09 February 2018
No new rifle . . . yet. Actually getting ready to sell a couple of rifles. 7MM Rem. Mag & .270 Winchester. Both are fine, fine shooters with jacketed but cast in those simply defeats the purpose of their configuration. That . . . and I don't shoot from "mountain to mountain" anymore. The .270 Winchester has been (for almost 40 years) my all time favorite deer rifle . . . hands down! The 7MM Rem Mag is another great rifle but that big belted mag. is a little hard on me with full power jacketed these days. I did try on several occasions to load cast for these rifles but never with success. Although once a huge fan of Hi-Power jacketed, age & experience dictates that out of the box accuracy is no fun anymore. That & the fact that I have never taken more than one shot to take a deer in my life solidifies the excitement in playing more with my Handi's in .444 Marlin & .308 Winchester. I found, for myself, that casting for anything smaller than .30 caliber is a fruitless venture or maybe it's just that I like those big, meaty projectiles. Sort of like slinging an "outhouse" through the air at 1800 FPS & doing it with accuracy . . . so much fun.
If someone else had of done to me what I did to myself . . . I'd have killed him. Humility is an asset. Heh - heh.