Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Firearm Forum Question: How to Keep Scope Mount Screws from Coming Lose

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Can you please give some advice on how to keep my Scope Mount Screws from coming lose?
Thank you Captain Hook Knook

Scope Rings and Scope Mounts:









Answer:
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Yes, the best way to keep screws and nuts tight on firearm accessories such as scopes is to use Loctite Threadlocker Blue 242, see pictures above.
Apply a small amount to threaded area of the nut or screw that goes into the mount or ring. This particular product keeps most screws and nuts tight but is not permanent and you can still remove the accessory device such as a scope without damaging the screw, nut, device, or firearm. In some cases it may be beneficial to apply the Loctite to the backside of the screw slot, each type of device is different.
Important: Never tighten the screws or nuts to tight, they strip easily and you can damage the device, especially a scope. Also Loctite makes several products so make sure you buy the correct one I have listed.


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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Firearm Forum Question: 45 ACP CCI Shotshell Review for Self-Defense

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Are 45 ACP Shot Shells from CCI effective for self defense?
Thank you Mr. Nowhere

The 45acp CCI Shot Shell, comes 10 cartridges per box.
CCI states that the 45acp ammo is for Snakes, Pest, Rodents, and Small Varmints.
The plastic tipped capsule contains #9 Shot and produces a 15 to 18 foot spread pattern at a firing distance of 15 feet with a muzzle velocity of 1,100 fps. The Youtube Video posted below shows testing the ammo under real conditions. The retail price is expensive at about $2.00 per round ($20.00 per box).

Important Note: If you elect to purchase any of this type of ammunition check to make sure the plastic cap containing the shot pellets is not cracked or broken. Shot shell pellets that come lose could damage your handgun.

Answer:
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NO, the CCI Birdshot ammo that comes in 22LR, 9mm, 45acp, and 45LC are designed for small varmints and snakes. The Youtube Video below pretty much shows the effectiveness of putting birdshot in a 45 ACP Cartridge.
You could get better results by loading your own ammo, especially in a 45 Long Colt such as my Ruger Vaquero Single Action Revolver, but again it still would be for varmints and snakes more than use on a 2-legged creature known as man.

Youtube Video of a 45 ACP Semi-Auto Handgun Firing CCI Birdshot


Pellet Shot Size Chart, notice #9 Shot on the Chart:
Conclusion: I would not recommend any of these ammo calibers for self-defense. Use the ammunition for what it was designed for; or don't use them at all. Also I think they are too expensive for what you get.


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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Firearm Forum Question: Legally Convert Your AR15 to Full Automatic

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I understand that a company sells a legal conversion for an AR-15 Assault Rifle from Semi-Auto to Full Automatic, is this true and who makes it?
Thank you Mortal Combat

Answer:
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Yes, it is true that a company called Slide Fire (see Link below) called the SSAR-15 makes a stock conversion for a Standard AR-15 Mil Spec designed rifle. The conversion applies a principal that allows the stock to Bump Fire thus converting a standard semi auto legally issued assault style rifle to full auto. The ATF and Justice Dept in the USA have issued a letter that comes with the conversion kit stating the Bump Fire stock is legal to own and use. Sure Fire is 100 percent American Made.
The Youtube Video below shows how to install the device on an AR15 with a test fire in the full auto position.

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My opinion and comments: I considered purchasing one of these for my DPMS AR-15, 223/5.56 M4 Style Carbine but decided against it. After consulting with several people this device over a period of time puts stress on the buffer tube and spring. On some rifles it also causes needed repair to the trigger and bolt assemblies. If I were to do this I would purchase one for my AK47 which are built more sturdy with heavier metal and can take the pounding.

Important: Before purchasing the Slide Fire bump fire stock conversion make sure it will fit on your weapon. Either contact the manufacturer of the rifle, example: DPMS; or call Slide Fire.

Cost: Ranges from $270.00 to $360.00 US Dollars for the AR15 conversion kit.

Here's the LINK to Slide Fire's Website:
www.slidefire.com



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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Firearm Forum Question: What is a Free Spinning Revolver Cylinder

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What is a free spinning revolver cylinder?
Thank you James Condor

Answer:
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I have included my own video of a Free Spinning Cylinder on my Ruger Vaquero Birdshead 45LC Cowboy Revolver.
A free spinning cylinder is an upgrade to the standard cowboy single action revolver whereby the cylinder turns on each cartridge every time you pull the hammer back; or when opening the 'Loading Gate' and placing the hammer in a half cock position and moving the cylinder one turn to the right (clockwise). Ruger Cowboy Revolvers do not need to have the hammer pulled back for this action. The FREE Spinning cylinder modifies the internal mechanism of the revolver allowing it to spin freely in either direction (clockwise or counterclockwise) when the 'Loading Gate' is open.
Note: The free spinning cylinder plus a trigger action enhancement (known as a trigger job) plus the honing [porting of the cylinder chambers and barrel breach port is known as a 'Cowboy Action Job']. Most cowboy shooters have had their revolvers modified with a complete action job as I have had on my Ruger Vaquero Birds Head 45 Long Colt (LC) Cowboy Revolver.
Important: This upgrade should be performed by a qualified gunsmith.

My Homemade Video Showing a Ruger 45LC Cowboy Revolver with a Free Spinning Cylinder.
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Monday, March 3, 2014

Firearm Forum Question: Guidelines for Game Hunting Rifles

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Can you advise what guideline should be used in purchasing a Rifle for Hunting and for what type of game it would be used for?
Thank you The Trumpeter.

Answer:
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I haven't done any hunting in years, but I have hunted about everything there is including Big Game in North America including Alaska, and Big Game in Africa. 
Some Medium Size Game Calibers listed below can hunt some Big Game such as the 7MM and the 35 Remington.
I asked several people I know that still hunt a variety of game including small, medium, and big game animals. This is a general consensus of opinion and it is just that an opinion because hand loaded ammo can be configured differently than standard manufactured ammunition. There is no consideration for specially large bore ammo which can be found on the previous topic post - Body Armor.
Here is a compilation, use it wisely:

Identifying Rifle Calibers for Use:
Large Bore - Big Game Hunting ....
45-70; 45-90; 30-06; 300 Winchester Magnum; 8mm; 338 Lapua, 375 H&H Magnum; 454 Casull; 458 Winchester Magnum; 50 Caliber BMG.
Note - Excludes the custom and exotic calibers such as the 500 Nitro.
Primary Gun Manufacturers :
Remington
Marlin
Weatherby
Game and Animal Types :
Polar Bear; Grizzly; Alaskan Brown Bear; Moose; Caribou; Tiger; Lion; Elephant; Water Buffalo; Hippo; Rhino; Bison.


Big Bore - Medium Game Hunting ....
7MM; 44-40; 303; 308; 35 Remington; 44 Magnum; 45LC; 30-30; 30 Caliber Carbine; 300 AAC Blackout; 7.62; 223/5.56
Game and Animal Types :
Elk; Deer; Black Bear; Mountain Lion; Antelope; Mountain Sheep; Wild Hogs; Zebra; Horse; Giraffe; Kangaroo; Alligator; Coyote; Wolf.
Special Note: The Newer 300 AAC Blackout with subsonic ammunition and a suppressor (silencer) is a popular choice for hunting wild boar and coyotes at night.


Small Bore - Small Game Hunting and Fun ....
Rifle - 243; 270; 357 Magnum; 22 Magnum; 22 LR
Shotgun - 10 Gauge; 12 Gauge; 16 Gauge; 20 Gauge; 410 Gauge
Game and Animal Types :
Beaver; Possum; Muskrat; Wood Chuck; Squirrel; Rabbit; Raccoon; Turkey; Fox; Prairie Dog; Skunk; Feral Cats; Snakes.

Note: The more Popular and Effective Handguns to carry when hunting Medium or Big Game are:
41 Magnum; 44 Magnum; 45 Long Colt



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