It's been a while!
I have had a Roy Vanguard 7mm-08 sitting in the cabinet untouched for some time now. It is one of the first S2's to hit the shelves. I've scoped it up with a new Weaver 6.5-20x-50mm. My intent for this gun is to shoot in the USBR 100 meter sporter class. I started out shooting in the 22 cal 50 meter class a couple of springs ago and was consistently shooting in the mid to upper 230s. After us 22 guys got done the centerfire guys took over. This year one particular very wealthy custom gun shooting snob(not everyone that is wealthy and shoots a custom gun is a snob) was really putting on the dog and being pretty rough on a couple of new guys with a lot less equipment and $ with which to work. One of these young guys (Jeremy) was shooting an old Savage 110 in 243 using PMC 80gr fmj factory ammo. His rig sported a Tasco 4X scope with cross hairs that would cover up a 2 inch dot at 100 meters. I had a lot of fun working with Jeremy these last few months. We rescoped his rifle with an old 4-14x Highcountry scope that I had laying around. We also worked up a load for his clunker(as the rich guy called it)using Hornady 65 gr Vmax bullets and H4895. Two saturdays ago Jeremy shot a 92 out of a possible 100. The rich guy forgot to take his target to the scorers table so I'm guessing the clunker outshot the rich guys pride and joy Kimber.
The USBR shoots are done for the year so now it's time to get the 7mm-08 up and running in anticipation for next year. My Vanguard is the 20 inch carbine version and sports a 1 in 9.5 twist(I think). I have IMR 4320, both IMR and Hodgdon 4895, Benchmark, 3 cans of CFE223 and probably a few others. I have a thousand Hornady 120 gr Spire Points that I bought real cheap before round two of the ignorant dictatorship. I would really like to make these 120 grainers work if not I can go heavier. So all of you 7mm-08 enthusiasts jump on here and tell me what is gonna make my gun a shooter. Also I have noticed that my rifle sports a pressure point at the very end of the stock. Should I leave it or remove it. Thanks in advance! EKC