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Old June 3, 2019, 09:39 AM   #1
Flyboy_451
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Join Date: July 30, 2008
Location: Missouri
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New long range plinker...

Just took delivery of a new custom rifle specifically for shooting well beyond 1,000 yards. This one has been in the planning stage for quite a while and finally got all the pieces gathered up.

The Action is a Badger Ordnance 2008, Kreiger #17 heavy varmint barrel finished at 31" with a T4 Terminator muzzle brake. A KRG Whiskey 3 chassis and a Jewel HVR trigger finish out the parts list.

I wanted 1 mile+ Reliable capability without stepping up to the bank-breaking Cheytac size cartridges, so opted for 338 Lapua Ackley Improved.

Took it out for the first range testing this past weekend. Fired a total of 50 rounds to fireform brass and get a rough idea of accuracy potential. The load was a 300 grain Berger OTM in front of 95 grains of Reloader 33, yielding almost exactly 2,600fps.

After getting a solid zero at 100 yards, we moved to steel plates at 300, 400, 500 and 600 yards, getting first round hits at all distances. Great so far!!

Unfortunately, our 1 mile range is inaccessible do to flooding from a breached river levy, and it is unlikely that we will be able to use it this year at all. May have to wait until fall when I am going to Colorado to really stretch it's legs for the first time.

After plinking at plates for about 35 rounds, I decided to shoot a group on a freshly painted gong at 600 yards. 5 shots into a group that measured about 2" tall by 3 1/2" wide. Very satisfied for having done no load development and being far from the final velocity of 3,000fps that I am projecting with final loads in the fireformed brass.

Here she is in all her glory!!



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