I called my brother late Wednesday and said that we finally needed to get together for a range day, so we planned it for Thursday, New Year’s Day. I packed up my XD45, Super Blackhawk in .44 Mag, and my Winchester Model 70 (post ’64 model) in 7mm Rem. Mag, plenty of ammunition for each and headed to Nephi. For those of you not from Utah, and even some that are, it’s pronounced “knee-fi.” It’s about an hour and a half south of me so it was a nice relaxing drive.
Once on the range we decided to mercilessly butcher paper like there was no tomorrow. Shane brought his XD45, Sig P245, Super Blackhawk in .44 Mag, S&W Model 66, and a rifle (I believe a Remington) chambered in 7mm Rem. Mag.
We practiced rapid fire, self defense drills, and even had some failure drills from some ammo that my brother’d loaded. Then out came the Super Blackhawks and a couple of games of roulette. Now, before you get worried let me explain. In our family, playing roulette with a revolver chambered for a magnum cartridge means that you load 4 or 5 chambers with the “special” round for that caliber (.38 Special/ .44 Special) then the remaining chambers with the magnum round (.357 Magnum/ .44 Magnum), spin the cylinder, shut it, and test for recoil anticipation. Those who have fliers or are all over the paper are worried that “this one might be the magnum.” It really is a fun game. You should try it.
Once we were finished with the hand guns we broke out our rifles to try out some new rounds my brother’d loaded to use on coyotes. You’re typical 139 grain 7mm bullet will travel about 3,100 ft/s. These had been chronographed at just over 3,300 ft/s. At 100 yds these Hornady 139 gr interlocks were shooting about 2-3 inches high (the 200 yd range was in use or we’d have been over there). I think they’ll work really well on coyotes.