Range Report: Terrible Day with .458 Socom
Today was the 2nd terrible day at the range. With the exception of
exploding in my face, I think everything that could go wrong did go
.458 Socom range day 1Ö The rounds didnít fit into the gun, the bolt didnít close all the way. (how can we forget)
Range Day 2Ö
My ammo fits and the gun fires. I started sighting in the rifle at
25 yards. Looked good.
I took it out to 100 yards Ė Couldnít hit the paper at all. Had the RO
with me spotting where it hit the dirt to see if we could adjust it back
to the paper.
Brought it back to 50 yards to try to get it on the paper to adjust.
Couldnít put it on the paper. Found out that the scope mount was
loose. So made some critical hardware adjustments and then tried
again. Couldnít find the paper!
Went back to the 25 yard line. Couldnít find the paper at TWENTY-FIVE
YARDS!!! So I started shooting the corners of the paper to try to find
where my rounds were going. NOTHING! GAAAA!!! Last shot of the day
before I kick this thing to the curbÖ BLAM! The cross hairs broke!
I didnít know that the shock of a round could break cross hairs. I guess
good scopes are quite necessary. Some 41 rounds were spent ($3.50
each ish) and I still have a gun thatís not sighted in!
and the best picture, I took it apart
Now I need real advice on a 4 power to 10 power scope. One thatíll stand
up to the shock of the .458 410 grain Socom. Ideas?
~ or ~
Am I cursed and need to give up now?
You just have to hate it when the most critical part breaks on you. Oh well regroup and try again and thanks for posting.
As far as advice on scopes all I can tell you is you might look into getting an etched glass reticle, I'm not sure how much stronger they are but supposedly they are stronger than normal crosshairs.
I'd be temped to take measurements of both rounds and pull the bullets from both the Cor-Bon and the 300 grainers to see the difference in them and see if Cor-Bon is telling the truth about it being spec. I'd start there since ammo lots can vary more than barrels typically.
Dont get discouraged, we all get a lemon of some sort sooner or later. Take the lemon and squirt the person that made it in the eye with it :D
Ive got the same issue with my socom. The nikon monarch african reputed to be good enough for large bore rifles keeps losing zero evvery shot. Im just gonna go nightforce for it and have done with it at some point. Right now for next deer season tho im going to usemy leupold mk4 m1 its waay big but i know it works on the socom.
i use it on texas whitetail :) i dont like chasing critters thru the brush and cactus. used to use my 458 winmag winchester mod 70 african express.
i use 350grn soft points. knocks em over dead almost no meat loss regardless of where you hit em.
Is your upper a RRA? Are you using Corbon ammo.
I have one of the troubled RRA uppers. Mine is fixed now, but yours is showing the same symtoms as mine.
Look for scrathes on your brass. Take a loaded rd and blacken it with a sharpy.
My chamber had parkerising or some thin in it. I used Flitz metal polish and a shotgun mop with drill and polished the chamber untill my rds came out smoothly.
Get one of Marties chamber gauges for the Socom and realy check your brass after resizing. I found some of Corbons ammo to be a little big especialy if you have a tight chamber with stuff in it.
I also installed an adjustable gas tube to slow down the bolt. Mine seemed to be over gassed. It made a big differance once it was adjusted correctly. The gun runs much smoother.
As for scopes I have used a Vortex Strikefire and a Millet D M 1 on mine without a problem.
My gun is 3 years old and has killed well over a hundred hogs. I dont leave home without it. It is my favorite pig gun.
I know a guy that spends thousands on his scopes, he mounts them on high power weaponry such as the 50 BMG and the .338 Lapua Magnum. Probably aren't looking to spend this kind of money but if you are I can get the names of the scopes for you. They are flawless.
I'm looking at one of the Nikon's ODC scopes. I'm not 100% liking the circles.
but check out their awesome bullet mapping program. AND they list .458 Socom as a round.
So what do we think of Nikon scopes and are there other companies that offer this type of software to go with their scopes?
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