Sunday, June 19, 2011

Home on the Range

Mr WK and I spent almost all day Saturday at the outdoor range. We'd brought both .30 calibers, both carbines, both 1911 .45s, 3 9mms and the semi-auto shotgun. Only the shotgun never left the case. Oh, and a whole bunch of ammo!

Mr WK spent all his time at the high-power range at the bench rest area. The .308 loads that wouldn't group at all last time did just fine. I still think it was because it was so humid and I was so uncomfortable that I couldn't concentrate although at the time I thought I was concentratin' to beat the band. Apparently not. Mr WK did better on his groups, too.

We'd only put paper targets up at the 100 and later I put one up at the 25 yard range. Although they'd cut the wheat (yes, really) and the grass at the 200 and 300 yards targets I didn't relish the climb. Our 200 and 300 yard targets are uphill and far away.

Mr WK was very pleased Again! how accurate his inexpensive Mossberg 30-06 bolt rifle is. It was an impulse buy at Dick's Sporting Goods a couple of years ago and was just over $300 at the time. It's only long gun we own with wood furniture. All the rest are garbed in 'evil black'.

I just LOVE folks that buy ammo with brass cases and don't reload. Really, I do. At the Women on Target Event a few weeks ago we scored ALL the .223 brass. No one else reloaded it and I asked ... several times. So that was around 650 pieces and yesterday, there was a small group and I scored over 250 pieces from them.

And with all the stuff we shot, we have quite a task ahead. It's all had the initial clean and polish and about 1/3 of it has been re-sized and de-primed and polished again to remove the lube. Now we can begin the really, really fun part ... case gauge each piece, trim, if necessary, if trimmed then de-burred and chamfered. Each piece also gets the primer pocket cleaned and as the folks yesterday were shooting NATO ammo (or equivalent) quite a bit of it will need to be swaged to remove the primer crimp. Thank goodness for our Dillon swager. It's paid for itself over and over again!

When we get at least several hundred prepped, we can FINALLY! begin to reload so it can all go BANG! one more time. We keep all of our 'plinkin' .223 ammo on stripper clips and all of them in ubiquitous green metal ammo cans. The special loads, with fancier and more expensive projectiles such as those with ballistics tips which are great for water bottles and hedge apples or the heavier projectiles such as 75 gn Hornady go in the plastic boxes as we don't shoot very many of those.

blogging to: a quiet house

reading: A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd (a Bess Crawford mystery)
Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin ~ audio book read by Sarah Palin

Parting Shot:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sock Building

I can't believe how quickly my SIL's sock is coming along. The pattern is Nancy Bush's Gentleman's Plain Winter Socks with Dutch heel from her book Knitting Vintage Socks. I've knit this pattern three times now and I love each rendition. The yarn is Poems Sock from Wisdom Yarns. The colorway is one of those that gradually changes colors and the color bands are wide. This one has a sage green, slate blue, a reddish brown and cranberry. It's going to be a great winter sock for jeans.

The 40 round cuff is complete as is the 65 round leg. The heel flap is within just a few rows of being finished. The heel turn won't take very long, a dedicated hour or so and a strong half an hour to pick up the gusset stitches and get the foot stitches established.

I'm going to knit this all the way down to about where the toe decreases will start. If I haven't seen her by then so she can try it on, I'll stop and cast on for the mate. That way I can adjust the foot length if necessary. The toe decrease rounds won't take very long at all.

blogging to: a quiet house

Treasure Well by Max Brand (a western)
Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin ~ audio book read by Sarah Palin

Parting Shot:

Monday, June 13, 2011

In The Key of Low

That's been the theme around here.

We've been to the outdoor range a few times and tested some .308 loads and a new .40 load. I put a lot of 9mm downrange with my Glock 26. Figured if I'm going to summer carry it I better make sure I can still shoot with it. Either I've improved a lot thanks to my informal shooting coach or this gun has somehow improved all by itself.

We shot some .308 test rounds we'd loaded in early May—Hornady 165 gn bt sp interlock projectile with 41 gn of Benchmark. Mr WK had 1" groups at 100 yards. The day we shot it was hot and very humid so I'm sure his concentration was not what it could have been. We have some of those left so we'll try again.

Mr WK has been on the hunt for months now trying find a more accurate load for his S&W M&P .40. The accuracy is OK but not as good as it could / should be. He loves to shoot it and likes how it shoots and is convinced that it's not the gun, we just need to find the right load for it. My informal shooting coach gave us some Hodgdon Longshot to try. It's a slow burning powder but the velocity is high so the loads are hot. We loaded up 20 rounds of 7.5 gn and 20 of 7.7 gn with a Ranier Ballistics plated 165 gn plated fp projectile. We tested in the S&W 4006 and it didn't like it but it's hot. We'll try it next time in the M&P.

The first Saturday in June I participated in the NRA's
Women on Target shooting clinic. It was the first time I'd ever been to one of these events. I helped out on the hi-power range with my S&W M&P 15T AR15. It was a blast! The women were fantastic. Many of the women brought their daughters. About a 1/3 of the women had never held or shot any kind of firearm before. Many were surprised at how little recoil there was and how much fun it was to shoot an evil black rifle! Only a few who were thin and had little muscle didn't like it. It does help to have some padding.

Of the four AR style rifles, I had the only optic, an inexpensive red dot. The other three were open or iron sights. One was a 20" target rifles and the other three including mine were carbines.

I'm really looking forward to next year's event and will take a more active role in the behind the scenes prep leading up to next year's clinic.

As to the knitting, things have really been rolling along. I finished my Sunset Socks. The second sock took only 20 days. I cast on for the first one on 9/15/10 and it was my stoplight / passenger knitting sock for months. By mid-February this was the only small project I had on the needles and it just flew! As you can see I started the second sock (on the right) with the yarn at the other end of the ball. Not as neat a transition from foot to leg but that's OK. I love the way they look and fit!

pattern: Nancy Bush's Gentleman's Plain Winter Sock with Dutch heel from her book Knitting Vintage Socks.
yarn: Zauberball by Schoppel Wolle. The colorway is 1536.
needles: 2.5mm Suzanne dpns
amount of yarn used: almost ¾ of 100 gr hank
based on the cost of the yarn and the weight of the socks (2.3 oz / 67 gr) the socks cost $13.37

I've cast on for two more; one for me and one for my SIL. The one for my SIL is the same pattern. The yarn is Poems Sock by Wisdom Yarn. I picked up 2 skeins around a year ago with the intention of socks for her. Other than the greens and blues you see there it also has some cranberry and brown in it. So far I've knit the the 40 round cuff and 17 rounds of the stockinette leg on the bottom. As with the Zauerball, the yarn goes thin and thicker and the thicker pieces are a bit splitty so I've really got to be careful. This will most likely not be a stoplight knitting sock for that reason.

So, I had to cast on for another sock. The one for me is again! another Nancy Bush pattern from the same book, Knitting Vintage Socks. This is the Yarrow Socks pattern. Just a very simple rib. The yarn is one I picked up four years ago. It's Sockotta from the Plymouth Italian Collection. I love the purples and grays. That's the 20 round cuff and six rounds of leg.

blogging to: a quiet house

reading: Treasure Well by Max Brand (a western)

Parting Shot: