Carothers and Guns

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by jus_gus, Mar 1, 2018.

  1. 1AbominAble1

    1AbominAble1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2010
    it really depends on your firearm and also what you use to maintain it.
    I have hunted with an M1A SOCOM 16 in sub zero temps and it has always been flawless, even when caked in snow and ice. I use Tetra gun grease on the op rod on that one and I couldn’t be happier with it.
    On the other hand, I used the same grease while cleaning up my go to Glock 23 as well as on the bolt carrier of my PWS Diablo 7 inch barreled AR because it was easier to reach than the slip 2000 and CLP that I normally use. It was June and it seemed fine, fast forward to January and it was -12 overnight and an even zero degrees while we were shooting. Top that off with me leaving the guns locked up in the truck bed overnight because the cabin was full of kids and the guns had a seriou cold soak. It was the only time, in any condition, clean or filthy, that either gun had jammed. They both jammed up due to the grease hardening.
    lesson learned, I pay more attention to which products get used on which guns and what weather I’ll be using them in.
    Other than that specific incident I’ve never had an issue with a semi automatic rifle or handgun being unreliable due to the cold.
    Since you have that new M1A you should be all set;)
     
  2. TortugaNH

    TortugaNH

    87
    Jul 2, 2017
    As others have stated, some lubes hold up better than others in extreme cold. Optics are another consideration. Fogging on the inside on inexpensive scopes and exterior regardless of price. The erectors and other innards can also fail, and if electronic, batteries don't take to cold very well.
    Many of these issues can be tested with a chest freezer. Seeing what works, what gums up, and what fails. I chose the colder route and moved to New England where we go in the field regardless of weather.
    But, that means I have confidence in both my work carbine and my personally-owned twin. They have seen use down to -35F.
    Pistol-wise, I would stay away from tight-fitting pistols that like to be run wet, e.g. CZ Shadow2 Orange, custom 1911's. Glocks, M&Ps, and Sig 320s seems to be fine and not get brittle. That said, my "get home" kit pistol a wheel gun (S&W 327 TRR8).
     
  3. Knibes

    Knibes

    251
    Oct 9, 2013
    I've had this rifle for over a decade now but it doesn't show it.

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  4. jus_gus

    jus_gus Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 30, 2011
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  5. Big DJ

    Big DJ Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 29, 2013
    Who makes the handguard, I like it.
     
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  6. Knibes

    Knibes

    251
    Oct 9, 2013
    The rifle is a Larue OBR. 308. They sell hand guards alone but they're not exactly like the OBR one. The rail on the top of the OBR is one piece along the receiver and the hand guard (20 moa cant).
     
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  7. 1AbominAble1

    1AbominAble1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2010
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    My CPK’s are in a different safe so there’s none in the pic, I again blame Nathan for not making the folder yet, because then it would’ve been in my pocket ;)
    That said, here’s the Delta I made out of some of the gear that I’m taking to the farm today so that my 13 yr old and his best buddy can do some shooting with me.
    This is the first time a friend has joined him and I’m hopeful that it’ll get my boy more interested in doing this with me. Fingers crossed.
     
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  8. 1AbominAble1

    1AbominAble1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 26, 2010
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    I had to add one more, it was feeling neglected.
     
  9. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Looks like I’ll be getting a Tikka T3x Superlite chambered in .308 Win with a Vortex Razor 3-15x42 glass. Long story about this one which I’ll share once all the Eyes are dotted and all the Tees are crossed!

    During this gun buying frenzy and ammo scarcity pandemonium, I guess that you gotta go with what makes the most sense and for me, it was my recent stash of hunting ammo in .308 Win.

    I know that there are better all-around calibers out there and believe me that I have agonized and poured over other rifles chambered in 300 Win Mag, 270 Rem, 6.5 CM and the 7mm-08 which can all be arguably “better” but despite being able to score the rifles in 300WM and the 7mm-08 even in this present market, guess what? No fracking ammo! Zippo, none, nada! Then I remembered a line which I had read somewhere before, “when the SHTF, you can probably score some .308 rounds even at a local 7-11 in Pakistan”. This whimsical line then stuck with me!
     
  10. VashHash

    VashHash

    Aug 11, 2009
    Yeah 308 is a real slouch nowadays:D

    Ammo availability is definitely a crucial factor if you actually want to shoot your guns.
     
  11. Jsega51

    Jsega51 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    @Casinostocks, here’s my T3 Lite Stainless in .270 with a VX5 3-15x44. This gun has shot amazing since day 1 and loves factory Federal loads. I gave it a paint job about 12-13 years ago which is still holding up quite well!

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  12. - SpyderMan -

    - SpyderMan - Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 28, 2015
    Can’t go wrong with the .308.

    Excellent choice in firearm, as well. I have a few and they’re all top notch shooters and of terrific quality. :thumbsup:
     
  13. VashHash

    VashHash

    Aug 11, 2009
    My high powered cartridge of economic choice is 7.62X54R. Paid $0.14 cpr when I bought it. Just gotta be careful because it's "corrosive".
     
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  14. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    Tikka has that smooth buttery bolt which I like. Didn’t care for the plastic magazine though.
     
  15. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Yup, polymer magazines are not exactly top shelf stuff but I also understand the reasoning behind their manufacturing. In fact, a composite stock was not exactly my cuppa tea either as I would've much preferred a nice wood stock like the ones on Winchester 70 featherweight or something from MidWay USA but considering the circumstances, if my private party seller doesn't back out I'll be stoked with this deal.
     
  16. - SpyderMan -

    - SpyderMan - Gold Member Gold Member

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    Mar 28, 2015
    From my experience, the polymer mags have proven to be both reliable and robust.

    That said, only one of mine has these, my other two have steel mags (CTR).
     
  17. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    I was actually wondering if the steel CTR mags were reliably interchangeable and I was just about to do some online keyboard-foo on the subject :)
     
  18. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    Gonna stretch the ARs legs out to 400 yards this weekend. Curious to see how they will group at that distance with ball ammo...
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  19. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    In for results, though I haven't really seen 55gr/M193 group better than ~2MOA no matter what it was shot out of.

    Technically, 77gr SMKs are still considered FMJ/ball, and some of the offerings are ~1MOA. Magtech 77gr used to be one of the cheapest options for decent groups... but that was in 'the before...' lol.

    Still wrapping my head around seeing CCI Mini Mag .22LR going for 5.56 prices/rd from just 12 months ago.
     
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  20. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    I'm not expecting stellar results. I do have some heavier OTM rounds I'll shoot at that distance too. This is for play and for fun. If I really have to shoot that far, I'm going to grab a scoped bolt gun.
     
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