Gun Cleaning Info

Posted on March 29, 2007 by Stephen

The Cleaning Process

1) UNLOAD YOUR FIREARM! This is always the first step in cleaning.
2) ARE YOU SURE THE FIREARM IS UNLOADED--CHECK AGAIN! This is always the second step in cleaning.
3) Prep the barrel--remove the bolt and stock prior to cleaning the barrel.
4) Spray Break Free down the barrel or push a patch with Hoppe's 9 or other cleaner through the barrel--work from receiver to muzzle to keep the gunk away from the trigger assembly.
5) Run another patch soaked in cleaning solvent through the barrel and let sit 10-15 minutes.
6) Clean the bolt by spraying cleaning solvent on the bolt and wiping off the excess.
7) Run a brush back and forth many times through the barrel--visually inspect the barrel after every couple of brush passes to look for solids still stuck in the barrel.
8) Pass some dry patches through the barrel--if the patches come out dirty repeat steps 4, 5 and 7.
9) When the barrel is clean apply the rust preventative to all exposed metal parts--wipe off any excess.

To clean the receiver, bolt group and trigger assembly, apply Bore Cleaner and Conditioner directly to the areas that need cleaning and then flush these areas with Cleaner/Degreaser.

To protect your firearm from Rust and Corrosion for short and long term storage, saturate a patch with Rust Preventer and run the patch through the bore. Spray the complete receiver, trigger assembly and all exterior metal surfaces with Rust Prevent. This will offer outstanding protection from the elements, as well as finger print acids. Rust Prevent is harmless to most surfaces, including wood and plastic. Always apply your lubrication to your metal to metal wear points prior to applying the Rust Prevent. Rust Prevent is designed to pull the moisture out of the pores of the steel and seal them from the elements. lubricants are designed to penetrate the pores of the steel and will continue to lubricate even when the majority is removed due to heat and recoil.

RECOMMENDATION: Prior to shooting the previously cleaned firearm, run a wet patch with Bore Cleaner and Conditioner to break down any oils or rust inhibitors. Then dry patch to remove the contaminated bore cleaner. This procedure will bring back the proper pressures and should insure first round accuracy.

Notes on Lubrication of a Bolt Action Rifle

Lubrication of a bolt action rifle bolt involves using a syringe-type applicator that put a quality lube right where it's needed. Kleen-Bore TW25-B grease is available in a syringe, as is Wilson Ultima Lube. With these high-quality lubes there is no need to overdo it. There is also the US Military Rifle Grease. It works very well. Use a cotton swab or a paintbrush and apply in places where metal rubs or slides. Places to include are anywhere the bolt slides on the receiver and the trigger assembly. Just a dot of lube on the cocking cam and on the rear surface of each bolt lug is sufficient. If the rifle is used in dusty conditions, the bolt should be cleaned and re-lubricated regularly. You may choose to put oil or wood cleaner on the stock to make it shiny. I would advise putting a towel over any wooden stock in areas that might come in contact with the cleaning solvent. Cleaning solvent will dissolve the finish and can ruin the stock.

More Shooting Ranges

Posted on March 28, 2007 by Stephen

Target Masters West Milpitas Shooting Range
122 Minnis Cir, Milpitas, CA
(408) 263-7468

San Leandro Rifle & Pistol Range
3001 Davis
San Leandro, CA

Late-Season Strategies (Tactics)

Posted on March 27, 2007 by Stephen

Taken from here.

No matter the specific quarry, end-of-the-season upland birds demand a different way of thinking on the hunter's part. The easy marks are gone and what's left are the survivors - the battle-tested birds that managed, by chance or by education, to outlast the enthusiastic crowds of the early days of the upland seasons. Each different species - grouse, quail, partridge - learns its own modes of survival after being subjected to hunting pressure.

At the same time, the changing weather patterns between early and late autumn force birds to adopt new but predictable day-to-day behavioral patterns. They rely on different foods, occupy different preferred cover and often seek new territories as they switch into winter survival mode. Hunters who understand these changing patterns invariably enjoy season-long success.

Chukar Hunting Guide and Tutorial (Tactics)

Posted on March 27, 2007 by Stephen

Taken from here.

Hunt Strategies and Tactics for Wild Chukar Partridge
Many people use the words strategy and tactics synonymously. The military doesn't and, as chukar hunting is akin to a search and destroy mission, I won't either. According to Merriam-Webster, strategy is defined as a careful plan to meet the enemy under advantageous conditions, whereas tactic is defined as a method of employing forces in combat. Strategy is the big picture; tactics are the details. Generals strategize; sergeants make tactical decisions.

Just The Facts on Pheasant Hunting (Tactics)

Posted on March 27, 2007 by Stephen

Taken from here.

Stick with these tried-and-true tactics to score on ringnecks right now and throughout the winter season.

Did you know there are actually three distinct species of ring-necked pheasants in the Midwest? Yes, we have "early-season pheasants," an almost mythical species that are very hunter-friendly. This breed of ringneck allegedly runs to the gun. Hop out of your truck, load up the scattergun and just walk absent-mindedly into the field. In no time, these early- season roosters will notice you are there, come a-running and spring into flight once they get within 10 or 15 yards of you as though they are on some sort of kamikaze mission.

Birds Landing, CA

Posted on March 26, 2007 by Stephen

I was just told by a co-worker about Birds Landing, California. Apparently, there is a fairly good pheasant hunting facility near me. Take a look at this link. They can handle private parties from 5 to 50 if you wanted that exclusive family-and-friends feel.

Ashton Cigar Tasting

Posted on March 23, 2007 by Stephen

Mission Pipe in Pleasanton is having another cigar tasting on March 28th at 5:00pm. Drop by to try a very good cigar manufacturer. I will have comments after the tasting.

The cigar they handed out was very good. I bought three of differing sizes and shapes. Nice wrapper and tobak blend.

Target Practice at 100 Yards

Posted on March 23, 2007 by Stephen

I went out to the range today after picking up the higher Weaver Rings. Now the bolt doesn't scratch the scope and I can cycle through the clip with ease. I figured that since I was there I had better get the gun zeroed for 100 yards. All shots were taken from the bench without a bench rest or sandbag. I was using my elbow to hold the forend steady.

Savage 93R17 with Bushnell 3-9X32 scope

Posted on March 21, 2007 by Stephen

I went out to the range today with my new scope (3-9X32 Bushnell) mounted on my Savage 93R17 GV. What a cool piece of equipment. I had been out on the range earlier without a scope, but what a difference the scope makes. There was one difficulty with my setup; the Weaver rings were the short height which did not allow me to cycle the bolt without scratching the scope. I will buy the next higher ring set for the next round of shooting.

Choices for Centerfire Rifle

Posted on March 16, 2007 by Stephen

Well GD, I have been bit by the shooting bug. I haven't picked up my .17HMR yet and I am already looking at centerfire rifles. At this point, my friend Jason suggested that I buy another Savage. He said you can't get better accuracy out of the box than a Savage. So, looking through their catalog and browsing their site online has lead me to some different guns by Savage Arms.

Rereading Tim Powers' "Anubis Gates"

Posted on March 15, 2007 by Stephen

Yep, I just can't get enough of this fantastic book. I was luck enough to buy the hardcover version (ISBN: 0-929480-10-4 / 978-0-929480-10-7) at a used book seller for $30.00. The version I bought happened to be the US first edition hardcover which contains text not found in the original paperback. The original was published in 1983 and the hardcover was issued in 1989 by Publisher Mark V. Ziesing.

Less-Lethal Shotgun Rounds

Posted on March 15, 2007 by Stephen

Well, because my wife is terrified of the shotgun, I figured that she might like having less-lethal rounds for her safety. It is difficult to find info about this type of round since it is not mass produced. But I found a place that offers the Flexible Baton (tm) which is a "bean bag" round that can be fired from a 12 gauge -- MK Ballistics. They also sell rubber buckshot. I'm not sure if they sell to the public, but I am checking.

Also check out PepperBall(tm). This is not available to the public yet. PepperBall Impact-Plus 12-Gauge Less-lethal Shotgun Projectile [PDF]

Check out this site too. They do not sell to private citizens at this time.

Trap Range on Wednesday

Posted on March 14, 2007 by Stephen

I took another buddy, Allen, out to the trap range on Wednesday. Again, 100 rounds were fired through the shotgun.

Suggested Ammunition for Different Targets

Posted on March 12, 2007 by Stephen

For a good review of the best shot or caliber for your target, see the pages at which you and find here

Trap Field on Sunday

Posted on March 11, 2007 by Stephen

I went to the trap range again this weekend. I was out there with my buddy JP. We put another 100 rounds through the 870 Express (50 by each of us). The LPRG Trap range will not open up for night shooting on Tuesdays until 4/3/07.

Field Dressing Game Birds

Posted on March 09, 2007 by Stephen

This info is taken from the March 2007 Outdoor Life article online found here.

Next Gun Purchase -- Savage 93R17 GV

Posted on March 06, 2007 by Stephen

Well, I have been looking at the times and hours that I can shoot my shotgun and I am really disappointed. Most ranges have only 1 day during the week for trap shooting and they close early (before I leave work). I could go during lunch, but who wants to sit next to a guy that smells of sweat and ammo--some of you maybe, but not corporate america. So if I want to shoot during the week, I will need to get a rifle. After checking around a bit, I ran across a website for .17 caliber rifles. This site suggested the Marlin 917. Cabela's also has a good article about the .17 HMR round.

After reading about the Marlin I was sold! Since I started thinking about rifles, I wanted a small caliber (.22 or .17) gun so that my wife could shoot, but I also wanted a bolt action rifle. The ubiquitous Ruger 10/22 did not fit my needs (semiauto and no bolt action), but with the 917 I get both a small caliber (.17 HMR) and bolt action! I called the local dealer and for the synthetic stock (Marlin 917) it would be about $269.00 (or $249.00 at Big 5) or $299.00 for the walnut stock (Marlin 917V).

When I got to the gun store, they had sold the last Marlin 917V earlier that day! Dang. But to my suprise they had a Savage 93R17 GV which is essentially the same gun ($229.00) but with a true walnut stock. The Savage did not have the AccuTrigger which is a big step forward for target and varmint shooting. It is a good looking gun. So I bought it. Now I just need to wait...10, 9, 8, ...

Until then, I can look at static (4X) or variable (3-9 x 40) scopes to mount on this squirrel killer. The Savage comes with scope bases for Weaver rings. I can also look for stores and online dealers where I can buy the ammunition in bulk.

Trap shoot at LPRG club

Posted on March 04, 2007 by Stephen

I went over to LPRG Club to try my hand at trap. I bought 4 rounds of trap for $7 each. I used the Remington STS 7.5 trap rounds.

Boy, I didn't realize that the trap house was 16 yards in front of my firing line. I was pretty good when the pigeon tosser was on the same line as me, but having it out 16 yard ahead made for some pretty bad shooting. Oh well, I guess I'lll have to practice more--darn!

Savage Arms Rifles

Posted on March 04, 2007 by Stephen

Savage Arms

Savage Dealers
Dom's Outdoor Outfitters
1870 First Street
Livermore, CA 94550

Mel Cottons Sporting Goods
1266 W. San Carlos Street
San Jose, CA 95126