My New 450 Dakota

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  1. TOBY458

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    Sometimes you've got to break away from the chains! :)))
     
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    Tim...that rifle is freaking stunning! Thanks again for the brass...should have mine up and running in a few weeks.
     
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  3. tarbe

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    Had her out to the range today.

    Offhand shooting only. Experimenting with LOP, cheek pad, and weighting to balance.

    Put a total of 27 rounds through the 450 (and a couple dozen through the small bores...30-40 Krag and 32 Special).

    Of the 27 rounds of 450 Dakota, 18 were in 6 x three-shot "incoming Buffalo" drills.

    I load three, start at port arms with the safety on. Bring the rifle up and fire within 2 seconds, then fire two as fast as I can...literally as if the target is coming to stomp me.

    Of course, I know the target isn't going to stomp me, but when in the "right" frame of mind, I can really make myself think something is about to happen!

    This is a short-range affair...25 yards...to approximate the range I told John Sharp I hope to get within!

    Shooting a big rifle fast was completely foreign to me just 18 months ago. More practice to come!

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    Nice.
    Maybe a shorter front sight (by just a hair) puts you in the white?
     

  5. tarbe

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    Or twist the knob on my scope! :ROFLMAO::LOL::D

    At some point I will fix that POI issue. o_O
     
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    Apologies, I thought you shot that with the scope removed using the irons.
    Still an awesome group for off-hand shooting.
    Or am I wrong again and you were using sticks?
     
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    Beautiful rifle!!
    What scope is on it, see it's a Leupold but which model and do you like it?
     

  8. TOBY458

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    Are you shooting full patch loads yet, or those powder puff 458 Win level loads? Lol!
     
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  9. tarbe

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    No sticks, just offhand.

    At some point I probably ought to start by taking the first shot off sticks, then transition immediately to "oh crap" mode.
     
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    It is a VX-6 1-6 Illuminated.

    I do like it...except scopes like this spoil me and when I look through the VX-3 2.5-8x on my No 1 Krag it seems like looking through a vintage scope!
     

  11. tarbe

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    Yeah, just woosie 458 Win level loads at this early stage (this was my second outing...total of 47 rounds through the rifle).

    I did not buy the 450 Dakota so I could run the velocity up. It was mostly for the rifle. If it had been chambered in most any DG capable caliber I still would have bought it - it just happens I was looking for a 450 Dakota or Rigby.

    The Dakota/Rigby give you the ability to run long mono-metal bullets without running into any capacity issues and also allows you to run acceptable velocity on 500gr with really low pressure (sub-50k psi). Playing with the NE rounds has me kinda hooked on low pressure! If available, I'll always take a big case with more powder and lower pressure, over a smaller case running at higher pressure.
     
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    That is Gorgeous!!!
     

  13. tarbe

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    Well, this rental rifle is wheels-up in 25 days.

    I hope the next photos you guys see of it will be with it lying on or next to a Cape Buffalo, in the "For Sale" ad that I promised my wife I would create once I get back!

    Tic-Toc.....tic-toc....
     
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    I would be sad except I know you aren’t out of the over 40 club! Truly is a wonderful rifle though and hate to see it go away!
     
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    Why you selling your wife? Buying a newer model? :E Shrug:
     
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    He might get a newer model but couldn’t find a better one! Hell, she picked out the damn John Deere and pretty damn handy with a pistol too!
     
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    Yup. I am a lucky man. And just a little scared, too! ;)
     
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