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What other hobbies do Nikonians have?

avm247

Rancho Cordova, US
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Tue 27-Nov-12 10:45 PM | edited Tue 27-Nov-12 10:50 PM by avm247

I have a few interests. Photography being a big one.

One of the other hobbies I have is recreational shooting. I have a modified .45 Springfield 1911A1 with a King's beavertail safety, extended slide release, extended thumb safety, Smith Alexander magwell, King's/Clark's 4-finger leaf spring; King's medium trigger; polished sear and disconnecter. Trigger set to 4 lbs. crisp. Used to have a King's two piece guide rod, but I went back to the original plunger recoil spring set up for simplicity. One of these days I'm going to finish it with a new barrel bushing; tighten the slide to frame fit (after who knows how many rounds of full power 230 grain ball, its a little loose - still more accurate than me, though) and refinish in two tone, hard chrome slide and blued frame or vise versa.

I thought NAS was bad...but I've really been bitten by the 10/22 bug. I just can't leave them well enough alone. I currently have two.

One is a modified plinking rifle built on a 1997 Ruger 10/22 receiver, bolt and trigger housing. It has a Hogue stock (a steal at $40 new with free shipping - not what I wanted but I needed a bull barrel stock!); Clark's 0.920" blued bull barrel at 20 inches (kinda wished I opted for the heavy flute option when I bought it), Deluxe Trigger Kit, tuned Extractor and Speed Bolt Release; Weaver CV9 3-9x38mm scope and medium rings (can't remember the manufacturer. Pretty enough, and it plenty accurate for me: best I have done is dime sized 5-shot group with Lapua target ammunition at 50 yards, but that was years ago. One thing I do want for this build is a Clark NPC Thumbhole Sporter stock laminate stock (in blue!)

Currently building my son one, too. His is a 2012 Ruger 10/22. Stock receiver, bolt and trigger for now. I did add a Magnum Research 0.920" Magnum Lite graphite barrel (an older version that had the front compensator); Fajen sportman stock (my old stock, he didn't like the Hogue); Vortex 2-7x32 Crossfire II rimfire scope on medium rings dialed in for 25 yards. Haven't done much with it, but it produces tight groups with Federal Auto Match bulk ammo. He's hit some 1/4-inch bulls eye targets at 25 yards. He likes my lighter trigger, I might drop in a KIDD trigger kit. I might swap out his stock for a Boyd's SS Evolution SS or maybe a Barracuda laminate stock (basically turning his 10/22 into a Magnum Research clone).

I'd also like to have a KIDD 10/22 and a Clark 10/22.

Why tinker with 10/22s? They're fun! There's lots of accessories and you can customize the gun into something personal. The care and feeding is pretty inexpensive, too. It's basically the same reason I tinkered with my 1911A1...lots of accessories and parts available, though 230 grain ammo is getting expensive. I used to reload with my brother-in-law but haven't done it in years and don't have the room for the equipment. (The 1911 shot pretty well with a 200 grain LSWC and a reduced recoil spring; ah, those were the days!)

Well, that's just one of the other interests that has been on my mind and taking up my time lately.

What about you? What do you like to do? Read? Knit? Tinker? Race? Wrench? Cook? SCUBA?



Anthony

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