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We had a chance to go over and hang out last Sunday afternoon with one of the families we have come to know through teaching Children's Church.  It was a great day of fellowship, relaxation, and--of course--shooting. 

Betty, my .30-06, was recently (*cough* 3 months ago *cough*) fitted with a  http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-10x42-Tactical-Riflescope-P500.aspx fixed 10 SWFA Super Sniper scope, and I've been itching to get her dialed in.  Mounting the scope is a story in and of itself, since the SS is a 30mm and my previous mount and ring setup was for 1".  What made this a problem was that Betty's previous owner had a blue Lok-Tite fetish, and also managed to strip out the screws that secured the mount to the receiver.  The guys at the local gunsmiths were, unfortunately, some good ol' boys whose enthusiasm outmeasured their expertise, so when they removed the mount, they trashed it.  I made a series of phone calls to find out if anyone had a mount compatible with the holes already drilled in my rifle, as well as 30mm medium height rings to fit that mount.  None of the gun stores here in the Indianapolis area could help, and the guy at Leupold, while friendly, was nearly worthless.  I decided to give SWFA a call, and I was not disappointed.  Catrina was incredibly helpful.  I had little else to give her but a physical description of the mount and the measurement from one hole center to the next.  She searched for the proper (Redfield) mount, and then went and got one so that she could verify the hole pattern and describe to me the mount she had in her hand.  Then she set me up with med. 30mm single-twist rings. 

I also got a decent deal on an SKD Tac MK2 sniper bean bag which definitely helped in positional consistency and cheek weld, as well as providing a nice bit of padding between my jawbone and Betty's stock.  

 

The target is a piece of posterboard that I gridded into 2” squares.  The ammo is Greek milsurp from CMP.  Betty herself was manufactured in 1943, had a Monte Carlo stock and a Jaeger trigger put in by her previous owner, and I had her stock bedded and barrel free floated last year.

I decided to go for a 200yd Zero.  Right out of the box, at 50yd, here was my first two shot groupings of three shots each.

 

 
Pleased and impressed, I moved back to 200yd.  About 15 three-shot groups later, here was my final result.

 

Yeah, for some reason, she throws the last shot low and to the left.  For some reason, I always ended up with my last shot going down and to the side. Strange, but consistent from group to group--even when my friend, Mark, shot a few groups.

I guess that I need considerably more Range time; either to iron out a bad habit, or to be able to predict and adjust for the wild shot in the group.

Being that this is Indiana, we experienced about the full spectrum of possible weather available during summertime. It went from swelteringly hot, bright, and muggy to windy, and then to overcast and drizzling--and then back again. While I did not mind the weather so much, the b
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Nice.  Thunbs Up  Little more range time, and the group could improve.  Do you load you own ammo?  Playing with loads could help too.  Do you have a pic of the rifle?  We would like to drool a little.
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I've not started reloading--yet.  I have been saving all my brass for just that, though, and I intend to start.
 
I'll get up some pics soon. 
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Look forward to the pics.  If it is going to be a while before you start reloading, I would recommend trying different brands of ammo, and a couple different weights of bullets.  You may find your rifle likes one better than the other.

I would also shoot at 100 yards.  5 shot groups letting the gun cool between shots.  See how she prints at that range.
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Nice range report, thanks for sharing. Loading your own will tighten up the group and keep you busy for the next 10 years!
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