Some desert fun with the GSR (pic heavy)


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ECVMatt
June 17, 2013, 02:25 AM
I have had my GSR for about 2 1/2 years and still love it. I take it on most of my desert ramblings as it is just about perfect. I always seem to read about folks that are not sure about accuracy, reliability, or performance, so I thought it was time for a little testing to update my older post.

Here is what I did:

I had two old closet doors, so I painted a target on each side totaling four. I fired five rounds as quick as possible from slinged, supported, prone. I fired from 100, 200, 300, and 400 yards or at least pretty close. I had to pace off the distance, so it could be +, - ten yards or so. I began firing from 100 yards, then immediately reloaded and moved back in 100 yard increments until I reached 400 yards.

So here are the results:

From 100 yards:

http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n431/ECVMatt/IMG_2026_zpscc6a4401.jpg (http://s338.photobucket.com/user/ECVMatt/media/IMG_2026_zpscc6a4401.jpg.html)

Targets close up:

http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n431/ECVMatt/IMG_2025_zps4417e17a.jpg (http://s338.photobucket.com/user/ECVMatt/media/IMG_2025_zps4417e17a.jpg.html)

100 yard target: about two inch group

http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n431/ECVMatt/IMG_2027_zps3eb86b62.jpg (http://s338.photobucket.com/user/ECVMatt/media/IMG_2027_zps3eb86b62.jpg.html)

http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n431/ECVMatt/IMG_2028_zps4e45106f.jpg (http://s338.photobucket.com/user/ECVMatt/media/IMG_2028_zps4e45106f.jpg.html)

200 yard target: about 3.5 inch group

http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n431/ECVMatt/IMG_2029_zps11f8ff36.jpg (http://s338.photobucket.com/user/ECVMatt/media/IMG_2029_zps11f8ff36.jpg.html)

http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n431/ECVMatt/IMG_2030_zps0b8e7bf4.jpg (http://s338.photobucket.com/user/ECVMatt/media/IMG_2030_zps0b8e7bf4.jpg.html)

300 yard target: about nine inch group

http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n431/ECVMatt/IMG_2031_zpse8cf4bf6.jpg (http://s338.photobucket.com/user/ECVMatt/media/IMG_2031_zpse8cf4bf6.jpg.html)

http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n431/ECVMatt/IMG_2032_zpsacb02cdc.jpg (http://s338.photobucket.com/user/ECVMatt/media/IMG_2032_zpsacb02cdc.jpg.html)

400 yard target: about 19 inch group

http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n431/ECVMatt/IMG_2033_zps902b9318.jpg (http://s338.photobucket.com/user/ECVMatt/media/IMG_2033_zps902b9318.jpg.html)

http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n431/ECVMatt/IMG_2034_zpsde279bba.jpg (http://s338.photobucket.com/user/ECVMatt/media/IMG_2034_zpsde279bba.jpg.html)

I am running a traditional Leupold Scout Scope scope, so 400 yards was easy to hit, but harder to pick an exact hold over. My first round went low, and then I kind of got it figured out. The most interesting component of the 400 yard group is the horizontal dispersion; it is less than three inches. If I had figured out the hold over on the first shot, I would have had a group similar in size to the 300 yard group. That is something to work on.

Anyways it is a great rifle that shoots very well. Any creature with evil intent that comes within 400 yards or so must tread with heavy trepidations or at least carry a strong belief in the hereafter.

I hope this provides some useful information for folks looking to buy a Ruger Gunsite Rifle.

And now for some gratuitous GSR pics:

http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n431/ECVMatt/IMG_2038_zps3133cbbd.jpg (http://s338.photobucket.com/user/ECVMatt/media/IMG_2038_zps3133cbbd.jpg.html)

http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n431/ECVMatt/IMG_2037_zpsf7185d6e.jpg (http://s338.photobucket.com/user/ECVMatt/media/IMG_2037_zpsf7185d6e.jpg.html)

http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n431/ECVMatt/IMG_2039_zps324d48a2.jpg (http://s338.photobucket.com/user/ECVMatt/media/IMG_2039_zps324d48a2.jpg.html)

Thanks for the look,

Matt

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GriNgOboNeZ
June 17, 2013, 02:35 AM
Nice shooting. The GSR gets alot of flak from ppl who haven't handled it,but its a damn good shooter. I've made believers out of all my friends once they shot it. A damn good hunter and all around rifle.

stubbicatt
June 17, 2013, 09:52 AM
Thanks for your contribution. I think it was excellent. I also am a fan of the GSR. My son is looking to buy one, and I will forward this thread to him for his enjoyment!

Heck, now I sort of want one...:scrutiny:

chicharrones
June 17, 2013, 11:28 PM
Thanks for posting your recent outing with your GSR, Matt. It looks like you have a nice place to go for testing and shooting. :cool:

JustsayMo
June 17, 2013, 11:36 PM
What ammo did you use?

EXCELLENT report.

taliv
June 18, 2013, 12:09 AM
man, that's awesome. i wish i got to shoot in the desert more. walking around in the desert with a pack and a gun and a bunch of ammo is just awesome.

and that's excellent shooting. hard to "aim small" on a target like that. it's different when you have rings.

with a setup like that you should try timing yourself next time. i'll bet you can keep the same group and shoot that in.... 20 seconds

ECVMatt
June 18, 2013, 01:15 AM
Thanks guys. CA mostly sucks, but it does have some perks.

I am shooting a handload with a 150 Hornady FMJ and Varget. Off the bench, this rifle is pretty incredible. It was fun to get out and shoot in a more realistic setting. I think I will do some more! I am off to the desert again this weekend, so maybe round two.

thomis
June 18, 2013, 03:44 PM
DITTO the great post. I have yet to own a Ruger rifle but I would really like to change that. I've been eyeballing the GSR or their bolt action .44 mag.

Geno
June 19, 2013, 12:54 AM
Great thread! I just bought one a few days ago. I have yet to scope it. Thanks for the pictures.

Geno

ECVMatt
June 19, 2013, 01:45 AM
with a setup like that you should try timing yourself next time. i'll bet you can keep the same group and shoot that in.... 20 seconds

I think I was around a minute or so, but now you have planted the seed I guess a timer is needed. I was very pleased at 100 yards to watch my group cluster nicely in the center. I have my rifle zeroed for 200 yards, but have only shot on bulls. It is nice to see that it works well on less defined targets.

I am going up to the Owens Valley this weekend. It is just west of Death Valley. The scenery up there is out of this world. I will bring the GSR and try some more field shooting. I will post some more pictures if I get any good shots.

Geno- I used my iron sights for about six months until I could afford to add a scope. They worked so well, I almost regret putting the scope on. Enjoy that rifle!

chicharrones
June 19, 2013, 07:31 PM
Geno- I used my iron sights for about six months until I could afford to add a scope. They worked so well, I almost regret putting the scope on. Enjoy that rifle!

That's kinda the way I feel, too. I yanked the 4x forward mounted scope back off of mine, just because the open sights seem plenty good for 200 yards.

Now, if I had an illuminated reticle scope and fired further away . . . that would change things back to me liking a scope a bit more.

Geno
June 19, 2013, 07:59 PM
I do like shooting with iron sights! I have to make a trip to the farm.

Geno

Dave Markowitz
June 20, 2013, 11:44 AM
Really cool post, OP.

I envy you folks out West who can just go ramble around public land and shoot.

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