Going to try some new ammo in that rifle in the next few days, and see what I need to get the sights dialed in. Probably dial it in at 25 yards and work out my clicks for 50 yards.
The 10-22 might shoot as well as the Anschutz but the shooter won't. The Anschutz can be fine-tuned to the shooter much more closely than the Ruger can be--unless, of course, you totally rebuild the Ruger to get the shooter fitting up to par.
Sorry for the slow reply. This forum began to reject my email address for whatever reason, and I had to start a Gmail account and change my email to that to get things working again.Many more detailed pictures would be appreciated, please.
Wow very cool piece!Sorry for the slow reply. This forum began to reject my email address for whatever reason, and I had to start a Gmail account and change my email to that to get things working again.
My Ballard is the Custom Schoyen Model built in early 2001 at Ballard Rifle Co. in Cody, Wy. No longer in business as they sold the company in 2008 and then closed their doors.
It has MVA midrange vernier tang sight, with Hadley eye cup, and a Baldwin globe front with spirit level. It's also set up for a target scope with Unertl bases at 7.2" apart, and I have a 20x Lyman Super targetspot scope I use sometimes.
Barrel is a #4 weight Badger full round, 30" long. Stocks are presentation grade Turkish walnut, with Schoyen buttplate, and Neal Rice Schoyen palm rest. 22 LPI checkered. Ball and spur lever with walnut filler in the loop. Equipped with Ballard double set triggers.
If I do my part the gun will shoot under 3/4" at 100 yds. with good ammo for 10 shot strings.
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Nice story and you have a pretty rifle!I don't have a photo of my Anchutz .22 WMR with set triggers. The photo below is very close to what I have, though. I've had my Anschutz for 55 years. Bought it at age 12 for about $150 from (where else?) The Gun Store in Klamath Falls. My dad was in the store, but as far as I know, he didn't have to give permission (might have winked at the sales guy!).
Accuracy? It took out hundreds of marmots and other varmints in eastern Oregon at measured distances up to 150 yards. Never scoped. My technique was to set up prone and take one or two shots at the top of a marmot mound where I saw them popping up. Adjusted aim as necessary to just skim the top of the mound. Then I waited to shoot until a critter popped up and had most of its body above the top of the mound, because I needed to be able to recover it and take the tail. I often did a deal with ranchers for a nickel a tail, and made five bucks (that's 100 tails) on a good day. With ammo prices being what they were in 1960, I eventually earned enough to buy my first deer rifle (.308 Savage 99).
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I sold the rifle to a friend to pay for books in college, with an agreement that if he ever wanted to sell the rifle, to call me first. About 10-12 years later, he called and I bought it back for the same $150. I see they're going for $600 to $1200+ these days.