-4 Cold Bore shots- all in the black of the target I was shooting. The last one had
the most significant deviation, slightly less than 1.5″ low. Mitigating factors
-The last thing through the barrel was a blank round that had been fired
just over a week earlier.
-The rifle had done a lot of travelling and had been exposed to a
more humid environment.
-The only bore cleaning I have done so far is with a boresnake. I just
looked into the barrel and it looks like a copper mine.
-0 clean cold bore shots (see above)
-The rifle’s zero and sighting system have been very consistent. No surprises,
large or small.
Cold bore shots:
In the first few months of the blog I was pretty good about posting 10 shot groups from various positions with the Sako 75. It’s been a while since I’ve done that. I have myself a little “pop quiz” with the FN to see how I’m holding up. The main difference between when I used to do it versus this time is that I used to work my positions pretty hard prior to hitting the range and testing it. This time my positional shooting is not at its sharpest. In fact it was rather rust laden.
I set up six targets. The positions I tested were bipod prone, unsupported prone with sling, crossed ankle sitting, rice paddy prone, regular offhand, and what I’ve been calling modified offhand. I’ll throw up a comparison of my previous groups with the Sako. Groups are at 100 yards unless otherwise noted.
I reset my position between each shot by standing up, making sure I was square to the rifle, and getting back down. My group:
Could ‘ve been a contender… if only… just ignore those errant 3.
‘Bout the same size, but notice that more are crazy,as opposed to only 3 crazies with the FN, and the degree of craziness is much higher, like, say, paranoid schizophrenia.
Big Ol’ Heavy Remmy:
You can see maybe 3 crazy shots here, but a much more high functioning level of insanity.
I’m willing to blame myself for the 3 errant rounds with the FN. I’m also willing to blame the rifle in case blaming myself doesn’t work out.
Unsupported Prone with Sling
I learned something about the FN when using the sling in prone. This was the first time I had tried it because shooting prone with the sling when there’s a bipod on the rifle doesn’t make much sense. It’s more of a vestigial skill than a useful one, unless Fred’s dream of everyone being handed a rack grade surplus rifle with a sling somehow comes true. Onto what I learned… the distance to the front sling stud is short, very short. The result is that I can’t get the flat of my support arm to contact the ground. I’m stuck with my elbow pointing on the gravel. I realized again why people think prone is uncomfortable. I also realized why tall people just wouldn’t listen when I told them to use the flat of the arm- it just… doesn’t… work when the rifle… doesn’t… fit!
I measured the location of the sling stud in relation to both the butt and the trigger. First from the butt to the forward stud:
From trigger to forward stud:
Obviously there’s a significant difference, but it’s really only noticeable in prone with the sling, so it’s pretty much a non-issue unless I’m shooting an AQT or something that requires me not to use a bipod.
Elbow instead of flat of the arm, as I was able to verify, equates not only to more pain, but to less stability. Here’s 10 shots on paper:
Not great, but it looks better than 10 out of the Sako:
Again with the Remmy:
Cross Ankle Sitting
This is a pretty good position for me normally. I felt like I was struggling with all the positional shooting to a degree. The less stable the position was, the more I struggled. What I really noticed was that the creep in the trigger, and it being a little heavier than what I have been using was giving me a frustrated feeling.
That’s pretty bad. Here’s with the Sako from 300 yards:
Converting both to minute of angle, the Sako being about 3.6 and the FN being approximately 3.6/1.047 = 3.4. I’d call it about a tie if I handicap the Sako for being at 300.
Rice Paddy Prone
I expected this to be pretty good. It was frustrating.
If I measured it I didn’t take note of it, but the picture tells you what you need to know. It was one of those times when the second mag lacks any semblance of concentration and blows the whole thing to (pick your expletive, I don’t use that language on the blog).
From the Sako:
3.6 MOA from the Sako. This goes to show that in those less stable positions, a better trigger is more important that the rifle’s inherent precision, at least within reasonable limits.
OK, posting offhand groups is embarrassing for me. Here’s the thing, try to find anyone else that will post them. They are out there, but they’re few and far between. My previous best with the Sako was 8.6” at 100 yards:
The FN gave me 11.5”, if I remember right. See the little guy on the left that missed the target page?
I’d been wanting to do a comparison on offhand vs. the modified offhand since I decided to switch to it. I posted recently about the weight of the FN causing me to doubt whether I should abandon this in favor of returning to standard offhand. My group was about 7” (I have no Sako comparison group):
It barely passes the blurry paper plate test:
My shooting could have been better, but that’s always the case. Looks like I’m putting trigger work on my list.