Finally Got To The Range With The 480 Achilles

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JimT
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Finally Got To The Range With The 480 Achilles

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Been busy and the weather has not co-operated for doing much shooting... but today I was caught up and grabbed the time to head out and shoot the 480 Achilles. Sky is overcast ... winds are gusty at 19 mph ... but it's better to be on the range than wishing you were! The gusty winds make you work harder to make the shot.

I was testing the powder coated 290 gr. Bittner bullets. I had them loaded with 12 gr. of 2400 and standard Winchester Large Pistol primers. These run right at 870 fps and this load has always been accurate in my gun. I shot all targets at 25 yards using my portable machine rest which is my sleeping bag, rolled up and on the hood my truck (that's the "machine" part).
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I am not sure how I managed to pull that one shot so far out, but I know I did it. I felt it when I did it.
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I pulled a shot out on this one also ... seems to be a habit of mine. Sometimes I pull all 5 out!
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The barrel and cylinder stayed pretty clean.

They worked well ... were not smoky .. and are accurate if the nut holding the grip ain't too loose.
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Re: Finally Got To The Range With The 480 Achilles

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fun stuff and good shooting. i need to do some such thing real soon. the .17 springer just doesn't satisfy the same way...
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Somebody's having too much fun, and I regret to report that it isn't me ... 8)
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Re: Finally Got To The Range With The 480 Achilles

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Here I've just signed the sweetest hunting lease of my lifetime, with a season of expense and work ahead to get it ready for opening day -- and you go and post a siren-like distraction like the Achilles. Dang it, Jim! Shooting that has to be one powerfully satisfying thing...
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Re: Finally Got To The Range With The 480 Achilles

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That’s a pretty good load and should handle most anything a man needs to shoot.

That’s why I keep going back to that old Skeeter load in my .44 Specials:
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Re: Finally Got To The Range With The 480 Achilles

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That would certainly take a deer or wild pig. Even with the flyer, it is a decent group. Could that flyer be from the same chamber each time? I edited because I originally typed cylinder. Dumb mistake.
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Re: Finally Got To The Range With The 480 Achilles

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piller wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:07 pm
That would certainly take a deer or wild pig. Even with the flyer, it is a decent group. Could that flyer be from the same chamber each time? I edited because I originally typed cylinder. Dumb mistake.
No. I knew when I pulled the one to the left. The other? I blame it on old eyes and the sun coming out at an inopportune time. :D
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