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Old May 22nd, 2019, 08:58 PM #1
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Traditions Crockett range day

I finally got some time to wring out some loads for my Crockett .32 rifle. One thing I did was changed the sights. I needed a wider front (I'm old) and I wanted the same rear as I have on my Great Plains rifles.

I only used Pyrodex P and am so happy, I won't bother using my reserve stock of holy black. One thing I noticed, I did not wipe at all today and the bore did not develop a crud ring. On my .50's and .54's, they will develop a hard crud ring if you don't wipe at least every five shots.

I used Hornady .310 balls with Joanne's striped ticking that measured out at .016 crushed. My lube was 8 to 1 water and Ballistol. I also tried .315 balls but did not see any advantage with them.

Several folks on the net recommended starting with 15 grains so I did. Since some of my patches were burning through, I added 10 grains of cream of wheat. This was the ticket and the combo gave me one ragged 1/2 inch hole for 6 rounds at 25 yards. I tried 20 grains and got about the same thing.

I then moved to 50 yards. Here I had to up the powder to 25 grains as I was fighting some wind. I was using the same cream of wheat combo and came up with a 1 inch six round group. ( I was trying to shoot between gusts and seemed to have succeeded. POI was about an inch or so higher than at 25.

Back at home I tinkered with my plinking load and it turns out 7 grains with 10 gns of cream of wheat gives me a nice 1 inch group at 25 yards, poi=poa. This load sounds almost like a subsonic 22 shot out of a Rossi 62 with a 22 inch barrel. You actually hear the ring of the bullet trap louder than the report.

While I had to do some tinkering with the trigger group, overall the rest of this rifle has been excellent quality. The 1 in 48 twist gives good round ball accuracy and the wood is a nice piece of birch. I'm never thought an off the shelf .32 would shoot so well but this gun is a tack driver.
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Old May 22nd, 2019, 09:22 PM #2
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Great day for it. Sounds like fun.
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Old May 22nd, 2019, 10:02 PM #3
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It was. And I got to watch the Blue Angles to boot!
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It was. And I got to watch the Blue Angles to boot!
did you hve the range to yourself
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Old May 23rd, 2019, 06:27 AM #5
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No, there was another member shooting his AR15. He was pretty impressed with the older "assault rifle".
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