UPS surprised me today and added more stress on my
shoulders by bringing her in today. 8 days from my hunt and she arrives
in all her glory! I seriously have NEVER been this excited over a gun. I
compared it to dating a girl for a while and then.... Well I can't say
the rest but this is one friggin amazing muzzleloader that has complete
style to it and feels like a perfect fit. I test fitted a 4x scope on it
just to see and that sucker with the medium mounts that came with it,
was perfect view of my eye, i didnt have to move my head side to side to
get things lined up, It was perfect.
The oil that was protecting
the bore and other metal almost had that diesel fuel smell.... Odd,
yes... But it cleaned out extremely easily with Gun Scrubber and then
followed up by Bore Scrubber and a Bore Brush. I also cleaned the breech
plug threads out and made sure to flood that area with the Gun Scrubber
to make sure that any kind of machining flakes were left over in there,
they got flushed out.
Once that was done I installed a new
Western Powders Blackhorn209 breech plug, snugged it up TIGHT to mate
the face of the plug to the chamber inside the barrel. Next i removed
the firing pin bushing, cleaned it out, relubed and then added a .005"
shim to the bushing to adjust the "head space" to keep a snug fit
against the primer to prevent blow by. This MR had excellent head space
to begin with so only a thin shim was needed to make it perfect.
I stripped the forearm, barrel, rear stock and again used Gun Scrubber
and sprayed down the frame exterior and internals. A good thing to
because most people think all you need to do is wipe down the gun, clean
the bore and its good to go. No way! Some don't realize that some
machine shavings may still be left behind after assembly. I found some
shaving mainly in the rear stock mount hole on the frame. It still
leaves into the trigger assembly which can really mess something up or
worse, make it feel gritty. CLEAN IT! No matter what Brand of
Muzzleloader it is.
I measured the trigger right out of the box
and it broke clean and crisp at 27oz and then 25oz. After cleaning out
the guts with the Gun Scrubber and re-oiling with Gun Oil " PTFE
Lubricant" She broke 3 times in a row at 27oz. Another beautiful
The biggest thing is the color combo for some. Its a
very very light Tan, depending on the lighting i guess. The Weather
Guard they used is nothing like Ceracoat which is very rough and dirty
feeling. This WG is very smooth and slick and doesn't give off a glare,
even during my picture taking in which i used a flash.
with the talk, I will be writing a review on this gun later on during
hunting season while we hunt with it. Heres the pics guys.
a big fan of the ramrod palm saver BUT if you load sabots, its very
handy. Its just not needed with my Thors so I will leave it off.
it and have a cleaning jag as well as a built in bullet loader. It fits
Thors and Powerbelts perfectly, I will have to try the sabots I have on
hand and get a list going on what it will work with.
Recessed area is the bullet loader.
also have improved the Ramrod Guide Thimbles that have plastic inserts
to keep the rod quiet while stalking or while pulling/replacing it back
under the barrel. They hold the ramrod A LOT tighter than the V2,
Optima, Wolf, Apex. Hopefully they update the other guns with this as well
Quake sling also has been updated with Steel parts rather than the
plastic the originals came with. Love the slings but the old ones had
cheap plastic parts that were hard to screw in and unscrew. This is a
huge welcoming improvement IMO.
Nice contour of the upper frame
recoil pad I am not sure about yet. IMO it seems a lot harder than the
original crushzone recoil pad. Im not sure if that will be a good thing
on a 6lb rifle but I wont judge it yet until I shoot it.
Beautiful camo pattern to! Its by far my most favorite.
Adjustable Trigger warning:
I can't even say how excited I am over this rifle, I actually was shaking when I was going through it and cleaning it.