It was too hot to shoot from 65 yds today so I moved up to 40 yds so I could get in the shade of one of the storage containers & set up my folding chair in he shade, nice! I was shooting my old model 45 shorty convertible using the 260 gr Keith & 9 grs of Unique. This might be one of the classic loads in one of the classic calibers. I shot this load yesterday from 65 yds but the sun was high & my JB Weld front sight that Fermin hates so bad took a real beating. I couldn't see very good because I was getting some glare off that ramp front sight. I did manage to keep all 5 shots on steel but it was shaky. Today in the shade things went much better, I settled in with no sun & slammed 5 of those big Keith slugs into the center of the steel clanger & then ran 5 off of the plate rack & went home happy. This is a fine shooting OM & I've yet to ever use the ACP cylinder. Took a muley doe with this gun last year at 58 yds through the heart. I did take the factory stocks off after yesterday, they are just too thin. I found an old set I had made a long time ago that fit pretty close.
NICE SHOOTING, GREAT GUN, PRETTY GRIPS. I THINK THEY ONLY MADE OM 45 COLTS FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS. MY FIRST HANDGUNNED DEER WERE WITH AN OM 7 1/2 INCH 45. SIXSHOT HAS INSPIRED ME AND I AM GOING TO PULL MY OM OUT AND ENJOY IT AGAIN, AND PROBABLY USE A 9grs OF UNIQUE LOAD UNDER A 255 SWC. I EVEN BEEN THINKING OF USING THE 45 ACP CYLINDER TOO, WHICH IS DARN NEAR NEW.
Post by bigbrowndog on Aug 22, 2019 12:46:40 GMT -5
I’ve been playing with my OM 4 5/8, 44mag. Getting it ready for this season, using one of Matt’s 300gr HP’s. I’ve got some Swedish friends coming over to hunt this year and handguns are not allowed there, so they’re excited to try.
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Thanks guys, I'm having a great time with this old 45 & it will shoot better. I'll test drive it again today but needed some water yesterday, it was hot! Also I'll test drive the ACP cylinder for the first time. This baby really smacks those steel clangers, you can really tell it at 40 yds. I'm guessing all of you noticed the piece of leather I throw over my legs, sure makes it nice so you don't get hot powder gases burning you, hard to bail out of the reclining position very fast when your legs are on fire. Actually I have to thank Rey for lighting the 45 fire under me again, it's such a great caliber & I'm getting back in the groove! Oh, Ken, got the extra piece of leather at Salano's!!
I know I am a bit different but I just don't get the idea for switch cylinder guns and I have a couple of them. I know they are popular and with adjustable sights they make some logic, but then you see these 3 cylinder fixed sight guns and all I can do is shake my head, hard enough to find one load that shoots to the fixed sights but now try and hit with 3 different cartridges with a fixed sighted gun? Seems the definition of insanity to me.
Now if all you shot was factory ammo I can see the advantage of ammo availability and reduced cost of 45 acp over 45 colt ammo for instance. But for the handloader they cost exactly the same to load and shoot. Set the sights up for the load you like and shoot the snot out of the gun. Sight changes are minor switching within a caliber but jumping from a 158gr 357 to a 115gr 9mm would have to be big sight adjustments.
My Freedom Arms 83 is a 475 Linebaugh and came with a extra 480 Ruger cylinder, I shot the 475 cylinder initially and someone gave me a bunch of 480 brass and well the 475 cylinder hasnt been in the gun in 10 years Id guess. The 480 can do everything I want the gun to do and I have a pile of 480 brass now.
Now what I wish is that I had the time to get as good as Dick is with one gun and load...
Prescut, we have 2 stop lights in town & if both of them are green when I go by I can be to the range in about 4 minutes! And it's never crowded & it's free to anyone. We have a covered rifle range out to 300 yds with 7 concrete benches, we have a covered rimfire range out to 100 yds with several shooting benches, we have a covered big bore Silhouette range with plenty of space for 4 shooters & we have 7 pistol bays with steel targets, most of them made by me for anyone to shoot at with handguns. Over the years we've received quite a bit of Friends of the NRA money, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation money, etc & we have one of he nicest ranges for several hundred miles, people come from all over to enjoy our range & again, it's free, we do except donations but charge nothing. Many of the forum members have been here before, they know how nice it is. We also have 3 large storage containers full of really nice steel targets I didn't make for our regular matches. We have 3 matches every week & shoot year round. Local law enforcement also has a range right next to ours. We are very, very lucky!
I'm one of the lucky ones who has enjoyed the range mentioned above. And yes,, it is nice to have a range so close. But hey,, you ARE in Idaho,, not the urban sprawl so many suffer from. And I also own a range. But mine is not open to the public,, because of one simple thing. Liability. Throw in the fact that many folks in my neck of the wood fail to RESPECT property & will shoot up & damage stuff w/o remorse.
So,, Dick does have a sweet place & it is quite nice there.
Thanks for the report on your OM 45, Dick. I'm curious to know your experience if you get the ACP cylinder out. My OM 45's ACP cylinder seems to be too tight. I have to push bullets deep or the cartridge sticks out and the cylinder won't turn. Even with some factory cartridges. My OM 9mm cylinder is tight too. Your range is awesome!