First Time Shooting a Bolt Gun
This is a copy of a thread I posted on a different forum, but I thought some of you locals would find it interesting/amusing. Also, Alaska Custom Firearms performed the majority off the work on this rifle, and I think that they did a great job.
Well, some of you may remember my original build thread from Febuary. I'm one of those silly guys who buys a decent rifle, and then bolts all of the "cool" stuff to it before he even heads to the range. You know the type of guy that the old timers on here shake there head at (and rightly so).
I finally made it to the range with my rifle so I thought I should post up a quick report for anybody that was wondering what happened to me.
I have a Remington 700 SPS Varmint in a Mcmillan A5 with a Badger DBM and bolt knob. I had the stock glass bedded and the trigger tuned to 2.5 pounds, and I have a Super Sniper 10X42M.
I have never shot a bolt gun in my life (including this one). Today at the range I was shooting 175 grain Federal GMM at 100 yards. My third and final 5 shot string I shot 3/4 MOA. I was shooting with a Harris 6-9 bi pod off of a bench seated.
I'm very happy with these results, and I'm now more excited then ever to try and learn this incredible hobby of all of yours. I signed up for the online training course a couple weeks ago, and I'm going to be going through the drills over and over until I have a good handle on the basics. Thank you to Snipershide for providing such a great amount of information to the average joe's out there, and thanks to everyone who chimed in on my first couple threads with guidance. I really appreciate this place and all of the knowledge that its members freely doll out.
Here is a link to my original "build" thread.
Here is a picture of the rifle in question
And here is the 5 shot group with my finger as a reference
I also would like to clarify that this was not my first time ever shooting, but it was my first time shooting a bolt gun. I have lots of time behind pistols and AR's. Which BTW, neither is nearly as fun as this thing is.
I was gonna tell ya it's a snake in disguise.................but you've already been bitten :-)
Pistols, revolvers, I enjoy shooting them. But, I cut my teeth on a single shot bolt action Remington .22, I still have it. The precision rifle can bring much satisfaction to the shooter. For sure there is more to it then "might meet the eye". Have fun!
I really wish I had a good .22 to practice with. I've been looking for a Sako Quad, or maybe a CZ-452 Varmint. For now I'll just have to shoot my .308 and swallow the ammo costs I guess.
I'll shoot anything but I can't forget the old Lithgow single shot .22 I learnt with. That old rifle taught me to be a better shooter than if I'd started out with anything bigger or a repeater of any sort.
Originally Posted by .338 mag.
That rifle went a long time ago and I regretted it for years, last year I found two of them going real cheap, $30 for one and $50 for the other. Now my kids are learning with them and I'm having fun getting back to basics too.
They're light weight, ultra safe ( you need to pull back the firing pin after closing the bolt to cock them) have fine open sights and are just too much fun to shoot.
I can remember sitting in the back yard on the farm and shooting empty .22 shells off the fence posts and I have no idea how many rabbits and possums that original little gun got me.