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Here goes, got the wife a new Nikon pocket camera. Hope I can get them uploaded! DSCN0050.JPG DSCN0049.JPG
 

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Nice rifle indeed!
 
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Nice looking Tom! No problems seeing your prey with that one. Don't get distracted and start counting ticks on that big buck before ya pull the trigger.
 

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got the wife a new Nikon pocket camera.
It looks like that Nikon takes good pics. Try them in the shade or on a cloudy day. I like my Coolpix and if that is what you bought her get a hard display cover, not one of those peel off types. They need protection.
Nice rifle, I have a 3-9 on mine but I want to get a 1-4 or maybe a low power fixed.
 
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The scope is actually a 1.5X6X42 Barska I had lying around. It will have to do for quite a while as I shelled out $4200 for a new roof recently so no mad money in the foreseeable future. It's a royal pain living on a fixed income but I do love the freedom of being retired. It does look a bit too big for the rifle but I've learned to live with it.

Had that rifle to the range yesterday shooting one of my handloads consisting of 23.5 grains of W-296 pushing a Magtech 240 grain JSN at 1765 fps. Load printed 2.64" and 4.96" at 200 yards averaging 3.80" (17" of up elevation from a 100 yards zero). Feeling lucky, I tried hitting the steel pigs at 300 yards holding over what looked like four feet. Heard the satisfying "smack" three out of five times and the "pigs" slowly fell over (much to my surprise). Definitely not a feat I'd try on a live animal!
 

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Very nice!:tee:
 

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Hey Tom, that's a good looking rifle in a super caliber. I agree with you that a smaller scope will look good on the 1894 but for target work the one you have on the gun will work just fine.
 

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Nice rifle brother!!
 

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Yes, that's nice.

And seeing as it's July 4th-- THANK YOU for your service so many years ago.

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Good lookin rifle. Sounds like you found a load that is working in that rifle. How about the 444?
 

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Hey GA,

Fine looking 1894!

Later, Mark
 

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Good lookin rifle. Sounds like you found a load that is working in that rifle. How about the 444?
Oh yeah! That one is shooting well too. Over on the 444 forum I recently posted range results with it out to 200 and 300 yards with 300 grain XTP's.
 

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Yes, that's nice.

And seeing as it's July 4th-- THANK YOU for your service so many years ago.

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Thanks, I appreciate that.
 

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Reshot the Magtech 240 grain JSN pushed by 23.5 grains of W-296. Bullets were seated out a bit farther to 1.630". Velocity averaged 1778 fps. I cranked in 8.5 inches of elevation from my 200 yard zero and put three shots into 8.5 inches at 300 yards. Point of Impact was approximately 7 inches below my point of aim. I fired six rounds and five steel pigs fell. One pig I could see the bullet splash low on the silhouette but it didn't fall over until the second shot which hit higher on the steel. I never in a million years would have expected the 44 magnum to perform like it has. I'll have to run drop and velocity tables to see what my remaining velocity looks like.
 

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Running drop tables on the JBM site, shows velocity at 300 yards to be a sedate 1054 fps. No wonder the "pigs" fell so slowly! :laugh:
 
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