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Monday, March 12, 2012

Appleseed help?

So the next two weekends are super busy. This coming one will be a new shooter class on Saturday and the full day CCH on Sunday. The weekend after that will be a two day Appleseed course. The more I can do now in increments to prepare for Appleseed the better off I will be. 

The M-1 may show up before then, but I have no ammo and I would really like for Murphy's Law to school me on the operation and give it the once over before I whip that rifle out. 

So for now after visiting the Curmudgeon at large he whips these out:

A Remington Model 742 and a Winchester Model 100, both chambered in .243 Winchester. "Two is one and one is none" for training on the road and so 300 rounds of ammo arrived today. The other component is the magazines for these rifles. I found some for the Winchester on-line and ordered two. Seeing the Internet debate on Model 88 vs. Model 100 magazines led me to simply order 2 Model 100 mags. 

I have read just about everything on what to bring and how to prepare for this, but does anyone have anymore insightful tips? I fully admit I am not a Rifle person (yet). I hope to become one though!


  1. .243 ? It's DEER season...

    Dann in Ohio

  2. I don't really know what else to say. What help do you need? Some advanced help on shooting the rifles, or just other stuff to bring? On the stuff, I would recommend some kind of way to hold spare rounds in a readily accessible manner. For hunting, I like a stock ammo holder with a clip cover so the rounds don't slide out. They also make ammo holders that fit on your forearm like braces or even an ammo box with a lid that you can put 50 rounds in and pull them out as you need them without having to fight those silly plastic holders. Um, other than that exhale and pause, then squeeze. Maybe dry-fire the rifles to get used to the trigger before the trip. I'm a pot of suggestions, but I'll stop now.

    1. 45er-, I will take any suggestions you have, but I was more concerned with the logistics of the thing.

      I have snap caps for these rifles and will take your suggestions about the dry-fire.


  3. I got nuthin'. Aren't I helpful? I'm just gonna wish you good shooting and have fun.

    1. Six, I'll take that! I just hate to have something go wrong on the road with training. Whipping out 40+ year old rifles just adds to my nervousness.

  4. I'm sure you've already seen this, but in case you missed it, here's a link to the Appleseed "what to bring" page. super helpful. Please do a review on the Appleseed weekend. I've been wanting to do one, just haven't had the time or gotten up the nerve.

  5. A really GOOD pad to lay on!
    Some sunscreen, a good boonie hat, plenty of water or juice, some snacks, and (I know I don't need to tell YOU this!) a good attitude.
    Oh, and if you're an old guy like me?
    Some liniment!
    I like Tiger Balm, and Atom Balm for those reeeeally tough days!
    Have fun! I probably won't get to go until after the July launch mission I'm scheduled to go on.

  6. Keads,
    Here’s my 2 cents worth. Project Appleseed’s courses of fire are all laid out in such a manner that a .22 LR is more than sufficient. Given you’ll be working on foundational skill sets with a rifle I would recommend a good set of aperture sights on a 10/22, S&W 15-22 or your Colt – Walther. Then factor in a good ground cloth (tarp) and pad (outdoor sleeping pad), binoculars or spotting scope and an adjustable sling. If I chose to go with a centerfire it would either be a 223 (AR-15 or Mini 14) or a .308 (M1A or FN/FAL).
    Now as to your rifle selection, zero your scope and stay with the same power setting throughout the course if it’s a variable power scope. Refer to the above paragraph for equipment, add sunscreen, a hat sunglasses and hearing protection. Also, take a good cleaning kit and basic gunsmithing tools for unexpected problems. Take along a positive attitude and determination to have a good time and you’ll have a great training session.