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Mike Honeycutt

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  1. Mike Honeycutt

    6X45 TARGETS

    What range were these shots taken at? I ASSUME 100 yds?
  2. Mike Honeycutt

    Is the change worth it?

    Oh man.... This is gonna force my game as a reloader. I'm self taught and, while I understand most of the math, I have MUCH to learn about equipment and its uses. I started this about 10 years ago and MS diagnosis happened half way through. Now I'm handicap-accessorizing an ancient mobile home and having a 35+ year old injury fixed. Doggone it, all I want to do, in my lingering years, is shoot the heck out of some firearms. Fishing, shooting or hunting....I can do ALL to a limited extent and this 6x45 is what I'd LIKE to be doing right now. Again, thanks for the information! I'll have plenty of downtime to study. I wanted to let you guys know that this is excellent exercise for my brain! The guy that drove the 6.5 Grendel had to quit due to MS putting him into a residential home, or so I was led to believe. Fishing is more relaxing to me but SHOOTING has always been my first love. I was never able to pursue it much before but there's no reason a wheelchair should stop me from blazing away OR killing some fresh pork. I've got dies for everything but 5.56 and that will soon change. I'm not a real speed demon on my shooting because I would prefer accuracy and bullet placement on game. Does anyone shoot CAST bullets for the 5.56 OR 6? I just got my first set of 6mm gas checks and had all but given up casting for that round. I DON'T want to lead up brand new barrels. I wish I could find gas checks for my wife's .270 win too but that is for another thread. In the meantime, if I don't post for a while, don't give up on me. I can follow on my e-mail setup on my phone. Rumor Control has it that they are installing a Wifi station at the VA right now, as they are doing some major construction on this place. We'll see. No one can tell me how long rehab will last because MS makes it all a wild card. I may come out with a functional shoulder on an arm that won't move. Heeheehee! Then I get to shoot lefty!
  3. Mike Honeycutt

    Is the change worth it?

    Glenn, could you send me the part numbers for your redding set-up, please? I just went blind looking for anything 6x45 at Midway and drew a blank. Maybe if I had the set numbers or something to search for? Thanks guys! Mike
  4. Mike Honeycutt

    Is the change worth it?

    Seems it would be a good candidate for home/ranch defense as well. Any notions or comments on the cartridge or rifle as a 16" carbine? I would PREFER a longer range gun with more thump for accuracy but the longer barrels seem nose heavy. That's why I sold my Yugo SKS. It was center of body mass capable but way too heavy up front. My nephew bought a dedicated long range varmint AR several years ago to the tune of $1300. But it weighs a ton with a 24" bbl. and a monster scope on it. I wouldn't even subject my CHAIR, much less myself to that kind of weight. I'm not a bench-rest shooter and I no longer run and gun. I just want to shoot something new in a firearm and new as a target. They are getting concerned that hogs are invading New Mexico from Texas, but the Old Spaniards turned them loose for game a LONG time ago. IF they come up the Rio Grande this far, I'm a half mile from the river as a crow flies. I'm willing to do my part to reduce the invading hoard!
  5. Mike Honeycutt

    Is the change worth it?

    Well, I'm definitely enjoying this line of questioning Any price quotes on a complete upper, 18" OR 20", can be emailed to me. BHW barrel, 18" may be cheaper and easier to handle but another 2 " would probably add a lot to the cartridge. A free float hand-guard might be handy but I Would like enough rail sections for an added light and some optics I just bought. I got a Vortex Viper PST-43111. It's a 1x-4x, 24 mm objective with moa reticle and capped turrets. I LOVE the 1x because it's a true 1x. It has 10 light settings that cover everything from night vision capable to bright enough for me in daylight. 1 moa dot in center. OFF positions between the brightness settings so you can click of and on intentionally but not easily by accident. I'm thinking the scope and gun will shoot better than I do. Multiple Sclerosis put me in the chair and made me shaky but I'm working to control that. Is 400 yds a reasonable distance for pigs with this round. I'm pretty sure most encounters would be shorter but even 300 yds. would pickle me completely TINK! I want a DEAD animal, not a wounded one.. Thanks for the math refresher. That is why I love firearms in general...the math, the science, the ability to SAFELY try new things. My inner nerd child is dancing the boogie-dance as I type. Also, thanks for the well wishes and any prayers concerning the upcoming surgery. I do NOT look forward to it but this new caliber has got me up and thinking harder than I should. That is better than ANY pain pill. I'd RATHER launch pills downrange, preferably at something edible. The chair is holding me back but I'm working on angles to get around that too. Improvise, adapt and overcome is a darned good quote, just don't know who said it. Greg could you send me those load compilations on email, please, if possible. I'm thinking Varget might be a good powder for this and I have some! Y'all have been a great source of real time info and I truly appreciate it. ANYTHING else you can tell me would be appreciated as well. This round excites me and I don't know why. But a 6 mm in semi-auto AR style, instead of my trusty BOLT gun sounds even better. I'll hunt with it too, if I can get out there, but hogs and the 6x45 just sounds RIGHT to me somehow!
  6. Mike Honeycutt

    Is the change worth it?

    Thankfully I had a correct notion that I would find correction on those wildcats. I'm too new to be trying anything excessively funky. Both to reloading and AR's. The 6x45 just makes more sense to me. I have another question that may come straight from Rumor Central. IS there a significant difference in case wall thickness between .223 Rem commercial brass and American Eagle style Military 5.56 mm. brass? Again, I've heard that case capacity my be lessened with 5.56 but that also lengthens the number of times the brass can be reloaded and fired. With the 6 mm, are there any issues with early case mouth fractures after the initial step up to 6mm? I'm a guy that believes the only dumb questions are the ones not asked. Admittedly, I'm a newby but I'm a CAUTIOUS newby! Thanks for the info Greg. You kinda confirmed my suspicions. The 6 x 45 is just simpler all around, isn't it?
  7. Mike Honeycutt

    Is the change worth it?

    I was leaning toward the 1:9 twist. I'm not launching rockets, just hog killers for cheap. It IS a versatile twist, even for the M&P in 5.56 I theoretically should be shooting 60-70 grains without much trouble but 80-100 gr. sounds more effective on thick skinned critters.
  8. Mike Honeycutt

    Is the change worth it?

    Sorry but I also have to mention the 6.5 Grendel and a critter called the 6mm Mongoose. I can't find any LOAD data in my Hornady manual Vol.7 but they came flying at me via various routes. The Mongoose has a slightly shorter case but straighter walls due to a sharper shoulder being formed. This results in a better seating situation for some bullets (their claim) and a larger over all case volume. Same .223/5.56mm case. Interesting read from the Facebook reloading Central Forum. You could probably Google it. 6mm Mongoose. I'm gonna be a gun nerd with no computer, no reference manuals, no knowledgeable new friends to educate my 59 year old butt. Some day we will enter the 20th century! I promise!
  9. Mike Honeycutt

    Is the change worth it?

    Thanks for the warm welcome! I recently read, in the Paralyzed News ( a Paralyzed Vets of America publication) ,that the PVA would really like to have a shooting program going, all over the place. NM is the wild west. Literally. We have the NRA's Whittington center about 300 miles from me, one OFFICIAL range about 50 miles from me and a huge van to haul me, my wife, my chair and whatever firearms I can handle. The desert I USED to shoot in regularly has been closed down for DOD training because our region resembles Kabul so much. We are a major DRONE state...what ever happened to loading up, hitting a good gully and shooting, carefully, away? Enough of the Woe is me! A 6x45 WOULD do hogs nicely, it seems to me. I have some 85 gr. Nosler Partitions that would help...well, right now IS still homework time The shoulder leaves next Thursday so, I'll have time to toy with the notion. NO wifi at the VA so responses from ME may be a little slow for a bit, but I WILL try to follow as able. Pork in NM for free...Sounds goooooood! Any recommendations on twist? 1:9? 1:8?
  10. Mike Honeycutt

    Is the change worth it?

    I am brand new to AR-15's except for the little run I had with them in the military in 1977-80. Things have obviously changed up a bunch. I am considering buying a 6x45 upper for my S&W M&P. I already have a Savage in .243 win that I load for and though the 5.56 needed a bigger brother but not in an AR-10 platform. The 6x45 gives my .243 win a little brother in an AR format and the 5.56 a little more umph for varmints and paper. So, before I drop several dimes on an upper and all the reloading gear I have to ask those of you that shoot and reload this round, IS IT WORTH THE TROUBLE AND/OR Expense? I CAN'T build from scratch so a complete upper in 18-20" is my tops. I live in a motorized wheel chair and getting range time isn't easy. Would I just be better off getting the SR-25 in 7.62 for hunting, targets etc? THAT is what I really want but a shoulder rebuild next week will slow that WAY down. During rehab I'm doing homework. Please, any input on the change would be appreciated. In New Mexico, this WON'T be a deer gun, but pigs can die too.
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