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Old May 11, 2013, 08:15 PM   #1
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Ruger American nailing the plate at 1040 yards...

At our BangSteel.com practice match today, Steve Williams successfully nailed the 1040 yard plate 3 times in a row, shooting his Ruger American in .243 Winchester. Great job, Steve.

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Old May 11, 2013, 09:26 PM   #2
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Nice shooting!, it's nice to know that .243 will punch out that far. I want to get another .243 rifle, maybe a Ruger American?
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Old May 11, 2013, 10:07 PM   #3
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I had considered a Ruger American in .243 just because I've seen the ammo everywhere.

Now I want one because it's a solid performer
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Old May 12, 2013, 06:46 AM   #4
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Thanks Dan !

Dan, your day clinic made all this possible.
What I learned during the day clinic was far more valuable than the $$ paid.
I was able to engage the steel at that range before, but it was mostly a hail Mary pass.
Now with the knowledge gained from the clinic, I can shoot extended ranges with confidence, even with a budget rifle.

The Bangsteel crew does a great job spotting/wind calls, and God has blessed them with a great facility for shooting long range.

If your budget and time allow, get with Dan and discuss a day clinic for yourself and a couple of friends, you won't come away from it disappointed.

Thanks again Dan for all your help !
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Old May 12, 2013, 07:39 AM   #5
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I really need to get to work on that .243 project.
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Old May 12, 2013, 10:46 AM   #6
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Size of the plate/ inches or M.O.A.?
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Old May 12, 2013, 02:20 PM   #7
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Ruger American nailing the plate at 1040 yards...

Wowzers. That's awesome.
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Old May 12, 2013, 02:27 PM   #8
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Any rifle will shoot bullets and hit a plate 3 times in a row that far away. . . .once in a while. If they do it all the time, then that's great. Especially if that plate's a couple feet square.

Reminds me of the day a 50 caliber BMG benchrester put 5 shots in about 5 inches and set a record. In the preceding match, his 5 record shots fired in the same conditons were scattered over a 20 inch circle.

But BangSteel's a good way to learn stuff about long ranging hits instead of misses.
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Old May 12, 2013, 04:28 PM   #9
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That's super shooting man congrats.... I want to come out there sooo bad but cant make it happen...I know I could learn something
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Old May 12, 2013, 04:28 PM   #10
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Hey topnpr,

The plate was 24"X24" and my shots were scattered over 10-12" (2 @ 10 o'clock, and 1 @ 3 o'clock 1-2" from center)

The first two were fired and then a 1/2 MOA right and down were made for the third shot.

BartB - this wasn't the first time this rifle & shooter has done this, the other two times were @ 1030 yards, so this was the furthest it has been taken to date. (the hand load I'm running should stay supersonic out to 1200 yards, but I haven't tried it yet)

Please don't take any of this as bragging, it just shows that a budget rifle, and some training, can net positive results.
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Old May 12, 2013, 05:14 PM   #11
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Awesome!
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Old May 13, 2013, 07:34 PM   #12
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That's nice shooting Steve.

I'm going to guess that the rifle probably is capable of just under minute of angle ( I'd have to run out, and buy three or four of them if they were half-minute production rifles for that price!), so you were shooting right up to the rifle's capability. Can't do any better, than the stick you're driving!(luck aside, of course- which goes to Bart's point).

I keep saying....Ruger is liable to put their M77 line in trouble.
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Old May 13, 2013, 08:40 PM   #13
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Old May 14, 2013, 06:15 AM   #14
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Thanks folks, for the kind words.

The rifle really is low cost fun piece to shoot.

The silly putty stock is the weak point in this platform.
I had to move my bi-pod back to 2" in front of the magazine to keep the stock movement from affecting POI.
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Old May 14, 2013, 09:55 AM   #15
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I'm waiting for the load info
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Old May 14, 2013, 10:48 AM   #16
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Steve, I noticed that bipod placement right off. Do you find it difficult to load up behind? Its got to intensify things I would think.
Yes, I want to hear some Load data too.
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Old May 14, 2013, 10:49 AM   #17
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Very nice :-) I'd like to hear some more info on bullet weight, twist rate, and load as well; good shooting :-)
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Old May 14, 2013, 11:14 AM   #18
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Nice shooting... I wish I had a longer range ( my personal range is only 300 yards, & I'm looking at making a shooting stand to move down the driveway, that could get me to 600 yards )...

any special preps to the rifle, or is this as out of the box, with the bipod added ???
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Old May 14, 2013, 11:32 AM   #19
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That's awesome I wish I could shoot like that.
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Old May 14, 2013, 12:24 PM   #20
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I'm not surprised that the .243 went that far. I'm actually not even surprised that the Ruger shot that far. But great job to the shooter for actually doing it. Maybe someone could be a Ruger American Spokesperson for these long range shots. Think about publicity it would be to a inexpensive rifle.
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Old May 14, 2013, 12:45 PM   #21
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.243 has always been capable at 1000 yards. Bit more of a throat burner, and the smaller bullets don't buck the wind quite as well as some other choices.
It's the typical long-range trade-off. Smaller/faster has shorter flight time, bigger/heavier has less drift.

For a factory rifle, because of the availablity of commercial ammo it's a popular choice that's very versatile.
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Old May 14, 2013, 02:25 PM   #22
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Hey folks,

I see there are some questions, so hope this helps.

The rifle is bone stock except for some added weight in the buttstock for balance (it was nose heavy with the scope), and relocated the bi-pod reward towards magazine to reduce stock twisting while trying to acquire the target and leveling the rifle.

I'm using a Vortex Viper 6.5-20X50PA scope and Wheeler level.

I am running hand loads of 95gr Berger VLD's over IMR4350 and a C.O.A.L. of 2.813 (still fitting into the mag.) using both Federal and Norma brass, and Winchester LR and Federal GM210M primers (just used up the last of the Win. primers and I am currently running the GM210M's).

Powder charge is not max, but towards the upper end, and seeing about 2844 FPS using a friends Oehler chrono.

The rifle has a 1-9" twist is why I chose the 95gr Berger.

Rifle likes this load much better than factory ammo I've tried thus far.

YMMV

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Old May 14, 2013, 04:30 PM   #23
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Imposter!

Steve Williams is actually Kevin Cosner.... if not, he still shoots well...
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Old May 23, 2013, 04:02 AM   #24
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Williams480 - How do you like that Viper? I'm thinking about one for a AR 6.8spc upper 4-16x50 with a 30mm tube for night time hog hunting.
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Old May 23, 2013, 04:23 AM   #25
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1040 yds

my niece was in grade school years ago and someone said something about bragging. she looked at them and said it aint bragging if one can do it.
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