About a month ago I found that my pistol had become almost saturated with some kind of epoxy like substance, the magazine was filled with it, coating
the rounds and even the round in the chamber had become basically glued in place. I had to use a stainless steel wire wheel on a Dremel to get this
hardened epoxy off of it (the wheel is very thin wire, ~32-38g wire, so it's more a buffing wheel). Got the gun in better shape than when I got it
after a few hours of cleaning.
Now I needed my 22lr and was taking aim at something the size of a small turkey vulture. I've put 10k rounds through this gun, it's like an extension
of my body, I know the scope/range perfectly and have hit a running groundhog at 75 yards, so I'm very comfortable with it. This time the vermin was
about 60ft from me and I missed by about 5-6" high, hitting the dirt behind it. Thought it was a bad round, shot again, same thing.
I lowered the gun, pointing it at the ground and the scope slid about 3" forward (to the rail stops). This scope has been in place and not moved in
over 20+ years. When I got it dialed in I used a small drop of lock-tite on the 2 mounting screws to make sure they wouldn't rattle loose, back out
or anything. Never a problem. Now I can turn the screws by hand and they were torqued down to 50 inch lbs when applying the thread glue - no way it
was going anywhere unless I used a massive screwdriver or ratchet to loosen them.
So now within the space to 1 month I've found both of my guns having been messed with, and I live alone, and NO ONE borrows these, ever.
I've heard of scopes coming loose (sliding) with high powered guns like 308's, 30-06, 25-06, 284's, 7mm mag and the like, but that is b/c of the
massive recoil. My gun has a heavy barrel and solid walnut stock,so it ain't a light gun, so there's no way recoil from a from a less than 200 joule
round is going to loosen these screws let alone slide the scope back with the screws tightened down.
The thing is I have what is basically a military 30-06 that seems to be fine, no tampering, but it is also hidden in a corner behind a guitar case -
impossible to see/find w/o really looking. I would think if any gun had problems with scope slide, it would be that, though I don't shoot it as
Well another lesson learned to not depend on a gun being zero'd in as the last time you fired it. I went from putting 5/10 rounds in the same hole at
25 meters (bench position) to not being able to hit the paper, from one session to the next.
I gotta find these liberal gremlins that are dead set against me practicing my 2nd amendment rights. It's kind of scary b/c had I really needed this
gun to do something like shoot a rabid dog (or just viscous) attacking my family or something. It's more dangerous having the scope messed with than
having it be a tack driver like it was, I'd have had no qualms about where I'd hit from 50 yards or less until this happened.
Oh, and I don't keep guns in a safe that I use for home defense or to dispatch varmint, anyone familiar with guns and knows you never know when you
need them, knows how bad an idea that is. Keep them in a nice zip case in the back of a closet, drawer, etc - and I live alone, so that mitigates
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