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Old 11-08-2003, 10:56 AM
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223 hvy bbl Handi Rifle with Bushnell Elite 3200 10x40 Mil-Dot

Fri 7 Nov

Frankly, I was not expecting much. I was told not to expect great accuracy out of a $200 break open rifle. But I put a good scope on it anyway. Bushnell Elite 3200 10x40 Mil-Dot on Leupold rings.
I had the range to myself this afternoon at lunchtime.

Just to get it on paper I used Walmart value pack 55 gr FMJ at 35 yards. Not trying too hard. Ok, got it in the black. So, I set up targets at 100 yards. Dead calm. Set up on sandbags at the hinge and at the heel. Elevation adjusted by squeezing the bag. Very little contact with the rifle, just a light touch with my cheek. Pulled the trigger by pinching the trigger to the trigger guard with first finger and thumb. Concentration. Patience. Shot the group. Walked out to check the target. (Forgot my spotting scope.) First 3-shot group, measured by calipers edge to edge, was 0.82". Got kinda excited. Maybe just lucky. Walked back to the bench. Calmed down. Really concentrated on consistant sight picture and repeated it - 0.78".

Ran a brush and patch through the bore.

Switched to my handloads. Hornady 53 gr match HPs on top of 25.8 and 26.0 grains of H335 in Winchester cases and Winchester SR primers.

Using the first charge I got a 0.35" slightly cloverleaf hole with 3 shots and stopped right there. Ripped the target off the holder and ran over to the other range and showed a complete stranger my targets and babbled a bit.

I am very, very happy.

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Sat 8 Nov

I went out again this morning but didn't stay too long. The wind was pretty strong, coming straight down the range into our faces. (For my logbook I'm going to put it down as an estimated 15 mph. I'm going to buy an anemometer.) Damn cold too. I went back and forth between my bench and helping an old guy with arthritis put the caps on his percussion rifle.) It opened my groups up a bit, but you can see there was little, if any, crosswind component. This is a 5-shot group at 100 yards. Yesterday, when it was calm, the cluster was slightly above the number 10.

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Old 11-11-2003, 03:23 PM
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Re: 223 hvy bbl Handi Rifle with Bushnell Elite 3200 10x40 Mil-Dot

Sounds like a nice little low-budget setup.

Do you know what the twist rate is in your handi-rifle?

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Old 11-13-2003, 02:02 PM
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Re: 223 hvy bbl Handi Rifle with Bushnell Elite 3200 10x40 Mil-Dot

OK---This is my version of humor---There is no way that group could have happened BECAUSE you don't mention that you loaded your rounds to .001" runnout, AND you didn't weigh all your bullets, AND you didn't trim your cases to within .001" AND you didn't weigh and segregate all your cases, AND you didn't uniform your primer pockets,
So without doing all those things WE ALL KNOW THAT ESPECIALLY IN A CHEAP RIFLE that just cannot happen right!!!????? Hope this gives all us anally retentive guys a chuckle!
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Old 11-20-2003, 05:35 PM
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Re: 223 hvy bbl Handi Rifle with Bushnell Elite 3200 10x40 Mil-Dot

The twist is 1:12 so I won't waste my money buying anything heavier than 60 grainers. And those would have to be short ogives, spire points. But to tell the truth, I'm probably just going to stay with the handload I posted above. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Does anybody know whether H335 is temperature sensitive? Maybe that's why the groups printed lower on my second day out. The diff was about 30 degrees. And I later learned the wind was closer to 30 mph.

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Old 11-20-2003, 06:25 PM
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Re: 223 hvy bbl Handi Rifle with Bushnell Elite 3200 10x40 Mil-Dot

guys i have to say my .223 handi rifle shoots awesome.have a cheap russian scope on it an 8x56 and i shoot from 50 to 500 yards with it regulary.i also have a bushy varminter and the handi rifle connects just as well as it does at long range
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Old 11-23-2003, 12:14 AM
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Re: 223 hvy bbl Handi Rifle with Bushnell Elite 3200 10x40 Mil-Dot

First varmint gun was a handi rifle, and it shot the 45 gr winchester USA hp's into groups smaller than anything I loaded. Something about that ammo, it just shoots good in everything I have tried it in. Great bang for the buck. Another good thing about the NEF's, I didn't feel guilty about painting it.
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Old 11-23-2003, 12:15 AM
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Re: 223 hvy bbl Handi Rifle with Bushnell Elite 3200 10x40 Mil-Dot

First varmint gun was a handi rifle, and it shot the 45 gr winchester USA hp's into groups smaller than anything I loaded. Something about that ammo, it just shoots good in everything I have tried it in. Great bang for the buck. Another good thing about the NEF's, I didn't feel guilty about painting it.
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