Where Should I Go From Here?


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telecaster1981
October 14, 2008, 02:42 PM
So, I finally completed my Savage precision rifle project a few weeks ago. It's not finished per se, but it's complete and I've been shooting it as is until I can afford more expensive toys! It is set up as follows:

-Savage 11 action
-Shilen .308 hand lapped SS barrel
-Bushnell Elite 3200 10x mil-dot scope
-EGW 20 MOA Picatinny Base
-Burris Rings-steel
-Factory Heavy Barrel Stock-bedded
-Oversized bolt handle

And my best load so far is:

-175 SMK-seated just off the lands
-43.5gr Varget
-Nosler Custom Brass
-CCI BR-2 primers

With this setup, I've been getting 10 round groups less than .75 MOA. Three and five round groups around .5 MOA and below are what I'd call normal. Even the worst loads I've made went 1 MOA or below. So, all in all, pretty darn good...but I think it can do better.

Perhaps a higher magnification scope would help and I know the factory stock is less than ideal. I don't have any really fancy reloading equipment...just using standard RCBS FL sizer set and Lee Collet Neck Sizer.

I plan on upgrading the scope (even though I love it to death), stock, add a bipod among a few other touches. So what would be the most logical next step in this project?

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Ian
October 14, 2008, 03:10 PM
Sounds to me like the next step is a bunch of loaded ammo and some time at the range to hone your shooting skills, now that you have a really sweet rifle.

telecaster1981
October 14, 2008, 03:45 PM
Oh, I forgot to mention that the 175 SMK's I've been using for load development are factory seconds...perhaps I could pick up a bit of accuracy with factory firsts?

skinewmexico
October 14, 2008, 05:59 PM
You could probably pick up some accuracy with something besides SMKs. I'd try some Bergers, or some 155g Lapuas. And a new trigger for the next upgrade.

taliv
October 14, 2008, 06:09 PM
suppressor?

box mag conversion?

couple cases of ammo/components?

taliv
October 14, 2008, 06:11 PM
(seems thr is infested with double-posting gremlins at the moment)

skinewmexico
October 14, 2008, 06:14 PM
Definitely a gremlin.

telecaster1981
October 14, 2008, 08:33 PM
You could probably pick up some accuracy with something besides SMKs. I'd try some Bergers, or some 155g Lapuas. And a new trigger for the next upgrade.

Hmmm...that's interesting! I'll be sure to try something else for a change. I'd always thought the SMK's were the cat's pajama's ...I'll keep working on it!

I think I'll keep my Accutrigger, though. I actually like it very much!

Taliv, a box mag conversion is on my to-do list for some time in the future, but I just haven't seen any for reasonable money yet.

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