June 19, 2010 – Day 6

It was my full intention this morning to finish my write up of the FNX-9 pistol from FN. First I had to dive out to Dove’s Custom Guns to pick up a NAA Guardian in .32 NAA. I’m anxious to try this little pistol. It’s a19 ounce, 4.75 inch semi-auto that launches a 60 JHP bullet at 1200 fps. More on that next week.

When I got home and walked into my office I realized it looked like a hideout for a radical Islamic terror cell! Somewhere in the mess was a pound of Re 7 powder. I dreaded the clean-up but found the powder and some other cool stuff I forgot I had.

By 4 PM I had managed to create some order and stepped into the loading room to give the Re 7 a try in my new favorite cartridge; the .30 Remington AR. Ramshot Xterminator had been producing good accuracy but velocities were lower than I’d hoped.

34.5 grains of Reloader 7 behind a 110 grain Barnes TSX produced 2960 fps and groups just shy of 1.5 inches. Not the most accurate load I’ve found for the R15 but according to the Sierra Infinity program it should only be eight inches low at 300 yards with a 200 yard zero. This should be a prefect whitetail load for me or my gunwriting assistant.

No guns tomorrow, I’m taking my dad and the rest of my family to our little school bus on the river. Hey, it’s father’s day! Make sure you thank yours.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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