The “It’s just a hunting rifle” Saying Bugs Me

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by JohnWess, Nov 21, 2019.

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  1. memtb

    memtb Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2013
    Bob, Back in the late ‘60’s early ‘70’s, I was more “anal” about accuracy than I am now! I had a Win. Model 88 in .308 Win., and wasn’t satisfied until I was getting sub 1”, 5 shot groups at 100. Today, with far better equipment, I’m content with .5” to .75”, 3 shot groups from my hunting rifle. But, I’m restricting my shots to a bit closer than many here!

    For those that are shooting with today’s superior equipment, I can certainly understand their desires for getting the absolute best they can. Both, as a personal challenge and a test of their equipment! I simply can’t devote the efforts required to attain those levels! I admire their dedication to the sport! memtb
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  2. 6.5BR

    6.5BR Well-Known Member

    Sep 16, 2007
    Nice! CPC reworked a 10/22 Butler Creek SS .920 to go on my 77/22. WW PowerPoints - the original ammo, shoots 10 in a dime at 50. Did trigger spring. Have a business card shimmed near the rear of the barrel. That’s it. It will not shoot like a good 17, I hear great things. Yours does very well. Heard of folks shimming Ruger Bolts to clean up the slop. Seems to help in the Hornets as well. Your rifle should make headshots on squirrels a given to 100 or more when you do your part. Good hunting!
    Re: post above in 1/2 MOA. That’s my goal to find that accuracy with any centerfire. Also agree that a 1 MOA which a great many will do if you find a load and sometimes minor bedding etc done - that’s usually plenty for deer sized game at common distances. No doubt this is the LR forum. Never hurts to have extreme accuracy to remove that variable. Then other things come to play as most know. Wind. Drop. Etc. But again lest anyone not have confidence due to less than grouping. See what a rifle will do. First shot cold bore. You might be pleasantly surprised.
  3. 5.56×250

    5.56×250 Well-Known Member

    May 16, 2019
    What suxs is having to play clean up after those guys that are still on the first box of ammo they bought with their rifle 12 yrs ago. I can remember 3 occasions off the top of my head where I had to finish deer for others . Not a deer suffering on the ground , about to die. Deer that would most likely never have been found if they had not happened to run my way . 2 gut shot, one with his lower jaw gone . I've helped a few hunters get a little better on track with their on game performance. Alot of folks just dont care enough about it to want to improve. I dont think it's quite as bad around here as it use to be, but then again I'm a lot more reclusive these days, so it might be that lm just not around it.
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  4. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2012
    Wild Rose,
    Your story of "That Guy" reminded me of a sight-in day back in the '90s in Pennsylvania. "That Guy" was in his late 20s/early 30s and was trying to sight in a bolt action 30-06 Savage with about 4 different brands of ammo.

    I made sure my target was 2 targets left of his B/c I didn't want any stray shots on mine.
    Sure enough when we walked 100 yards down to the targets he walks up to mine and proudly says "Boy, that rifle of mine shoots!". I gently pointed out to him it was my target and pointed to his target with shots scattered everywhere but the 10 ring - or the 5 ring! He was really *Rule 4 Violation*ed at me but knew I was right. I was shooting a .300 Win mag Browning A-Bolt with a BOSS brake and handholds and getting three different sub MOA groups on the corners of my target. Because he was so mad I didn't bother trying to tell him that each box of his ammo would group differently because the fool couldn't even shoot a group.

    Eric B.
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  5. Coyote_Hunter

    Coyote_Hunter Well-Known Member

    Jul 24, 2019
    Picked up a Savage 12FV 6.5CM at Cabelas a couple days ago. It is Savage typical, which is to say cosmetically challenged. Synthetic stock, dull black finish.

    Doesn't matter. it's just a hunting rifle.

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