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After this one ... see two
I had the Justice 87 caliber smoothbore
out for the first time. I didn't have alot of time ... needed
to burn some more shop hours that afternoon and evening. However;
I got some fine data.
What you will see here are pics of
a straight thru quick session. These are not cherry picked groups.
These are the ONLY groups shot.
I got everything laid out. Got the
targets posted. Sat there a moment to make sure I'd thought of
everything. Breathed the usual prayer for a safe and enjoyable
range session. Picked up the Justice and topped it off to 3,000
I'd sized the 905 grain slugs. During
sizing, I'd graded them loosely. I choose a #2 slug to just see
if I was on target @ 30 yards. The scope was my scope of choice
... a Simmons 4X Turkey Federation shotgun scope from Wally World.
Snuggled in, sighted .... Bang! A 7/8" perfectly
round hole had appeared in the plywood 30 yards away. High and
left. I cranked the scope right. Shot #2 ... BANG. A slight over-compensation.
I clicked it back alittle. Shot #3 ... Bang. All three were on
the same horizontal plane. The #2 slugs and the scope were dancing
well together. I was about 7" high @ 30 yards. I decided
to leave it that way ... knowing it would drop some @50 yards.
I strolled out. Examined the holes.
They looked like they'd been cut with a wood drill. That'll do!
I placed a spot on the plywood 7" under the center of the
bull @ 6 o'clock. Noticed again it was a beautiful day.
Back at the bench, I shot three slugs,
using the spot as a point of aim.
Here's the first, one, and only group
shot @ 30 yards.
Note the aim spot. I could have clicked
over alittle more ... I was more interested in seeing if the slugs
tracked straight and grouped.
Next ... I got ready for the shot shell
test. Folks had asked me to shoot at a 30 " circle. I estimated
this would be about right. Set out at about 25 yards.
There are the shells. Index card wrapped.
The base wad is a Nickel. No ... not five cents ... a real Nickel.
(I could buy some prepared alloy slugs that would not scratch
the barrel ... for about 20 cents apiece if you'd rather ... haha).
Or, I could just reach into my pocket and pull out the alloy slug
I needed ... for five cents each. ;?)
Let's load one of these puppies.
I put 21 #2 (.270") buckshot in
each for this test.
And there's the pattern @ 25 yards.
Let me circle those for you ...
There's all 21 of them. All in a 12-13"
circular group with a nice 8" round concentration in the
center. You see that one at 2 o'clock on the edge? Come in a couple
of inches and you see a hole with a #2 by it. That's a close double.
Took me awhile to find the 21st hole.
And there's where the nickel hit! About
10 o'clock outside the circle.
Oh ... you wonder if they hit hard
Yes ... they did. ;?) Here's the back
of the OSB plywood. (Just ruined I fear! ;?)
... found the fodder laying about 10
yards from the bench.
Note where the ball made spots on the
cartridge riding down the bore. It worked.
Well ... let's move out some with slugs.
I don't have alot more time to test today ...
Set up a section of plywood against
a fence stake I knew to be about 52 yards. I knew I'd be on target.
Remember, holding "ON" @ 30 yards had placed me 7"
high @ 30 yards. So ... we'll see what the drop difference is
from 30 to 52 yards.
That's five slugs @ 52 yards. And,
believe it or not ... I felt the wide one go. That embarrassing
flier was my fault ... haha ;?)
Note we're STILL 5 1/2" high.
BUT ... BUT ... it should drop like a BRICK!!! haha. So ... that's
1 1/2" difference between 30 and 52 yards. AND ... think
about it ... if I set two slugs side by side on a ruler ... they
cover 1 3/4" totally!!! I think we have that difference pretty
well covered. ;?)
You recall I told you I'd designed
this as a 50 yard gun. A "Brush Gun". However ... I
knew when I showed you that 52 yard cluster ... you'd immediately
demand that I stretch out some ...
So ... heck ... I figured I'd humor
you (in advance) and DOUBLE the projection. Now ... as with most
things in reality ... you DOUBLE something and you Quadruple your
difficulty factor. But ... here goes.
That's Tom ... my buddy I told you
about with the heart surgery. He's feeling well enough to hike
over to see where the 905 grain slugs went.
There they are. Now ... remember ...
these groups are THE first, THE one and ONLY groups fired. That's
about 3 1/2 - 4" @ 100 yards.
And how's that for a slug cut from
a smooth bore @ 100 yards? No "Tumbling" here.
We got a screw driver and dug those
bad boys out of there. It was a job. That's 15 layers of plywood
on a log and dirt berm. So - that's a SOLID wall to hit. The slugs
piled up on themselves and expanded to about 1 1/8". That'd
leave a nasty mark 'fer sur!!!
What we've got here is a raving
success in every possible way.
Appears the old man ain't as dumb
as he looks (and that's "a good thing too" ... ;?)
I want one too. That stock felt
great. You betcha ... it kicks when that slug leaves. I put a
fine ventilated butt pad on it. My old shoulders are achy all
the time anyway. So ... I stuck a small bench bag between my shoulder
and the butt pad. Worked for me. That stock cut out is wonderful
for holding, handling, and shooting. Ambidextrous design ... by
Golly ... he thinks of everything.
So ... there ya go. If you don't
see something in the catalog ya like by now ... then you aren't
trying. haha ;?)
E-mail comments follow:
You are getting as good or better accuracy
pushing 900 grains through a smooth bore than I can get with my
30-06. (Granted it's the low tech Rem 710, but it gets the job
done come deer season). Amazing.
I am amazed the slug went that far
and with that much force to be able to penetrate plywood at 100
yards. That would make a great Hog gun, for walking through thick
You might as well be painting those blue circles on my chest it
would definitely be quicker. Outstanding range session with the
"Justice" , that big slug really leaves a hole doesn't
it. Really though I love bigbores and I thought a .32 caliber
would be a good compromise for me, but now I'm not sure, I'm back
on the product page looking at , yes I know, BIGBORES The Yukon
in .45 caliber has always held my eye but like a adulterous husband
I turned to another. I know I am a problem child and behaving
like a woman over her living room furniture, maybe I'll settle
down but, is it tooooo late to contemplate.
You do know that you are to blame for this totally out of character
indecisive behavior that I am currently exhibiting don't you.
Just checked your post on the patterns
and monster slug holes. I LOVE IT!!!!Great job, and well done.
I knew it would be accurate, but this is a true wonder of skill
and engineering.;) I need to get ***** to let me deer hunt this
Fall on his property. If I can shoot the deer, I'll give him the
I just had my first full view of what
the Justice was capable of it was like viewing the fourth of july
Fireworks in October. I made the same sounds OOOOhhh, Ahhh, Whooa.
Imagining what I could do with it; the different shot I could
load into it. Looks like the hunters best budy or Swiss Army knife
of Big Bore Air Gun Hunting for the different shot you can load
into it and plus the plans you have for different calibers..
Wake me up when UPS delivers Justice.
Concrats on the Justice. Your instincts are right on. I'm glad
works of art and don't "think" about convention in form
or function. How
could anyone possibly "think" that a 87 caliber smooth
bore would do
anything but somersault a slug down range. Its a shame you have
the tremendous amount of thought in your process to keep your
line yours. I
hope the new models keep it as fresh for you as it does for ***and
Of course, I could be mistaken and you really
have an alley full of failed
See you with all the shooters,
prototypes . If you do, why not use these to clear the ledger
of all the
guns that are just going to take up space in a vault and leave
working models for the shooters;)
Justice performance looks great. My two online calculators must
be way off. Their projections didn't even come close. Even bumping
up the speed didn't help. Do you use calculators or just go by
your extensive experience. Were the slugs close to what you projected.
for the drop. Thanks