my budget .308

Discussion in 'Gun Photos' started by SoDak636, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. SoDak636

    SoDak636 Active Member

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    not pretty but she's a work in progress
    marlin x7vh in .308
    tasco world class 3-9x40mm
    currently shooting Hornady Match 168bthp
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    group was shot at 100yrds

    future plans include:
    -bedding the action into a new stock
    -SWFA ss16x in Burris Signature rings
    -load development soon as i get a set of .308 dies
     
  2. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    I can see from you group that unless you were adjusting the scope the whole time your not pulling the trigger inconsistantly.
     
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  3. SoDak636

    SoDak636 Active Member

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    That's kind of what i was wondering. I know i've got a lot of ways to go as a marksmen both in the knowledge aspect as well as the skills aspect. Hence why i joined the forum, get the knowledge part here allow with advice and tips ad then get out and get some range time. I try to get out and shoot at least once a week, and I'm tryin to break the bad habits i've developed light pulling the trigger rather then squeezing it.
     
  4. Centxshooter

    Centxshooter Well-Known Member

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    Hey great start and some solid plans on the upgrades. Its all about finding what you like and then improving. Shoot straight and looking forward to the future threads gun)
     
  5. SoDak636

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    I'm looking at building 2 more long range rifle's based on Stevens/Savage actions. Once those are built this one will remain as my "go-to" gun.
    I'm also planning on getting a muzzlebrake installed at some point.
     
  6. joe0121

    joe0121 Well-Known Member

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    How steady was your rest? And how heavy is the trigger pull. I string my shot like that on my Stevens .308 before I adjusted the trigger down.
     
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    Not sure where the trigger is set weight wise, but it is nicer then any of my other rifles. The factory setting is supposed to be right about 3lbs but i lightened it up a bit, gotta love user adjustable triggers.
     
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    HMMM well thats a 1/2 MOA group verticle and like 1.25 MOA horizontal Looks like maybe you werent establishing a natural point of aim.
     
  9. SoDak636

    SoDak636 Active Member

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    seeing as I'm not entirely sure what that is that could very well be the issue
     
  10. FEENIX

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    This might help too ...

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    Good luck!
     
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    ken snyder Well-Known Member

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    Looks like you are off to a good start, just remember to enjoy the sport and not let it become frustrating. I will suggest your first upgrade and it will go a long way for very little money. If you are using the OSB munufactured wood as a bench that your photo suggests, put a flat smooth surface over it
     
  13. SoDak636

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    We actually don't shoot off that bench we basically just set the rifles that we're not shooting on it..the bench is pretty haggard and how its setup puts you in a very awkward and uncomfortable position. So instead we usually shoot prone on the ground off a bipod and a rear bag.

    We went out and set up my steel plate on sunday at somewhere between 600-700 yards(no rangefinder or GPS, so we paced it off and it paced off at 673) and decided to give it a try. Used a free ballistics calculator to get a rough idea how much adjustment i needed and dialed it in, and the first shot was about a half MOA below the plate; so i brought it up 1 full MOA which just barely nicked the right edge of the plate. So i dialed in a half MOA left windage and the next 3 rounds all landed on the right half of the plate in about a 7" circle. I was also quite happy that my temporary $30 wal-mart special scope returned to zero after cranking it up to shoot out that far, I felt 4/5 at a roughly estimated distance was pretty fair.
     
  14. joe0121

    joe0121 Well-Known Member

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    Building a shooting bench is one of the best things I ever did for myself.