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I found a local range that was not only open on New Year's Day Sunday, but actually had some Hornady ammo on the shelf, so I went down to verify/adjust the iron sights.  The initial 3-round group at 50 yards was about 3 inches left.  A couple of adjustments later left me with this final 3-round verification group:
 
 
It's just a little off-center, but it was at the point of leaving well-enough alone.  The rear sight adjusts by loosening a screw and moving the sight in the desired direction, but there are no markings of any kind to use as a guide.  I'm sure the engineers on the board could whip up a few calculations and do something scientific, but the rest of us are stuck making a wild guess and working a bracket from there.
 
I had just three rounds left that I sent to a 100- yd target, and ended up with this group:
 
 
That's a little under 2 3/4" center-to-center, which is okay for me.  It gives me confidence that I can shoot minute-of-irritated-bear out to that distance if I have to take the scope off for some reason.
 
General observations:
 
1) The express sights are easy to pick up and seem as though they'd work well to pick up a relatively large target area quickly.
 
2)  The rifle recoils with authority.  It's manageable, but for an extended range session, I'd go with a padded shooting coat or a lead sled. 
 
3)  I shot holding the forend firmly, so I don't know how much muzzle rise there would be if it were simply resting on a bag.  Even so, much of the recoil seemed to be directed rearward rather than upward.  I'm sure opinions vary, but straight  back makes sense to me for this kind of rifle since you may want  to minimize time between shots.
 
4)  The checkering on the forend provided a good handhold but didn't hurt/cut my bare hand under recoil.
 
5)  The bolt locked and unlocked crisply and easily, and extraction/ejection were smooth.  The range only allowed single-loading (Ruger instructions are to place a single round directly into the chamber), so I was unable to see how smoothly it chambered from the magazine.
 
Later this week or next week I'll get the scope mounted and see how it does.  Still open for suggestions on improvements to the rifle and which scope to choose for Montana/Alaska. 
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What grain bullet?  I am guessing with a scope, that 100 yard group will tighten up.  Did you flinch at all on one of the shots?  Two look good with just one out a bit.
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270.  I have some more 270s on the way, along with a few 300 sp.
 
Don't think I flinched, never felt beat up enough by it to be apprehensive about pulling the trigger.  At 100 yds, all I can see of that target without a scope is a white outline with an orange haze in the middle.  The big bead on the express sights completely covers the orange haze, and trying to keep things lined up and in any kind of focus wasn't the easiest thing I've done lately.  So having two in the white was a nice surprise, and the one that was out a bit was fine with me.  Of course it's possible there's a problem with POI as the barrel heats a little, but that should've shown up a little at 50 as well.  I'm chalking it up to my inability to see and  shoot iron sights well past 50.  At least until it's scoped.
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Looks like a great 100 yard group with open sights to me.
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Thanks.  I'll post some with scope soon.
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Originally posted by Bitterroot Bulls Bitterroot Bulls wrote:

Looks like a great 100 yard group with open sights to me.

thats what i was thinking too

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