All linky – no thinky…
…actually, range trip, happy new gun day, and ammo test (courtesy of Lucky Gunner)…
A while back – I’m embarrassed to say just how far back – Russ from Lucky Gunner contacted me to see if I’d be willing to do a test and evaluation blog post on some of their ammo. Over several emails we discussed what I shoot and what I’d be interested in testing…
We decided on .30-06 Sellier and Bellot. Two days later a small package arrived at my office. Everyone here knows the FedUps guys rarely bring me work related packages, so there was quickly a gathering of interested onlookers. No disappointment here – nicely packed and protected – with no shipping damage. When I opened one of boxes of Sellier & Bellot .30-06 Springfield HPBT Match ammo , the first comment was, “My Precious!” Beautiful stuff – it looked like premium handloads.
Ed chimed in with “What are you gonna shoot this with?” My original plan was to test them using my 1944 1903-A3 Remington – original iron sights only. After reading the ammo specs, I decided to go with something more modern with optics – 53-year-old eyes ain’t what they used to be. Ed agreed to loan me his Winchester Model 70 – “My favorite rifle, the one I killed two deer with one shot with!”, he said. His next trip to the office he brought it to me. The weather didn’t cooperate that weekend and the next was a trip home (I work out-of-town).
In the interim, I decided I wanted a modern .30-06 for my safe, too…it’s a sickness, I tell ya! I didn’t really want to spend big bucks, so I started reading up on “entry-level” guns. I ended up getting a Mossberg ATR from the local Wal Mart – $276.28 out the door. In the interest of staying “budget”, I mounted up a Simmons 4-12×40 scope I had lying around. Things I like about the ATR – the bolt and the overall feel of the gun – polymer stock and all. Very nicely done. Things I dislike – polymer molded-in swivel mounts and trigger guard – might have to go with a Boyd’s stock at a later date. That kinda goes against the budget concept, though.
Fast forward to range day – a couple of friends (Rick and Hope) from the apartment complex I stay at when away from home came along for the day. We arrived at Moss Knob mid afternoon – the higher elevation knocked about 12° F off of the temperature – it was a very pleasant 84° F with very little breeze. Moss Knob is in a mountaintop amphitheater/hollow which makes it an ideal range site. We set up our targets on a corrugated backer board to save on trips to the 100 yd stands.
After we got all set up, we started off with Ed’s Model 70 with some Winchester .30-06 180 grain I had on hand. We set up on bench bags and got to
work play. All three of us shot the Model 70 with pretty good results with the Winchester ammo – we didn’t fuss with Ed’s scope at all – just used “Kentucky windage and elevation” to zero in. We also shot some Korean .30-06 surplus I had in the ammo box with similar results. When we changed over to the S&B ammo it was surprising how much our groups tightened up. Very nice!
We repeated the same test sequence with the Mossberg ATR – it took a bit longer since the scope was newly mounted. The night before I had sighted in using a .30-06 Springfield 7.62x63mm Cartridge Laser Boresighter – great for getting you on paper, but not “dead on.” At this point we have shot about 20 rounds apiece – a recoil pad is starting to seem like a really good idea! (note the towel – improvised pad).
So…on to the targets – click on any of them to view larger…
In a nutshell? Lucky Gunner’s service is outstanding, Sellier & Bellot .30-06 Springfield HPBT Match ammo is amazingly accurate and I don’t believe you can go wrong with a Mossberg ATR. It’s accurate as well and inexpensive enough that I can afford to buy some more S&B ammo!
I have to include this last target for posterity:
FTC Disclaimer: I purchased the Mossberg ATR and the Simmons scope with my money. Lucky Gunner provided me with two 20 round boxes of ammo for testing and evaluation purposes. I thought it might be worth writing about…while I had fun, I received no wheelbarrows full of cash for writing this review.
(…and bite me).
I recently bought a house-brand Pelican-style camera case from Calumet Photo to use as a gun case – I figured I needed something with healthy dimensions to accommodate my folded Kel-Tec SUB2000 with optics attached.
To get the length and depth I needed, I had to move up to a pretty large case – but hey, extra space isn’t a bad thing! The case is built like a tank – with four latches and two locking points at each latch.
As you can see, there’s quite a bit of interior real estate – 22.83 x 17.32 x 8.66″ – Internal – filled with a solid one inch piece of foam in the bottom, two layers of pick and pluck (diced) foam and topped with egg-crate foam in the lid.
It took about ten minutes to create the form-fit area for the SUB2K – pretty slick! Next step will be to fit slots for the magazines and mount that Magpul AFG and pluck foam to accommodate it.
That’s a Red Lion Precision, LLC SUB 2000 forend on the Kel-Tec – allows you to index the forend by 90° increments so you can add optics and accessories and still fold it. (Another solid piece of equipment – amazing how much more substantial it makes the gun feel.) More of a review and range-testing to follow soon.
There’s lots of “left-over” space in the case – room for four to six pistols and their mags – more to come on that.
This will make range trips (and grab-n-go) much easier – I’m really liking it!
FTC Disclaimer: I purchased the Kel-Tec SUB2000, the Calumet case, the Red Lion Forend and the Magpul AFG with my own money. I thought it might be worth writing about…I received no wheelbarrows full of cash for writing this short-form review.
(…and bite me).
I have recently had the opportunity to test and evaluate (read “send a bunch of ammo downrange”) a Kel-Tec Sub 2000 in 9mm Luger. Kel-Tec offers the Sub 2000 configured to use a variety¹ of readily available pistol magazines and they were kind enough to send me a test unit configured to use Glock 17 magazines.
When I picked it up at my local FFL, the gun was packed in a no-frills but form-fitted corrugated box and included a sight adjustment tool and a “key” to lock it in the folded position. Prominent on the lid of the box appears a large amount of American pride. In addition to the stylized American flag Kel-Tec logo, there are a series of smaller flag logos signifying American-Owned, -Made and -Parts – yeah, I like that.
¹ The 9mm SUB-2000 is available in the following magazine types: GLK17, GLK19, S&W59, BERETTA92, SIG226.
The .40 SUB-2000 is available in the following magazine types: GLK22, GLK23, BERETTA96, S&W4006, SIG226.
² I bought one of God’ A Grip’s Cheek Pads and put it on my Ruger 10/22 – I’ll likely buy more. Good products.
FTC Disclaimer: Kel-tec was kind enough to ship this weapon to me via my local FFL for testing and evaluation. I paid the requisite transfer fees and purchased my own ammo for this test. The God’ A Grip cheek pad I mentioned, I purchased with my own money. I will very likely purchase a Sub 2000 in the near future. I received no wheelbarrows full of cash for writing this review.
(…and bite me).