Re: Initial review: Pierce/Eliseo tube gun 338LM
I shot the Scenars seated to touch the lands this morning. They shot well, groups of .62 and .34. Keep in mind these are 3 shot groups.
Then I switched to the OTMs. Things got maddeningly inconsistent. Inconsistent to the point where I am strongly questioning if it is the projectile or the shooter...
First off, loaded to mag length they are waaaaay of the lands, and these two groups shot consistently poorly (nice random scattering well over 1MOA).
The next two sets were loaded over mag length:
40 thou off lands: these two groups were both sporadic. The first was two shots within about .5", and a flyer about an inch off of that. The second group was 2 shots into literally one hole, and then a flyer almost 2" off! It sure didn't feel like I jerked one 2 inches, I'll tell you that.
On the lands: the first two in the group were about 1" apart, and shot three went right through hole #1. Nutty. Again there was no noticed major technique flaw... The second 3 shot group was literally one hole and probably the best group I have ever shot at 100 yds. No BS, it measured like .01" over bullet diameter.
I think it is safe to say that these rounds are not an option for me at magazine length. BUT, the inconsistency of the groups closer to the lands has me scratching my head.
I had 0 groups out of 6 with the Scenars where I had a flyer. I had 3 out of 4 with the Bergers where I did. I am very capable of shooting crappy, but the good shots and bad shots all "felt" about the same. But I also find it hard to believe that these bullets can shoot into one hole and then magically produce a major flyer (without my help). What say you with lots of experience loading Bergers?? Common occurrence, or did I shake loose mentally this morning??
I'll load up 10 or 15 more on the lands and see what they do. Frankly, I would rather have 100% crappy results than the one magic group I shot at the end telling me its possible! It's like the 1 good drive I hit every 18...