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Accuracy International Super-Magnum AWSM 338 (PICS)

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Zak Smith, Dec 15, 2005.

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  1. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith Moderator Emeritus

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  3. jerkface11

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    :what: good lord! you gonna hunt with that? Or is it just an expensive paper puncher?
     
  4. Buzztail

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    Nice!! Real nice!! I wish I lived closer so you could invite me over to shoot it:D
     
  5. 444

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    You have some nice guns, but they don't impress me anywhere near the way your scopes do.
     
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    Nice Rifle... Ever heard of CounterStrike??
     
  7. Zak Smith

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    Chris,

    It was just a matter of time. :D

    jerkface11,

    The name of the game is first round hits on UKD targets. This will give me some additional effective range over 308. Not sure what I'd need it to hunt-- last deer I took was with an AR15 @ 30 yards-- but I figure it'd be at home hunting in the Western Plains.

    444,

    Good optics are always worthwhile. I've been extremely happy with the 17x SN3 on my 308. This 22x has only seen about 250 rounds of 50BMG so far.

    Dance&Sting,

    I blame CS for the widespread error of thinking that the AWP is chambered in 338. :uhoh:

    -z
     
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    I would own most of the guns you do, except I'm living off mortal human income.

    :banghead:

    That's a seriously fine rifle, I've shot one and loved it. Quite nice.
     
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    What's the best way you've found to get your cross hairs lined up square?

    Sweet rifle man....what's the max range for it?
    Ss
     
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    Oh, man

    I want one of these S-O-O-O bad...but they are currently WAY outa my price range...Oh well, maybe I'll win the lottery....
     
  11. Zak Smith

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    The eye is actually pretty good at determining if two lines are parallel. The best way I've found is to:

    1. level the gun on a solid bench.

    2. find some perfectly vertical post in the distance (verify with a level if you want to)

    3. look through the scope at a point on the post the same height as the optic (to reduce perspective error), then rotate the scope until the reticle is straight

    This of course does not work if the reticle is not aligned inside the scope correctly!

    The bullet should be 20% over trans-sonic at 1800 yards, and I'll still have 4-5 mils of elevation left in my scope at that distance. The max range will be limited by me and not the ballistics of the cartridge or the accuracy of the gun.
     
  12. 50 Shooter

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    Zak,
    Is that a Level Grouse that you have attached to your scope? How do you like it?

    I'm surprised that I haven't seen anything posted here about them. www.levelgrouse.com
     
  13. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith Moderator Emeritus

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    Good eye.

    I still have to wring it out. The one I have is very sensitive, probably less than 1/2*. A friend of mine said his long range groups decreased noticably when he started using the USO bubble level.
     
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    Zak,

    Nice! Let me know what the brake makes it feel like (.308, .30-06, etc.).

    Don
     
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    OK That's cool.

    Gonna bring it to show and tell next time?
     
  16. 50 Shooter

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    I like the bubble levels that you can attach to your scope or rail. The only problem that I can see with these is everything has to be level to begin with. I saw a rail attached bubble level that showed level but everything was canted when looking through the scope. When the scope was straight the bubble was off, only thing we could think of was either the rail was machined slightly off or the bubble level was.:scrutiny:

    After you wring out the Level Grouse post one of your very good reviews please.
     
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    "If you have to ask, you can't afford it"

    Just thought I would add that in case anyone is wondering.
     
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    Zak, as always, brings the hotness.
     
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    Sure, if I can make it in '06. August is terrible for me-- it's the busiest month of the year for major 3Gun/tac matches.

    Alternatively, come shoot our monthly Sporting Rifle match down in Raton. We're also workong on some long range "clinics" this spring.

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    With regard to cost.. if someone is going to learn to shoot long range and maintain/improve his skills over a period of years, an investment in a good base rifle and optics pays off easily. For example, over a period of 5 years, the cost of merely ammo and new barrels will eclipse the cost of even a high-end custom or factory rifle and a USO/S&B-class scope by 2-4x. That's not counting travel, lodgding, training, match entry fees, etc.

    -z
     
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    Zak- you are an EVIL EVIL MAN!

    What's she weigh? (and can I have her number? ;)
     
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    Zak,
    You have to have the nicest collection of firearms! Man!!
     
  22. Zak Smith

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    I thought a gentleman didn't ask ? ;)

    Using the very scientific bathroom scale method, it's about 18 lbs with scope, bipod, and magazine. The rifle itself is 15.1 lbs.
     
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    Wow, I congratulate you on your new acquisition! It's truly a masterpiece.

    So that's how the other half lives! Isn't the cost in the 5-figures? And you have a few? I'm truly envious. I have to cobble a few hundred dollars and get my stuff a little at a time. I really need to succeed more in business.
     
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    Another way to stick the scope on level is after sticking the rifle in a vise with a small level on a flat spot on the receiver to aim it at a brightly colored piece of yarn with a weight on the end hanging on the wall opposite your rifle.

    I must admit Zak, covetousness is a sin, and I need a drool resistant keyboard, but I should know better by now...:evil:
     
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