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#2983345 - 10/15/12 09:10 PM Shooting the Savage this afternoon
Andy S.
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I took the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful afternoon by verifying that my Savage was still zeroed in from last year, and to do some fine tuning on it if it were warranted. I am shooting 43 grains of IMR SR4759 and pushing the Hornady 250 grain SST bullets about 2100fps. My first "foul" shot at 100 yards surprisingly hit almost dead center, maybe 1/2" high. I was thinking that something was amiss because I was sure I had it set 3" high at 100 yards last year. The next three shots confirmed what I was thinking, about 3" high and 1" to the right. Considering I primarily hunt woods, and rarely hunt open fields these days, especially during muzzleloader, my goal was 2" high at 100 yards this year for a zero at 150 yards. I clicked my scope 3 clicks down and 3 clicks to the left and my last two shots hit about 2" high and basically dead on horizontally (100 yards). That was good enough for me for today as my free time was running out. \:\) I plan to go back and shoot it a few more times at 150 and 200 just so I'll know what it is indeed doing at those ranges. Below are an assortment of pics that better tell the story.











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#2983375 - 10/15/12 09:20 PM Re: Shooting the Savage this afternoon [Re: Andy S.]
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Ive got to shoot mine this week
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#2983397 - 10/15/12 09:31 PM Re: Shooting the Savage this afternoon [Re: Rockhound]
HMHunters75
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Hope that lead sled doesn't cost you a scope.
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#2983408 - 10/15/12 09:42 PM Re: Shooting the Savage this afternoon [Re: HMHunters75]
Andy S.
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 Originally Posted By: HMHunters75
Hope that lead sled doesn't cost you a scope.
Please elaborate. I have heard people say this repeatedly over the years, but I am not sure exactly what they are referring to. I do not anchor the gun down, more like just sit it in there, thus the gun still has plenty of vertical mobility for recoil, all within reason. I have sighted/shot ALL of my guns off of this setup for the last decade (numerous rifles, MZers, shotguns, etc), along with some of my friends' guns, and we have never encountered any problems that we are aware of. Maybe I am missing something?
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#2983462 - 10/15/12 10:09 PM Re: Shooting the Savage this afternoon [Re: Andy S.]
fairchaser
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Nice set up. Your first shot you think was low due to a clean barrel or a cold barrel? If its a cold barrel it might affect a 200 yarder. I guess you can go back to the range with a cold and fouled barrel for a confirmation shot. Nice shooting btw.
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#2983480 - 10/15/12 10:23 PM Re: Shooting the Savage this afternoon [Re: fairchaser]
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good shooting
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#2983483 - 10/15/12 10:25 PM Re: Shooting the Savage this afternoon [Re: Deer Assassin]
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send that zeiss back have them put target knobs on it

115 bucks


sight in dead on at 100 if the need arises dial it up
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#2983701 - 10/16/12 07:32 AM Re: Shooting the Savage this afternoon [Re: Deer Assassin]
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I did not know your first shot with smokeless powder was a foul shot. Mine shoots the first shot as good as the last shot as long as i dont foul the barrel from to many sabots.
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#2983761 - 10/16/12 08:12 AM Re: Shooting the Savage this afternoon [Re: barkscraper]
EastTNHunter
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Many people shoot a foul shot with smokeless centerfire rifles to clean out the oil and leave that first coat of carbon residue. The gun shoots far more consistently thereafter. My MLII is very similar, along with several other of my centerfire rifles.
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#2983767 - 10/16/12 08:15 AM Re: Shooting the Savage this afternoon [Re: EastTNHunter]
FULLDRAWXX75
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 Originally Posted By: EastTNHunter
Many people shoot a foul shot with smokeless centerfire rifles to clean out the oil and leave that first coat of carbon residue. The gun shoots far more consistently thereafter. My MLII is very similar, along with several other of my centerfire rifles.


Ditto,
Most ever gun I have shots totally different with a clean barrel, I usually have to take a few shots to "soil" the barrel as we say. LOL.

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