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New UK 1000 yard record group

Discussion in 'Competition Shooting' started by LRDGCO, Nov 2, 2018.

  1. LRDGCO

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    Loving this story. Old chap took up benchrest shooting in 2016 because he was getting too old to wander the moors after deer. Using a Savage Model 12 F-TR (308 Win) with a Timney trigger and a Choate Varmint stock, he broke the UK 1000 yard record with a 3.090" group.

    https://www.gunsamerica.com/digest/..._campaign=/digest/scottish-benchrest-shooter/

    “My rounds are nothing special,” he told AccurateShooter.com. “I’m using Sierra 2155 155 grain bullets over Vihtavuori N140 powder and CCI 200 primers. I use Lapua brass (large primer) full-length sized in a Redding S bushing die to give 0.002″ neck-tension.”

    I think 50 years of shooting stags in vile weather may have had something to do with his success.

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  2. tarosean

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    and there goes the 6.5 fad... LOL
     
  3. mjsdwash

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    he probably used 6.5 Sweedmore rounds in his .308, since they're so perfect they make even the wrong caliber better. Or maybe the CM didn't make it as big in the UK so the .308 hasn't lost all its confidence and stopped being accurate;)
     
  4. Armorer 101

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    Sounds like the stags got a break. Interesting is that he was using Sierra 155gr bullets.
    Ed
     
  5. jmorris

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    Has to be fake news, using a round that was 66 years old in a Savage?

    I’m with the other guys, he must have actually been using some 6.5 wizbang in a one-off custom rig...;)
     
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  6. Jim Watson

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    The main British LR game is "fullbore" which like international Palma limits bullet weight to 156 gr.
    So he is obviously well accustomed to the 155 gr bullet's performance.

    More interesting is doing it with a mass produced rifle, cheap stock, and common trigger.
    Scope cost as much as the rifle and stock.
     
  7. Armorer 101

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    The Sierra 155 SMK is also mass produced. It is a lead producer of scalps on the Sierra folk’s product records board. I know folks at Sierra and their family members from decades of match competition with them, as us being participants, and years of being the Director of Industry Relations for a national and international shooting orginization. So yes it is interesting to me, as a friend to a good bunch, the people of Sierra.
    Ed
     
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    Hilarious!:rofl::)


    .....................But SO true!
     
  9. Iroquois

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    Congrats to him and for using the .308!
     
  10. d2wing

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    Impressive in every way.
     
  11. horsemen61

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    Damn I only shoot that good in my dreams
     
  12. Virginia Jim

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    Old chap? I doubt he’s a day over 80.
     
  13. LaneP

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    I would have to be inside 100 yds to shoot a group that size. Amazing is putting it mildly.
     
  14. 22250Rem

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    I think the 308 has been sort of forgotten with all the excellent 6.5 and other stuff that has come along in the last couple decades. But the 308 is still a darn good round despite being over 60 years old. Still gets it done !
     
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  15. troy fairweather

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    Growing up 308 guys would not shut up about the 308. Now the the 6.5 guys. Life is a cycle things come around.
     
  16. 1066

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    Excellent shooting, and yes, it's true, most UK long range shooters who have been playing the game for a good while will have cut their teeth on the .308, or if they are of a similar vintage to myself, would have started on the .303.

    At that time all target rifle shooting was strictly prone, sling, aperture sights - Prior to 1965'ish it was all .303 then we switched to 7.62mm. Also, until well into the 70's for major competitions the ammunition was supplied as part of the entry fee (only .7.62 supplied ammunition allowed), after that time the rules changed to allow any calibre and ammunition, but still very much an aperture sight, sling game.

    I think the Savage rifles are very much underrated, here's me shooting my factory standard Savage F-12 in 6.5-284 at 1,000 yards at Bisley, our National shooting centre. I rarely shoot now with sling and the old eyes struggle with the aperture sights.

    I first shot on this range at 1,000 yds at the age of 13 in 1963 with an Enfield P14 .303 with sling and aperture sights.

     
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