Night Hawk Stories... Entry 2
Wilson's Schuetzen Rifle
QUESTION: Why do you like the Schuetzen rifle?
ANSWER: You can shoot this rifle accurately, either offhand or across the bench.
QUESTION: And what makes it shoot so accurately?
ANSWER: You can breach-seat the bullet and put a case behind it. A 1/4-inch gap is between the bullet and the barrel. This particular rifle is a .32 caliber.
QUESTION: Did you build this rifle?
ANSWER: No, I bought the components and put it together.
QUESTION: Why do you like this particular rifle so much?
ANSWER: In 1982, I won a first-place trophy shooting offhand at 200 yards with a rifle just like this. This rifle shoots so accurately because the bullet doesn't have to jump from the brass to make contact with the rifling. When you breach-load the bullet, the bullet already rests in the rifling when you pull the trigger.
QUESTION: How accurate can you shoot this rifle at 200 yards?
ANSWER: The center of the target has a 1 1/2-inch diameter. Some of these Schuetzen rifles can hit that target center 18 out of 20 shots from 200 yards.
ANSWER: They started shooting matches with Schuetzen rifles about 1885. The Schuetzen is strictly a target rifle.
Talk to Wilson about old rifles and how he handcrafts them by contacting him at 812 Water Street, Allendale, South Carolina 29810, or calling 803-584-3163.
Tomorrow: Wilson's Bench Gun