Range time and some wild weather.

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Range time and some wild weather.

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It's supposed to storm all week so I ran out to the range this morning before the heavy stuff got here.

I wanted to shoot my little Blackhawk 10mm/.40 S&W again. When I got it, .40s were tough to find and pretty pricy but I found some once fired brass and 155 gr.. LSWCs. So, with a little Bullseye I shot a .40 S&W for the very first time. Recoil was pretty mild and didn't do too bad for the first time out at 25yds. I found a nice pile of empties at the range, so I'll see if I can cut that group down a bit. It would make a fine farm/ trail gun for around here since we don't have any big nasties to worry about. :D
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I also wanted to work with the FrankenFinn a bit more, especially after I dropped it right on the scope about a month ago. Blondie still hasn't noticed the dent in the bamboo floor. :shock:

Started out with some Tula 148 FMJs at 50 yds. No worries. Group opened up to 2 1/4" because of that first shot. I forgotten about that Timney trigger.
Second group was what I wanted to see. Privi Partizan 174 FMJs, 44 grains of Varget and some new Privi P. brass, 1" at 50 yds. As expected, it favors the heavier bullets.
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Next trip will be sighting it in at 100 yds and more heavy bullets.

Then a couple hours after I got home, the "Big One" hit. Don't know how much rain yet, but we haven't had it in the yard for a couple years. Fortunately the little storage garage and the main house are well above the flood plain.
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A few years back, we had 9.6 inches of rain in between going to sleep I think around 1:30 am and waking up (with leaves no longer dripping water from trees) around 5:30 am. I didn't believe it, until I saw railroad ties moved 75 yards, two heavy plastic 24 ft culvert pipes that were laying around moved 50 yards and shoved under a fence, and a 24" deep rut cut across the driveway exposing a 16" gas pipeline... :shock:

Radar (had to go to my brother's, who is a weather-nut, and has a subscription so can view past months and days radar and so on) showed a small storm cell about a quarter mile wide and a couple long that slowly came over our place, turning purple on the weather radar, and looking that color up (which I'd never seen before on the radar) in their map-legend, it says "rainfall rate exceeding 6 inches per hour". It was over our place a couple hours, so I guess it fit. Never anything like that since. Neighbor had a tree about 12" in diameter slide down onto the road off his steep hill, travelling about 80 yards, with a root ball about 12 x 15 feet or so. We had an air conditioner in the bedroom that was loud, and we heard 'something' outside while asleep, but once we figured it wasn't a tornado, just thought it was ordinary rain and wind and went back to sleep...
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Sounds like you timed it right, your Blackhawk would make a nice trail gun alright..... :mrgreen:
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Doc,

This one came in hard and fast. It was like someone hitting the front of the house with a firehose for about half an hour, then it was gone. I didn't think much of it until I heard no. 2 sump pump kick on and not turn off. That one is big and loud and they still ran nonstop for a couple hours. Water has gone down about 6" now and the sun is back out.

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I've never paid much attention to the .40 S&W before, really bought it to shoot 10mm but I think I'm going to like shooting it more with the .40 cyl. Recoil wise it's like shooting a warm .38spl Vs. the loud and snappy 10mm.

Water ended up about Half a Lab deep. :D
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Frog strangling deluge aside, the advantages of a .40 s&w revolver are many ! Starts with "4"..... powder cost efficient case capacity......ubiquitousness of both bullet selection and factory ammo availability. Current .40 factory ammo prices half the price of .380 and a third less than 9mm luger.
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I'm with ya there. Just never paid any attention to it, already had enough plastic 9's that I didn't need yet another caliber, but here we are. Guess there's a reason for the 40+ sets of dies in my reloading room. :shock:

Because of the storms and already scheduled stuff, I'll be going by a couple of shops tomorrow. I do want to pick up a box or two of factory stuff.


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I have both a 10mm and a couple of .40 calibers. Both calibers are useful. That Ruger would probably be better for most things than my Glock. Glad you had some fun with it. I like 155 grain lead and 7.2 grains of Accurate #5 for a .40 load. My Walther & Wesson model 99 likes that load.
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If I had that 40 I might shoot more, I hate chasing brass in the weeds! Looks like a good shooter too. Half a Lab isn't all that deep, half a Great Dane well now that's a different story! :D
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GunnyMack wrote:
Wed Jun 09, 2021 4:38 am
If I had that 40 I might shoot more, I hate chasing brass in the weeds! Looks like a good shooter too. Half a Lab isn't all that deep, half a Great Dane well now that's a different story! :D
No, wasn't all that deep just surprised how quickly it happened. We had over two inches of rain in less than an hour. Usually takes a 2-3 day Nor'Easter to do that around here. I just hoped it didn't get any deeper in the basement. Another couple of inches and I'd be replacing water heaters, etc.

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I hear ya Jason! Nothing worse than flood damage.
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