Well, I bought that new Special Addition Traditional Tribute in Waco yesterday. And, I want to thank all you folks who contributed input to my previous post. Anyway, when I went and looked at it yesterday, I went over it as well as I could, and was satifisfied with what I saw and felt. Brought it home. Yesterday evening, after cleaning the bore, I took it out to my berm and, offhand with the open sights, fired 30 rounds through it, shooting offhand at old tennis balls (that my German Shepherd wears out) at 25 yards. Was impressed (considering my trifocals) how well I could send the balls bouncing. Function was perfect, as far as I could tell. Last night, mounted the Leupold 4X off of my (sold) Ranch Rifle. Of course, it's way, way large on the rifle, but all I had. Took it out early this morning (it's way too hot to go out in the middle of the day around here right now) to check out ammo preferences. The little gun will shoot. I tried Winchester SuperX JHP (a first choice, since it's what my 10/22M prefers), CCI MaxiMag, and Federal Supreme, which is a 30 grain JHP. The gun prefers the 40's. At thirty-five yards, the MaxiMag would produce one large, ragged hole. The Winchester would produce three connected holes. The Federal produced three holes not quite touching, and at a different location (low) on the target. The wind was coming up, so I quickly moved back to fifty yards, and produced 3/4 inch groups, edge to edge, with both the MaxiMag, and the Winchester, and printing the same spot on target. All of this shooting over sand bags on the hood of my ('72 Chevy) pickup. Zeroed at that range, and quit for the day.
Later in the day, disassembled the rifle, and went over it with a fine-tooth comb. ALL I found out of order was the screw in the front magazine band not tightened, and the pin that serves the dual function of holding the magazine inner tube cap on and fitting into the slot in the outer magazine tube, had not been properly pressed into place. Sure, they should have been, but not very much to find, after a thorough examination.
I think this gun's a keeper. Maybe not as good as the old ones, but sure a lot better than other modern ones I've been into.
I'm going to keep the scope on this one until my 10/22 Mag comes back from Ruger, as I need it for my night hunting. But after that, I'm going to try a peep sight (http://www.oneraggedhole.com/index.htm
), and no scope on this gun. It's just too sweet without being all cluttered up.
Of course, the trigger needs work, and I would appreciate hearing from any of you folks who have experience with trigger work on this gun. I've worked on a lot of gun's triggers, but not one of these. From what I could see today, without taking it any further down, it looks pretty straightforward.
Anyway, I like it a lot. And, as they say, here we go again!