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Told my secretary I had an important lunch meeting and hit the range earlier today. I took my Eclipse Custom II 10mm, S&W 629 Classic DX .44 mag, and my Stainless Ultra Raptor.

100 flawless rounds through my Eclipse. Smooth as can be. 400 rounds through her now and she is really smoothing out. I didn't particularly shoot very well for some reason, but it was definitely a case of operator error.

100 rounds through my .44 mag. I haven't shot it in a few months. Damn that thing shoots nice. What a blast. Great groups at 25 yards. I had the whole range stop and watch. You make a serious impression when you roll out a Stainless Steel 6-1/2" .44 mag wheel gun and squeeze the trigger. I just can't help but smile every time I squeeze the trigger. 100 rounds through her will flat wear you out though (at least me anyway).

Now the funny part. I put the .44 mag away and grabbed my Ultra Raptor. Loaded it and fired the first shot. I'm still not sure where it really went. After shooting that big, heavy, mule, the Raptor felt like a damn squirt gun in my hands. I unloaded it, set it down and proceeded to laugh a myself for a moment. It was pretty funny. Regrouped and shot 99 more flawless rounds through her. That gun is so fun to shoot and I still can't believe how accurate it is for such a short barrel.

And to make it even better... I get to break out the Hoppes #9 tonight!!
 

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Sure beats the hell out of lunch at McDonalds!!
 

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Thanks for sharing, Chuck. We can all live vicariously through your lunch breaks. :D

When my son returns my 629 next week I'm gonna have to pop a few off. I also need to get a new front sight, as he somehow lost it while riding his 4-wheeler in the Alaska back country. Unless he's taken it off, there should still be a 2X scope mounted on it, so it's still shootable.
 

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Told my secretary I had an important lunch meeting and hit the range earlier today.
Secretary: "How was the meeting?"
Chuck: "Uh....loud."
Secretary: "Why are your knuckles black?"
Chuck: "Uh....that's copier toner. I had to fix the copier."
Secretary: "At the restaurant?"
Chuck: "Uh...uh.....do I have any messages?"
Secretary: "Yes, the shooting range called and said they forgot to charge you for the targets today...."
Chuck: "Hmmmm."
Secretary: "So, about my raise...."
 

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Thanks for sharing, Chuck. We can all live vicariously through your lunch breaks. :D

When my son returns my 629 next week I'm gonna have to pop a few off. I also need to get a new front sight, as he somehow lost it while riding his 4-wheeler in the Alaska back country. Unless he's taken it off, there should still be a 2X scope mounted on it, so it's still shootable.
I've never shot a handgun with a scope on it. Always considered getting one for my 629 but never have.

This might be a dumb question, but outside of the magnification, can you shoot that much better if you aren't using a rest?
 

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Secretary: "How was the meeting?"
Chuck: "Uh....loud."
Secretary: "Why are your knuckles black?"
Chuck: "Uh....that's copier toner. I had to fix the copier."
Secretary: "At the restaurant?"
Chuck: "Uh...uh.....do I have any messages?"
Secretary: "Yes, the shooting range called and said they forgot to charge you for the targets today...."
Chuck: "Hmmmm."
Secretary: "So, about my raise...."
Now that's funny and I can see that exact conversation happening!
 

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I've never shot a handgun with a scope on it. Always considered getting one for my 629 but never have.

This might be a dumb question, but outside of the magnification, can you shoot that much better if you aren't using a rest?
Because it's a pistol scope, you still hold it out at normal distance. What you have is a slightly magnified image with a cross hair. I actually don't care for it that much. I put the scope on it because I was going to use it for deer hunting. The only time I actually had a chance to use the gun to take a deer, it had gotten so late in the afternoon (twilight) there was not enough light coming through the scope to see the crosshairs or the deer. So, I ended up taking an 'instinctive' shot. Actually made an excellent shot just behind the shoulder and the deer went down after running about 30 yards. I was, as always, excited to take another deer. However, I was even more excited about the two fireballs that came flaring out of each side the the huge flame that followed the projectile out of the barrel. That was awesome. I hadn't expected the light show.

BTW, I give all the credit of that shot to the gun and the the excellent gunsmith who worked the single action weight down to 2-1/2 pounds. :D
 

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This might be a dumb question, but outside of the magnification, can you shoot that much better if you aren't using a rest?
At 100+ yards a scope it a huge help. I have a Thompson Contender with a TC 2.5 power scope chambered for a .357 Herrett that I've used to take Mule deer and Antelope with. I've made 1 shot kills out to 187 yards with it. This is an old picture I have of it, that's a .44 mag sitting next to the .357 Herrett to give you an idea of it's size. I used to use the rubber grip and forearm for hunting and the wooden ones at the range.

 

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At 100+ yards a scope it a huge help. I have a Thompson Contender with a TC 2.5 power scope chambered for a .357 Herrett that I've used to take Mule deer and Antelope with. I've made 1 shot kills out to 187 yards with it. This is an old picture I have of it, that's a .44 mag sitting next to the .357 Herrett to give you an idea of it's size. I used to use the rubber grip and forearm for hunting and the wooden ones at the range.

Awesome setup Chuck. I can't imagine shooting that far with a handgun.
 

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Awesome setup Chuck. I can't imagine shooting that far with a handgun.
Chuck if you want to try something different and a lot of fun with your handguns look around your area for Metallic Silhouette Shooting.
 

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Last time I was at RBGC they had a few racks of metal plates for handguns. But that was many years ago.

I'd love to find a range that has metal targets or other things that fall down or break when hit. That's part of the fun with clays.
 

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Last time I was at RBGC they had a few racks of metal plates for handguns. But that was many years ago.

I'd love to find a range that has metal targets or other things that fall down or break when hit. That's part of the fun with clays.
River Bend has three different handgun bays with metal plates. It's a blast using them. Especially with the Kimber or Glock. See how fast you can knock all 6 down.

On one of the plinking bays you can bring pretty much whatever you want to shoot and break.
 

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Chuck if you want to try something different and a lot of fun with your handguns look around your area for Metallic Silhouette Shooting.
River Bend Gun Club has them at 100 meter increments starting at 200 meters and reaching out to 500 meters so set up for rifles but it would be fun to try with a handgun if they had it set up at 100 meters.

Ill have to look around and see if anyone does.
 

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Took an early lunch and hit the range this morning. I took my Eclipse Custom II 10mm. Amazing how fast you can go through 100 flawless rounds. I've hit the big 500 round plateau and she is running like the finely tuned machine she is.

I'm going to start trying some different ammunition now that I'm past break in and its shooting so well.

It sure would be nice if Freedom Munitions would get some 10mm in stock.
 
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