Well, I am seeing the value of adult children, as they give us an excuse to buy another gun when they can't afford it and we run out of reasons to justify one to the Mrs!
Anyway, I have never shot AR platform rifles much, own a 223 bushmaster but it mainly was one of those Gee I don't have one of those things yet Hmmm .
My son has shown an interest in the R25 and wants to use it to moose hunt this fall, 308 seemed like a decent choice so picked one up last night.
Here is my take for those licking there chops wanting one...
I put a new Leupold 2 x 7 x 33 ER on it - the scope is designed to be basically zeroed at 200 - 1st lower dot 300yd setting - 2nd 400. Anyway for my test I zeroed at 50 yds, when I shot at 200 the top lower dot was pretty close and likely would have been a 200 yard zero hold. Interesting for paper but dots not much good on moose size game I reckon...
OK, on to the good stuff, I quickly loaded some new Rem brass this AM with 180gn Nosler Part Ballistic Tips - 40gn IMR 3031 ( 20 plus yrs old)
I shot 5 site ins then 3 at 50yds - 3/8", 5 at 100yds 7/8", 3 at 200 - 1 3/8"
This was with a 15 plus 1/4 crosswind over left shoulder, 31 degrees, cloudy, and I have a killer head cold... I Kept thinking this can't be, all those sweet bolt guns at home and this sledgehammer doing this on the first run out! No No NO !
I mounted scope with Leupold QDetach Med bases - scope was a bit uncomfortable as you REALLY had to get down on the gun on the sandbags for proper eye alignment - however when shouldering it, it ain't too bad??? May try high mounts though just for kicks.
I did have about 5 misfires - I think it was due to lack of sizing perhaps - I really threw these loads together fast and just wanted to get out of the house... Gonna shoot factory 165 HSpeed stuff if they will print I think?
Trigger is OK looooong pull until it gets to second stage for a bolt guy, but then it finds a sweet spot and is decent enuff...
Couple rough spots on hand grip needs a little smoothin and my god when you run'er dry you can still use it as a club - thing weighs a ton - no scale but 10lbs plus for sure - whew!
Anyway thought some of you guys may enjoy it!!!
Hope the pics turn out - my first attempt at a load...