1) I absolutely love this rifle. It’s feel - camo duratouch stock in stainless. 2) I handload with it and have killed several deer out to 275 yards. It’s an easy moa rifle shootin 54 grains of IMR 4350 and Hornady 130 grain SST. I’ve shot a couple hundred rounds through it. Scope is a Leupold VX-II 4x12x40 AO with Leupold dovetail bases and rings.
2 years ago I shot at a buck at 275 yards from the prone position with bipods. It appeared that the first shot missed and the deer ran in about a 30’ circle and stood almost in the exact same position. I shot again and the deer ran almost the same circle and feel over with a lung shot. Did I miss the first shot? Second? There appeared to be one hole. I’ve been perplexed with the missed shot for too long.
Fast forward to last week. My son wanted to shoot his rifle because he had fallen a couple of times and just wanted to make sure. So midday we went to the range and his was fine. At 100yds from a bench my .270 was 6” high on the first shot and the next 2 were touching at 2” high.
I believe in practicing “game” like situations for consistency. I had my magizine loaded bipods as usual.
The combination of those 2 shots has caused great concern. So much so that I don’t have the rifle in use and won’t till I am confident about each round that I squeeze off.
Last Edit: Dec 1, 2018 8:56:09 GMT -5 by mimath314
Six inches high for the 1st shot from a cold ( clean ? ) barrel sounds too much out of the group . My deer hunting does not lend it's self to bipod use , but for groundhog and crow hunting with varmint rifles using Harris Bipods , I always sight in from the bench using the bipod . I also use a folded towel under the bipod to simulate slightly softer earth than the hard wooden bench . Are the " easy MOA groups " shot off a rest and rear bag ? using the bipod and rear bag ? clean barrel ? dirty barrel ? prone ? You just have to experiment to find the reason for the first high shot . I am like you . Could not trust the rifle until the problem has been corrected . Six inches high at 100yds. is way over the back at 275yds. !
Slightly off the main topic, but I used 150 gr Hornaday SST's in my 308, and never will again. The deer bolted like a racehorse and went about 90 yards before going down. This year I used 180 gr core lokt and the deer went right down. Even 150 gr Winchester powerpoint only allowed deer to run 30 yards. My experience for what its worth. Pete
I’ve used SSTs in several capacities without issue and have some 30 cal 150s. Shot placement along with temperament of the game factors greatly into how quick the animal is dispatched. Anytime that a bullet makes impact outside the intended velocity range range, less than desirable results may occur. For that reason close range, high velocity shots are usually neck/head and the animal is quickly dispatched. 300 yd shots of course are double lung/ heart. I rarely take close hard shoulder shots in part because I don’t shoot the necessary bulletproof ensure proper penetration and ideal expansion.