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March 2006 No. 224

$4.99 U.S./$5.99 CanadaPrinted in USA

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$4.99US $5.99CAN Barsness Tests the Nosler Riflefor the Rest of Us!

Barsness Tests the Nosler Riflefor the Rest of Us!

SHOOT OUT!• Savage Model 40 &

American Classic• Remington Model 750• T/C Pro Hunter Encore

SHOOT OUT!• Savage Model 40 &

American Classic• Remington Model 750• T/C Pro Hunter Encore

Battle Proven:U.S. Model 1917 &British Pattern 1914

Battle Proven:U.S. Model 1917 &British Pattern 1914

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Rifle 224

Sportiting FiFirearearms JoururnalalRIF


March-April 2006Volume 38, Number 2

ISSN 0162-3593Issue No. 224


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38 U.S. Model1917 andBritishPattern 1914ClassicBolt-ActionBattle Rifles.Mike Venturino

48 Thompson/CenterArms Pro HunterEncoreInnovation andClassic Reliability.Brian Pearce

54 Remington Model750/SavageAmerican ClassicSavage and Remingtonoffer new styling toproven designs.Stan Trzoniec

64 The .30-06, AgainHandloading IncreasesVersatility.John Haviland

72 Catalog CornerSpecial AdvertisingSection -

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6 Arizona Elk onthe O RO RanchSpotting Scope -Dave Scovill

12 Long-RangeScopingOptics -John Barsness

14 Adjusting andReplacingTraditionalOpen SightsLight Gunsmithing -

16 .32-20 WCFMostly Long Guns -Brian Pearce

20 Shooting GroupsDown Range -Mike Venturino

24 Nosler’s SecondRifleAll-Weather Model 48Features Durabilityand Dependability.John Barsness

32 Déjà VuSavageModel 40

A Perfect Matchfor the .22

Hornet.Clair Rees

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On the cover . . .The Nosler Custom Model 48 .270is topped off with a Leupold VX-III3.5-10x scope. Rifle photos by Ger-ald Hudson. Mule Deer photo byD.R. Franz/Royal Tine Images.

76 Queries &Comments

84 What’s Newin theMarketplaceInside ProductNews -Clair Rees

96 Robinson’sCustom GunsCustom Corner -Stan Trzoniec

02 I Did Read JackO’ConnerRifles &Woodsmoke -John Barsness

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use the lower points for longertargets.

The advantage of adjusting theelevation inside the scope is pre-cision. Some targets will alwaysfall between the points of a multi-point reticle. If you know your el-evation-adjustable scope andrifle well enough, you can dial infor any range.

I have used both systems a lotand tend to prefer the multipointreticle. Not only is it faster, butyou never forget which rangeyou’re sighted in for. Cranking inenough elevation for, say, a shotat 427 yards on a prairie dog ren-ders the scope semi-useless forshots at other ranges.

I have even heard tell of a dial-addicted “guide” who twirled hisclient’s scope to change both the

elevation and windagefor a 300-yard shot at agemsbok. It worked, butsince there were no “wit-ness marks” to returnthe scope to zero, it hadto be sighted in all overagain for the rest of thesafari. This cost a cer-tain amount of ammuni-tion that wasn’t easilyavailable.

On the other hand, thelongest shot I’ve evermade on a prairie dog,820 yards, was madepossible by the elevationdial on a 6-24x Zeissscope. I’d been shootingdogs out to 600-plusyards already, using aparticularly accurateSavage .22-250, so had agood idea of how manymore clicks would be“on” at 800 or so. Thedog fell to the secondshot.

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In the past few decades,

there’s been steady improve-ment in the reticles and scopesused for long-range shooting. Be-fore we get into them, let’s define“long range” as any range beyondthe “hold right on” distance ofany rifle. This might mean 100yards for a .22 Long Rifle, 200yards for a .22 Hornet, 300 yardsfor a .308 Winchester or 400yards for a .257 Weatherby Mag-num.

The systems used can be bro-ken down into two categories:multipoint reticles and adjustableelevation turrets. Neither is ex-actly new. Multipoint reticleshave been around since almostthe beginning of riflescopes,and I own a Noske 21⁄2x scopefrom the 1940s that, according tothe dial on the elevation adjust-ment, can be set for anyrange out to 600 yardswith the 150-grain .270Winchester load. (No,I haven’t tried it, thoughsomeday I probablyshould.)

But only recently haseach solution becomecommon in standardcommercial scopes,and with good reason. Itis much easier to hitsomething with a rifleby holding a definiteaiming point on the tar-get, rather than by“holding off” in someform of guessing game.Yes, most of us havemade some good hitsby holding high, but ifwe’ve shot a rifle longenough, our musclememory works far bet-ter when we look ata target through thescope (whether a dis-

tant prairie dog, a bullseye or adeer’s chest), then squeeze thetrigger when the reticle point isright there.

While the standard “plex” typereticle can be considered a multi-point reticle, affording two eas-ily defined aiming points (thecrosshairs and the top of the bot-tom post), much more complexreticles have become standardrecently, perhaps the most com-plex the grid of the Horus systemor the collection of circles in theShepherd scope. More popularmultipoint reticles are the BurrisBallistic-Plex, Leupold Boone &Crockett and the TDS reticle of-fered by Swarovski and Kahles.

The advantage of a multipointreticle is that you can aim atlonger ranges without dinkingwith the scope. Just sight in and

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John took this pronghorn buck with a Sako .308,using 150-grain bullets at 2,750 fps – and a Burrisscope with Ballistic-Plex reticle, which helped placethe bullet from such a “slow” cartridge precisely.

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One of the problems with dial-ing-in is forgetting how manytimes you turned the turret. Twocompanies recently came up withvery similar solutions. Both Bur-ris and Kahles now offer scopeswith elevation turrets that looklike a stack of pancakes. Each ofthe layers has a witness mark,and can be precisely adjusted towhatever range you want, sepa-rately from the other. With a flickof the wrist you can change from100 to 400 yards, and be veryclose to right on.

Darrel Holland (Holland’s Gun-smithing, PO Box 69, Powers OR97466) offers a scope using acombination of multipoint reticleand elevation turret. The eleva-tion dial only turns once com-pletely, eliminating confusion,whereupon you can begin aimingwith the multipoint reticle. Thissystem is pretty foolproof, onceyou get used to it, offering pre-cise shooting out to 800 yards orso with flat-shooting rifles.

“Getting used to it” is the op-erative phrase here. None ofthese systems works withoutpractice. I have used the Ballis-tic-Plex enough now that notonly do I prefer it for shorter-range varmint rounds such as the.17 HMR and .22 Hornet, but I’vealso used the first hash mark ona couple of big game animalstaken at 350+ yards. Both weretaken cleanly with cartridges notknown for being long-range won-ders, the 6.5x55 Mauser and the.308 WCF.

The Boone & Crockett and TDSreticles differ from the Ballistic-Plex, using increasingly long hor-izontal hash marks that also helpto more precisely hold into anywind. Both are a definite help –I’ve used them to shoot varmintsin definite winds, not mere breezes– beyond 500 yards. But wind ismore of a guessing game thandistance. Even if we measure it,who knows how fast it’s blowingover there? Which is why weshould limit our real long shotsin any real wind to prairie dogs,not deer. R

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Innovation and Classic ReliabilityInnovation and Classic Reliability

Thompson/Thompson/Pro HunterPro Hunter

The Thompson/Center Arms Pro Hunter featuresa synthetic thumbhole stock, stainless steelconstruction and a 28-inch fluted barrel. Thisprototype model is fitted with a Nikon Monarch3.3-10x scope with adjustable objective lens.The Encore Pro Hunter is available in eitherrifle or handgun versions.

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Center ArmsCenter ArmsEncoreEncore Brian Pearce

All that could be seen were

the horns of the whitetailbuck as he eased along a

hillside through thickbrush and oak woods, about 200yards above me. I instantly put mybinocular on him – not a recordbook buck, but heavy, mature andbeautiful by any standard. Therewas a small clearing a few yards infront of him, and when he reachedit, the plan was to take him. I movedslightly to my left to get a betterview, but two undetected doessnorted and spooked, alarming theold boy, and he slipped out the backdoor, so to speak.

Two days later I found myself hunting the samearea. The Kentucky hardwoods and vegetation pro-vide ideal cover and feed for whitetail deer, and thepopulation is healthy. Although I had seen manysmaller bucks over the previous three days, I washolding out for a fully mature one. The ranch man-ager had placed me in a tree stand, the first one Ihad crawled into in more than a half-dozen years.After sitting for 30 minutes or so, I decided it wastime to plant both feet on the ground, still-hunt andsee if the old buck could be found again.

First, I made a large half-circle just to get a betterfeel for the lay of the land, look for rubs, water, etc.Eventually I began working up the same draw theold boy had been in a couple of days previous.Steps were slow and meticulous, eyes and earswide open. A couple of does ran within 20 yardswithout a clue of my presence and were followed

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by an immature 10-point buck(eastern count). I waited untilthey were well out of sight andsound before proceeding. Everybush was searched for deer“parts” such as ears, eyes, tails,legs, horns, etc. Suddenly Icaught the slow movement of adeer 175 to 200 yards to my left.Horns protruding above thebrush identified the same heavy8-point buck I had seen previ-ously. Somehow he had sensedme and started up the hill, but inthe meantime I had shoulderedthe Thompson/Center Arms ProHunter Encore rifle, thumbed thehammer and searched for a clearshot between trees and brush.

Most readers are probably fa-miliar with the Thompson/CenterArms (T/C) Encore rifle – abreak-open single shot intro-duced in 1997. The action isstrong enough to house commonhigh-pressure centerfire roundsthat operate up to 65,000 psi.Chambered for around 100 car-tridges, the list of factory offer-ings is too lengthy to list butinclude rifle, pistol and revolvercartridges, as well as shotgunand muzzleloader barrels. Barrelscan be interchanged by simplyremoving the two forearmscrews and hinge pin, then re-versing the process to install adifferent barrel. This can be ac-

complished in just a couple ofminutes.

Considering the scope or ironsights are attached directly to thebarrel, that barrel will always re-main sighted in. In this way, theycan be changed without havingto re-sight, making the Encore apractical gun for hunting tripswhere a variety of game will betaken. On one extended hunt in-volving three states, I used oneEncore to take antelope, white-tail and mule deer, javelina,prairie dogs, sika deer, wild boar,coyotes and doves, putting to usebarrels in 20 gauge, .22-250 Rem-ington, .25-06 Remington and.270 Winchester. Had something

larger been on the menu, a barrelin .338 Winchester, .375 H&H,.405 Winchester, .416 Rigby or.45-70 could have been included.

To operate the action, the trig-ger guard is pulled to the rearand without hesitation the actionfalls open exposing the breechfor loading. After loading andclosing, the external hammer isthumbed and the gun is ready tofire. The hammer is of rebounddesign. When in the forward po-sition, the mode the rifle wouldnormally be carried, a blow tothe hammer cannot cause an ac-cidental discharge. In short, therifle is safe to carry afield with around in the chamber and the


T/C Pro Hunter EncoreT/C Pro Hunter Encore

Brian’s prototype test rifle featured a thumbhole stock.

The Encore Pro Hunter singleshot is crafted from stainlesssteel.

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hammer in the forward position(as long as the finger has been re-moved from the trigger). Afterfiring, the case is extracted only(not ejected) and is normallypulled from the chamber.

Over the past eight years I haveused Encores, in both rifle andhandgun versions, with a varietyof calibers/barrels and havefound them reliable and accu-rate. Most will stay within minuteof angle (MOA) using factory am-munition. One 26-inch .22-250Remington varmint barrel stayswithin .5 inch with select loadsfrom Black Hills Ammunition orhandloads.



A recent addition to the T/C En-core line includes the Pro Hunter

model. This version is stainlesssteel and features a compositestock with “hardwoods” stylecamouflage pattern and a thumb-hole. Personally, I have not beena big user of thumbhole stockson hunting rifles, but when fittedto this rifle, it’s a natural; it’s myopinion it is definitely T/C’s bestdesign yet. A new soft recoil padhelps reduce felt recoil. Also in-cluded is a 28-inch fluted barrel,for an overall rifle length of 42inches (with a 14-inch pull). Abarrel of this length may sound abit long and awkward, but theoverall rifle length is around 2inches shorter than a .30-06-length bolt action rifle fitted witha 24-inch barrel. The longer bar-rel offers excellent balance andtop-notch velocities with mostcartridges.

Without a scope, weight is just

under 7 pounds. There is a newhammer spur that can be re-moved, rotated and repositionedto one side or the other (for left-or right-handed shooters) via ahex wrench. This last featurewas developed at the request of(some) shooters desiring a bitmore space between the hammerand the scope eyepiece for easierthumb access.

The folks at T/C invited me togive the new rifle a try and spendtime in deer hunting camp, a per-fect setting to learn of the fac-tory’s latest technology, makesuggestions and try the productsin the field.

In an age when many firearmscompanies are trying to maintainquality while keeping costs incheck, T/C has actually increasedquality. For example the trigger

Encores feature an overtraveladjustment screw.

The stainless barrel features acountersunk crown.

The hammer spur can be rotatedto accommodate easy access, inthis instance for a left-handedshooter.

Brian was able to try the newPro Hunter Encore from a sand-bag rest, producing this four-shotgroup at 100 yards using FederalPremium ammunition with the160-grain Nosler AccuBond.

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ing, the Pro Hunter will comefrom the box with a 31⁄4- to 33⁄4-pound pull. The barrel makingprocess, which is air gauge but-ton-rifled, has been improved, re-sulting in greater accuracy thanprevious versions. The factorystates, “The Encore rifle deliversminute-of-angle accuracy rightout of the box.” With the excep-tion of the stock, T/C manufac-tures each component of the

Encore. As a result, it has 100percent control of the quality,from the castings to final fit andfinish. This integration preventsT/C from being at the mercy ofan outside supplier, for qualityproducts with on-time deliveries.In my opinion, it is a forward-thinking company with an unusu-ally bright future.

The Encore action locks upsolidly – without the slightesthint of looseness or play. Evenwhen slammed closed for thou-sands of rounds (something thatmany double guns or break openactions don’t handle well), theEncore remains tight. The stain-less guns are constructed of spe-cially tempered 410-series steel.

While hunting in Kentucky, Ihad the opportunity to work witha prototype Pro Hunter cham-bered in .280 Remington. Com-pany representatives assured methis gun was identical in every re-spect to the production versionthat will be shipping in early2006. The exception being theprototype featured a 27-inch bar-rel, while the production ver-sions will feature 28-inch tubes.The Encore trigger pull brokecleanly at 31⁄4 pounds and wasfield ready.

A Nikon 3.3-10x Monarch scopewith an adjustable objective wasinstalled. This scope features aone-piece aluminum tube, 1⁄4-MOAclick adjustments, multicoated

pull on previous Encore modelshas run around 41⁄2 to 5 pounds.Due to advancements in machin-

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lenses with antireflective coatingand is waterproof.

Upon firing the first shot landed6 inches high and one inch to theleft; 24 “clicks” were counted tobring the point of impact to cen-ter at 100 yards. Another shotwas fired, and the bullet stuckthe left side of the bullseye, oneinch off center. Four clicks weremade to adjust impact one inchto the right. The next shot cutcenter. Another shot was fired,and it cut into the last hole. Thebarrel was allowed to cool, thena four-shot group was fired thatwent into less than 3⁄4 inch inspite of gusty winds. I was im-pressed with the precise clickadjustments of the Nikon scopeand the accuracy of the ProHunter. I was ready to hunt.

The first day I had seen manydoes and several immaturebucks. Midday I spotted a coyoteat around 125 yards, the tempta-

tion was just too much and I in-stinctively thumbed the hammerand punched him through theshoulders. (Old habits are surehard to break!) On the evening ofthe second day, I found the previ-ously mentioned 8-point deer butwas unable to get a shot.

Two days later, I found myselfwithin 175 to 200 yards of thesame buck as he made his waycautiously up a hill and away, notsure what I was. I waited pa-tiently with the rifle shouldered,hammer cocked and ready tofire. As whitetail often do, he justseemed to melt and disappearinto the brush. If I were goingto get a shot, it would be briefand I must be ready. I searchedthrough the scope, set on 6x, andfinally part of the shoulder andthe heart/lung area were clearlyidentified. Instantly the cross-hairs were settled for a lungshot and the trigger squeezed. Iheard the distinct thump of the

160-grain Nosler AccuBond bul-let as it struck home. The deer in-stantly went into motion crashingblindly through brush and smalltrees, then piled up dead within60 or 70 yards.

The rays of the setting sunwere just touching the tree topsas I reached the downed deer. Isat down and enjoyed the mo-ment, absorbed the beauty ofthe Kentucky woods and one

of the larger bodied whitetaildeer I have taken. (After fielddressing he weighed 185 pounds.)His 8-point rack was heavy – afully mature buck.

The T/C Pro Hunter is an ac-curate, no-nonsense hunting rifle,with the single shot advan-tage. Suggested retail is $854.For more information contactThompson/Center Arms Com-pany at PO Box 5002, RochesterNH 03866; or visit online R

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One reason Ruger’s 10/22

autoloader is so popular isbecause there are countlessstocks, barrels, triggers and otheradd-on accessories to customize

zle diameter of .920 inch. You canselect a blued chrome moly orstainless barrel, with or withoutspiral fluting. If you want to con-vert your 10/22 to handle the new

these rifles to one’s own individ-ual tastes. You buy a target-gradeor ultralight barrel from one sup-plier, a fancy stock from another,maybe add something else – andyou’re in business. Right now Ihave five 10/22s sporting variouscustom touches.

Now Boyds’ Gunstock Indus-tries has simplified the process.In cooperation with E.R. Shawand Rutland Plywood Corp.,Boyds’ offers 10/22 owners fourdifferent laminated stock designsin 15 different colors, along witha choice of four E.R. Shaw bar-rels in .17 Mach II or .22 LRchambering – an impressive totalof 480 combinations.

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CJ Weapons has added a new,innovative tool to its Chamber-Maid cleaning system – a specialbore-cleaning system designedfor maintaining M16/AR-15 seriesrifles. It features a unique brush,which is actually two brushes inone featuring two different bris-tle materials and diameters. TheChamberMaid rod supporting thebrush is a flexible steel braidwith a clear rubber coating toprevent scratching the rifle’sbarrel or receiver.

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Cleaning Star, the new cleaningtool makes it easier to clean themultiple lug recesses in the bar-rel extension. The Star consistsof a tough, absorbent cottonswab shaped to conform to theinner recesses of the barrel ex-tension. Used with any good gun-cleaning solvent, the CleaningStar allows thorough cleaning ofthis critical area by swabbing outall the locking lug recesses witha single, quick twist. It worksfar better and faster than Q-tips®,pipe cleaners or other impro-vised cleaning tools most M16/

AR-15 shooters have typically re-lied on.

The Cleaning Star fits on theend of the ChamberMaid’s flexi-ble cleaning rod and standardbrush. It can also be easilyadapted to any standard rod and.223-caliber bore brush. It helpskeep AR-style rifles functioningsmoothly by assuring positivelocking, unlocking and cycling. It

also speeds up the cleaningprocess.

CJ Weapons offers the Cham-berMaid Cleaning Star alone orpackaged with its ChamberMaidKit, which includes the cleaningrod, standard bore brush and fiveCleaning Stars. ReplacementCleaning Stars are available inpackages of 20. The Chamber-Maid Kit sells for $12.50, with re-

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Brownells now offers its newFriction Defense gun oil – a newsynthetic blend Brownells claimsis stable and stays on the gun invirtually any environment.

To create the new gun oil,Brownells blended two provensynthetic lubricants – Teflon® andmolybdenum disulfide (moly) –in a premium synthetic base.Brownells claims the formulaprovides unmatched lubricatingperformance, doesn’t thicken inthe cold, works in extreme heatand doesn’t spatter from thefirearm during shooting.

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“The GageThat Works!”This is a gage to measure con-sistency of rim thickness on .22rimfire ammunition (a .22 rim-fire rifle’s headspace is deter-mined by case rim thickness).The more consistent the rimthickness, the more consistentthe ignition of the primer and thepowder charge in the case. Inother words, the firing pin will fall thesame distance every time if the same rimthickness is used on every case beingfired for a particular group. By sorting theshells into various groups by rim thick-ness, a reduction in group size of up to25% can be realized in some IF NOTMOST rimfire rifles. This informationabout group reduction comes from the.22 rimfire benchrest participants whocompete in the extremely difficult BR-50matches. All of the top shooters sort theirshells into groups by checking rims andweighing the unfired cartridges.


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“When we decided to get intothe gun oil business, we decidedwe would only do it if we couldconcoct a formula that had somereally superb, advanced charac-teristics in an oil that wouldwork on any type of firearm,”said Brownells President FrankBrownell. “We got together witha chemist and started throwingour ideas at him. After exhaus-tive testing, we had it – a gun oilthat provides unmatched lubrica-tion in-use, while also providingthe water displacing and corro-sion resistance qualities neces-sary to protect firearms fromenvironmental damage.”

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