Thursday, November 20, 2014

More time in the field with the Single Seven



Like the Single Six the Single Seven is a pleasure to carry into the woods.  The 327 Federal Magnum chambering expands its capabilities and versatility.  

It isn't lightweight or compact which can have a negative affect on accuracy, and thus usefulness in the field.  It isn't a heavyweight or bulky either.  The Single Seven and Single Six bridge the gap, big enough to be useful, small enough to be easy to take along.  Hefty enough to shoot well without being a burden.  

Perhaps its greatest virtue is its time tested (Single Six) reliability.  I suspect the Single Seven will earn that reputation as well.

In my area encounters with aggressive Coyotes is common.  Pets are regularly killed by them and my own dogs have been attacked as recently as last spring.  Over the years I've learned the carrying and not needing is a lot better than needing and not having.  

Coyotes are impressively vicious for their size - about half the weight of my Labradors - and my dogs have been no match for them.  Had it not been for my intervention serious injury or worse would have certainly been the outcome.  Shooting a Coyote off of my dog is NOT really an option as the risk of a miss is to high.  I have found that the report and/or a shot at another coyote separated from the tussle was enough to end the skirmish immediately.  I've not yet, nor do I hope to use the Single Seven in this role but I am confident it will serve well if called to action.

We also have other wild critters that have NOT been a problem with our pets but have killed cattle and horses on our property, namely cougars and bears.  The cats are rarely seen but they leave plenty of dead Deer and Turkeys around to know they are there.  Bears are regular visitors, especially when the Deer are fawning, but typically aren't much of a threat to our pets.  They do more damage to trail cameras and if you aren't careful with your garbage your cabin and/or vehicle can suffer some expensive repairs.  The Single Seven wouldn't be my first choice for either of those critters but I do find it comforting to have with me when wandering in their territory.

For small game accurate 32 caliber revolvers shine.  The performance is impressive without being destructive.

A more common use and great way to become adroit with your Single Seven is to plink with it.  These days 22lr ammo is scarce and increasingly expensive.  The 32 caliber reloader can produce better performing ammo at nearly the same cost or even less by casting his own.



Knots make excellent targets
 Taking enough ammo along is easy due diminutive size of the various 32 caliber cartridges that will function in the Single Seven.



The stainless finish is an advantage in frigid temperatures when going in and out of warm cabins is part of the daily routine.