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 - May 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
RANGE IMPROVEMENT DAY
Each year we have a Range Improvement Day to clean up, enhance, and update our range to be safer and more user friendly. On May 15, we will start at 8:00 a.m. and work until about noon. We will wind up with a nice sack lunch from Wendy’s. All ranges will be shut down during that time period. We usually have approximately 20 or so volunteers to help with the various projects we have lined up and we anticipate at least 20 volunteers again this year. (Hopefully more.)
The largest project will be to install eight new steel target holders similar to the ones located on the General Purpose Pistol Range. This is an upgrade that has been needed for a very long time. We will need at least two men or women to help install the target holders. Ron will run our new tractor with an auger and two or three volunteers will then install 24” pvc pipe in the ground to hold the stands in place. These stands are considerably heavier than the ones on the Pistol Range and should last for many years.
We will be starting with the 25 yard line this year, and will continue on with the 50, 75, and 100 yard lines as time and funds allow. The size of the target backers will be the same size (24” x 32”) as on the Pistol Range.
We will need two people to cut up several sheets of osb into target backers. You will be provided with a cordless saw, tape measure, and chalk box for this project. We go through several backers every year and we are starting to run out.
We will be having a truck load of 1 ¼” crushed gravel delivered to be used for installing the steel target holders on the Rifle Range and half of that load will go to the Upper Rifle Range parking lot to be spread.
Part of the load will be used to do repairs between our main entry gate and the road. Wheel barrows and shovels will be provided.
Some smaller projects will be to empty trash cans, pull a few weeds here and there, and move a pile of shredded sage brush into the fire pit.
Depending on the number of volunteers and time available, we might be able to start developing a new range between the Shotgun and Archery Ranges. This would entail weed eating and raking up the grass, cutting down the sage brush and stacking it for transport to the burn pit, and smoothing out the ground.
We plan on completing this new range in one or two years. It will be surrounded with three dirt berms so we can shoot 180 degrees. More on this later this year.
This is your Club. Please don’t stay home eating bon-bons and watching T.V. Come on out and help our Club “shine.” Remember: May 15th starting at 8:00 a.m. Thank you.
Ron Skaggs, WRRC Head of Maintenance
- 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.
.300 Win Mag
The folks at Cooper Firearms of Montana commonly shoot Barnes Triple Shock X (TSX) and Tipped Triple Shock X (TTSX) bullets to test the accuracy of their rifles. That’s a good recommendation for a bullet, as Cooper guarantees its rifles to shoot ½ minute of angle groups at 100 yards.
I’ve been shooting a Cooper Open Country Long Range rifle chambered in .300 Win. Mag. Loaded with Barnes 165 grain TTSX bullets, and am pleased with the accuracy. The target included with the Open Country rifle noted that the Barnes bullet was handloaded with Ramshot Magnum. Magnum has provided good accuracy for me in several other .300 magnums. This trend continued with the Open Country, shooting five, three shot groups that ranged from 0.31” to 0.95” and averaged 0.63”, with a standard deviation of velocity of 16 f.p.s. throughout 12 shots. The Barnes Reloading Manual Number Four specifies two additional grains of Magnum than is listed in the recipe as the maximum propellant charge for the TTSX bullet, so velocity could be increased somewhat beyond the 3046 f.p.s. that the Open Country had produced. The load’s great accuracy, though, presented a good place to stop load development.
Notice that the cartridge overall length of 3.520” is longer than the .300 Win. Mag.’s established maxi-
Mum of 3.340”. That extra length still positioned Barnes bullets well short of contacting the start of the rifling in the Open Country, a critical point to check for each specific rifle. To remove the chance such a jump might be detrimental to accuracy, cartridges were gauged on a Hornady Lock-N-Load Concentricity Tool to ensure the bullets were seated straight in the cases so that, upon firing, they squarely contacted the rifling and made a beeline to the target.
John Haviland American Rifleman May 2021
BANISH AND PREVENT THOSE SCRATCHES
Everyone hates scratches. A scratch on your car, a tabletop and especially your gun. Scratches not only look bad, they can lead to rust on guns if left untreated because they can expose raw steel, so fixing them is important.
Repairing scratches can be easy to complex depending on the depth, location and underlying material. Pistol exteriors may be carbon steel, stainless, or polymer. Small parts can be steel or aluminum. Most of the time, scratches show up on blued carbon steel or stainless steel pistols.
The first thing I do is look at the depth of the scratch,and see if any surrounding area has been damaged. That damage needs to be addressed without making a larger repair area.
If the scratch is small, I degrease the area with some acetone in preparation for application of a small amount of instant blue. I like Brownell’s liquid “Oxpho Blue” because it works well and is easy to use. It goes on like water and turns carbon steel blue to protect it from rusting.
I like to go one step further than Brownells’ instructions. I have a small butane torch on my bench, which I use to heat the scratch area. This removes all moisture from the metal, dries any solvent and opens the pores of the metal to better accept the instant blue.
Once the area is clean, degreased and heated, I use a number of tools to apply the “cold blue.” I don’t want to just wash the area with cold blue. I want to only treat the smallest possible area. Washing can change the color of the surrounding metal and make things look worse. Sometimes for a small scratch I’ll use small needle like pointed tool to apply a tiny bit of blue to the scratch itself. For larger scratches I use a OOO hobby paint brush or even a Q-Tip. Once the blue starts to affect the scratch, I wipe it off. I don’t want the scratch to be darker than the original blue. If my repair is too light, I start the process over again until I get a good match. Apply oil to the repair as soon as possible once you’re satisfied with the color.
Stainless steel scratches easily. The only real way to hide it is to refinish the scratched area. So, if it’s a small part, a few strokes with 400 or finer sandpaper can erase the scratch. For matte finish areas, a light blasting with fine glass beads or aluminum oxide will hide most blemishes. For deeper scratches, some file work, a Scotch Brite pad or wheel might be needed. I found a variety pack of small abrasive wheels on Amazon, which are color coded by grit. They can get into small areas well.
Then there are scratches on large flat areas like a 1911 slide or frame. For these I first remove all the parts that will allow me to work freely around the area. I use various grits of sandpaper sheets on a flat surface and drag the frame or slide across lightly. Start slow and work with just enough pressure to remove the scratch, not the rollmarks or serial number. Use finer paper as you go to match the original texture on the pistol. This will require a re-blue job.
You might consider prevention strategies to avoid scratches like the legendary 1911 “Idiot Scratch” caused by dragging the slide stop pin across the frame during take down or reassembly. Richard “Log Man” Boukes came up with a great modification for the slide stop. By making a small notch on the lug at the back side of the slide stop using a round file, the slide stop can be easily inserted in the frame, slipping past the spring loaded detent straight in without dragging against the frame. To do this Richard uses a small 1/8” round needle file. I start with a triangle file for the first cut to avoid the file slipping out of position and finish with the round file. I show clients this modification and the proper way to insert the slide stop. Their reaction is priceless.
Gregg Derr American Handgunner May/June 2021
THE LIGHTER SIDE
A young man became quite discouraged with life in general with all its trials and tribulations. He never quite felt that he “fitted in”. He came to the decision to join a monastery that was far from society. Surely he would find peace there. He traveled far and finally found what he was searching for. It sat high atop a rugged mountain glistening in the early morning sun.
He climbed the mountain and went directly to the Head Master and asked if he could become a member of their community. The Head Master said everyone took a vow of silence. The Head Master told him that his new name would be Brother Thomas. He also said that at the end of one year Brother Thomas would be allowed to speak two words. With that the Head Master dismissed Brother Thomas.
A year went by and the Head Master summoned Brother Thomas and said that he would now be allowed to speak two words. Brother Thomas replied, ”Bed hard”. The Head Master then dismissed Brother Thomas.
Another year went by and the Head Master summoned Brother Thomas and said that he would be allowed to speak two words. Brother Thomas replied, “Food bad”. The Head Master dismissed Brother Thomas.
Another year went by and the Head Master summoned Brother Thomas and said that he would now be allowed to speak two words. Brother Thomas replied, “I quit”. The Head Master looked Brother Thomas straight in the eye and said, “No wonder. All you’ve done is complain since you’ve been here.”
Ron Skaggs, Editor
April Speed Steel had 17 guns attending.
WRRC Secretary and Editor.