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Feb 6, 2007
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Had mounted new scopes and tried new loads on a couple rifles today. Both are bone stock rifles, except for a bedding job.
0.375 inch 3-shot group 5-7-17 Hornady Superformance 50 gr. V-Max.JPG

3-shot group = 0.375" (100 yds.)
.22-250 Rem.
Hornady 50 gr. Superformance V-MAX
CZ 550 American
Leupold VXR 4-12x40

0.813 in 5-shot group 5-7-17 Hornady Superformance 50 gr. V-Max.JPG

0.813" 5-shot group (same rifle & load)

0.625 inch 3-shot group 5-7-17 Sellier & Bellot 173 gr. SPCE.JPG

0.625" 3-shot group (100 yds.)
7x57 mm Mauser
Sellier & Bellot 173 gr. SPCE
Winchester Model 70 Featherweight
Zeiss Conquest 2-14x42
 
May 21, 2007
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This was my first time out with my new Savage Stealth .308 at 200 yards.

Group.jpg

~1" 3-shot group (200 yds.)
.308 Winchester
Federal Gold Metal 168 grain
Savage Stealth
Leupold Mark 4 8.5 - 25 x 50
 
Feb 6, 2007
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This was my first time out with my new Savage Stealth .308 at 200 yards.

View attachment 54180
~1" 3-shot group (200 yds.)
.308 Winchester
Federal Gold Metal 168 grain
Savage Stealth
Leupold Mark 4 8.5 - 25 x 50
There are a lot of good production rifles these days. If one takes the time to find a load they like, and do a bedding job if needed, there are a lot of rifles that will shoot 1-MOA or better. Makes it kind of hard to spend the extra coins for a "custom" rifle, except in the most extreme instances, such as competitive target shooting.
I have not shot them all but, in my opinion, CZs and Savages are two of, if not the, most accurate out-of-the-box production rifles one can own.
I have a Savage Model 12 LRPV Left Port (dedicated prairie dog rifle) in .204 Ruger that I will put up against most anything.
 
May 21, 2007
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My next purchase is a rifle chambered in either .300 Winmag or do I sack up and get a .338 Lapua? Price of ammo is causing me to balk a little at the .338 but it is so bad a$$ is hard for me to say no.
 
May 21, 2007
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Precision shooting is such a blast. It is about the only thing I like getting up early to do. Nothing is better than taking a few shots, drinking some delicious coffee and being inside your own head for a couple hours. A few small conversations at the range are fun from time to time, but other than the sound of the occasional gun shot, enjoying the quiet time.
 
Feb 6, 2007
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My next purchase is a rifle chambered in either .300 Winmag or do I sack up and get a .338 Lapua? Price of ammo is causing me to balk a little at the .338 but it is so bad a$$ is hard for me to say no.
I too had some heartburn for a .338 Lapua at one time, but have since gotten over it. Without a convenient place to regularly let it stretch (500+ yards) on a regular basis, plus the cost of doing so, it is less appealing to me than it once was. However, I am bent on a .300 Win. Mag., 7mm Mag., .260 Rem. and/or 6.5 Creedmoor to do the very same thing, albeit on a much cheaper budget. I figure I can shoot two of the above for the price of shooting the .338 Lap.
 
May 21, 2007
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I too had some heartburn for a .338 Lapua at one time, but have since gotten over it. Without a convenient place to regularly let it stretch (500+ yards) on a regular basis, plus the cost of doing so, it is less appealing to me than it once was. However, I am bent on a .300 Win. Mag., 7mm Mag., .260 Rem. and/or 6.5 Creedmoor to do the very same thing, albeit on a much cheaper budget. I figure I can shoot two of the above for the price of shooting the .338 Lap.
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Feb 6, 2007
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Took the opportunity to fine tune three more rifles today. Again, rifles are bone stock, except for bedding jobs on .243 and 6.5 x 55 SE, and Sporter-weight barrel profiles.

.243 - 0.5 in. group 95gr. SST.jpg

0.5" 3-shot group (center-to-center); 100 yds.
.243 Win. Model 70 Featherweight
95 gr. Hornady SST
Previous best with this rifle was 0.75"

(hole to the left was part of another rifle's group left of pic)
 
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.270 - POI shift 130 gr. SST over 140 gr. Berger VLD.jpg

.270 Win. - CZ 550 American
POI shift: 130 gr. Hornady SST (top group) and 140 gr. Berger Hunting VLD (bottom group)
only ~ 1/16" difference in group size
 
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0.625 in. - Hornady 32 gr. V-Max.jpg

0.621" Hornady 32 gr. V-Max
Savage Model 12 LRPV .204 Ruger.JPG


Savage Model 12 Long Range Precision Varminter; Left Port w/Target Accutrigger
.204 Ruger

Have shot tighter groups with this rifle. Didn't get started until about 4 pm, and was kind of rushed to shoot three rifles.Shot off solid bench, not the portable in the photo.
 
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0.75 inch Barnes Vortex 100 gr. TTSX.jpg

0.75" - 100 gr. Barnes TTSX
Custom .25-06 Rem.

Have shot a 0.625" group with this rifle and load. Interestingly, this custom rifle is probably my most inconsistent. A little sensitive to barrel heating and extremely picky about ammo. Honestly, will not group Remington 120 gr. Cor-Lokts under 4", and sometimes as much as 6". Looks like a shotgun pattern!
Groups 115 gr. Nosler Partitions from 0.9" to 1.44".
 
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Didn't want to start a new thread for this so I put it here...

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news...er-kills-isis-fighter-2-miles-away/418889001/

Report says Canadian sniper has shattered world record for the longest confirmed kill in history

Matthew Diebel , USATODAY Published 7:34 a.m. ET June 22, 2017 | Updated 2 hours ago

A Canadian soldier in Iraq has killed an ISIS militant from more than two miles away, shattering the world record for a confirmed sniper kill in military history.

According to Toronto’s Globe and Mail newspaper, the gun specialist from the elite Joint Task Force 2 achieved the feat with a shot from a high-rise during an operation within the past 30 days.

“The shot in question actually disrupted a Daesh [Islamic State] attack on Iraqi security forces,” a military source — who requested anonymity because the unit’s operations are classified — told the paper. “Instead of dropping a bomb that could potentially kill civilians in the area, it is a very precise application of force and because it was so far way, the bad guys didn’t have a clue what was happening.”

The 3,450-meter shot, which took about 10 seconds to reach its target, was independently verified by a video camera and other data, the source said.

The prior record was held by a British sniper, Craig Harrison, who in 2009 shot a Taliban gunner from 2,475 meters, or about a mile and a half, away during an operation in Afghanistan.

According to Newsweek, Canada has been involved in the war against ISIS since 2014, with the new government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau government expanding the number of Canadian special forces involved in training missions with Kurdish Peshmerga forces from 69 to 207.

U.S. Sergeant Bryan Kremer has the longest confirmed sniper kill shot by a U.S. soldier, the Globe and Mail reported. He killed an Iraqi insurgent from 2,300 meters in 2004.

Joint Task Force troops are primarily tasked with counterterrorism, sniper operations and hostage rescue, the paper said. The unit’s snipers are members of Canadian Special Operations Regiment.

According to the source quoted by Globe and Mail, snipers usually work with an observer.

“Canada has a world-class sniper system,” the source told the paper. “It is not just a sniper. They work in pairs. … This is a skill set that only a very few people have.”


They also have to account for wind speed and the increasing downward motion of the bullet as it loses speed over such a long distance.

“You have to adjust for him firing from a higher location downward and as the round drops you have to account for that,” the source told the paper. “And from that distance you actually have to account for the curvature of the Earth.”

According to Newsweek, the record shot means that three of the top five longest confirmed kills were carried out by Canadian snipers. The top five are:

1: Canadian sniper in Iraq (2017): 3,450 meters.

2: British sniper Craig Harrison in Afghanistan (2009): 2,475 meters

3: Canadian sniper Rob Furlong in Afghanistan (2002): 2,430 meters

4: Canadian sniper Arron Perry in Afghanistan (2002): 2,310 meters

5: U.S. sniper Brian Kremer in Iraq (2004): 2,300 meters



It was also reported that after the shot, he said "Nice shot, eh?":pistols:

Ok, I made that part up but wouldn't that be awesome.:)
 
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Nice! In reference to the author's comments, it is not so much the "curvature of the Earth" as it is the rotation of the Earth, known as the Coriolis effect.