I hope I'm posting this in the right spot. It is some pics of bullets, barrel, and some ballistics so it should fit!
Brian B, 7mmrhb, and I have been waiting for the MOAG to come for some time, and it finally came last week. I have been breaking in the barrel and fireforming for it and got to try some different loads for it today finally. It is a .338 Lapua improved tight neck on a BAT 8.5" action. Mcmillan stock, Jewell 2 oz trig, 36" 10 twist 3 groove kreiger barrel. It's about 1.45" diameter at the muzzle. 9" barrel block, and assembled by Bill Shehane. It wears a Leupold/premier 14.5-35x50 scope we had made. It weighs in at a featherlite 52 pounds! The base and rings give it 40 minutes without touching the scope turrets. It is zeroed for 1500 yards! I had a HELL of a time making it come down to shoot through the chrono at 300 yards!
This was the first time firing it with the scope on. I started at 300 for load development. It did pretty well considering the hellacious mirage we had today.
Unfortunately, only myself and 7mmrhb got to shoot it today. Brian was working all day and didn't get time to shoot the gun yet. We are all planning a trip to the range this weekend though. We will run this monster out to 2500 yards hopefully.
Anyway, here are a bunch of pics of the experience today. I hope everyone finds them worth looking at. Enjoy!
This is the range setup for 300 yard testing:
here's a side view:
Here's 7mmrhb ready to unleash the MOAG:
Who's that ugly dude? Oh, it's me by golly!
Here's the .338 Lapua imp on the left, regular Lapua on right.
The business end:
spotter and gun:
Here's a pic of what my range looks like. This is the 1400 yard spot shooting to that burm that is barely visable below the mountain. THat burm is about 25 feet tall or more!
Here are some 300 grain MK's recovered from the dirt at 300 yards:
Here is a 300 grain MK found at 1400 yards. It didn't hold together as well as it looks. THe core is gone.
Here's a pic of what the 15" gong looks like through my Swaro spotter at 1400 yards:
THis is the resulting groups from the 300 yard line with various loads. Most are 1/3 MOA or slightly larger!
Here's a pic of our gong:
Here is what 36, 300 grain Matchkings can do to a burm! What a hole!
And finally, here is a pic showing how great Coppermelt works. There was 27 shots down the 36" barrel at the time of this cleaning. It took about 15 minutes to rid the barrel of all copper. Great stuff!
I will post more pics of the 2500 yard shoot next week.