3.806" group at 1,680 Yards

Discussion in 'Long Range Competition' started by Joel Russo, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. Joel Russo

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    About two months ago, my good friend and custom rifle builder Bruce Baer, challenged me to shoot the Mile. I told him that if he builds the rifle, I'll take him up on the challenge.
    I gave him a barrel that I had and then pestered him repeatedly for two months to chamber it. After he chambered the barreled action, I bedded it in the stock and completed load development. All under his guidance.
    Specs on the rifle: .338 Big Baer, .338-.408 Improved reamer designed by Baer, Krieger barrel, Lawton 8000 repeater action, Vias brake, Jewell trigger, NXS 8 x 32 NP1, shooting the 300 grain SMK, McMillan A-5 stock designed by Baer to accomodate the larger actions. Rifle weighs about 21 pounds.

    This weekend we made the trip to the Thunder Valley Rifle Range in Kimbolton, Ohio. Thunder Valley is an IBS sanctioned 1000 yard range. They had their first two matches this weekend. Range owner and rangemaster, Tom Sarver, also holds the Mile shoot in conjunction with the 1000 yard match. Along for the trip was Bud Williams, Bruce Baer, and my father.
    Baer and Williams shot the Mile match two years ago and Bear won group with 22.5" and Williams won for score. We all entered the 1000 yard shoot in light and heavy gun with Williams winning Heavy gun shootoff for score with his .308 Baer.

    We talked about shooting three or five shot groups at the Mile and decided on the five shot group with a spotter only for sighter shots. No communication between spotter and shooter during record fire.

    I shot the first relay with Baer as my spotter. First shot on cold clean barrel was center mass on the white sighter steel plate. Second shot was approx 17" high but center mass. I made a correction and the next three shots were in the center of the plate. I immediately went to the record target. I fired five shots with no correction for conditions between shots.

    Sarver retrieved the target and told us that the fifth shot was 1.5" right off the paper but in the group.

    He officially measured the 4 shot group at 3.806". Estimate of the five shot group was 7.75".

    Oh well, I'll settle for a four shot group like that.

    The wind picked up and we shot a few other record targets later in the day. The conditions were far from what they were earlier, winds were switching and the mirage was heavy. Baer ended up beating us with a 23" group with three shots in the center of the target.

    What made this day even more special is that my 80 year old dad was with me. After all, he's the one that got me interested in this crazy sport...

    The target:

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    The rifle:

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  2. SUNDEVIL

    SUNDEVIL Well-Known Member

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    Wow. Great shooting. Good looking rifle!
     

  3. eddybo

    eddybo Well-Known Member

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    SWEET....the gun and the group.
     
  4. winmagman

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    Thats some darn fine shootin. I'd be happy with that group at half that distance.

    Chris
     
  5. Buffalobob

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    That is really nice. A little less than quarter MOA for four.

    You really need to get rid of that ugly stock.
     
  6. Ernie

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    Joel,
    Absolutely excellent shooting!!!
     
  7. P KUNDA

    P KUNDA Well-Known Member

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    Fantastic-What velocity?

    Peter
     
  8. landcbeitner

    landcbeitner Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely amazing! Great shooting!
     
  9. philny1

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    Hey Buddy, I'm proud of of ya. Nothing short of fantastic shooting and the proofs on the the paper. Not a poof of dust on some far off hillside.
    I knew when ya let me shoot it, ya had a winner there.
    Phil
     
  10. Len Backus

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    Wowser!
     
  11. Joel Russo

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    Thanks guys.

    BB, I used that stock because I did'nt have the time to make and finish one of my own. Imagine how it will shoot with a pretty laminate.....;)
     
  12. longrangebo

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    Good shooting Joel, the 276 Bruce did for me is smoking, same repeater action, Have fun Bob Smeltzer
     
  13. Tyler Kemp

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    That's amazing shooting from an amazing gun!
     
  14. wildcat

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    Joel, how could I get a Rifle built exactly like that with that cartridge, stock, bottom metal and mag, ect. Any Information would be great.

    W.