Richard Craver

Musings about this world, and the world to come.

Making Do

Written By: richardwcraver - Nov• 12•17

There is an old line I’m fond of that goes, ‘I’ve done some much, for so long, with so little, that I’m now qualified to do anything with nothing’.

So I was out at the range the other week and went to wash up after shooting pistols to get rid of any lead dust. I noticed a guy on the 300 yard range with a lead sled and chronograph, obviously doing some load development, something I aspire to do. I talked with him as he was cooling his barrel between groups and took note of the setup.

At some point I will get a proper rifle rest and chrony but it’s the slow time of year at work, so I’ll improvise!

A couple boards from a pallet, a jack from a Civic parts car, a piece of suspension bushing found laying under the hydraulic press, a bolt and a few nails. Add that to a slow day (mostly the slow day and idle hands) and you have a ummm….I’m not sure what you call it, but it holds a rifle steady for sighting in a scope.

After zeroing at 50 yards, I moved to 100 yards, the first five rounds are on the right. A windage adjustment later and 4 of 5 are within 2 MOA. Not bad for a budget rifle built on the kitchen table with parts from numerous sources. That’s close enough to put a coyote to sleep.

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