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Old 09-07-2016, 07:19 AM   #1
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I"ve had a Match M1A, scope, bipod, sling

the works. Reloaded for it, including benchrest stuff. Have you hunted with a silenced, shorty AR15? :-) I had that clunk for about a year, put about 2k rds thru it, couldn't think of a damned thing that I could do with it. Shot a chuck and a coon with it. The chuck I shot in the head, all I could see, from the car window, at about 25 yds. Not exactly demanding of the caliber or the gun, eh? Could have done it, a lot handier, with a silenced .22lr handgun.

I also caught a coon running across a plowed field, dont recall the range. More than 50 yds, less than 100 yds. running across my front, right to left. I was again firing from the car window. I deliberately shot behind him once, to get him really going, then increased the lead and got ready to need the entire 20 rd box mag, but the second shot hit him in the ribs. Both shots with reloads using 165gr (don't recall exact weight) Sierrra gameking bthp's. Again, nothing that couldn't have been done with a quality silenced .22lr hg. This was 1974, Illinois. Big club, needed a vehicle to lug it around in.
Both shots were SE of Litchfield. Allen Lee Thorton bought that rifle, even tho he had another one. Google says either he or his brother Danny still runs a photography store in Godfrey.

Tried some H414 in that 308, but it was so dirty that the rifle malfunctioned badly within the fire magful of that crap. Fortunately, i had not loaded many before testing. Ticked me off, but Al took back the Hodgdon's powder. We were really good friends. I probably spent and average of 10 k per year with him, in today's money, for 4 years running. That was all of my GI bill college money and about half of my paycheck. :-) Al admitted to me that only a couple of FFl's did more biz with him. :-)

Greatly preferred to have the gun out of sight when I hiked, saved lots of trouble. When I later learned how to make it sound like a BB gun, all was a lot better!

I had tried running 150 gr hornady sp's thru it, but every shot, the feed ramp would "shave" a bit of lead off of the side of the bullet's tip. within 2-3 mags of firing such reloads, the lead shavings would cause chambering malfunctions. My only 308 deer was taken with that load, using a Remington M788 bolt action. The others were taken with the 11.5" AR 223, in CO.

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Old 09-07-2016, 07:34 AM   #2
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Were you ever there when they were mailing out big orders? Remember they were mostly mail order. Still have one of their catalogs. Store was also busy as hell at times. Lot of high volume dealers bought there.
 
Old 09-07-2016, 07:58 AM   #3
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I was there when Al shot a sparrow inside the shop, using 44 birdshot capsule and his 7.5" Ruger. :-) Bird had been crapping all over the place all day. :-) He didn't have his .45 to use the Speer plastic bullet loads.
 
 
Old 09-07-2016, 08:17 AM   #4
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I went down there most friday nights. One time, Al was all bummed out cause his hunting partner had bailed on him. Took Al months to set up any free time. The hunt was a spring gobbler mission, near Patosi, Mo. he was calling everyone he knew, to go with him, cause his wife raised hell if he hunted alone. I said "why don't you ask ME?'. he said, "well, you dont have any gear with you". I said", I've got my pistol, what else do we need"? :-) he laughed, cause he had an SUV full of stuff. We crashed at a motel and then had a great day. He'd brought his M1A, for plinking later, but forgot his mag, so we used it as a single shot. Somebody'd left a hollow plastic fishing bobber floating, and we shot at it from about 80 yds with his M75 bolt .22 match rifle. Joe had one just like it, maybe still does? :-) I sank the bobber and AL called me names.:-)
 
Old 09-07-2016, 02:58 PM   #5
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Not a 75, I had a 52
 
Old 09-07-2016, 03:01 PM   #6
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Remember the 44 shot I loaded with Speer capsules, went through a 2X12 then hit the concrete wall? 10 gr. Unique, a little too much.
 
Old 09-07-2016, 06:15 PM   #7
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I dont recall your having a .44 back then?
 
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