01/14/2007: Last year, I was not able to shoot any 1,000 yard matches due to my back problems. 2005 had been a good year; I shot two matches with a Savage Model 116 (caliber .300 Win Mag), including a personal best at the Kentucky State Long Distance Championships (in spite of a broken scope).
Unfortunately, I made a serious mistake: I traded the Savage for a Winchester Model 70 Laredo (.300 Win Mag). I thought I was getting a better rifle; it was the mother of all mistakes on my part. Where my Savage was shooting dime-sized groups at 100 yards, the Winchester was well outside 1 minute of angle (MOA).
I ditched that like a pilot in a doomed airplane.
This past December, I got a nice deal: a Savage Model 10FP, complete with a Choate stock, a bipod, and a long-range base.
The only thing I didn’t like: it was a .308 instead of a .300 Win Mag. No biggie, though. (In fact, the .308 will probably provide better accuracy in match conditions than the Win Mag, but–like a glutton for punishment–I enjoyed the stress-relieving recoil of the Win mag! 😉
Initially, my test groups were way off (3 inches), but I determined that the anomaly had less to do with the rifle and more to do with the fact that I was using POS (piece of crap) ammo.
When I used Black Hills match ammo, I nailed a dime-sized group at 100 yards.
Now THAT’s more like it. 😉
Here is a pic of the rifle:
Here is a look downrange. Had to struggle to get the camera in position: