first range session with HS
[img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] well I just got back from the range playing with my new old toy.
This rifle is accurate!
This rifle is different to what I am used to shooting.
It likes to be held and I found something strange, - it seems to shoot best when you take pot shots, the longer I sat and breathed, concentrated and squeezed the more erratic the groups got. A lot of his is probably accountable to the trigger which is a lot heavier than my 6PPC.
I didn't do much of a breaking in routine, just cleaned between shots at 1, 2, then 5 shot intervals.
The best group I got for the day was .323MOA the average .5MOA, so I'm not going to complain.
I could see the groups shrinking over the day as I got more familiar with the rifle, I think it will take some time to get to understand it and what it likes.
The one thing that worried me, but I won't say it is certain is that it seems that the rirst or second shot of a 5 shot group would be a flyer. Then the others would fill in the gaps and you would get a tight group. Or I got a .3 group with a shot sticking out opening it up to .8 or so, sometimes, 3 together and two flyers.
I think what is happening is that I'm correcting my shooting, because I kept the barrel a pretty much the same temperature the whole time so I don't think it was the barrel wamring up and cooling down.
Interesting note: Initail groups gave diagonal stringing, turns out one leg of the bipod was set out longer than the other!
Brass was new and FL sized, but all loads above 42.2gn(starting load from VV manual) gave me flat primers, though no signs of stiffness in the bolt.
That's all I can come up with for the moment, it's satisfying to finally be able to share something that someone might find useful here.
[ 04-10-2004: Message edited by: EXPRESS ]