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Old August 29, 2015, 06:57 PM   #1
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Fn spr a1

Hello all.

So today I was finally able to sight in my new FN SPR A1 rifle. I ordered this tifle from tacticalcoordination.com and they had it to me in about seven weeks. TACCORD throws in a free bedding job and since I am a member of snipershide.com, they cut members a nice discount.

The rifle, minus bedding usually retails for about $1600 - $1800, but I bought the rifle, plus a bedding job for $1300 plus $30 im shipping. Needless to say its a good deal.

Anyways back to shooting. My first go at a sight in was fudged by my ring screws stripping. They were medium Burris XTR rings. Bad luck I suppose. So I had my gun shop order a Leupold Mk. 2 unimount... which looks weird but consider it a strong mounting system and my cheek weld is still good, so I'm going with it for now at least.

Today I finally sent some rounds down range and actually got a hit at 300 yards, and boring hits at 200. Both on steel ISPC targets. So not a hard target, but still cool for me whose never shot past 100. Shot a group at 100 that I will estimate to be around 1.25". No I didnt go check, they were some random range targets and it was heavily raining, and it was just some Federal XM80 and Winchester 147 grain FMJ. Needless to say I was not concerned with group size.

All in all I am happy thus far. Plan on loading up some cartridges wth Lapua brass, IMR 4895, CCI primers and Sierra 155 TMKs.

Shout out to Natureboy, hope you get yours in soon!

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Old August 29, 2015, 07:31 PM   #2
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What kind of scope is it? Those mounts are way too high for that system FWIW.
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Old August 29, 2015, 07:33 PM   #3
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SWFA classic 10x42
Harris swivel 6-9" bipod
Eagle Ingustries stock pack
T.A.B. sling
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Old August 29, 2015, 09:06 PM   #4
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Agree with Gordon, MUCH too high of scope mounts. Get yourself a picatinny rail and a set of tactical rings (TPS, Badger, etc.). Here is my SPR:



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Old August 29, 2015, 10:13 PM   #5
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If the rig, as pictured, works for P.B. Walsh maybe it's not too high?

Then again, for your average user it's probably too high.
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Old August 30, 2015, 12:35 AM   #6
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There is alot of material under that cheek pad... I might trade it out for some low rings if it does start to bother me to much. It looks.... amateur.....
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Old August 30, 2015, 12:50 AM   #7
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If you got the trigger adjusted down to 3 lbs or less you have a nice set up if you get lower scope mounts for the rail and you might consider the 2 piece pic rings suggested with the front scope ring about 3/8" or so off the barrel. Remember to leave enough room between barrel and a 50mm objective if you later decide to move that way. That fixed Super Sniper 10x power is a real good compromise IMHO and I used a similar rig on an AR-50 before I found out there was anything better. I like your rig , my precision rifles are Remington but I love my old Winchester target rifles too. Yes I realize that FN is a very nice modern precision rifle. Lower the comb and go to beefy 2 piece medium rings.
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Old August 30, 2015, 01:01 AM   #8
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Thinking you'll be better off in the long run getting some appropiate height rings instead of the AR mount.

My SPR wears a Leupold MK IV in Badger .885's and the height is just right for me.

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Old August 30, 2015, 06:01 AM   #9
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I have the Near Mfg rail and Farrell rings on mine. Lots of options out there, use what works best for you....

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Old August 30, 2015, 07:11 AM   #10
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Beautiful rifle. If you're shooting 1.25" at 100 it's you, not the rifle apparently. (Not a slam at all, I suck at any kind of distance more than most) They are supposedly great, accurate shooting rifles. Good luck with it.

Does anyone know who makes the stock for this rifle?

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Old August 30, 2015, 08:49 AM   #11
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The SPR series come with Mc Millan stocks. The A1 version such as the OP's uses a A3 version while others use the A4 and A5. As far as I know all of them come with a Near 20moa rail from the factory.
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Old August 30, 2015, 10:01 AM   #12
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While some may be NEAR bases, mine has a Badger Ordinance stamp.
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Old August 30, 2015, 10:11 AM   #13
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If you shoot prone that set up will be difficult to use. Off of a bench it could be OK, but it looks like it would be tough to get a good cheek weld. If it works for you, great.

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Old August 30, 2015, 10:21 AM   #14
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The SPR series come with Mc Millan stocks. The A1 version such as the OP's uses a A3 version while others use the A4 and A5. As far as I know all of them come with a Near 20moa rail from the factory.
Thank you!

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Old August 30, 2015, 08:49 PM   #15
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If you're shooting 1.25" at 100 it's you, not the rifle apparently.
I'd be more inclined to say it's this: "...it was just some Federal XM80 and Winchester 147 grain FMJ.". You will never get good accuracy with the M80 bullets.

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Old August 30, 2015, 09:29 PM   #16
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No they rounds were for giggles and initial sight in. Hope to be reloading for this rifle by December.

This is going to be my starting load:

Lapua case
CCI #200 primer
IMR 4895 (start at 42 grains and work up, looking for a good compromise between velocity and accuracy)
Sierra 155 TMK
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Old August 30, 2015, 09:31 PM   #17
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Awesome PB,

Mine should be here soon
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Old August 31, 2015, 08:37 PM   #18
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Sierra Matchking 168gr's seem to be the boringly-exceptional gold standard for all 308's (same 42gr of 4895 and an SMK load is most accurate in all my 308's --keeps things simple )

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Old August 31, 2015, 08:38 PM   #19
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UPDATE:

Traded into some NF ultralight lows (.885).

Now gotta sell the Mk2 unimount.
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Old September 1, 2015, 10:09 AM   #20
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Walkalong,

I have a SPR A3 on order and was looking at your picture above. I also plan to put the Atlas bipod on mine and was wondering how you've attached yours. Can you give me more details?
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Old September 1, 2015, 10:18 PM   #21
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It has two threaded places for studs. I used a short rail, and drilled a second hole in the rail where I needed it to mount it using both threaded holes and attached the bipod to the rail. Much sturdier than attaching a Harris to a stud. I don't remember which rail, but I might be able to go back and figure it out.
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Old September 1, 2015, 10:33 PM   #22
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Just took some pics. Cut it, drilled it, painted it on that end.
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File Type: jpg FN SPR Rail For Bipod Pic 2.jpg (83.5 KB, 10 views)
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Old September 2, 2015, 04:03 PM   #23
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That's perfect. That you sir!
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