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#7247304 - 08/06/18 05:13 PM Agh! My new rifle...
Deerhunter61 Offline
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Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 7742
Loc: DFW
Guys,

I went to the range to continue working on my load this past Sat morning. I was adjusting the turrets on my rifle when things went bad. The bench they have to sit on is rectangular with the legs angling out at about 15 degrees. I stood up to move around the bench and hooked my foot on the leg and thatís when things went into the crapper! As I stumbled back I touch the rifle knocking it off the rear bag and at this point it hit the concrete bench and the butt fell and hit the ground. By then Iíd recovered and grabbed the barrel but the damage was done. The bench at the club is concrete and now my rifle and scope is scratched up with the rifle suffering the most damage. I went ahead and fired fifteen rounds down range and it seems to be ok. The scope was off but was easily adjusted. Any recommendations on what I can do about the scratches? The barrel has twisted fluting which really is where the scratches are the worst. Any recommendations is appreciated.

Mel

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#7247309 - 08/06/18 05:17 PM Re: Agh! My new rifle... [Re: Deerhunter61]
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Ouch...the first whiskey dent is always the hardest to swallow.
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#7247310 - 08/06/18 05:17 PM Re: Agh! My new rifle... [Re: Deerhunter61]
patriot07 Offline
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Registered: 11/06/11
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Loc: Royse City, TX
No suggestions, but that stinks. I baby my stuff and this would bug the heck out of me. Hope someone comes along with some useful input.

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#7247313 - 08/06/18 05:21 PM Re: Agh! My new rifle... [Re: Deerhunter61]
FiremanJG Offline
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Registered: 12/16/08
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Battle scar.

Load more ammo, shoot it some more.

You should see the $2700 scope I've had for only 16 months. Scars all over it. Oh well, it's a tool, and it keeps working.
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#7247392 - 08/06/18 06:14 PM Re: Agh! My new rifle... [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Battle scar.

Load more ammo, shoot it some more.

You should see the $2700 scope I've had for only 16 months. Scars all over it. Oh well, it's a tool, and it keeps working.


I appreciate this outlook sir! up I hate concrete benches though. I'll drape a towel when I use one. Sensitive skin and all nuts

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#7247429 - 08/06/18 06:34 PM Re: Agh! My new rifle... [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Battle scar.

Load more ammo, shoot it some more.

You should see the $2700 scope I've had for only 16 months. Scars all over it. Oh well, it's a tool, and it keeps working.


Amen.

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#7247527 - 08/06/18 07:48 PM Re: Agh! My new rifle... [Re: Deerhunter61]
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stuff happens. I wouldnt worry about it as long as everything is shooting straight. I know it is probably your baby but consider yourself lucky if it still shoots great and think battle wound
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#7247550 - 08/06/18 08:08 PM Re: Agh! My new rifle... [Re: FiremanJG]
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Registered: 06/27/18
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Battle scar.

Load more ammo, shoot it some more.

You should see the $2700 scope I've had for only 16 months. Scars all over it. Oh well, it's a tool, and it keeps working.



Iím with FiremanJG
Iíve got over 8k in my 300WM that was custom built and I treat it as a tool. Why have something all shiny and pretty and scared to use it?
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#7247567 - 08/06/18 08:23 PM Re: Agh! My new rifle... [Re: J.D.A]
FiremanJG Offline
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Registered: 12/16/08
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Loc: Wolfe City, TX
Originally Posted By: J.D.A
Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Battle scar.

Load more ammo, shoot it some more.

You should see the $2700 scope I've had for only 16 months. Scars all over it. Oh well, it's a tool, and it keeps working.



Iím with FiremanJG
Iíve got over 8k in my 300WM that was custom built and I treat it as a tool. Why have something all shiny and pretty and scared to use it?


Was on a big ranch in September. Brought two rifles to the zero line. The guide/ ranch cowboy said "I see rifles with scratches and dings on the scope, plus a stock pack that looks like it has some sweat on it, I bet that guy ain't gonna miss".
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#7247586 - 08/06/18 08:35 PM Re: Agh! My new rifle... [Re: Deerhunter61]
Grizz Offline
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Registered: 02/28/08
Posts: 7405
Loc: Granbury, TX
Assuming the scope is aluminum, Birchwood Casey makes some stuff called Aluminum Black that works great for touching up aluminum stuff. A little cold bluing on the gun and you're back in business. That really does suck and I hope you can cover some of the damage.
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#7248100 - 08/07/18 10:53 AM Re: Agh! My new rifle... [Re: Deerhunter61]
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Sounds like an excuse to cerakote the whole setup.
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#7248170 - 08/07/18 11:46 AM Re: Agh! My new rifle... [Re: Deerhunter61]
603Country Offline
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Registered: 07/03/12
Posts: 6393
Loc: Central Texas
Years ago I managed to gouge a big hole in a wooden rifle stock that was right where I saw it every time I picked up the rifle. Finally I sold it and used that excuse for buying a new and nicer deer rifle.

As for Fireman being recognized by the ranch guide as a Ďshooterí, back when I was a ranch host/guide I looked for the guests with the worn rifles. I took them in my Jeep. I figured Iíd do a lot less tracking if I loaded the Jeep with good shots. A fellow can pretty much look over a hunter and know right off if heís for real or a dime store cowboy. Worn stained boots, worn rifle, binocs that have seen the miles and the dust, and worn jeans. And then thereís the smudged sweat-ringed hat. Thatís a Ďtellí for sure.

And when I was guiding for quail, I looked for the same signs of competence. I bet Oxner would have been on my Jeep for sure.

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#7248177 - 08/07/18 11:49 AM Re: Agh! My new rifle... [Re: Deerhunter61]
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Yeah, I don't mind cars getting scratched and don't mind guns getting scratched either. If it performs the job I want it to, that's what I am after.

Maybe see if a gunsmith could work some magic on the scratches, but other than that, I got nothing. Sorry. Hate that it happened tho

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#7248565 - 08/07/18 05:35 PM Re: Agh! My new rifle... [Re: Texan Til I Die]
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Originally Posted By: Texan Til I Die
Sounds like an excuse to cerakote the whole setup.


^^^This

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#7248821 - 08/07/18 10:21 PM Re: Agh! My new rifle... [Re: Deerhunter61]
Gangly Offline
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Registered: 10/14/13
Posts: 373
Originally Posted By: Deerhunter61
Guys,

I went to the range to continue working on my load this past Sat morning. I was adjusting the turrets on my rifle when things went bad. The bench they have to sit on is rectangular with the legs angling out at about 15 degrees. I stood up to move around the bench and hooked my foot on the leg and thatís when things went into the crapper! As I stumbled back I touch the rifle knocking it off the rear bag and at this point it hit the concrete bench and the butt fell and hit the ground. By then Iíd recovered and grabbed the barrel but the damage was done. The bench at the club is concrete and now my rifle and scope is scratched up with the rifle suffering the most damage. I went ahead and fired fifteen rounds down range and it seems to be ok. The scope was off but was easily adjusted. Any recommendations on what I can do about the scratches? The barrel has twisted fluting which really is where the scratches are the worst. Any recommendations is appreciated.

Mel


Its a tool, scratches are superficial and have no bearing on its function. The best part about scratches is that once you have a good, nasty, deep one that is really noticeable, it becomes a lot easier to use the rifle as it was intended from then on out....as a tool smile
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