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Oh no, another revolver!

Well, picked up another "essential" firearm purchase today that I've been craving for a few years now. As a kid I often came home from school got my dads Ruger single six and headed out to the prairies for some rabbit hunting. Got pretty good with that revolver taking many cottontails and jacks with it. Unfortunately that revolver was lost to theft many years ago. Got a Ruger MK II in the nineties and used it when I was still rabbit hunting often up till about six or so years ago. It has been a good little gun and I did take a lot of bunnies with it. But, I never really loved the looks of it and longed for a nice revolver in 22lr/22mag again. The wait is over with todays purchase of the Taurus Tracker with both cylinders. I've read some really good reviews on this piece from Gunblast and in some of the gun rags in terms of accuracy and quality. Will get to the range next week and test out some different brands of 22 mag ammo and get it sighted in. Its got some heft to it but balances well. If the bunny numbers ever come back it should be excellent for that. Also for packing on my coyote hunts for when I'm walking back to the truck from a call stand and cross paths with a bunny and not wasting scarce 223 ammo on a bunny. Ive been saving for a few years on some big purchases Ive wanted. The Smith 44 mag and Taurus 22 (I love revolvers) in April a new bow and shotgun and I'll hopefully be set at least for a year or two.

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The Dynamic Duo......

Here's the Smith and Taurus.

Oh, and Critter, picked up some Blazer 44 Special 200gr JHP's rounds for some practice in the Smith and should also be a good home protection load with that gaping HP shouldn't have to worry about rounds going thru walls and into the next house with these.

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Ammo, you say that you

Ammo, you say that you actually found some ammo to buy? The last time that I looked for any ammo in any caliber I only found a few odd ball calibers available. It is a good thing that I reload and that I still have a lot of powder, primers, and bullets to do so. I just got done putting together 300 rounds of 45 long colt and still have another 200 rounds to go before I need to purchase some more bullets.

Those .44 Special Blazer rounds should be a nice change of pace from the full house loads for that .44 mag. I know that when I get down to Denver next month I am going to see if I can scrounge up some 240 grain hard cast 44 bullets along with some for my 45 and 357. If not I'll just have to wait until this ammo situation calms down a little.

Now for that .22. That looks like it will be a nice shooter as long as you can find ammo for it. I haven't seen .22 long rifle or .22 mag ammo on a shelf in over 4 months. It is a good thing that I still have a nice stockpile of it for rabbits.

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Surprisingly

Critter, my shop had a few different 44 mag offerrings and even more 44 special boxes. Not tons of stuff but a little bit of a selection. I grabbed the only box of Blazers they had. Due to having a Win mod 9422m lever until a couple years ago (no longer due to a trade..... dumb very dumb) Ive got bout 3 boxes of 22 mag ammo on hand cci's, wins, and federals. It shocked me he had no 22lr but a few bags (from bulk orders they broke up) but they had a good stock of 22 mag ammo. He said the 22 lr is snatched up quick but the mag and 17 rimfires not so much. He said just regular shooting folks like us buying everything they can. No gov. agents spotted. I woulda bought a few extra boxes of 22 mags but funds were running short. No Varget powder for my 22 250 said Vargets been no go for awhile.

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Accuracy test results

Got out and shot some different 22 mag and one type of 22 ammo in the Tracker. The mag was Win 40 gr jhp Fed 40 gr Hp and CCI Maxi mag hp. Testing was done at 25 yds from the bench off a rest. The Fed's were awful giving 4 to 5 inch groups. The CCI's started off kinda bad at about 3 inch groups but started to improve after a bit of shooting. The Win's were the best at about 1 1/2. The attached pic is pretty standard for the Win's at 25. Gave it a good cleaning and ready to try some new brands if i cant get em next time out. One surprising thing was I shot a full 9 round cylinder with the CCI's off the bench double action and it gave me a nice 2 1/2 inch group. The CCI mini mags 22lr were pretty horrid not good at all.

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