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Fired my first reloads through my new AR15

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by btefft, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. btefft

    btefft Well-Known Member

    Fired my first reloads through my new AR15

    I reloaded 55g SPBT infront of 18g and 19g of IMR 4198 and they produced nice tight groups.

    I put one of my Millet Red Dot 1x scopes on top and it really made the difference. I didn't get along well with the iron sights on my M16 in the 82d and I still don't - 40 years later. That's why I used a red dot. Sighting in was easy.

    The problem was that I was using 3-inch Shoot-N-See target and out past 75 yds, I couldn't make 'em out enough to aim. So, I decided to get a real scope for it.

    I googled to get some ideas on what AR shooters with scopes were using. Read about Barska, Nikon, BSA, Pentax, Bushnell, to name a few.

    I knew I wanted an illuminated red dot in a variable power scope, so I settled on one made by BSA, a 3x-9x,40mm Illuminated Red Dot Scope - I bought it from oneclickshooting for $57.57 and that includes S & H, too.

    Here's what it looks like and the specs. These are not the folks I bought it from but it is a nice presentation of it for you all to see.
    BSA Illuminated Red Dot Rifle Scope GE39X40IRCP, 3x-9x, 40mm Obj, 1" Tube Dia, Matte Black, Illumina

    Now, I'm gonna load up the ammo I shot up today and after my new scope comes in, go back and "fire for effect", so to speak.

  2. yosarian

    yosarian Well-Known Member

    Sounds good but I might look at a slighty higher quality scope.
  3. Evenflo76

    Evenflo76 Well-Known Member

    Check out Pentax Gameseeker. Inexpensive, Lifetime Warranty, multiple variable zoom & crosshair combos...

    I have the 1.5-6X40 w/bdc on my AR. It holds zero with my Wilson Combat 1 piece mount.
  4. lesterg3

    lesterg3 Well-Known Member

    Don't know anything about the BSA scope your looking at, but I bought a BSA Platinum Mil Dot 6-24x44mm and could not be happier with it.

    It is mounted on a Rem 700 7MM Mag and has not failed me yet.
  5. btefft

    btefft Well-Known Member

    I heard that, with today's optics, you don't have to spend big bucks to get a good scope - we'll see.

  6. Ratshooter

    Ratshooter Well-Known Member

    Glad your loads are working but to me they look like they are light.

    Have you chonoed the loads?

    Try some AA2230. Also 4895, Tac or Varget might be an option. All of those use around 25grs of powder.
  7. btefft

    btefft Well-Known Member


    According to Sierra's manual, they're light,
    but according the Hornady's, they're above minimum.

    I plan to chrony them this weekend. Gonna reload some more tomorrow.

    Figured I go with 20.0, 20.5 and 21.0 of IMR 4198.

    But those 18g reloads did shoot good. I still got some so I'll chrony those, too.

  8. stubbicatt

    stubbicatt Well-Known Member

    Congrats on your first experiment, glad it was successful. Hope you enjoy many more years of it.
  9. JDGray

    JDGray Well-Known Member

    I just loaded up some 50gr vmax, over 21gr IMR4198, nice little clover leaf groups at 50yrds. I like that combo! If your gun shoots good with your scope, it must be doing its job;) A cheaper optic may not take the pounding that a big dollar scope will take, but as long as your carefull, and its just a plinker, it will probably serve you well.

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