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Old 12-23-2019, 05:06   #1
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BULLBERRY BARREL WORKS closing shop

Fred Smith and family are retiring. They are relocating to Texas and closing the shop. Possibility that a long time employee may take over...but time will tell. Too bad as they were a great shop.

I had procrastinated for ages on getting a .44 Magnum carbine barrel for my TC Encore. Luckily I ordered it up about six months ago. Production time was four or so months and I got it a couple months ago. Got it all ready to roll but haven't had a chance to get it to the range.

Vacation this week. Got it to the range yesterday. Sighted in with 10 rounds of Factory Remington 240 SP @ 50 yards. I'm sure it is a one hole capable barrel. Got to work up a hand load for it.

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Old 12-26-2019, 07:12   #2
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I have a feeling it will settle down more after some break in.
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I have a feeling it will settle down more after some break in.
The ammo was 30 year old factory Remington. Bore sighted the Leupold before the trip. First two shots were high right at the top of the string. I then walked the sights down the paper a few clicks at a time. Tenth shot was at the bottom of the string.

I had brought some hand loads but used brass that I had previously shot in a revolver. Bullberry recommends using virgin brass. I plunk tested the loaded rounds in my Wilson case gauge and they went in like butter. Forgot to plunk test the barrel. Went to load one after hanging a new target and they got tight about 3/4 the way into the chamber. Didn't want to force one and get a live round stuck . I have a bag of new brass I got to get busy on.

Ended up having to leave after the ten rounds. At least I got to zero the scope and see that the barrel shoots.

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Glad Fred made it to retirement. He and his shop made good products.
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