First and foremost, I've got to tell you, it's fun shooting a .30 caliber again! Especially the 30-30. The only way I can describe the recoil of the 30-30 is it's like the .45, it's got umph, but it's a nice push vs. being snappy. This is a rifle that just begs to be shot standing up! I'm loving shooting it!!
Ok where do I start? I played with this thing for just under 4 hours today (ok - I shot my G26 a couple 35 shots too)! It was fun and I'm exhausted! But not all of it was good.
, I have bad news. I didn't get the baseline group. When I went to the range the first time, there were people at the pistol range. So I set up at the rifle range where 50 yards is the closest place you could place a target (other than a can or whatever). I put up a target and then let my first round fly standing. I hit nothing, but I did note a strange upward tugging on my mouth. What the heck?! Yeah! I was smiling from ear to ear lol.
I put another round down range, nothing. Complete miss. So I set up my rest and went to work. Pew, pew pew. Nothing. Man, the sights are so off it's not even funny!! That or this rifle is the most inaccurate thing in the world because it couldn't have been me!!
After 5 rounds of hitting jack, I had to make a call. Do I get the baseline, or do I load up my 220 grits and lapp? I shot a single 220 grit and went for the lapp. After the shot, I jumped in the car, cleaned the rifle, and then went back to shoot 4, 320 grits. But this time I took one of those full size man targets to see if I could at least hit paper.
At this point, the dude who maintains the range had the rest for the 50 yard target to repair (it was starting to rain, so I don't think he expected anyone to be out), and I could only hang things up at 100. I figured I should be able to hit a freaking huge target like that at 100. Nope. Man, I'm telling you, I'm ordering the scope tonight. My eyes suck!
But it wasn't all for not. After hiking back, in a little bit of a huff, I whipped out my Glock and threw 5 down range at 100. I got a hit lol! Woot. After walking back to see if I did, I waked back about ten yards, turned, drew and fired a quick three from the hip. No bs - they were incredibly tight right where I was aiming. So I dropped the mag, replenished and went at it again as fast as I could. I think this shooting from the hip could get addictive lol.
At this point it was beginning to pour rain so I packed it up and went home and cleaned out the rifle again for the next round which will be 600 grit.
Speaking of cleaning. Before I went out to do the initial base group, I wanted to clean out the barrel. Now with a lever gun, as many know already, you remove a screw to release the lever which drops out, and then you remove the bolt yadda, yadda. Well when I removed the screw, the lever didn't slide out. As a matter a fact, it didn't budge. It was so tight, I actually reviewed a couple of videos to see if I was high and forgot something. Nope. I literally had to take a hammer to it to pry it out. There was so much junk in there, it just refused to move. That was a bit shocking.
Of course after the last round of shooting with it raining hard now, I decided to give the gun a complete cleaning. I disassembled the rifle - yay!
But I joke not. This poor rifle needed it. There was no "love" when this thing was slapped together. Have a look.
Sure that's only wood, but when I took all the metal parts out and sprayed em in the bathroom, this is what was left in the tub.
After oiling it all up, the gun really has become rather smooth. I think I'll use grease next time vs oil. I'm not going to "file" things down any time soon. The gun with the cleaning really is cycling quite nicely. I said I was going to get the new trigger. And I think I still will, or I will have to file down the stock one. That thing has some edges.
Anyway, that's enough of a report! Great gun. Fun to shoot. As for accuracy - who knows? That story will be told in a couple of days when Midway ships the scope (now that they have the rings in stock).