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  1. Short field report since post#6. On our spring black bear hunt, my daughter's R1 in 275WSM required only one shot. It wasn't a long shot, but the placement was ideal. I couldn't have painted it on any better. She did great. So did the R1. We got the rug back last Fall. Nineteen rounds left in the box.
  2. but here's a moose (nice one) shot at 325 yds by a North Pole, Alaska hunter: http://www.benelliusa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11936. Good luck!
  3. 6XLeech

    Gas Piston

    Great thread. Thank you, stid2677 for all the analysis, lessons and photos that make this thread so helpful. Tucker301's post (#25) comparing the BAR's piston mechanism is interesting too. My daughter is shooting an R1 in .270WSM - shooting well and enjoys it. She was able to make the transition from .243Win in 2 sessions at the rifle range. Of course, I "tested" the rifle too and that gas piston action really makes for a sweet shooting rifle; well balanced and easy handling. I can see how follow-up shots would be quick in the field too. This R1 gets completely disassembled and cleaned after each range trip - due to this thread. I knew what we were getting into well before purchasing the rifle. Using the lock-ring pliers as stid2677 suggested makes the whole job easy. It takes awhile longer than my bolt gun, but that's just part of the tradeoff when one gets into an R1. Great rifle for our situation. Thanks to Steve, and others on this very informative thread. Best wishes in the season ahead.
  4. On a black bear hunt with another dad and daughter, my daughter had a failure to fire at 79 yds. After spotting the bear walking a low bluff along the beach, we set up on the rocks ahead as the 5-6ft (my estimate) boar worked his way north. When he came out of the trees, he got broadside at 79 yds. I had my crosshairs on him as my daughter lined up her R1 in .270WSM. "Click". I heard the misfire, a sound we'd heard at the range occasionally during the months of shooting leading up to this spring hunt. She cleared the gun quickly, but the bear slipped back into the woods as she did. The R1 functioned perfectly in later testing when we anchored up. We then found we could replicate the FTF by loading a fresh magazine then charging the bolt handle, but easing it forward - as we did on the beach in an effort to keep silent. On subsequent hunts that trip, she chambered a round with a full (and noisy) release of the bolt handle. Unfortunately (after all those months of practice), another opportunity did not present itself. It appeared to me that when the bolt was eased forward, even after bumping the bolt handle home, the rotating bolt head maybe doesn't fully lock up, leaving a small gap. The firing pin doesn't reach the primer (no dimple). All rounds fire normally when retested. Tom, the other dad on the hunt and former Marine, recounted a similar issue with M-16's. I thought the FTF problem might be common to semiautos, but at least wanted other R1 hunters to be aware of this possibility. Perhaps others will also have different thoughts/experiences too. We're new hunters and chalked this all up to lessons learned. That won't erase an element of disappointment for my daughter after...about 10 months of shooting, working her way from .22LR to .243w to .270wsm - and shooting well too. But, these things happen. Other details of our hunt aren't pertinent, but we had a great field experience and would absolutely do the hunt again.
  5. Although new to these forums, I read Steve's excellent gas piston thread (hmmm, don't have link privileges yet) awhile back. Now that I have an R1 in the family (.270WSM), I've been working to get Steve's cleaning tips down. The "Gas Piston" classic thread would add a lot to any R1 cleaning thread. Check it out.
  6. in the 3 brands of .270WSM ammo shot so far. I clean my daughter's .270WSM, using tips posted elsewhere by stid2677 (the factory user manual instructions seem way short of what's effective). We shoot together, my bolt action .325WSM and her R1 .270WSM. The R1 is a sweet shooter and she's been able to handle the sporty .270WSM round, moving up quickly from .22LR to .243Win to .270WSM. Can't tell much difference on the cleaning bench though whether she's shooting Remington, Hornady, or Winchester. All I can figure about the residue buildup is that the gas discharge; composed of hot gas and small particles ("ejecta") that goes straight out the barrel in my bolt gun, is partially recirculated in the R1. Over the box or so we usually shoot per session, the accumulated residue is a significant amount more than what I see on cleaning patches in my bolt gun. Cleaning the bolt gun is simpler because the bore contains all the residue. Cleaning the R1 is more involved because more parts involved in the discharge route. I'm surprised no one has done a YouTube instructional video yet. Using lock ring pliers, I have been able to clean nearly all the moving parts, but still not sure how to get it all apart. Anyway, good luck.
  7. And the video is an excellent idea.
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