President - David Belmont
Vice President - Justin Klotzbuecher
Treasurer - Carson Lutz
Secretary - Ron Skaggs
Trustee - Sharon Rose
Trustee - Kane Simpson
Trustee - Gene Robinson
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
December 15th, 1791
Wenatchee Rifle and Revolver Club Newsletter - April 2021
FROM THE PRESIDENT
Members of WRRC,
- Social Media (Take over the WRRC Social Media sites for a weekend!)
- Sweat Equity, Annual Range Cleanup Day is happening this month. Keep an eye on your email for details.
- Money. Did you know WRRC is a non profit? When you renew you can also add an optional donation (any amount).
Thanks for reading and enjoy the newsletter!
David Belmont | WRRC Club President
LITTLE BIG RIG
The .22-250 Remington is a flat shooting cartridge that makes it easy to connect on coyotes thumbing their tails 300 yards away and farther. Sierra’s 55 grain BlitzKing bullet has a sharp polymer tip and a boattail that give it a relatively high 0.271 G1 ballistic coefficient. Fired from a .22-250 with a muzzle velocity of 3762 f.p.s., the BlitzKing hitting 2” above the point of aim at 100 yards drops only 0.75” at 300 yards and 8.50” at 400 yards. IMR 8208 XBR propellant provides steady velocity across a wide swing in temperatures, so trajectory remains constant in both winter and summer.
Most .22-250 Remington rifles are based on short actions, which provide plenty of length in a magazine to seat bullets close to the rifling. That may require a longer cartridge overall length (COL) than the .22-250 Rem’s standard maximum COL of 2.350”.
- Always treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
- Keep your finger straight an off of the trigger until your sights are on the target.
- Never point the muzzle of your firearm at anything that you are not willing to shoot.
- Know your target and what lies beyond it.
Many consider Boyd, a fighter pilot, to be the Sun Tzu of contemporary times. His sphere of influence was enormous, but he’s best known for the O.O.D.A. Loop: Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. Pay attention, all of this applies to everyday life, too.
You “Observe” a problem. Next, you “Orient,” gathering details about the situation. After considering possible actions, you “Decide,” choosing the appropriate response. Finally, you “Act,” In a conflict, the person who makes the quickest decisions and acts is the one who wins.
Most people agree action beats reaction. Which is true, but only on a very simplistic level. Fighting is not a simple act/react sequence; it’s more like a chess game. White always moves first, but this doesn’t mean they win.
Initially, you’re reacting. They started the fight. As soon as possible you have to make the threat to react to you, force them back to the beginning of their loop, the “Observe” stage. Moving is one of the best ways to achieve this. This buys you a little more time to gather another detail or two and immediately apply your next action. The goal is to never let the opponent get back to the “Act” phase of their loop.
When it comes to hardware for self defense, yes, things have evolved. Today it’s rare to see someone carrying a revolver. Yet, wheelguns are still an outstanding choice for defense use. When you look at the data on defensive shootings, not counting law enforcement engagements, the most common number of shots fired are three and four. It’s unusual to see high round counts; often just the presence of a firearm, along with verbal commands, solves the problem.
The point is, it’s all about the software side, or the state of one’s mind and heart. Having the ability to mentally solve the problem, and the willingness to do the “hard thing” is much more important than what you’re armed with. Who knows how weapon technology will evolve in the future. Or, if the gun control advocates have their way, devolve or dissolve. We may all be carrying wheelguns.
Regardless of what the future brings it will still be the person behind the weapon as opposed to the technology in front of them.
Tiger McKee American Handgunner May/June 2021
THE .357 Mag.
It’s confession time. For many years I’ve neglected the .357 Magnum. When hunting big game with straight walled pistol cartridges, I generally reach for the .44 Mag. or some other big bore cartridge. I’ve always felt the .357 was a bit marginal for deer and hogs, even though I’ve taken a few critters with the little magnum. The .357 Mag. seems to always be compared to the larger magnums and, as a result, takes a back seat. It dawned on me recently this was unfair, as the .357 is sort of in its own class. Call it the “little” big bore?
I’ve also been shooting my S & W Model 686 guns. One’s a 6” while the other is the classic 8 3/8” version. The 6” wears an UltraDot reflex sight mounted on a Weigand Machine and Design mini mount. This revolver wears a set of combat grips from Eagle. Talk about a fun shooting revolver, this is it!
The 8 3/8” version wears a 4x Leupold scope fitted on top of Weigands mount, and three rings. A set of Culina combat grips are not only attractive but extremely comfortable as well. This is a serious hunting revolver, primarily for varmits and such. However, this sixgun is very accurate and I wouldn’t hesitate shooting whitetail out to 75 yards or so with the right ammo.
Ammo for both cartridges is readily available just about everywhere. Handloaders can also tailor for specific applications with the huge variety of bullets out there. Thanks to Redding’s T-7 turret press and four die set of Redding dies, including their micrometer adjustable crimping die, handloads can be tweaked for top performance. I’ve been shooting a lot of Nosler, Sierra and Hornady’s 158 gr. XTP jacketed bullets. There are a multitude of powder choices for every bullet weight, and brass is readily available. I usually lean on Starline brass for my handloads.
Small game like rabbits or squirrels can be taken with the .357 Mag. and is great practice. I’ve taken rabbits with .38 Special wadcutters and they work perfectly with head or body shots. Those flat bullets
work! For deer I make certain shot placement is dialed in and keep to that 75 yard max. Many handgun hunters use Hornady’s 158 gr. XTP for whitetail and they work well with well placed shots. If a big hog hits the radar screen, I grab Swift’s 180 gr. A-Frame.
The .357 Magnum makes a fine choice especially for those who don’t want to deal with heavy recoil. When shots are kept inside sane, realistic ranges, the .357 Mag. will deliver. If you’re looking for a mild mannered, accurate, easy to handload fun revolver, with a wide selection of factory ammo for a variety of applications, the .357 Magnum easily fits in this category. I plum forgot just how fun this caliber can be.
Mark Hampton American Handgunner Jan/Feb 2020
THE LIGHTER SIDE
A plane was taking off from Kennedy Airport. After reaching a comfortable cruising altitude, the captain made an announcement over the intercom, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to Flight Number 293, non-stop from New York to Los Angeles. The weather ahead is good and, therefore, we should have a smooth and uneventful flight. Now sit back and relax. “OH, MY GOD!!”
Silence followed, and after a few minutes, the captain came back on the intercom and said,”Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so sorry if I scared you earlier. While I was talking to you, the flight attendant brought me a cup of very hot coffee which ended up in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!” A passenger in Coach yelled, “That’s nothing. You should see the back of mine!”
Ron Skaggs, Editor
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