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Primer – So Your Student Has a Blaser

Shot this last week as a last minute request by an instructor friend of mine. Some students of his are getting ready for a big hunt and it turns out at least one Blaser R8 is being used.  My friend has seen my Blasers and is a VERY experienced hunter, tactical shooter and instructor. But…he wanted a quick primer on …

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Federal 243 Soft-Point

So with the new chassis and suppressor, it is time to fine tune the zero. Especially considering I have switched ammo. Typically I was shooting PPU 243. But I had heard some good things about the Federal 100g soft-points, I we decided to give them a try.  The good news is it’s literally ammo I can find almost anywhere. At …

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Blaser R8 Pro-Tips

This is a general list of “how to” for the Blaser R8 rifles. Actually for all the Blaser straight-pull rifles: R8, R93, LRS, LRS2, Tactical 2.  Some of the things on this list are reflective of my views on the mechanics of the R8. Others are gleaned from experience in field conditions. From balmy summer days to sub-zero winter shooting.  …

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Straight Pull: Ross Rifle vs Blaser 

Straight Pull: Ross Rifle vs Blaser  User question: What are the differences between the Ross straight pull and the Blaser straight pulls?  In short? Everything. Besides both being straight pull rifles, they share almost no mechanical technology or heritage.  See video for my complete explanation.    Sincerely,  Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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SHS 39 – Swiss K11

What we have on this episode of the Second Hand Showcase is the Swiss K11. Like most K11’s, this one was converted from 7.5×53 to the more modern 7.5×55. What is more commonly known as the 7.5 Swiss or GP11.  The rundown: Model: Swiss K11 User: Switzerland. Action: Straight-Pull Caliber: 7.5×55 (GP11). Condition: Well used – Rack Grade. Sling: Original …

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Found Blaser 338LM Magazines 

Thanks to a follower we were able to source some factory new, Blaser 338 Lapua magazines; from a retail vender in Europe. Specifically Germany.  Special thanks to Tim over at Rothe-Waffen for helping us out. Not only does he have GREAT prices on these mags, he was willing to deal with us via Google translate. Basically I would write something …

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Range Construction- 600 Yard Test

Update on the range construction. What I’m doing here is testing line of sight and theoretical shooting positions for shots from 600 and 700 yards.  I placed the target down the hill at 550 to give me some breathing room Incase there was an issue. Or out this way: DON’T SHOT OVER THE TARGET. All went well. We will tell …

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Now That’s a Dirty Barrel

Previously we shared some testing I did with the 1905 Ross rifle. (CLICK HERE) Well, when I went to clean the barrel, this is what I saw: the bluest blue foam I have ever taken out of a barrel with GunSlick Foaming Bore Cleaner. This product goes in white. You let it sit for a time and then push it …

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1905 Ross Rifle Function Test

It’s New Years weekend and the armory is slow. So it’s a perfect time to get something off my to-do list. Today I am function testing the US marked 1905 Ross Rifle. Caliber 303. When we initially purchased this gun, Freeze had to tear the weapon down and repair multiple cracks inside and out. He used a very strong epoxy …

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Video — My Broken Firing Pin Face

Drive 4 hours to confirm dope out to 1000 yards and firing pin breaks on first shot. That look on my face when I know I’m done for the day. Still laughing about it! Marky www.John1911.com “Shooting Guns & Having Fun”

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M1905 Mk II Ross Rifle Refurb Complete

We picked up a Ross rifle for the armory. We needed something in British 303 and the Canadian Ross came our way. The rifle is in really great shape but had a few stock issues. Upon inspection, I found 3 cracks in the stock. One was structural, the second was iffy, and the third was cosmetic. The metal is in …

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Benefits of a Sandbag with Rifles

This is a little trick I picked up quite a while ago. I always have 2 little “sandbags” with me when I am doing precision rifle work. Doesn’t matter if I am hunting pigs in Texas. Deer in the Midwest. Or shooting 1000 yards from one ridge to the next with a “tactical” rifle. These two sandbags are present. It’s …

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Unexpected Visitor — Black Bear

While confirming some dope on the way back down from 1000 yards, I had something happen that has never happened before. A 200 pound male Black Bear (Spotter said it was a bull. I have no idea) walked right into my field of view and in front of my 600 yard steel target. Truthfully, for about a millisecond I about …

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Damn. I Need to Buy Scope Rings

Was hoping to be able to mount this scope with rings we have in the armory. Turns out, the Badger 1.125 high rings are just a hair too short. I mean just a hair. The bell just barely contacts the base. I could shim it, but just learned we have a standing credit with a vendor, so we’ll just cash …

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Armory Chat EP15 – Thanks For The Help

Some months ago I posted about needing a 223 barrel for my Blaser Tactical 2. To Read that CLICK HERE. Thanks to everyone who reached out with tidbits and info to help make this possible. Even if some suggestions ultimately didn’t pan out, knowing many of you were trying really meant a lot. Now let’s get this barrel hot! Marky …