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!
|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.