Originally Posted by Broz
I agree with this. It is a precision rifle and needs to be treated as a precision instrument when ever possible.
I agree with this and have an appreciation for "when ever possible."
I'm thinkin' military sniper conditions and such stuff as drag bag use.
Many years ago my with my 1966 vintage self custom 270 Win across my back doing some chuck hunting in the lavas I tripped and landed across a wide crack in the rock. The rifle prevented me from falling into the crack.
Heck of a gouge on the barrel, gouges on the end bell of the VX-II and some gouges on the cheek piece. Talk about worry, I was full of it.
However the next chuck and most subsequent chucks for the rest of the afternoon were DRT. The rifle wore those marks for the next 35 years.
Much luck was involved I'm sure. Though I fully expect any rifle I have to withstand a decent fall as from leaning against a tree to good hard ground with no impact on POI.
Though I'm not gonna test it on purpose.