Through vagaries of my work, I ended up in Phoneix for a brief moment, so I stopped by Nammo's complex in Mesa, AZ to do some ammo testing on my Tikka T1x and take a quick look at the Berger bullet factory.
Today, I am in my office in Texas, so I figured I should jump onto a livecast and tell you a little bit about it.
Post show notes:
Here is the current configuration for the rifle:
Tikka T1X 20" barrel: https://bit.ly/3zi6grq (if it was available when I was looking, I would have bought the 16" barrel version and I still might: https://bit.ly/3EtTEl8)
Area 419 Picatinny rail https://bit.ly/3ClaLU9
Element Nexus 5-20x50 scope https://bit.ly/3lz66qN
What I am going to do with it:
XLR Element 4.0 Chassis: https://xlrindustries.com/products/element-chassis
March 5-42x56 scope with FML-3reticle https://bit.ly/2YZd8xr
There are other accessories you can ad to the rifle: bolt handles, etc, but I am not sure I am hugely interested in those.
Jard makes a very nice trigger for the T1X, but I will give the stock one a shot for a while longer. I do not think the trigger is holding me back.
As far as Berger visit goes, I was impressed with what I saw, but I already use their bullet, s there is no really change to behavior from that. I might try their loaded ammo though. It is probably worth it in components alone.
I gave it a couple of days and figured it is time to do a live show on intermediate magnifications in LPVOs and a couple of other updates.
I am budgeting 30-45 minutes for this, but it might go to a full hour depending on how it goes.
I'd like to do a quick overview of how the hog hunt went, the gear I was looking at and why I love doing this stuff.
Let's aim for tomorrow (Tuesday, October 12th) at noon Mountain Time.
Here is the wrap up of the Steiner M1050r LRF bincoulars that I have been playing with for a quite a while now.
Observation optics is a pretty involved subject as is, further complicated by the fact that most observation optics are not made for shooters. Here is a live show I did on observation optics that touches on this:
This binocular is decidedly not intended for birders. As the name implies, it is squarely aimed at military and law enforcement applications. It is a very competent overall design, but there is a feature that is sorely missing.
Let me know what you think once you watch the video. The binocular in question is the Steiner Military 10x50r LRF: https://bit.ly/2WA88hY
It is a solid design overall with excellent optics and good LRF performance. There is, however, one critical feature missing.
The registration for SHOT 2022 is finally open and I am in the process of making something resembling a schedule for it. The way it usually works, I make a detailed schedule and it goes to hell in a handbasket eight minutes after the show starts. Still, I have to make plans.
Interestingly, the Safari International event is in Las Vegas this year and overlapping with SHOT.
SHOT is Tuesday through Friday and SCI is Wednesday through Saturday.
I normally do not go to SCI given that it is more of a hunting oriented event. However, given that I am gearing up for my4th hunt this year (aoudad sheep in April, spring black bear in Alaska in June, hogs in Texas two weeks ago and New Mexico elk coming up in December), I can no longer say that I am not really a hunter with any sort of honesty.
I may not be a good hunter, but I am a hunter. Apparently.
With all that, I may be able to sneak over to the SCI show on Saturday. I always run out of time at SHOT, so I doubt I will be able to give up...
Folks, I am going to do another livecast tomorrow focusing on LPVOs and FIxed Power scopes when both are equipped with an offset RDS.
Matt of Everyday Marksman and Jacob of Pro-gun Millenial will join me tomorrow.
Yesterday's livecast, once we got done with the original topic of discussion veered a little bit toward other aspects of shooting quickly with conventional riflescopes and the topic of OEGs (Occluded Eye Gunsights) came up. I figured that I should probably write a short article on how they work when I realized that I already have and that Guns and Ammo makes this one available online.
It went into the 2019 Retro issue when they asked to write a little bit about OEGs since they were famously used in the Son-Tay raid.
It did make me want to re-visit the subject, so I pinged the good folks at Armson USA to see if I can borrow a modern OEG form them and go over the subject in more detail.