The wife was talking to me this past month about me catching a couple of seal this spring/summer when out on the water. Weeelllll...I can't really do that 'cause the skin isn't the right color...but hers is. I pointed this out and saw a little gleam in her eye. I took this as the go-ahead (I sure hope I interpreted The Look correctly), and began looking for a seal rifle. Popular rifles are .22LR, .22-250 and .223. Range isn't an issue as all of the seal I saw this past summer were less than 150 yards, and a couple were much closer. The problem is the target is a lozenge-shape about 1.5 inches high by 2.5 inch long. So it has to be accurate and shoot flat. I wanted a stainless Remy in .22-250. I was contacted by a fellow forumite who has a really juicy Winchester in .22-250 all done-up in an H-S Precision stock, but it just wasn't stainless. Here on the Lower Kuskokwim, when the tide comes in there is some mixing of fresh and salt water, so blued steel is out. Then I read about the crazy ballistics of the .223 WSSM. Try 4350 fps with a 40 grain Nosler BT. Yikes! That's what I wanted. So after a couple weeks of searching, I was finally able to locate a Winchester Model 70 Classic, Camo Ultimate Shadow, Stainless in the cartridge. This is the ONLY rig I could find after searching GB, AA, and GA. Found it on GA by the way.
So the cashiers check went out today, should be here end of next week. I have ordered all benchrest reloading tools to make the most precise rounds I can. I also ordered 30 gr Berger, 40 gr BT and some 52 gr Barnes TS to see how those do. Have 100 new cases coming. Once all here I have to do all the work at my office so my wife won't find out. Only when I have it perfect will I put it in a Pelican case and present it to her. I can't wait.
I am soooooo excited. For her I mean.
The only thing I have not ordered for this outfit is a scope with bases and rings. I am really leaning towards an illuminated reticle because the time of day and water conditions will make seeing the crosshairs challenging much of the time. I would like a 30mm tube, and Burris (my favorite scope), makes an illuminated reticle ina scope with a 30mm tube BUT: what power? Should I go for a low-power for quick pick-up? Or stay with a 4-12 or 4-16? Decisions decisions. It's keeping me up at night I tell ya!