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This past Saturday, I got out to the hills @ 5:30 A.M. to try out a new spot I had in mind for 300 yard + shooting @ 6000 ft. It was a beautiful morning and when I got out of the car I was amazed to see not a blade of grass stirring. Until around 9:00 I had almost complete calm to do some long-range load testing.

The site proved to be a mixed bag. I set up my target stand on a small, flat knob in front of a large hill as a backstop. I had in mind to shoot @ 150, 260 (my zero) and 300 before moving out farther, just to see how well my loads match the calculated ballistics. Unfortunately, the grass was too high to shoot prone. On the good side, the knob where I planned to do most of my shooting from ranged @ 294 yards...close enough to 300...and completely unobstructed.

I brought three rifles with me - Rem. LTR in .308, M1 Garand, and my new Savage Mark II .22. In between five-round cold barrel groups on the LTR, I sighted in the Savage and alternated shooting it and the M1. In all, I put 264 rounds down range - LTR: 70, M1:  34, Savage: 160. Considering how seldom I've gotten out this year, I feel the need to expend as much as I can stand. My load testing for the LTR consisted of 25 rounds of Lapua brass/165 gr. Accubonds/46 gr. Varget. Given the results, I don't feel the need to post pictures. That load is not as accurate as 44 grs. so I'll be reverting back to that in the future and adjusting my zero. Aside from two fliers, all the groups were sub-MOA (3" @ 300) but just barely. This rifle is capable of shooting .5 MOA and has with the 44 gr. load. That's still within minute-of-deer but not what I expect. I also shot a group of 168 gr. Nosler BTs loaded on 44 grs. and those grouped @ 2.25".

The real fun was shooting up 40 rounds of 147 gr. surplus @ targets out to 475 yards. That is where it is a joy to have a Nightforce 2.5-10x32 mounted on the rifle. I was firing at a 1-yard wide rock up a 30 deg. hillside and seeing a puff of rock dust almost ever time. That thing is like a laser. I also shot at it with the Garand and still marvel at the simplicity and accuracy of its iron sights. As for the Savage, I will have to try some other ammo but the American Eagle I have was respectable. As in the past, my Leupold FX-II 4X scope took a few shots to settle in after each adjustment of more than 1/2 MOA but once dialed in I was getting 1.5" groups from a kneeling position. (Again, that tall grass was in the way of shooting prone).

What I really like is firing a .22 from various field positions - either kneeling or standing. I also move around a lot to simulate hunting conditions. That gets my heart rate and breathing up and avoids getting conditioned to shooting from one spot. I mostly shot @ a half dozen 1.5" wide branches I stuck in the ground 50-75 yards away. I recommend firing a lot of .22 whenever you're out shooting. It has improved my shooting tremendously. There's no recoil so I've gotten conditioned to ignore it even when I switch back to the .308. Also, the ammo is relatively so cheap that it really isn't a great expense to fire off a lot of shots. Aside from sighting in, there's none of the "every shot counts" factor, no worries about barrel temperature, etc. So I find it a very relaxing way to gain experience behind the trigger.


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Sounds like a great time, summers is almost over and I still haven't got much range time in.

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Good day!
Wish I could have been there!
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Sounds like a great time. 
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