And this time it was out with a rifle that I've had for a bit but not blogged yet for some reason.
This one started life as a basic Ruger 96/44 lever-action rifle in .44 Magnum, a nifty little rifle that Ruger saw fit to discontinue making some years back.
SRT Arms in Arizona and they modified it a bit by fitting it with an integral suppressor tube.
Bushnell Trophy Red/Green Dot optic to the rifle. It's a nifty little zero-magnification red-dot that offers a choice of four different reticles in both red and green light.
The end result is a rifle that, with the proper ammunition, throws a .44 bullet downrange with the report of an air rifle or .22 short.
With my early test loads using Winchester 231 and 240gr. Hornady XTP bullets, I had it shooting "minute-of-feral-cat" until I ran out of test loads due to my exhausting my supply of Win 231 and my inability to locate any more due to the current hoarding that's still going on.
But now I have a new load, using 300gr. cast lead bullets over Unique powder, and today's test-firing indicated that these start to go supersonic right at 8.5gr. of the Unique, so a bit less powder in the next test batch and I should be right where I need to be to throw these bullets without a muzzle report or sonic crack.
Even with the sonic crack, this rifle can be fired without hearing protection, but without that crack, the report sounds like a loud hand`clap and it's quickly drowned out by the louder sound of the bullet impacting the target downrange.