New Gun and Mistakes

Let's start with the latest mistake. My mistake. Hey, it's live radio, with no "do-overs."

Jim called the show last Sunday asking about a new scope reticle we had talked about on a previous show. He thought it would be just the thing for his coyote hunting in Oklahoma. It's a lighted ring that changes size as the magnification changes and then becomes a crosshair. Great concept. Except that I blew it!

I told Jim I thought that was part of the Sig Optics lineup. Sig got into optics a few years ago and has been doing some interesting things. 

The next day, though, I get a text from Ryan (my son and the head of Gun Talk Media) saying that wasn't Sig. It's Crimson Trace.

ARGH! He's right. Crimson Trace has now broken out of its role as the leader in firearms lasers and has a full line of riflescopes, tactical lights, electronic optics, and more. You can see the full lineup at www.crimsontrace.com. 

Oh, I called Jim in Oklahoma, this week, and told him of my mistake. 

Apologies to Jim, Crimson Trace, and the listeners. 

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My New (and Unexpected) Deer Rifle

I've been talking about getting a new rifle for my fall deer hunt in Idaho. Not that I need a new rifle, of course, but we are fortunate that "need" isn't the criteria, right? So, I looked at various rifle brands and models. I shoot from the left shoulder, which restricts the choices a bit. I wanted something that shoots flat. I also -- just from a personal preference and esthetics standpoint -- didn't want a detachable magazine. 

I had pretty much decided on a left-handed bolt-action in 6.5 Creedmoor. And then ...

On the Lipsey's website (www.lipseys.com) I started looking at Ruger No. 1 rifles. Yes. Single shots. I own two No. tomgun1s.  One is in 7x57 Mauser and the other is a .257 Roberts. Lipseys is the exclusive distributor of No. 1 rifles, and they have come up with some really interesting options in the way of calibers.

Well, next week I pick up my new No. 1. It's chambered in .257 Weatherby! No, I wasn't looking for that caliber. Yes, it's hugely overbore. No, the barrel won't last as long as a 6.5 Creedmoor. Yes, it really will get more than 4000fps out of that 28-inch barrel with the Barnes 80-gr TTSX bullet. And 3600fps from a 100 or 110-grain bullet. 

So, why did I go with that caliber? Because I'm easy. When gorgeous walnut shows up, I just stop in my tracks, and this one has a stock that's like the great ones which used to be routine on this great rifle design. 

I chose it for the wood. The Weatherby caliber just came along for the ride. But, it's a heck of a caliber. 

I'll include a couple of photos here, but I'll have more after I pick up my new deer gun next week.

It's going to take a little time to get to know this new caliber. I have three-quarter bores in the Roberts variety, but this is my first in what many say was Roy's favorite. ~ Tom

Tom Gresham
Author, outdoorsman, gun rights activist, and firearms enthusiast for more than five decades, Tom Gresham hosts Tom Gresham's Gun Talk, the first nationally-syndicated radio show about guns and the shooting sports, and is also the producer and co-host of the Guns & Gear, GunVenture and First Person Defender television series.