Originally Posted by dipNrip
...anyone own one of these and how much they liked it? ...anyone have the #57 perp sight?
Yes to both the above since 2004. Don't know if Jester still hangs out on here but he has the same setup. I'm strictly a hunter and want function over form so not into the period aesthetics of it, tend to do things my own way. When I got it I didn't like the curved steel butt plate so I cut it off and put on a rubber pad. The original buttplate came up over the top of the stock so I inlaid some Australian lacewood there. Required a complete refinish and surprised I found a beautiful stock under the original really dark finish.
Put on the peep sight for the eyes and got the added bonus of a longer sight radius. The only thing I would say was bad with the gun was the trigger pull. It was a little heavy but worse it had huge creep with gritty stops. If you just wanted to jerk the trigger then fine but otherwise it was unbearable. I ground down the sear and polished the engagement. Now no creep and a smooth break at 2 lb, no different than the Jewell trigger on my 700.
The 1:32 is very accurate and yes good for conicals. I tried but didn't like the sabots, they were really hard to load and I don't want to have to think about plastic fouling, they grouped ok but not as good as the easier loading non-fouling powerbelts. Tried a number of full bore conicals, great plains, buffalo, fpb, precision rifle, again they all shot ok but not better than and none loaded as smoothly as the powerbelt.
Normal groups below with powerbelts, about 1”@50yds and about 2½”@100. It's a good 150yd gun and get about 6” groups @150. The 295, 300, 338, and 348 powerbelts all shoot within an inch of each other so for any of them I don't change the sights. With 90gr 777 all are in the 1600-1650fps range. Sights stay set for 2” high at 100, is 3 high at 75 and 3 low at 150. On big game no correction needed from 0 to 150.