BAD LUCK HAS BEEN DOGGIN MY FOOTSTEPS

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BAD LUCK HAS BEEN DOGGIN MY FOOTSTEPS

Postby Scribe » Sun Dec 13, 2015 6:46 pm

I just got back from Matawai were I have enjoyed three great days of hunting but had bad rifle problems once again. As usual I took the trusty sako 223 which has been my main deer rifle since about 1973. This rifle began its life as a 222 was re-barrel as a 222 mag and then re-chambered to a 223. I have used it for many years and have seldom ever felt the need or the desire to use another rifle or calibre.

About a year back, as a hard working rifle does, it fired its last accurate bullet one day and started chucking them the next, his rather spoilt my trip and I came home, 'just another flatsacker'. I had a new barrel fitted, a stainless steel, 1x12. The rifle never shot as well as I thought it should and I had another flatsacker trip, so I brought a Leupold VX3 scope off Happy and fitted it.

Still a flatsacker, I took it then to the gunsmith who found the stock after years of wetting and drying was twisted and was exerting a lot of pressure on the action and the barrel so he pillar bedded it and tested it. I saw the group he shot with it a felt a familiar surge in the loins as I carried in my arms once again a super accurate Sako in that specialist calibre.

A good long session at the range confirmed that, and indeed I felt I was getting my confidence back once again with the King of Calibres. I have a habit after a session on the range, a hangover from the deerculling days when you shot your rifle in and you went over all the screws in the rifle, scope, and mounts just to see that they were tight before you left base for your months shooting.

I must have given the screw behind the trigger guard a tweak up and in doing so I caused the tip of the trigger to come into contact with the trigger guard. So on Thursday just gone I am lying about 150 yards from a nice young stag grazing unconcerned on a grass face when I squeezed off a carefully aimed shot, except the bloody rifle didn't go off. I had another go and squeezed the trigger until my eyes stuck out and it went off sending a shot screaming over the deer's head, after the second shot the deer glided into the bush again. Thurs evening I fired six shots only accounting for one spiker and I shot it at 15 yards range. He, the poor bugger was a bit unlucky I guess to even get hit as by this time the two boys 16, 14, and the dog were looking at me in disgust.

The next morning I sidled through a face not far from where I was the night before and a deer took off and ran down and ahead of me toward the creek. The dog was pointing but I thought she was pointing at where the deer had gone. I looked down ahead at where the dog was looking and hell there was the same deer lying down. I knew straight away the poor thing was gut shot and I persuaded the rifle to go off once more and I shot it through the head and put it out of its misery. I also knew it was one of the deer I had shot at the night before, it had given a kick at the shot and I had followed it as far as I could in the dark and had been convinced that it was not hit.

That day while I cooked breakfast the two boys stripped the Sako and discovered the trigger was engaging the trigger guard before it could go off and we made a rubber shim for the rear action screw. This cured the problem alright but my confidence had taken a battering by now and without confidence you cannot shoot straight no matter who you are. Just after daylight the next morning we ambushed a couple of young pigs 65 lb and 55 lb heading back to the bush and at a reasonable range I shot them both using only three shots. So its back to the reloading bench and down to the range to get my confidence back up again to where it should be. So its adios from this 'almost flatsacker again'.

No Photos, camera still playing up. Boys said they would take some with their phone but I guess they forgot.
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Re: BAD LUCK HAS BEEN DOGGIN MY FOOTSTEPS

Postby Packhorse » Sun Dec 13, 2015 7:53 pm

Sooo you got a deer ....finally...?


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Re: BAD LUCK HAS BEEN DOGGIN MY FOOTSTEPS

Postby Rushy » Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:57 am

It sounds extraordinary that you could tighten a screw so much that it caused that to happen to the trigger Scribe. But you have venison and pork for the festive BBQ season.
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Postby Scribe » Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:10 am

The boy with the rifle shot his first deer with us at Matawai. Even he had trouble as his father had gathered up some old ammo for his 223 from around the time the ark was launched. They looked like they had been wet and four of them would not go off.
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Postby Scribe » Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:18 am

Rushy wrote:It sounds extraordinary that you could tighten a screw so much that it caused that to happen to the trigger Scribe. But you have venison and pork for the festive BBQ season.


Surprised the hell out of me too 'Rushy'. The distance between the trigger and the trigger guard is only paper thin even now with the spacer in.
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Postby scouser » Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:42 pm

Oh well Scribe, hope thats the end of that mate....at least you 'should' be back to normal for the new year!!!!!
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Postby veitnamcam » Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:17 am

A good read. With the re bedding it may have lowered the action into the stock causing the lack of clearance.
I would remove the rubber spacer pronto and replace with steel or at least a hard plastic.

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Re: BAD LUCK HAS BEEN DOGGIN MY FOOTSTEPS

Postby Scribe » Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:46 am

veitnamcam wrote:A good read. With the re bedding it may have lowered the action into the stock causing the lack of clearance.
I would remove the rubber spacer pronto and replace with steel or at least a hard plastic.

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Thanks Cam, For years you reach into the gun safe and pick up the old faithful rifle. You scarce ever think about needing to put a round through it to check whether it is shooting straight until one day!!!!. I am amazed at the extrodinary run of bad luck that I had. Perhaps not bad luck, its more that the rifle was worn out and not just the barrel, it needed a complete recondition job done on it.

The trigger fault where it came into contact with the trigger guard is a new one on me. I have been around rifles most of my life and I would not have even looked there for the fault. Its thanks to those two boys, whom their Father says are destined to be mechanics, as all the Wife's side of the family are mechanics even the women.

I do believe the bedding was the cause and I have identified that the front pillar is a little high. The stock after all is only a piece of wood and a working rifle like the little Sako has been saturated and dried over night in the hut a thousand times causing all sorts of strains upon it.

I will replace the rubber spacer before I do much else. I am still on the look out for a good load as the 55gr Nosler solid base, boat tail projectiles are no longer made and I have used the last of mine. So what is the recipe for success in the 223 calibre now. Barrel 1x12 so probably limited to 60 grain max I do like the 55gr best.
Then its off to the range again.
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Re: BAD LUCK HAS BEEN DOGGIN MY FOOTSTEPS

Postby FIGJAM » Tue Dec 15, 2015 2:25 pm

Barnes 53 0r 55 grn tsx be good.As long as you can hit the deer of course. :)
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Re: BAD LUCK HAS BEEN DOGGIN MY FOOTSTEPS

Postby Barefoot » Tue Dec 15, 2015 2:58 pm

Tahr on the other forum has been trying out a few different 223 loads and projectiles. Worth a search and read.
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