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    Default Anyone have a Hawkeye compact rifle?

    If so , how is the 16.5 inch barrel for accuracy? I have read some remarks about a lack of good bedding. I wish they would make some in 338 fed or 358 win.
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    I have one in .243win. I have found really good accuracy with Barnes 80gr tsx. It did take awhile to find a consistent accuracy load though. The thing that really suffers with the short barrel is the velocity. It's actually my sons rifle and it worked really well for him deer hunting.
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    Arron at Gator Guns has two of them in 223. I told him I would buy one if he had one in 308, which he thought he had, but he could not find it. I thought it would make a nice knock-about rifle. They sure are cute.
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    I have one in 308. It will shoot very well with jacketed loads in 110, 125 and 150. I have not tried anything heavier. I have tried both 160 and 170 gr cast bullets with no success. Cast bullets often take a lot of work to get the right combination for good accuracy.

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    I just tried to find one up in Anchorage this last weekend with no luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    I just tried to find one up in Anchorage this last weekend with no luck.
    I was looking for one a couple years and couldn't find any on the peninsula and the ones on gun broker were selling for higher than MSRP, finally gave up. I noticed Ruger has released the American in a compact, based on how my full size American shoots I'd buy one in a compact in a heart beat, and plan to soon. 3 Bears down here had one last time I was in there, don't recall the caliber. Full discloser I recently bought one share of Ruger stock...

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    I have fired my neighbors Ruger American in 30-06. I was not impressed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    I have fired my neighbors Ruger American in 30-06. I was not impressed.
    Good to know!


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    My wife has a ruger m77 compact in 308 and it is pretty slick. Woops my butt to shoot with the short length of pull but my 5'3" wife shoots it comfortably and accurately. Sure does haul nice across the rack of a quad or strapped to my backpack. She seems to put rounds where they need to go.

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    I have a Hawkeye in 338 RCM. Having only fired it at ranges 200 yds and under, I find it very accurate and carry friendly. It isn't a firearm that you would want to compete in an all day shooting match though; After 5-6 rounds I seem to get the message. While ammo supplies for it seem to be dwindling I'm quite sure bullets in 338 diameter will remain available and reloading will keep it in my line-up.
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