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Springfield SOCOM-16 long range accuracy

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by carebear, Nov 23, 2004.

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  1. carebear

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    OK, I searched several forums but haven't found info yet. I recently bought a SOCOM 16. It groups fine at 100 but I hear from one of my gunstore guys that the rate of bullet drop is fairly quick and pretty extreme at 3-500 meters.

    Who's rung it out over a hundred and what kind of drop are you getting with mil-spec ammo?
     
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    That's basically true for any non-magnum rifle between .284 and 8mm. They're flat to about 300yds, then start dropping after that. The SOCOM would be a little moreso because of the muzzle velocity that you've given up (~200fps?).

    Ty
     
  3. carebear

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    What I heard was several FEET at 400 or so. That seems like a lot more than just a couple hundred FPS should cause.

    If I am remembering correctly the .308 should still be within a foot poa/poi at that range, it being a solid 800m cartridge and all.

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    The standard come-up for an M14 from 300 (battle zero) to 600yds is ~13 clicks--which is a little over 6 feet.

    Ty
     
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    SOCOM

    a .308 150 grain bullet out of a 16 inch barrel is probably traveling at only 2200 FPS, about as fast as a 30-30.
     
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    Thanks all and sundry. That's a lot more drop than I figured. Been too long since I've shot distance I guess.
     
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    you're within 600 FPS of being right.


    most of the data says 26-2700 FPS out of a 16 inch barrel.
     
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    data from NRA Rifleman test;

    150gr----2700fps

    168gr----2500fps
     
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    What kind of 5 shot groups do you get at 100 yards with your SOCOM???

    Thanks
     
  11. carebear

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    A couple inches but I was just BZO-ing it at the time.

    It was cold too. You can begin inserting your own favorite excuses here. ;)
     
  12. spacemanspiff

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    what say you bring that SOCOM out to rabbit creek saturday morning? i'll be burning up whatever ammo supplies i have left (read: i'm broke and have only enough .22lr to keep me busy for any amount of time). though i might have to spring for some .223, just because.

    the cantankerous ol coot (oops i guess i should be nice to him, considering he is feeding me tomorrow) the nice hirsute fellow and i plan to be at the range when it opens, 10 am. last weekend for shooting there until after new years.
     
  13. carebear

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    Well, since I apparently can't control my schedule well enough to actually make plans, let me just say I will do my best.

    I'll plan on bringing .308, .45 and 9.
     
  14. carebear

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    Ya know Spiff, thinking about your planned Thanksgiving, it's kind of an inspiring throwback to the first one.

    You have a religious minority and a Native American joining together for food and fellowship in a harsh and wild land.

    God Bless America!

    Just don't sign any treaties brother! ;)
     
  15. spacemanspiff

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    the plan is i'll pretend i'm a shaman and he pretends he's a moyle.

    anyone know what a moyle is? i cant find it in the dictionary....
     
  16. carebear

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    You need a Yiddish dictionary. :D

    Maybe Babelfish has a yiddish/goyim translator?
     
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    jimmyp50 a .308 150 grain bullet out of a 16 inch barrel is probably traveling at only 2200 FPS, about as fast as a 30-30.
    Nice job Jimmy! Where'd you pull that stat out of? If the SOCOM had a 14" barrel would it have the same velocity as a pellet gun?
    :neener:
     
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    spacemanspiff,

    I believe it's spelled Mohel.

    Just don't let him near you with a knife. ;)
     
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