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    the path to madness within us all

    I'm sure many of you will be familiar with the following:

    Over several years, I painstakingly amassed what to me was the perfect battery.

    Each new acquisition required hours of obsessing and research, weeks of fiddling and changing, frequent swaps and new purchases, as first scopes, then mounts, then whole rifles were tuned, adjusted, upgraded, adjusted again, and again.

    I went through 2 rifles in each of three calibres (.222, .243 and .308), with at least two scopes on each. I went through countless combinations within these and tested dizzying arrays of ammunition. Each new change required multiple trips to range and field, with endless agonising and tinkering in between.

    Two weeks ago, I got to that unthinkable place: I had 4 rifles that all shot beautifully, that had loads that worked perfectly for their chosen job, that had scopes well suited to both looks and function of each rifle.

    There really was nothing left to do. I could leave them as they were - never adjust a thing - and they would all kill deer until the day I die.

    I breathed a sigh of relief and thougt 'well, that's it! I'm done. No more faffing, no more wasted time, no more expense. I can just go stalking'.

    It lasted all of 10 days. Three days ago, I began to worry. The scope on the .270 wasn't quite right - it was meant to be a long range, open hill specialist, but it only wore a 6x42. And the .243 never gets used at longer range than 150 metres, but has a 4-12x50. But I can't just swap them, because one is an 1" tube and one's a 30mm tube. And I really like the .243 set up. And what about the .222? I really don't use it much - hardly at all. Do I really need it? Perhaps I could sell it and use the money to pay for a new scope for the .270? But I might regret that one day, and it is a nice rifle. Maybe I could just switch the 8x56 from the .222 onto the .270. Oh - but that won't fit because of the ild iron sights on the .270. Maybe I can get those removed? But that would spoil the look of the rifle, and maybe I might just one day use the irons. Well, at least leave myself the option...

    And on and on.

    Why are we incapable of leaving well enough alone!!

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    Thank God , I thought it was just me . I can never leave well enough alone .

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    Good God! An open hill rifle, a .270 in fact, and it wears "only" a 6x42! There's many that would say that is more than adequate for any open hill stalking in that calibre. In fact there's some that still might say that 4x36 is all you need. My own rifles have 3x9-36 Zeiss Diavari 'scopes. Or are you stalking weasels at a thousand yards?

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    Mungo youll be looking for a meopta artemis at this rate..........
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    "An idle mind is the devils playground."

    Sharkey
    "Men Who Stare at Deer."

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    its a medical condition called Boystoys Itis,there is no cure.symptoms involve a large collection of scope,s knifes ,shooting sticks ,rucksacks/backpacks and waist packs.also reloading equipment and its sub division dies/presses and tumbler,s.the subject usually has an aversion to believing all is well with their equipment and the only cure is to buy more.Sorry Mungo your a hopeless case and my advice to you is a new scope ,rifle ,bipod and reloading set asap.Failure to do this will lead to a loss of self belief and sleepless nights.
    she buys shoes i buy ,shooting,she stops buying shoes,il be amazed

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    I thought you were going to say something was missing and now realise it is a 22 Hornet.

    K
    The enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enfieldspares View Post
    Good God! An open hill rifle, a .270 in fact, and it wears "only" a 6x42! There's many that would say that is more than adequate for any open hill stalking in that calibre. In fact there's some that still might say that 4x36 is all you need. My own rifles have 3x9-36 Zeiss Diavari 'scopes. Or are you stalking weasels at a thousand yards?
    Oh - I know very well (in the rational part of my brain that occasionally gains control) that it's more than adequate. In fact, my rational brain, my wife and my FEO all know that, really, I only need one of the 4 rifles and the .22LR. But where would the fun be in that??

    And anyway - if I were to get a variable on the .270, then I'd really have to get a variable on the .308 (which also wears a 6X42). But then they'd basically be doing the same thing, so really I should sell one of them - but which one? One's an ancient war horse, which I got to use in filthy conditions and to use as a loaner, the other is a beautiful and elegant, practically new work of art (so really, they're TOTALLY different, and I need both...).

    Madness, I tell you. Madness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klenchblaize View Post
    I thought you were going to say something was missing and now realise it is a 22 Hornet.
    Nope. On that I have no doubt - of all the .22 centrefires, there is only one King, and that is the .222. No question. End of discussion. You're wrong, I'm right and I will spit venom and bile at you for being (a) ill informed; (b) unconerned about animal welfare; (c) of dubious parentage; (d) willfully perverse; (e) almost certainly a headshooting with Amax at 300 yards deviant who secretly wants a Blaser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mungo View Post
    Nope. On that I have no doubt - of all the .22 centrefires, there is only one King, and that is the .222. No question. End of discussion. You're wrong, I'm right and I will spit venom and bile at you for being (a) ill informed; (b) unconerned about animal welfare; (c) of dubious parentage; (d) willfully perverse; (e) almost certainly a headshooting with Amax at 300 yards deviant who secretly wants a Blaser.
    Perhaps then you need scope rings & mounts of less dubious parentage atop the 222??

    K
    The enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.

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