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Even a Blind Squirrel Can Find an Acorn

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by deadshot2, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    After a long, lengthy load workup for my Remington 700 SS 5-R Milspec (.308) I think I've found a sweet load.

    Last Monday I went to the Range and found as close to perfect conditions that may exist for a day of shooting at 300 yards. Temperature was about 50 degrees, Humidity 60%, and Wind ZERO!

    After checking the rifle's zero and "fouling" the barrel at 100 yards I cranked the scope up for 300 yards and started shooting. This "Blind Squirrel" found an acorn at last.

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    Group measures just under 3/4" and it sure looked pretty when I went down range to look at it.

    The load is:

    44 gr Varget
    CCI-BR-2
    175 gr. Nosler Custom Competition
    Lapua case
    2.800 OAL

    The rifle is a factory stock rifle although I replaced the X-Mark Pro trigger with a Timney. Chamber is "stock" and a little long but seems to give great accuracy even though the "jump" is over 1/8" (rather than the favored .020" many suggest for this caliber).

    All in all it was a Great day at the range and I think I'll keep this load.
     
  2. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    I'm impressed. That's a great group for 100 yds, let alone 300 yds.
     
  3. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    no kidding... are you pumping these out consistently?
     
  4. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    I've spend most of my time working up loads for 100 yards and just recently started sorting out those that would perform well at longer distances. This was the first REAL session at 300 yards.

    This rifle has been fantastic for accuracy, far better than it's owner. Some writers and forum contributors have called it one of the best "out of the box" rifles for accuracy and tha't what encouraged me to spring for the extra bucks.

    I have a whole pile of 100 yard targets with "one hole" groups, some of which measured as low as .130" with the average for the good groups being .202"-.240".

    I need to find a range that doesn't involve a half day drive where I can shoot beyond the 300 yard range. I'd like to see what the rifle does when shooting at the max ranges for the .308 round.

    This is, for me, what makes shooting/reloading fun.
     
  5. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Incredible! That's the target that should be framed! It is a nice group...at 100 yards. At 300 I'm sure you were doing the "Happy Dance" all of he way home!
    Congrats.

    As a side note, one of the most accurate rifles I had also had a long-ish chamber and a lot of bullet jump. Didn't seem to matter, when fed the right ammo and bullet weight it was a one holer at 100 yards. Like you, I've spent only a little time shooting farther due to the availability of a place to do so.
     
  6. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    I've been giving this a lot of thought especially after experimenting with some rounds long enough to drop the jump to as little as .015". Only thing I can think of is that the freebore is somewhat of a stabilizing force causing the bullet to enter the rifling as precisely as possible. May well even have a "centering" effect on the bullet if the round had a little more run out.

    As for "framing", that would be great but I've already received "the word from above" that "that won't be put on any wall in this house". Since I've already taken over a complete room for reloading and have somewhat received her blessing, I won't push my luck. If I do, it will probably be back to the cold/hot garage.

    BTW: In an hour or so I'm heading out for my weekly range session. Weather forecast is for Rain, Wind, and chilly. I guess I'll have to work harder to try and better last weeks results.
     
  7. halmbarte

    halmbarte PDX Active Member

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    So, not to be Mr. Buzzkill, but I have to ask.

    What do 10 round groups look like?

    H
     
  8. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Beautiful. Are you neck sizing?
     
  9. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Yes. These particular cases have been shot and reloaded about 7 times. I annealed at #5. I trim after every sizing and also weigh cases to segregate by weight groups.
     
  10. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Haven't shot any 10 round groups at 300 yards yet with this load. Some 5 round groups today, in about 7mph wind were as small as 1".
    Had a lot that had some horizantal spread of 2" but only vertical spread of 1/2" or so. I need to work on my "wind skills".
     
  11. SPU

    SPU Southwest Oregon Old Fart

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    Amazing. You are a better shot than I will ever be. Thanks for sharing.