. They're gonna get it, though. That's gonna require a whole other workup to dial them in, but it'll be fun to get the data on them. I went after the 18" Grendel next, and it was right on the money. I couldn't ask for more from it, and it'll whip the a$s of both my Mk12s, hands down. It's a completely different beast altogether. 3.0 mils of drop at 500 yards, 8.2 mils of drop at 845 yards... unreal. JB Matt worked over his long Grendel, too, and it was right on the money for him. He was working on a 223 Wylde gun and got it down at 500 yards. I got that damn 12.5" Grendel out, and that thing was a shocker. Completely. I expected it to perform at the 500, but maybe not much more than that. Holy Sheit, is that thing bad. 4.0 mils at 500 yards and 10.something at 845 yards - and it was ON at 845 yards! Once the dials were set on the scope, it made hit after hit after hit, without fail. I was floored, bewildered, and shocked that a short barrel anything could perform like that. Once we had all that sorted out, and had all the data on guns, Larry called. He was over at the "normal" location, looking for us. JB Matt was working on another bolt action at the time, so I hauled butt to meet Larry and guide him in. Larry stayed for quite awhile, and we all had some GREAT conversation! When it was time to pack up the long distance side, it was somewhere around 3:30... We pulled targets, got everything in the trucks, and hauled it all over to the other side, to camp. Once we got to the other side, Larry rolled straight through and hit the road for Tucson. We proceeded to set camp up, and put a couple of JB Matt's targets out at pistol distances. Before it got too late, Matt and I tossed a big steel out at 375 yards for some night shooting. We shot pistol,and once it got dark, we shot rifle at the 375. Got the fire going, got the brats in the beer an on the stovetop to brown up, and got the chili in the dutch over over the fire. The brats went in, we cooked it up good, and chowed down. After that was some more night shooting on the 375, and bedtime. Out. The next morning, we decided to put another bid piece of steel at the end of the ridge again, and this time it worked out at 605 yards. We proceeded to give that guy the business, and a newed silver-looking Suburban drove past camp. No kidding, that guy drove to ALMOST where our 605 target was, pulled in close to the hill, and started hauling stuff out of the back of his truck. We didn't know what to do... Matt and I were ready to ring that steel, and let the guy know that he set up close to our target. JB Matt was the voice of reason, and said, "He's driving a Suburban, he can't be that bad, let's invite him over, maybe he's cool..." We almost did it, and we RESISTED the temptation to ring that plate - but it was TOUGH... We decided to pull the target. Just drive down there and take it down. We already had 3 or 4 hours on it, so it really wasn't a loss. More coming... posting this before I lose it...

  14. Buffalo wild wings

    Hemi, here is one for you.
  15. 2018 Spring Shootfest AAR

    That long range is the shiznit! Starting line and finish line are both above the brush, it doesn't get any better than that!
  16. Buffalo wild wings

    If I'm going to eat out, chicken is the LAST thing I want to eat! About the only chicken I really like is my wife's green chile chicken enchiladas. My first wife was a chicken fiend and my wife is Cuban (eating chicken is in their DNA!) so I've had all the chicken I need for life.
  17. Yesterday
  18. Pic Of The Day 2

    I had no idea, either!!!! This is INVALUABLE INFORMATION!!!
  19. 2018 Spring Shootfest AAR

    I had to hide somewhere, the .300 Win Mag was stalking me, I swear.....
  20. Short stroking

    Exactly why I went to the 10oz weight. Got adjustable gas key for intent that eventually, will change for 6.5 to 8.5oz buffer and semi-permanently affix different suppressor. Just looking for various insight. Mostly what has been previously documented. Am pretty confident in which routes to pick. The 5oz buffer was originally functioning fine.
  21. Still got my FFL, and have a few lowers left. I should add "FULL SEMI" on them.
  22. Short stroking

    Try that standard rifle buffer first. Just check the outcome. As far as an ideal specification on the gas port diameter, that's all up to configuration. Running the 10oz buffer changed all that. If it runs unsuppressed just fine with the off-the-shelf ammo and the lighter buffer, then it's gonna recoil harder (but still run) with the suppressor on there - and you can adjust it down. The magic will be finding that happy medium, where it runs suppressed and unsuppressed.
  23. 2018 Spring Shootfest AAR

    Pics just in from Justice Brothers Matt!!! JB Matt's Grendel - this thing is 1/2" groups at 100 yards. Damn nice. Getting my short Grendel ready to go. This thing was a shocker. Up in the rocks. I was on that target right away, and getting after it. @Matt.Cross, hiding in the rocks!!!
  24. Pic Of The Day 2

    That is to funny hahaha
  25. Short stroking

    I thank you all again. It is the adjustable gas key from RCA, a standard .750 melonite gasblock. I will look into it this weekend. What is an ideal specification on gas port? Specifically, the "ideal" port diameter in barrel. I have a 5.5oz dpms rifle buffer that can be used in place. Most certainly will function as intended when changed out. If I recall, when playing with shortened barrels on FAL.. the larger port meant more volume, less pressure. Smaller port was less volume and greater pressure. Will have to dig through my spec books.. believe that .088" was just a tad small. Ideal was near .096" with sometimes .110" on the very short barrels. Of course, this was crucially affected by the op rod length. This is a cross comparison, for comparison only. Please understand that. I am only mentioning this for descriptive purposes. This stated, ideal specifications please? This is a nitrided barrel. Not very keen on running HSS drill bits down the bore just yet. For any less experienced gunsmith, I recommend avoiding carbide. When it snaps.. you are in a world of hurt for removing it. Let me blueprint everything before wasting bits and swear words.
  26. Pic Of The Day 2


    Just another drunk...
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