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#1 ONLINE   ewallover

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Posted Sep. 12 2018 - 07:37 PM

The Primary Arms 6x scope with the ACSS 22 LR reticle came today. I must say for $120, I’m impressed with the clarity and brightness of the glass. The reticle is simply outstanding and this is coming from a died in the wool Vortex Optics guy.

This is for a .22 after all and I really wanted a tool to help introduce my 12 year old grandson to the shooting sports. The scope will sit on a Remington 597 HB 16-1/2” bull barrel and should be a good stable platform from which to teach and for me to have fun! There are plenty of Videos about reticle so I won’t revisit that except to say that it appears to be one of the most simple and effective ranging reticle in the market. I cannot wait to get to the range. The rifle is supposed to get here tomorrow afternoon. This weekend looks promising, provided the hurricane’s leading edge doesn’t visit us her in south central PA. Here are a few photographs:197b5aee743c273541e3faa94c4dc4b9.jpg

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Hope this helps anyone looking for some inexpensive yet surprisingly good glass for a 22 plinker. I’m going to change the stock trigger spring to hopefully get the trigger pull closer to my RIA National Match Varmint triggers. A little cheap trigger time... got to make it useful, rather than just fun...


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Posted Sep. 12 2018 - 08:05 PM

Glad to see PA taking care of the 22 folks. Bet it'll be fun with the grandson or sadly, when you're forced to "22" alone.  :laugh:




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Posted Sep. 12 2018 - 08:36 PM

My buddy has one he keeps trying to sell me. PA has some nice optics

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Posted Sep. 12 2018 - 08:52 PM

I just could not bring myself to spring for a 1x6 tactical scope with a lighted .22 ACSS retical at well over 2x the price. For an AR yes, but a .22 LR no... looking out of my 3rd floor office, I was amazed at what 6x brings to the table. I guess the proof will be in the pudding at the range...

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Posted Sep. 13 2018 - 06:17 AM

I just could not bring myself to spring for a 1x6 tactical scope with a lighted .22 ACSS retical at well over 2x the price. For an AR yes, but a .22 LR no... looking out of my 3rd floor office, I was amazed at what 6x brings to the table. I guess the proof will be in the pudding at the range...

 

Please let us know how the pudding tastes.

That may be a better option for my .22 rifle instead of the heavy variable I have on it now. 


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Posted Sep. 13 2018 - 06:57 AM

Yep, this thing is substantial yet very light and the Weaver mounts hardly add any additional weight. I’ll get it sighted in this weekend. They recommend 25 yards for a 16” barrel and 50 yards for a 20” tube, then adjust as needed for 100 yards. I know right where to go! More pictures to follow...


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Posted Sep. 13 2018 - 06:25 PM

Yep, this thing is substantial yet very light and the Weaver mounts hardly add any additional weight. I’ll get it sighted in this weekend. They recommend 25 yards for a 16” barrel and 50 yards for a 20” tube, then adjust as needed for 100 yards. I know right where to go! More pictures to follow...




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Posted Sep. 13 2018 - 06:49 PM

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Well the rifle arrived and after a few minutes the scope was riding on its new home. Mounts torqued to 30 inch pounds and the rings to 15 inch pounds. All leveled up and ready to go. I’ll give it good cleaning and it’s off the the range with my grandson this weekend. Our new 25 yard indoor range will be perfect for that.

I’m going to clean up the flash and casting marks on the stock, free float the barrel, add sling studs and paint the stock Magpul FDE.

I think I have settled on the Duracote “can in a can” rattle can approach. Brake cleaner, the Duracoat precoat cleaner and spray away. For a light duty rifle I really think this finish will hold up pretty well if I do my part prepping the synthetic stock and make darn sure it is properly degreased and roughed up to receive the finish. A four coat finish applied in light coats and flashed off with a hair drier between coats should be fine.

I’ll need some more substantial 10 round magazines, the stock mag is plastic. I don’t think I’m going to bother with the plastic 30 round magazines, I’ve heard horror stories...

Here is the rifle straight out of the box with the scope.
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Last round hold open-nice.

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Plastic magazine-we’ll reserve judgement...

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Now it time to shoot, I’ve got 525 Federal 36 gr. plated bulk bullets and a couple hundred CCI 36 gr. HP plated rounds to tinker with. Steered clear of Remington and Winchester 22s for now. Any suggestions on decent options for 22s much appreciated; it’s been several decades since I shot any .22.


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Posted Sep. 13 2018 - 07:08 PM

That's a nice looking rig as-is. I'm partial to that look and would prolly not paint it if it were mine.

 

Will be waiting to see how it turns out after paint. :thumb:




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Posted Sep. 13 2018 - 07:46 PM

I might just get lazy and let it go, but the damned flash/casting lines drive me crazy. If I sand them out, that seam will really be visible, I may skip the FDE and keep it O.D. - you are right looks kinda good as is (from a distance you cant see the flaws in the stock). If I do paint, I can do the Magazine caps, the trigger guard and maybe even the charging handle just to tart it up a wee bit... a simple 2 point nylon sling and I am in business. The Duracoat from all of my reading is a decent product if applied correctly. Have to see if the can in a can comes in O.D. yet? It really is a nice little rifle and if the accuracy is as good as people say, should be a fun gun to have around!

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Posted Sep. 13 2018 - 08:29 PM

If you are careful to not really hit anything other than the flash lines with sanding you can fix the discoloration by wiping a bit of acetone on the affected spots. Be careful to not get it on other places as it will change the look of the surface.




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Posted Sep. 13 2018 - 08:40 PM

Krylon™ is made just for painting plastic.

Just sayin'.....

 

I also wouldn't use brake cleaner on that stock either. Plain ol' Dawn dish soap and water will do a dandy job of degreasing prior to painting.

If you feel the need to use a spray degreaser, I would recommend either Birchwood Casey Gun Scrubber, or CRC QD Electronic Cleaner or Contact Cleaner, because they won't mess with the plastic the way other solvents like brake cleaner might.


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Posted Sep. 13 2018 - 09:10 PM

Thanks for the advice!!! There are no aftermarket stocks to speak of out there for the 597s. I have HS Precision stocks on my Remmy 700s but they’ve not ventured into the .22 realm yet. Thus the idea of painting.


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Posted Sep. 13 2018 - 10:05 PM

Took a closer look at the pictures and noted one of the bands on the scope rings was misaligned. Fixed that! It’s amazing what you can see in a picture. No LockTite, it’s a .22. I can simply retighten, if need be...
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Posted Sep. 13 2018 - 11:06 PM

That's a nice looking rig as-is. I'm partial to that look and would prolly not paint it if it were mine.

 

Will be waiting to see how it turns out after paint. :thumb:

 

Ditto.

 

I love the color of that stock, 

I am a sucker for green.


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Posted Sep. 14 2018 - 05:08 PM

 
Ditto.
 
I love the color of that stock, 
I am a sucker for green.

So I thought I had a weekend to shoot...noooo... Ive got to take the dog to the kennel, I have a bed frame to assemble, dry cleaning to pick up, a wedding adults shower to attend, what ever that means and now we are driving to Ohio too boot.

Best laid plans of mice and men...

Well there is always next weekend. At least the Butler Creek scope caps arrived, minor progress. The sling studs go on Wednesday evening. Should be fully cured by the weekend. BTW, the objective cap is a No. 15 and the ocular eyepiece is a No. 17. Looks pretty good.

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Posted Sep. 14 2018 - 05:23 PM

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Posted Sep. 14 2018 - 05:27 PM

It sure is purdy, and I bet she shoots...




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Posted Sep. 14 2018 - 07:05 PM

We’ll find out soon. The stock is surprisingly rigid, and once I get the barrel free floated, it’s just trigger, action, scope, and barrel. The plastic parts in use today are a bit disappointing. I wish there was a way to get an exact replica of the plastic trigger housing in aluminum. But the manufacturers need to find a way to cut costs and plastics fit that bill. There is a reason this rifle is $200 and not $400. But if the reliability and accuracy are there I’ll be a happy camper...


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Posted Sep. 14 2018 - 07:29 PM

We’ll find out soon. The stock is surprisingly rigid, and once I get the barrel free floated, it’s just trigger, action, scope, and barrel. The plastic parts in use today are a bit disappointing. I wish there was a way to get an exact replica of the plastic trigger housing in aluminum. But the manufacturers need to find a way to cut costs and plastics fit that bill. There is a reason this rifle is $200 and not $400. But if the reliability and accuracy are there I’ll be a happy camper...

 

I know sometimes it is about profit margins, but I have started seeing some polymet pieces on models I would not expect, and the bottom line is if they are using 

purpose produced polymers in some of these rifles, it is because they are more durable that the metal., an costly, of course.

The groups they are getting out of "bargain" rifles these days is just shy of a miracle, as they come off a production line what used to take very talented gunsmiths

many hours to do for many greenbacks. Simply amazing. 

Yeah, I hear you, I like wood and metal, but I think some of it is in our heads.

it's perfectly fine to have those wood and steel preferences like I do, but the "plastic" of yesterday is just simply not what we are seeing used

in the strong and lightweight polymers of today. 


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