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Old October 28th, 2019, 06:01 AM   #16
 
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Amstel77, that is a nice group and rifle too. I thought about a semi instead of a bolt, but decided on the bolt. I'm looking forward to getting ATF approval so I can suppress mine. They just cashed the check, so I'm in for a long wait.
I'm going to change to 5 round groups instead of 10 soon...

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Thank you, I plan to get into reloading in the next few years. I'm saving and cleaning all my brass in the meantime. I've been finding Fed Gold Medal for $17 a box delivered, so, I'm buying a bunch of that. Will experiment with 175gr next I think.

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Amstel77, that is a nice group and rifle too. I thought about a semi instead of a bolt, but decided on the bolt. I'm looking forward to getting ATF approval so I can suppress mine. They just cashed the check, so I'm in for a long wait.
I'm going to change to 5 round groups instead of 10 soon...

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Good luck on the suppressor. I have played the game a few times and these days, always seem to have one "in process." When you call the ATF to check the status, be advised the access for the customer service people has changed so all they can tell you is that it is in process. They used to tell you what stage it was in, when it went to the FBI, etc. But plan on a year. The one I have in process now, the check was cashed on 11/29/18. When I called last week, it was still in process.

On the point of this thread, nice rifle and good shooting. Good luck with handloading. I think you will find it a satisfying expansion of your shooting-related activities.
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Mark204, Not everyone plans to shoot at a gazillion yards like you do so a 308 is an excellent choice for 500 yards or so. US military uses 308s out to 800 yards with excellent success but they sure don't use standard hunting ammo.
Isn't the .308 good for about 1100 yards before going trans-sonic?



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That is a nice looking set up. I got the 308 a few years ago. The max I shoot on my land is 750, I could shoot further but have mainly been using 500-550. I use the Hornady Precision Hunter ammo... the ELD-X 178gr. I shoot the 12x20 IDPA steel targets and it is hard to miss. I also shoot the cheapo PPU 145s and they work fine, but don't smack the steel near as hard. I have the Specwar 762 that I rotate with my ar10tac20. I go through a lot of bottled water on my suppressor... I need to invest in a mirage cover.
Are those PPUs FMJ or HPBT/OTM?
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Isn't the .308 good for about 1100 yards before going trans-sonic?





Are those PPUs FMJ or HPBT/OTM?
Just FMJ BT. Not a high quality round, but a good way to kill an hour without spending a lot. Same results... wouldn't use it on anything but steel.
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Good luck on the suppressor. I have played the game a few times and these days, always seem to have one "in process." When you call the ATF to check the status, be advised the access for the customer service people has changed so all they can tell you is that it is in process. They used to tell you what stage it was in, when it went to the FBI, etc. But plan on a year. The one I have in process now, the check was cashed on 11/29/18. When I called last week, it was still in process.



On the point of this thread, nice rifle and good shooting. Good luck with handloading. I think you will find it a satisfying expansion of your shooting-related activities.
It took me 13 months to get two form 4s approved despite holding a security clearance. In fact, both my applications went to the FBI for research which took an additional 3 months to clear.

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It took me 13 months to get two form 4s approved despite holding a security clearance. In fact, both my applications went to the FBI for research which took an additional 3 months to clear.

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It is a ridiculous process. This will be my 6th stamp, but I'm sure they will review it for a year anyway.

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How do you like that grip on your rifle? I've been debating getting one that style.
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How do you like that grip on your rifle? I've been debating getting one that style.
I like it so far. The bottom plate adjustable or removable. I like the grip itself a lot better than the stock one. I have not set the bottom plate yet, but will likely move it up a bit so hand hand rests on it.

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Could anyone provide feedback on the timney trigger for the RPR? The stock trigger is good, but if there is a noticeable improvement, it would be worth the money to upgrade.

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mboundy, my thoughts, “learn your trigger “. My RPR in 6.5 is bone stock out of the box, the only thing I’ve done is some good load development. Granted my factory trigger is at 1.5lb, but don’t get sucked into the modification game. Trigger control is key, dry the crap out of it.

This is a little tighter than the norm at 100yds, but I seriously doubt a different trigger would help make it any better. Anything larger I write off as “operator error”.
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You'll be happy when you do and wish you'd started reloading sooner.
What he said and welcome to the forum, I am fond of the 308 as well and after having as much as a 4 spread depending on ammo brand. My American will shoot 3 rounds in a 3/8 cloverleaf and 5 rounds less than a inch the last two opened up due to barrel heat but these are hand loads versus standard hunting rounds off the shelf.
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Could anyone provide feedback on the timney trigger for the RPR? The stock trigger is good, but if there is a noticeable improvement, it would be worth the money to upgrade.

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yes i put a 2 stage timney on my 308 much better feel.. to be fair the OEM RPR trigger had done well for 5000+ rounds but was getting crotchety so the timney was worth the spend
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yes i put a 2 stage timney on my 308 much better feel.. to be fair the OEM RPR trigger had done well for 5000+ rounds but was getting crotchety so the timney was worth the spend
Thank you. I'm going to see if I can find a great deal on black Friday on one. I know it is not necessary, but I do like s nice trigger and have come to prefer 2 stage triggers in my rifles.

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Ended up finding a timney trigger for $190 delivered from Optics Planet. Was hoping for a better price, but that was the best I could find. Should arrive in time to try it next weekend.
I'll get to try it at the 300yd range. Im curious about how different the cold bore shot will be in the very cold weather. I'll post target picts.

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