Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Ballistics 2020

Can't buy ammo anywhere.  I visited or called: Scheels, Fleet Farm, Gander Outdoors, Cabelas. Coyote Creek, independent shop in Morristown, another in Albert Lea; checked websites.  You can't find that slow Winchester sabot anywhere.  1350 fps.  Those shoot pretty well out of my gun/barrel.  The higher powered stuff doesn't do as well, the trials would confirm.  Fleet Farm told me that whenever they get shipments, guys come in and buy everything on the shelves.  Some form of paranoia/etc. lingering it seems.  Unfortunately this is impacting the common man deer hunter.  

As such, I bought the slowest sabot I could find (at Coyote Creek - they are the only folks limiting the number of boxes per person, per day (1)): these Remington coppers at 1450 fps.  I had ten of the Winchesters on hand from last year.  Being they are apparently scarce, I decided to just shoot two of them; keep eight for the season.  Then I shot three of the coppers - they mixed in really well at 50 yards.  I had some of the Hornady from previous fall trials but those at 2000 fps shoot 8-12 high at 50 yards; I could adjust my red dot to that group if needed, but for now I have a few boxes of slow sabots that will work.

At 50 yards, this group more than sufficient.  Most shots in bluff country range 15-40 yards.  I'd like to get this rifled barrel over on the 100 yard range; just see how it shoots at that distance.