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Old April 13th, 2017, 06:39 PM   #1
 
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Range time with RAR 308

First time on range with rifle and scope. 16 out of 33 on target and 4 close to center at 50 yards. Didn't get any of my last 8 rounds on target from 100 yards. All 8 went just off target and to the left on backer board.

Also shot my P89 9mm and 12 ga coach gun. Fun day. Side by side coach gun always gets a lot of interest and compliments. Maybe because of the old school look of it?



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I've been spending a lot of time with my American 308 over the last few weeks. I loaded a six month supply of ammo last spring but got side-tracked by another gun.

I've want to start working up a new load for hunting this fall, so I've been working through the back log.

I even bought a new stock for it.

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Looks nice, how's it shoot?

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Took pics of my targets after 50 yards and 100 yards. Even though the rounds at 100 yards (8 rounds) were off the target, the grouping of 8 were grouped close together. I showed my pics and rifle to an experienced hunter and rifle shooter, and he showed me and told me how to set/zero my scope. Also told me about taking my time and spotting each hit and making my adjustments before the start of each "line cold" period.
Did not know how to zero scope and did not attempt on 1st trip with rifle. Will make sure I have binoculars and a spotter next time. Maybe even a led sled.
Was encouraging to hear that my 100 yard grouping was not as terrible as I first thought, all things considered. Missed opportunity, but I am learning, and will get better.
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Looks nice, how's it shoot?

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Like every other American. I haven't had the stock long enough to evaluate the difference. It seems to shoot about 1 MOA with the occasional flier. I'm hoping to cut that down with some careful loading. I'll post a proper range report as I get more into the process.
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...Did not know how to zero scope and did not attempt on 1st trip with rifle. Will make sure I have binoculars and a spotter next time. Maybe even a led sled...
Unless those binocs are super-high power, a basic spotting scope would serve you better. I have a Tasco 20-60x spotting scope that was about $100. It works great for sighting in at 100 yards, and will work at 200 yards, too.
A set of good quality leather sandbags or a LeadSled type of device is a must for tight groups from the bench.
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Thanks, a friend offered to loan out a led sled, and I am looking at spotters scopes.
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Got a spotter scope, some splatter targets and am going to get a bench rest or some good sand bags. Already can see where the spotter scope would make a huge difference. Especially at the gun range I went to. The targets can't be moved in or out till range cold conditions, which is about every 20 min. or so.
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Wow that a beautiful American 308 rifle.
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Much better day today on a different range. Getting used to the rifle/scope. Found a indoor range close by, so way better for keeping current with my pistols, but they also have a 25 yard lane area and it helped me get used to zeroing the scope. I know it's only 25 yards but I am way more used to the rig now than I was and can make adjustments to correct when I go back to the 100 yard range alittle farther away.
Watched a video on YouTube on "how to zero a scope in 30 seconds", and it was so easily explained and so easy to understand that I had very little problem working things out.
Basically shoot a round or a group of 3 and then center crosshairs on that round(s) impact point and then adjust scope dials back to bullseye center. Do that a couple of times and your about dead on. Last 3 rounds hit almost in the exact same spot, making a 3 leaf clover in the bullseye. Checked it again with 3 more rounds, and it repeated that clover. All holes touching each other.
This was only with a front sand bag of the Caldwell set I bought because the lane bench was to small to support the set, just the front bag. So rifle was not totally immobile, especially when reloading. Did not need the spotters scope I bought. Not from 25 yards, could see the impacts through the gun scope, and the GF through binoculars. Splatter targets helped a lot.
Looking forward to getting back to the 50 and 100 yard range soon.

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It sounds like you are making some serious progress. Get that scope perfect at 25, then back to the 100 yard range for final adjustments.

Do that and you should be good out to about 300 yards or so with minimal changes.

By the way, that stock is SEXY. That is a seriously cool looking rifle. Let me know if you ever get tired of it!
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