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