The stars at night are big and bright...

The stars at night are big and bright...
The stars at night are big and bright...

Thursday, January 29, 2015

My New Plinker

Thought Combat Kev and The Don would enjoy this. My new Mossberg 715P. I'm pretty sure the P doesn't stand for Plinker, but I'm going to say that it does. I should have spent the extra $$$ and bought a Ruger Charger. It's basicly the same weapon but has the proven 10/22 magazine design.

If you can't tell from the pic, this weapon is constructed of more plastic than steel. But it does have some handy dandy tactical features like rails and AR sights. Part 22 (the actual gun part) can also be broken down in half by removing 2 pins.

I've already added a laser and a flashlight I had laying around.

The magazine is about 1/4 of the size it appears to be underneath it's plasticine shell and has the unfortunate feature of an open design to see the ammo. That also means that dirt, mud and pretty much anything that wants to can get in there and jam your weapon.  See: WW 1: French Chauchat.

I bought this on a whim because I picked up a 500 round brick of .22 ammo on sale at Cabela's. I don't shoot my old Remington Nylon 66 much anymore, mainly because it jams so bad. The gun was severely neglected bouncing around behind the seat of a pickup for years before I got it. I thought the cheap upgrade was warranted.

After I broke it down completely and cleaned it, I took my new toy (seriously, it looks and feels like a toy) out to sight it in. I decided to use up the ammo I had on hand before breaking into my new stash. Shot. Jam. Shot. Jam. Shot. Jam. Shot. Jam. WTF??? I take a close look and my ammo is getting chewed up on the projectile end before going in the chamber. I take an even closer look and my ammo doesn't really fit the magazine.

Stop reading now if you know the answer.

I look at the brand new box of ammo I just broke the seal on that I bought when Cabela's had their Grand Opening (told you I didn't use much). It's .22 LONG not .22 Long Rifle. Insert facepalm gif.

Load up with new .22LR ammo and plink, plink, plink! Guess what happens when I replace the .22L ammo in my Nylon 66?

You can paint over ugly, but stupid to to the bone.


The Donald said...

Wow - I'm surprised they were selling .22 long by the brick, and at promo prices. That's kind of a niche product.

I don't own a 'black rifle, but I noticed that they had a Mossberg AR variant for cheap at Academy over the Black Friday weekend, for something less than $600, but it lacked a forward assist. Didn't buy one, but have since noted they've had specials on Ruger and S&W AR-15 type platforms for not much more money.

Do kinda regret not picking up a tan grip Taurus Millenium G2 on the BF weekend, for the foolishly low price of $259 (reg. $359). My last 9mm was about 20 yrs ago, and while .357 Mag and .45 ACP (the one featured in my post, as well as one like I believe you've said you own) are my go-to calibers, they are not particularly suited for CC, should the need arise.

At last weekend's range outing, we found several 7.65x25 Tokarev casings - would love to have seen if someone was shooting a CZ-52, and possibly tried it out.

Back to the .22s. Hard to beat the 10/22 platform. Oldest son got one recently (the one in the post), I've had one for ages. The Marlin 60 is also fairly ubiquitous, though I've never owned one. Don't have any experience with the Rem 597.

That Mossberg looks like it would be fun for dispatching cans and plastic bottles.

el chupacabra said...

Whoa, that is coooool. I hadn't seen that gun before.
I have always been tempted to buy one of the .22LR full size carbines but have been reluctant as I have heard they're prone to jam.
As I recall the theory is the small charge may not have the power to reliably throw the bolt through the cycle after even a small amount of carbon gets up in there.

Denney Crane said...

Nice toy! Great ammo story...