Tuesday, March 29, 2005


I won't be able to go this year, but I think that Boomershoot is something I'm going to have to check out next time it comes around. I've been following Kirk, Benjamin, AnalogKid, and Kim as they have been getting ready and I've been bitten by the bug.

Unfortunately, I don't really have a good long range rifle. My AR-15's and Savage 10FP .223 bolt gun are great out to 400-500 yards, but after that the little .223 slugs really get pushed around by the wind.

The Savage .223 is easily the most accurate rifle I've ever shot. My best performance with it to date with it is a 5 shot, .43" center to center at 200 yards. The very first handload I tried for this rifle rewarded me with a 3 shot, .28" group at 100 yards. With 69 grain Sierra Match King bullets I can ring the 500 yard gong all day long, but I just can't seem to hit the 600 yard dinger consistently.

I guess I'll just have to build another rifle. Sigh.

Last Saturday I happened to stop in at my favorite gun store (big surprise), and was talking with the counter dude about long range shooting. After I finished ranting about Boomershoot, he told me about a long range practical rifle match that he was trying to put together. Jokingly I said, "In that case I'll have to have you order me a Savage 10FP LE-2 in .308."

He replied with the words that strike fear in the heart of my checking account: "I've got one in the rack. Wanna see it?"


This particular counter guy hasn't been at the store very long, but he's learned the trick to selling me a gun: hand me the gun and wait 30 seconds. If I still have the gun in my hands after 30 seconds, put a 4473 form on the counter and walk away.

The rifle is in the safe now, waiting for the Nikon 4.5x14 scope, Leupold 1 piece mount and rings, Bell and Carlson Duramax stock, and other miscellaneous parts to arrive from MidWay later this week.

Save me a spot at Boomershoot next year!!


I am sure that that will bring a smile to Joe's face...

I am sure that you will be just as happy with this savage as you are with the .223. Mine is now (new stock) shooting very well...

I will have to see how it is shooting now that it has been bedded and wearing new paint...

Yup. My (almost) secret plan is working.

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