Saturday, December 13, 2014

Some Of Whats Coming In 2015

I recently added some updates to the company web-site...... there are several articles that I am working on, and hope to have published soon. As with other articles I hope to let you tag along on here as we go......... First is The Scout Rifle Concept..... I am finally getting the chance to play with one of the Ruger Gunsite Scout rifles that I have been waiting on for a year or so now. It is an interesting little rifle. It will be part of not only the The Scout Rifle Concept article, but one called Subsonic Venom where we are going to be working on developing a round for Venom Cartridge that shoots good in the Ruger, and flies without breaking the sound barrier. I also hope to do a post here explaining exactly what a subsonic round is designed for, and what defines it as subsonic.  Another interesting project currently being worked on is the .452 Predator AK cartridge. Here in this post is a sneak peek of the new cartridge idea.....

We have some other projects in the works, and will announce them as we have done with these projects. So follow along, and if you have any questions or comments we welcome them here, or on our web-site guest book. Hope you enjoy the new work.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Free Floating The Ruger Hawkeye Barrel Part 2

Sorry it has been so long since my last update, but it has taken me sometime time to get the work done....

Last time I posted I talked about free-floating a Ruger barrel with the Venom Wedge.... Here are two targets, and I think they speak better for the process than anything I could type...

Before:  This is during the original scope adjustments.... the five shot group near the bullseye is the group to take notice of in the pic... that is after the adjustments, allowing the barrel to cool, and cleaning....

After: This target shows a five shot group fired from the same distance, same box of ammo, and after the free floating of the barrel with the Wedge.... The shot on the bullseye is a sixth shot with me holding low, and to the right.... without adjusting the scope....

As you can see it has made a big difference in the grouping of the rifle.... we can also do much more with the Ruger rifles... as well as other brands.... give us a call to improve your rifles accuracy. 1-606-438-0140

Monday, July 15, 2013

Free Floating The Ruger Hawkeye Barrel

Just finished work on the Ruger Model 77 Hawkeye in .338 Federal, and it has really made a big difference in the performance of the rifle. The rifle I have has the synthetic stock, and was easier to do than the wood stock versions of the Ruger Hawkeye. The method that I have come up with is simple, inexpensive and very effective in improving the performance of these rifles. It is done by making three modifications to the factory stock.  We will be offering this service through Venom for $35.00 on the synthetic stock, and $55.00 on most of the Wood versions. If you are interested in having your Ruger's barrel free floated please call 1-606-438-0140 ....or you can email me at We would be happy to do the job. I hope to have more on this modification (including target pics) on the company web-site soon. I am waiting at this time to finalize steps to protect this method for the company.

Friday, July 5, 2013

H&R Partner Pump Update

Well another day shooting the little 870 clone.... still shoots good! Only difference I see is some rough edges on the gun, and the finish is not as durable as one of the actual Remington 870 shotguns.

I have sent well over a 100 rounds of Buckshot down range from the shotgun, and all have functioned fine... I prefer the Hornady TAP (as stated before) even more as I shoot the gun... Hornady's Versa wad allows for tighter grouping... actually getting all the pellets on the human form on my targets at normal self defense distance.I hope to actually do tests to show more on this factor. The Remington Express are my least favorite load creating far too much recoil for home defense, and spread way too much. My second favorite would be the Federal Low Recoil Tactical loads that I have tried. Almost as nice as the Hornady TAP, Critical Defense, and Zombie loads....

I have decided to use this little shotgun personal home defense, shop,truck gun... so you probably will be hearing a great deal more on this little shotgun.

Monday, June 24, 2013

H&R Partner Protector Pump

Received one of these shotguns today, and basically it is a Remington 870 clone made in China...for the parent company of H&R as well Marlin.... Remington. The Partner Pump has some rough spots on it, but for the price of $199.00 it is a good little gun. It is set up to be a personal defense (house) shotgun with a plain 18.5" barrel,bead sight, 5- shot capacity, synthetic stocks, and  no glare finish.

I fired a bunch of rounds through this shotgun... Hornady TAP, and Critical Defense buckshot...( that are really the best on the market when it comes to self defense buckshot loads). Recoil was well within reasonable limits.... the butt stock seems a little short, but that is common on guns produced in most Asian countries. Also as with many of the less expensive shotguns made in China these clones can also have the common defect in the trigger assembly where the slide gets locked. This usually shows up in the first three to four rounds of ammunition fired. I have seen this happen in Mossberg, Escort, and many made by Hawk industries. It can happen in any pump shotgun. If you fire a full magazine of ammunition through the gun, and have no problems you are going to be fine. The shotgun I shot today was a replacement for one that locked up, and had to be returned.

If you are in need of a good inexpensive shotgun for the truck or house ... the H&R Partner Protector fills the bill just fine.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

.338 Federal Range Report

Well yesterday I took the Ruger Model 77 Hawkeye chambered in . 338 Federal to the range again, and I have to say the more I shoot it the more I like this cartridge.... I like so much that I have scraped my idea for a similar wildcat that I called the .325 V Tac. The .338 Federal is pleasant to shoot, and really packs a nice punch when it hits... the penetration is excellent for such a small cartridge even with the cheaper bullets.

On this trip I took some factory ammunition to try for a comparison to what I have been handloading here at Venom. I had Federal's American Eagle # AE338F factory load.. that is topped with a 185 grain SP bullet that has a Ballistic Coefficient of .378; factory stated 2,750 fps velocity... and 3106 ft. lbs of energy. My Chrony showed similar stats for the cartridge.. so similar I see no reason to list all of the readings here in this blog post. The only aspect that I see where the cartridge is lacking compared to the handloads I have been doing is the bullet... I have been using Hornady, and Barnes premium bullets that perform much better on impact. Weight retention with this load was not the best, but considering this is the bargain load from Federal it is an all around load that is worth what they charge for it....I would prefer a better bullet for hunting purposes. I am thinking that this is going to be the big difference in the Federal ammunition. Simply the more you pay the better bullet construction you are going to get, and such will give you better performance in the field.

Accuracy with this factory load was good.... I hope to have targets to show each load performance when I update the article on  More as I go with this rifle.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

I Am Amazed At My Ruger 10/22

In November of 1987 I purchased one of my first guns.... it was a Ruger 10/22 with the plain Birch stock. I still have the gun, and every time I take it out of the cabinet it always amazes me at just how well the firearm is made. Yesterday was another one of those times.... I had planned on doing a piece on Sonic cleaning is a good part of any scheduled maintenance. At Venom we can do it for around $60 dollars, and if you haven't had it done on a gun that has had a great deal of rounds through it... you should really think about it.

Since I bought the Ruger .22 I had never once had a problem from the gun, and had never done a complete take down of the firearm. Now you are thinking why didn't I do the piece on the Sonic cleaning of the Ruger? Well frankly I am a little ashamed at the condition it was on the inside... being a gunsmith I should never have let it go sooo long. I am really amazed that it still shot so well, and never failed me.

After taking the gun apart I prepared the solution, and tank for the cleaning..... usually the chemicals would have been diluted with more water, but with the parts being so filthy that it was hard to get some of the pins out of the action... I made a much stronger concentration of the cleaning fluid, and tested it on the parts to be sure it would harm the finish. I then turned the machine on, and increased the heat to well over a 120 degrees, and it took several runs through the cleaner to get the job done. After soaking in a water dispersing oil I set out to put the little Ruger back together. It is smooth as it was when I bought it, and no gritty feeling when I draw the slide back!!

If you have a gun that you really love, and want to take good care of it.... keep it properly maintained... schedule maintenance before it fails at the range..... I was lucky.... dirt, and corrosion are the biggest reason guns don't work.