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Old January 20, 2013, 12:00 AM   #26
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Whoohoo!

Let's just say that I'm very pleased with this rifle! The best I shot was 0.161 MOA at 200 yards.

I got to the range today, mounted the scope and took a few shots. I bore sighted it the old fashioned way - looking through the bore. I'd never done it before and I have to say it was easier and (perhaps luckily) more accurate than my Laser Lyte laser bore sighter.

Setup:
CZ 527 Varmint in .204 Ruger
Hornady 32gr V-Max Factory Ammo
Vortex Viper PA 6.5-20x44
DIP Mount
Burris Signature Zee Rings

Initial:
Taken at 50 Yards (bore sighted)
Taken from an inexpensive 2 beam Caldwell Rest
Shots 1-2 = .802 MOA
Shots 3-4 = .456 MOA

First "Real" shots (100 yards):
Shots 5-7 = .307 MOA

Switched to Sandbags
Shots 8-9 = .294 MOA
Shots 10-11 = .179 MOA

Switched to Prone with Caldwell Bipod and Rear Sandbag
Shots 12-13 = .427 MOA
Shots 14-15 = .451 MOA
Shots 16-17 = .383 MOA

Moved to 200 Yards.
Used the drop compensation dots with great success.
Shots 18-19 = .161 MOA

Moved to 300 Yards
The wind kicked up and I (obvioulsy) suck at doping the wind.
Shots 20-27 = 1.372 MOA (whoops!)

Considering I'm anything but a hot-shot marksman, I am very pleased with these groups even though they opened up when I switched to the bipod. Normally I would shoot 3, 5, or 7 shot groups and I didn't do that here until the end at 300 yards. The rifle was shooting so consistent that I would just shoot 2 shots and felt comfortable using just the 2 shots to tweak the scope. Tomorrow I might overlay the groups and target centers in an image application and then use OnTarget to see what a big group MOA would have been, But just eye-balling the spreads I don't think it's going to be bad at all.

Thanks gentlemen for your reassurance and suggestions.

Regards,
Andrew

PS. Oh my! Do I love that trigger and this rifle! I'm still smiling.

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Old January 20, 2013, 01:50 PM   #27
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Wow! Those are some great groups-and with factory ammunition to boot. I'm happy for you and appreciate your feed-back.
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Old January 20, 2013, 02:15 PM   #28
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Very nice. CZ has a good reputation for accuracy.
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Old January 20, 2013, 03:57 PM   #29
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Glad your happy now. CZ's are crazy accurate & 204 Cal. nice round to shoot . Good luck with your new friend. Be Safe chris
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Old January 21, 2013, 07:16 PM   #30
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Sweet thing!
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Old January 22, 2013, 01:24 AM   #31
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I used an image application to overlay the targets, to take my two shot groups and be able to measure them as if they were four and six shot groups.

From the bags it was still 0.58 MOA.
From the bipod it was still 0.79 MOA.

I'm still smiling a big cheezy grin
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Old January 22, 2013, 01:05 PM   #32
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So you say it shoots a little better than the test target "A". I really like mine too. Glad you're happy whit yours.
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Old January 22, 2013, 03:11 PM   #33
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I'd say it shoots a LOT better than the test target. The test target was a little over 1 MOA and from bags I shot just over 1/2 MOA, with factory ammo. I also know that my skills aren't all that hot. There is no doubt in my mind that this is a 1/2 MOA rifle - at the worst!

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Old January 22, 2013, 04:54 PM   #34
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With reloads that it likes and a "loose nut" behind the trigger my .223 shoots 1/4 MOA (I'm still working up loads). I'm "sure" yours would/will to.
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Old January 22, 2013, 06:19 PM   #35
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Glad that this all worked out for you.

Sub half moa average is awesome for an out of the box rifle, and with factory ammunition.

I have a feeling that if you start reloading and find something your rifle likes even better those .161 groups will become much more common. I would expect single hole groups out of it with the right hand load. You already know it shoots the v-max well. If you consider reloading, consider trying a heavier v-max. Hornady makes a 40 grain with a higher BC than than the 32 grain. I would expect it to be less pushed around by the wind.
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