I finally got a 24 hour break in the weekend weather and got to shoot my new rifles. I treated myself to a retirement present of three rifles. I know I probably should have gotten one really great rifle with a blueprinted action, premium barrel, and McMillan stock but, I went utilitarian. Even though I'm a lefty I bought a Stevens in 223 as a truck gun. I had to learn on a right handed bolt and I can still crank out 3 shots in a reasonable time even when the handle's on the wrong side for me. I also picked up a LH Savage in 17 HMR just because the old neighborhood by the farm is now inhabited by city folk who associate gun fire with trouble not varmint reduction. I need something a little quieter for woodchucks.
But, the grand prize of this package of treats is a .338 WM Weather Warrior in LH. While the stock leaves something to be desired when you've been shooting McMillan and HS Precisions it's nothing that can't be improved with some foam and Devcon steel until I can afford a permanent remedy. No matter what some think of Savages and their barrel nuts the things flat out shoot. For some reason A-Bolts don't appeal to me and they are the only other practical (for my budget) option in a LH 338 WM.
After bore sighting, (I do mean looking down the bore to the target and making adjustments from there.) and getting reasonbly centered, all three rifles showed great accuracy and no copper fouling after being cleaned with Shooter's Choice copper remover and Hoppes #9 during the break-in shots. Savage must be keeping their chamber reamers very sharp. (The 30-06 Savage I got last year showed copper fouling until after the 12th shot.)
The Stevens 223 had all three shots from the first three shot group after centering touching. This was with Remington UMC 55 gr fmj's. (Everybody in the area was out of 223 brass and I had to buy some starter ammo.) I quit while I was ahead having picked up about 130 pieces of abandoned and homeless 223 brass while waiting for guys to set their targets.
The Savage 17 HMR definitely likes CCI 17 gr. TNT's. I was able to shoot one ragged hole into the target with 5 shots at 50 yards.
I'll let the picture speak for the 338 WM. Those were the first 5 shots. The two on the left were the first two and I calculated the 25 yard results into scope adjustments for 100. I would have preferred to be a little higher, but I think I got the horizontal adjustment pretty good. The load was a midrange charge of 4064 and Hornady 200 gr SP's, Winchester brass, and WLR primers. I didn't weigh any of the charges after I set my powder measure, something I do when working with hot loads. I think that this rifle show lots of potiential for accuracy when I get my loads tweaked. Maybe someday I'll be able to get a 375 something or other with a premium barrel and McMillan stock. Until then I'll have some fun with this baby.