Because it's July 4th, the second son and I thought it appropriate to slip off to our super-secret range at an undisclosed location to let the rifles bark and roar. We're celebrating independence by improving our rifle skills.
Next up was Son's Savage 11 FV. I gave it to him about 15 years ago.
Oh, look, Midway USA has it on sale this morning.
Last, but certainly not least, is an old Ruger Model 77 in .25-06.
I bought that rifle just after the turn of the century. I had wanted to try the .25-06 for several decades, and I walked into a pawn shop one day, and they had it on the shelf, used, with an old Tasco scope. All I did to the rifle was clean it, buy a set of dies, and start reloading for it. We've got three of that caliber in the family now, two Rugers and a Savage. They all shoot the same load, with Reloder 22 powder and a 117 grain spitzer bullet, it will put a whacking on just about anything that needs to be whacked. We haven't done anything to that particular rifle but clean it, it still wears the same old cheap Tasco scope that it wore in the pawn shop. However, those old Tasco scopes are really better than a lot of people give them credit for. It's a hunting scope for a hunting rifle, and out to about 300 yards, gives plenty of light and detail. Since we first adjusted that scope to the load 15 years ago, it's held zero the whole time. You can't ask for more than that from a rifle scope.
Each of the rifles barked, in turn across the high line, and when the temps got up into the low 90s, we decided to come on in. A very enjoyable morning with my son and some favorite rifles. It's hard to top that for the Fourth of July.