Getting back to what I truly enjoy and what led me to this forum, which is shooting. Both enjoying shooting, sharing experience, helping new shooters, and getting to know like minded folks.
I have recently gotten back into shooting my Rem 700 .308. I bought this rifle many years ago with the intention of eventually updating. When I bought the rifle, I envisioned an aftermarket stock and cerakote. Remington's blued finish is ABSOLUTE CRAP!!! To the point where I would shoot the gun one afternoon and case it up. Then when shooting the next day (not even 24 hours later), there would be a sheen of rust. I mean it was easy to wipe off, but that's crap.
The original gun is a Remington 700 SPS Tactical AAC-SD with a Vortex Viper PST 4-16. I chose .308 because it was a popular/common caliber that was readily available commercially. I had "visions" of eventually getting into reloading. I enjoy shooting steel in general, so when the steel got taken down at KHSC I lost motivation to shoot the 700, as well as a lull in my shooting in general. Anyways, I have the bug again and have picked up the update.
As I've gotten back into shooting the 700 and started reloading, I've received a lot of feedback from folks on the forum and friends, as well as on the internet. I've found that like many things in life, context is key when receiving feedback. From folks that hunt, to are interested in stuff like PRS style/level shooting, and F-Class and benchrest folks. I'm somewhere in the middle. I mostly just want to improve on the stock gun and goal is better results than commercial match ammo. Not expecting to get into the 0.25 MOA average level, but of course want to get the best I can out of the gun, ammo, and my shooting ability.
Cutting to the chase, here's where the gun is at now:
- Cerakoted barrel, action, and bolt (with larger bolt knob)
- American Precision Arms Little Bastard brake, turned down to match the barrel OD
- MPA Competition chassis with side folder
- Nightforce ATACR with MIL-XT reticle with Spuhr mount and Seekins base
- Geissele Rem 700 Super trigger (likely going to change out soon)
- Atlas BT65 bipod
When the work was done to cerakote and install the brake was done, since the barrel and action had to be taken apart, I had the gunsmith perform some "cleaning up" of the action, chamber, and crown.
Pause here. . . why not just go with a custom action and barrel? Yup, I would have if it wasn't for a few things. I wasn't expecting to go that far with the updates and I wanted to get the gun back shooting soonest. The actions I was looking at were pretty long lead times. Add to that the registration "situation". Current plan is to shoot this action/barrel a lot and see how the reloading goes and then decide where to go from there.
I got the gun back end of Dec and was able to fit in a range day to zero the gun and a "fun" range day. Zeroing on the first range day was pretty quick. I think I took about 3 rounds to get pretty close. I have a useful reference point on a building next door that allowed a pretty good boresight at about 125 yards. Wish I had done that on previous rifles. I was able to shoot a few 5 shot groups that first range day and was pleased with the results with factory ammo.
Then on the "fun" range day, I was able to get pretty good chrono data for the FGMM. Good to set a baseline for many things moving forward, both for shooting the gun in longer ranges and reloading. With the chrono data and ballistic app, I was able to get decent first round hits on steel in the 300 yard to mid 400 yard range, so I was quite happy. By decent, I mean with help from "a friend" on the wind call, first round hits on steel near the center of the plate. The group had a laugh when I had the first round hit on the first target and I was like "I hope that wasn't a one hit wonder"
So now that I'm somewhat comfortable with the gun setup, focus is shifting to reloading. I have 100 rounds loaded up from my first batch of loading. I have decided to go a different route with the load development, but it will be interesting to shoot the rounds that I have loaded up.
It's been a fun process so far. Learning a lot and have had a few mistakes in ordering components that weren't "quite right". I think I've gotten past that with the gun, but will likely have more of that with the reloading components. As I've mention in other threads, I like to try different things and see for myself. I've gone through the growing pains with handguns and ARs, and starting down that road now with bolt action rifles. A bit of bad timing as many of the reloading components are tougher to come by.
Haven't been this excited about shooting in a while. Just wish we had more diverse ranges to shoot at. This might make me look into joining SRGC again. Will see. . .