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7.62x39 Stevens 200 Part II breaking the 100m barrier

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  1. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Member

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    My other thread is getting a bit long in the tooth so I thought I would start a new one. Those of you who were interested to find out what the benchrest 7.62x39 could do at longer ranges this thread is for you.

    I shot these groups late today at a variety of ranges from 100 to 300 meters. As you can see from the pics accuracy is outstanding. Velocity for both bullets was in the upper 2700fps range. These groups were fired with nothing but a caldwell bag up front and the choate elevation screw out back. The trigger is still an adjusted stock stevens 200 piece.

    I'm beginning to get the impression that I've reached the limits of MY shooting ability, I'm hoping an aftermarket trigger a higher magnification scope and a better rest system will help me shrink these groups even smaller.:evil:

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  2. JohnMc

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    Krochus, your "worst" group at 300 meters is .706 MOA.
    In a word; nice.
     
  3. Hoppy590

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    but but but x39.... no ... the internet lied to me!

    good work my man. sick groupings
     
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    WOW looks like you need to stock up on V-max's. I'll have to load up some 6.5x47 and out do you.
     
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    Wow, nice work!

    So much for the .30 Soviet's lack of 'inherent accuracy'.

    I'm curious how the various commercial loadings would fare from that rifle.
     
  6. TauZero

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    Obviously, 300 meters is not a challenge. You need to shoot a much more distant target.
     
  7. R.W.Dale

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    There I fixed it for ya!
     
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    Who needs Accutrigger if Stevens 2 screw stock trigger shoots so well. These are amazing groups. Please share your technique. Do you free recoil or hold firm?
     
  9. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Member

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    Thanks

    I shoot with the cheek crammed tight against the stock and the left hand pressing the stock against the table and back at the rear handhold. These groups were fired with the Caldwell deadshot bag placed underneath the recoil lug. I really like the ergonomics of the Choate ultimate varmint stock and other than the stupid corny name I simply cannot imagine how a more expensive stock could do any better.
     
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    Outstanding, Mr. krochus! I was going to replace the trigger on my Stevens 200 but after seeing these groups...well..Perhaps that $100.00 would be better spent on ammo.
     
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    *disregard*
     
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  12. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Member

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    yes but I'll go ahead and repost it here

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    Doh! :eek:

    Thanks.
     
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    if we could only see what it does with wolf.................

    awesome rifle
     
  15. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Member

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    Sorry but it ain't gonna happen not with this rifle's .308 bore with a match throat. But I can give you an idea of what you could expect

    I had a cz bolt action in this caliber that would shoot about 1.25 MOA with handloads Steel cased ammo would group on average 3MOA
     
  16. telecaster1981

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    You know, I couldn't agree more. I'm going to put one of the Choate Ultimate Sniper stocks on my Savage build once my Shilen barrel arrives. The names have to be the worst in the world, but they're functional as can be. Sadly, I'm thinking about going with the SWFA Super Sniper 16x scope....so I'll have the bestest Mall Ninja rifle in the world. Ultimate Sniper stock...Super Sniper scope...Tactical Bolt handle...geez. I feel dirty.
     
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    How's the report? Is it quieter than a 223? Looks like a threat to the coyote population to me.
     
  18. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Member

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    You know what's weird.... I couldn't tell you, I guess I haven't paid attention to the report.
     
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    I read an article a while back about the versatility of the 7.62x39, and why it was a great low-noise varmint round. This may be in comparison to 22-250 and other noisy critters, but based solely on the pressures involved, it made sense.

    Please let me know, I may be looking at a 7.62x39 bolt action before too long.
     
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    Krochus,

    Care to give us a break-down on the cost of building this rifle? Was it not possible to put a .310 barrel on it?
     
  21. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Member

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    The total build was around $800 including the rifle


    But I should point out that this rifle is a single single shot only propsition and weighs about 13lbs


    AFIK nobody makes a drop in .310" savage barrel. Not that thus has stopped me from shootin factory steel cased loads
     
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    navyretired 1 Member

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    Can I ask who has a drop-in .762x39 barrel for a 200 Stevens.
     
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    Shilen has a drop in 7.62x39 for Savage actions: http://www.shilen.com/chambers.html

    krochus, when did you pay $300 for the barrel? I see they advertise their chambered stainless barrels for $474!
     
  24. R.W.Dale

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    Really????? I'll be darned.

    It's probably been a couple years now


    EDIT - their savage drop in page shows prices in line with my recollection
    http://www.shilen.com/savageBarrels.html
     
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    Aaaaaahhhh... thanks for digging that up -- makes me much happier!
     
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