LR-308 Range Report

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by FCross7, Aug 15, 2009.

  1. FCross7

    FCross7 New Member

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    Finally got the time to go to the range yesterday and shot about 140 rounds through my LR-308. Did pretty well. Started to shooting some surplus that the gun store gave me when I bought the gun. Wanted to finish the break-in period and just get rid of the ammo. It was really inconsistent and didn't group well, then I shot some Remington Cor-Lokt 150 Gr., then I shot some Winchester Super X 150 Gr. It shot the best groups and is what most the pictures are of. All of these are at 100 yards.

    Here's a pic of the gun:

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    Here's the first target. Wasn't trying too hard here, still kinda trying to get the scope fully sighted in:

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    Here's the second target. These were 5 shot groups, actually tried on these too. Would've had a couple of pretty good groups had it not been for some fliers:

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    Definitely not as good as the gun will do. I was starting to get impatient and rushed a lot of the shots. My eyes were also starting to get tired towards the end. I'll be going back on either Monday or Tuesday and I'm gonna try and shoot some better groups. This time I won't have the surplus ammo getting it dirty before I shoot the good stuff, and I'm gonna make sure and work on my breathing and trigger control so hopefully I can get some better groups. Will post pics afterward. Enjoy!

    -Fred
     
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  2. FCross7

    FCross7 New Member

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    Here's a closer look at the two better groups:

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    -Fred
     

  3. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    Nice grouping Cross! I want one of these things but will settle for the Savage bolt gun for now....at least 'till the budget gets a little better. Looks like a sweet shooter!!
     
  4. RL357Mag

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    Fred,

    Are those 100 yd. groups? Looks like you have a real good barrel and you will be very surprised when you start reloading! As the gun and trigger wear in, the groups will get even tighter with factory fodder. My LR308 is the only gun that I really look forward to shooting each time I go to the range, because I know that any inconsistencies in my grouping are due strictly to my ability or inability on that particular day. I am certain that from a machine rest that gun would make 1 ragged hole all day long. What scope did you settle on?
     
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  5. FCross7

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    Yeah, they're 100 yards. Forgot to add that in at first but just went back and did. And I'm starting to get used to the trigger, it had definitely smoothed out some since I first got it. I ended up getting a 3-9x40 Bushnell Banner Dusk and Dawn as that was all that funds would allow at the time. But when I get the money, that scope will get switched over to my .22 and I'll be getting a better scope for this. Probably something in a 6-24, not sure what brand though. Any suggestions on a better scope? I don't know much at all about scopes. I'd like to stay somewhere around $500, but wouldn't mind going a little over that.

    -Fred
     
  6. dunerunner

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    Burris Fullfield II Tac-2 6.5X – 20X! On my wish list for my 10FP!
     
  7. FCross7

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    I really don't plan on doing any target shooting at anything over 100 yards as I don't think there are any ranges near me that are any longer. And most of the hunting that I'll do with will be at ranges less than 250 yards. Would I be better to get a really good 3-9x40, something like a Zeiss or Trijicon? Or go to a higher power scope in a brand that wouldn't be quite as expensive?

    -Fred
     
  8. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    Know what you mean Fred and I know I'll end up with something else too...but it's still on my wish list for later.
     
  9. RL357Mag

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    Check out the new Weaver varmint scopes - they have really nice, fine reticles that are geared toward target shooting. Weaver makes some excellent scopes, despite their reputation for cheap .22 scopes.
     
  10. FCross7

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    I took a look at the Weavers and will probably pick one of them up in the near future. From the reviews I read, they're as good as scopes that cost $200-$300 more. There were two I was looking at, one has a Varminter reticle and the other has fine crosshair dot reticle. Anyone know whether one is better than the other or is it all up to personal preference? Here are a couple links to the scopes I was looking at:

    MidwayUSA - Weaver Grand Slam Rifle Scope 6-20x 40mm Adjustable Objective Varminter Reticle Matte

    MidwayUSA - Weaver Grand Slam Rifle Scope 6-20x 40mm Adjustable Objective Fine Crosshair Dot Reticle Matte

    -Fred
     
  11. RL357Mag

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    The Weaver I was looking into was the V24 6-24 x 42mm with a fine crosshair reticle. MidSouthShooters.Com has them for $362, but they are on backorder. I believe they also sell the GrandSlam cheaper than MidWay. Actually they sell everything cheaper than MidWay!
     
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  12. FCross7

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    Ok, I'll give midsouthshooters a look. And just got back from the range. I'll post some pics when I get done cleaning the gun.
     
  13. FCross7

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    Ok, I went to the range today but decided not to go through the trouble of posting the pics because the groups I shot today were just that bad. There was a pretty strong wind, but I think the main problem was the trigger. It was very gritty, catching really hard in certain spots and it was hard to tell when it was gonna break. But at one point, the range officer came over and was asking me how my groups were, I said horrible and that I thought it was the trigger. He said he hears that a lot about AR-10 type rifles and told me to take some 0000 steel wool and polish all parts of the trigger. Now this may be something that those of you "in the know" all know about, but me, being the noob that I am, knew nothing of it. But let me tell you, I did what he said after I cleaned it, and man, did it ever help. I don't know that the trigger is any lighter, but it's so much smoother, has a nice crisp break that I can feel coming and even seems to be a little shorter. I thought it helped enough that I'm gonna get out my other AR and my 10/22 and do the same thing to them tomorrow. For any of you that haven't done this, I would definitely recommend it. It only took me maybe 30 minutes to take everything apart, polish it and put it back together. The steel wool only cost me $1.50 because I work at ace hardware, but normally is around $3.00. Well worth the time and effort in my opinion.

    -Fred
     
  14. RL357Mag

    RL357Mag New Member

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    Good deal! What exactly did the steel wool do? Remove the finish?
     
  15. FCross7

    FCross7 New Member

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    No, the finish is still there. All the parts are just, smoother, I guess would be a good way to put it. They don't feel as rough as they did. I wasn't sure exactly what parts to polish, so I did everything.

    -Fred
     
  16. RL357Mag

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    I may try this just for the heck of it. Thanks!
     
  17. NitroxAZ

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    Nice groups on the pics. I am a AR noob too and will try the steel wool thing this weekend. As I am still in the process of building mine, it will give me something to tinker with while I wait for $ and parts. It sure as heck can't hurt.