Posted 08 May 2006 - 08:28 AM
Yesterday was a frustrating day at the range for me. I took 3 rifles and the new pistol and planned on spending most of the day there to sight and break in the new 17 HMR, finish sighting in the new 17 Remington, spend some time practicing with my newly adjusted trigger on the 22-250, and of course play with the new pistol!Well I made the hour drive to the range and then realized that I forgot the blasted 17 caliber rod so that I could break in the HMR. Uggh!! I started out with the 17 Remington instead and got several shots put down range and was beginning to have a hard time telling where those little bullets were hitting on that black target at 100 yards. I asked the range master when the next cease fire was going to be so I could check my target and was told it would be when ever everyone was ready to change out a target.Unfortunately for me, most everyone there was just there to plink and we only did 2 cease fires in the nearly 4 hours I was there and the last one was just as I was leaving!! While I waited, I ended up breaking out the 22-250 and spent some time getting used to that 2 ? # trigger.I shot until my barrel was warm and then decided to see if I could get the 17 HMR on steel at 100 yards. I got it set up and after a brief struggle with the magazine I was ready to shoot. I held center on the steel and pulled the trigger and watched as the bullet struck low and to the right of the steel. I brought it up 3 and to the left 3 and was rewarded by a ping as my next shot hit on steel! I got it adjusted to about 2? high and left before it started acting I needed to clean the barrel. For anyone interested, my Savage HMR does not appear to like the Remington ammunition but did well with the CCI TNT.Next I broke out the little 17 HMR pistol and picked out a clump of grass that I guessed was 40 yards down range and started to plink with it. The first 8 rounds went well, but when I reloaded it started acting up. The firing pin dented the rim, but wasn?t enough to make it fire. I could then put the rounds with the dented rim into the rifle and could get them to fire. I am hoping that I just need to do a better job of cleaning all the oil that the factory adds prior to shipping. Any ideas?I guess next time I want to sight in a rifle and not just plink I am going to have to go out to the darn desert so I can check or change targets as I need.