View Full Version : NW Shooting rondy report

04-07-2008, 08:04 PM
Hey everyone, I finally got a few minutes to sit down and upload some photos. Seems like every time the turkeys were around, I had a gun in my hand and not a camera (go figure!), hence no pictures of the critters. It was a great time. Thom was very generous in inviting us to his property and inviting us into his home, and feeding us too! We had some great steelhead for dinner, and french toast in the morning. He's got a great setup with a 100-150 yard range, and up top an area where we stretched out to about 700 yards. Now onto the photos!

Thom (snakey) and Aaron (IdahoLad) conversing by the bench

Thom at the controls of his 10/22. These things are so much fun, and pretty accurate too. We all made hits at 100-150 yards pretty consistently.

A closeup of the steel and targets at 100 yards

A few handguns, courtesy of Thom and Scot

Scot with the AK-47

A view from down range, our 10'' steel in the foreground, and Scot with his dog somewhere waaaay down there

A view from the firing position. No turkeys in this shot, but they were milling around right by that gate. Very tempting. "I swear I didn't mean to hit him, I'm just getting used to this new rifle!"

Yours truly at the sights

Thanks to Aarons impressive skills and coaching, I was able to clang the steel at 700 yards several times, and come very close on the misses. I was surprised, since this was my first time shooting at anything that far away! He definitely has the system down.

Scot shooting his M1A at about 550 Yards IIRC (he was prone when shooting)

Thom shooting the sharps at 700 yards

The setup, Aaron is coaching me here

Thom at the spotting scope

Thanks to Thom for inviting and feeding us, and thanks to Aaron for letting me shoot up all his 45-70, .308 and .280 ammo. And thanks to Scot for bringing his arsenal, and letting me shoot up all his AK ammo!

I look forward to seeing everyone again in the future!

04-07-2008, 08:15 PM
Sure is green there........

04-08-2008, 08:04 AM
Nice write-up...looks like a great time was had by all who attended.

04-08-2008, 09:24 AM
Thom at the Sharps but unable to see the sights well enough to hit anything farther away than 150 yds!!! Scot was the man at the controls of that rifle.

04-08-2008, 09:26 AM
Scot really did a good job with that Sharps. I've got a photo of him with the rifle, but imageshack was giving me some grief last night and I was unable to upload it. I'll try again today.

04-08-2008, 09:33 AM
Huntsman it's green cause it rains everyday!! Stuff grows while you watch. In ten years that clear cut will be covered with 20 ft tall trees and will be hard to use for the purpose that we put it to. Lots of deer in it now though!! Those turkeys perched on a log by the gate while we blasted away, I felt they needed ear protection. Harvest of same should be easy when the season opens. Great pics Patrick gotta get me one of those newfangled cameras!!

04-08-2008, 09:36 AM
Patrick you didn't mention you put an end to our fun by blasting the plate off the stand with the 280 Rem.!!! An impressive hit on the first try at 700 yds with it.

04-08-2008, 10:27 AM
Yeah, I decided to put that plate out of comission so we could go in for happy hour and steelhead!

04-08-2008, 12:14 PM
Nice pictures guys. Looks like you all had a great time. Thanks for the write up!

04-08-2008, 07:46 PM
I'm kinda partial to the grips on that 1911...... Don

04-09-2008, 10:22 AM
Huntsman I have noticed in the past we share similar taste in grips.

04-10-2008, 06:01 AM
Snakey and SuperBadger
What barrel lengths did your 10/22s have?

04-10-2008, 07:44 AM
Hey Scott, my 10/22 has a 20'' barrel

04-10-2008, 09:26 AM
Scot don't know but I will measure it.

04-10-2008, 10:31 AM
Great run down and pics.
I am looking forward to meeting up with some of you sometime.
My arsenal has been locked away far too long.

04-10-2008, 10:43 AM
I just picked up a 18" bull barrel. What mag releases do you guys use?

04-10-2008, 11:13 AM
I use a Volquartsen


And I also have a volquartsen auto bolt release. Although that one's not really necessary, just helps with the sort of awkward bolt hold open/release on the 10/22.


I've also added a Volquartsen extractor, I don't know if my old one was worn out or something, but putting this one in helped out.

What brand of barrel did you get?

04-10-2008, 12:25 PM
Scot I am using what came on the gun. As I said, I bought it used and it has a kind of extended push one. It is easier than the regular ones but I don't know what kind it is.

04-10-2008, 12:37 PM
I believe you had a Butler Creek extended mag release:


04-10-2008, 12:54 PM
It is a hi-desertdog blued bull barrel. I did some research and they seem to have a pretty good reputation and the included group picture was good. I found a very very clean used 10/22 yesterday at a pawn shop for a good price. It had just come in so they have to hold it for a few days to give it time to run. I will go back today or tomorrow and work a deal. My understanding is that installing the barrel is pretty easy right? I am guessing I will have to do some sanding on the wood stock to get everything to fit if it doesn't work I might just look around for something else. I am halfway thinking about a folder so it will fit in a pack.

Is one or the other mag releases better? I know that sportsmans carries some of this stuff but I have never really looked at what they have. Do they carry either mag release or is it all order stuff?

04-10-2008, 01:36 PM

I'm curious as to why you went with the extra weight of the bull barrel? In as much as I've tried, I've never been able to heat up a standard 10-22 barrel to the point that it would have mattered all that much, especially considering the inherently less than ultra-accurate .22LR cartridge.

And, yes, the barrel swap on a 10-22 is a cake-walk.


04-10-2008, 01:51 PM
I really liked the way that Snakey and SuperBadgers' rifles held steady off hand. I was also impressed with the accuracy the were getting.

04-10-2008, 03:45 PM
If Sportsmans doesn't carry it, check out http://www.applegatesports.com

As far as which mag release is "better", they probably both work the same, however I think the butler creek is plastic? The Volquartsen is more expensive.

They sell just about every upgrade part for 10/22's you can imagine. They're located in Oregon too.

As far as the stock goes- yes, you'll have to modify the stock, or buy an aftermarket. I use the Hogue overmold. I'm happy with it.

The barrel mounts via two screws and a wedge type system- very self explanitory. If you want to get technical, I suppose you could use a torque wrench to ensure even tightening of both screws.

I like the bull barrel. I've shot out to 170 yards with good results with my 10/22, it's a lot of fun.

04-11-2008, 10:12 AM
Moot answer but mine has a 20" barrel Scot.

04-11-2008, 04:36 PM
thanks for checking. Well it turns out by the time I got back to get that 10/22 they sold it. The nice thing is they had an equally nice stainless one with a bushnell 3x9 for fifty bucks more come in in the meantime so I bought that one instead.

04-14-2008, 02:25 PM
Sometime lucky is better than anything.