Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Suppressed Hunter (and Primary Arms scope)

Seems like I am only apologizing for the neglect of this blog these days.

But no more!  I finally had a few minutes to whip out the camera and take some pics of my suppressed hunting rig.  This started out life as a used NEF Buffalo Classic in the discontinued .45Colt chambering that That Wife  bought me for my birthday about 5 years ago.  The previous owner had goofed up the sights (cut the front dovetail crooked),  and had scratched and dinged it a little.   I was never really happy with it, since the sight height would not work with the peep sight I wanted to put on there, then when I installed a fiber-optic front sight or the right height, I was looking at it crooked.

I got frustrated, and put an old scope I had laying around.  I never shot it much after that.

Then… Texas changed it's hunting laws and allowed suppressors for white-tail deer.  I thought about buying a new can, but the 9 month to a YEAR waiting period that is the new normal put a kibosh on that.  So I started thinking of ways to use my existing .45ACP can to hunt.  I thought about buying a .44Mag lever action, threading it, and using .44Specials… then I thought of threading my .357 Marlin or Rossi Ranch Hand… YHM said the suppressor would work with .357, but would not be really quiet.   Then I thought of a .45Colt lever gun, and it struck me- use the NEF!

I had my new 'smith thread it, mounted up the can, and sighted it in.  I had all sorts of fun shooting it till the first day of hunting season, and the ancient Wetherby scope took a dump.  Just up and died on me- started hitting a foot low, and would not adjust.

So, for Christmas, I got a new Primary Arms 1-4x24 illuminated dot rifle scope that immediately went on top.  It works real well on this rig and matches up well for being an anachronism.

I have not been able to take a deer or hog with it yet, just because by the time I got the rig ready to go, hunting season was pretty much over.  But I am ready for next year!

If you can find the non-sequitor in the photos, leave a comment!
No, it's not the two types of ammo
You can see the suppressor when the scope is at 1x power

The Primary Arms scope exceeded all of my expectations for a $120 scope.  Bright, crisp, clear, and sighted it very quick and easy.  The illuminated dot is perfect for close range hunting.  I am actually happier with this scope than I am the Burris Timberline on my CZ-527 Carbine.  It loses in a low-light comparison with my Leupolds, but that is the only ding I have against the scope.


  1. You're back!! With a great post, too!

    1. Thanks! I am going to try to get something up at least once a week.

  2. This rifle looks to be a lot of fun! Be vewy vewy quiet, I'm hunting white tail.

    1. It is pretty fun. I'm hoping to get a hog or two in the off season

  3. I don't know where to start with this one. We'll just start with welcome back.

    Now, that's a good looking set up you got there. Frankly, I am jealous of the can. I had just convinced myself that I didn't need one, that they weren't worth the hassle, and then you go and show me this. Shame on you.

    Second (or third), I would never have thought of putting a can on an NEF single shot. That's brilliant. Corollary: I had no idea NEF made single shots in .45Colt. A friend had a 12 gauge NEF years ago that was brutal to shoot. Never new they made anything else. Must read up on that.

    I like the scope. I may have to investigate that one for my .22.

    Your whole picture is a non-sequiter in my book, but I will guess that the skin and the skull do not come from the same species.

    1. Bingo. The skins are Texas Whitetail, and the skull is an Axis deer

  4. Killer it is. And the scope over it, lethal.

  5. You've a havoc rifle with the best rifle scope for good hunting. Thanks for sharing such a informative post.