poprivit, one major thing that keeps me from going to Africa is the fact that I can't bring any meat back home. My primary reason to hunt is to put meat in the freezer.
Good point. The first deer I got as an adult fed my family of 4 for the winter wrt protein. We were in tight times and even got some government cheese at one point. Caliber then? 30-06. Caliber (for now)? .308. The various factory match ammo gets twitchy at around 750 meters with the POI being all over the place no matter what I do at the other end of the range. Quartering winds in the 12-20 mph range and the targets at a slight downhill slope with the terrain being varying which creates different speed and directions of cross winds along the way. Moved to a 185gr Berger Juggernaut and got back on target.
Model 700 stainless 5r 20" bbl.
Started from factory with an HS Precision stock that I added CDI Precision bottom metal (AICS mag compatible), a Vortex Viper PA 6.5-20x50 mildot scope, and a Rugged Razor 762 suppressor.
With this being one of my early range visits after the can was added.
Then I swapped the good stuff into a KRG Whiskey 3 (Gen 6) chassis, a Timney Calvin Elite trigger, an Atlas PRS bipod, and the scope shade extension. This Timney trigger may be the best trigger I've ever experienced. My P415 was out at a Gerlachfest and several got to shoot it. Super-crisp 4.5 lb trigger with little over travel and only some slight (no-pressure) take up. This TCA is at a measured (average) of 1lb 2 oz with a first stage that is all resistanceless take up to "the wall", then a crisp release and no over travel. Verah nize. I'm trying to drill into myself that I don't need to wrap my thumb around the "pistol grip" of the stock; resting along the same-side so there's little input to push the round off line.
This was my range qualifier to go to the longer distance range (250-1000). The hand-edit was because I was new to the phone app software and didn't flag all 4 rounds before saving it.
MOA or less at 100, then 200. Then out on the big boy range. I've had some people tell me that Remington's QC has declined in recent years but mine seems fine. On the longer range, I was out to 750 yards with the Range Officer being my spotter. 1 shot, 1 hit out to 500 where he wanted me to do 5 consecutive hits. 1 for 1 and on to 550-750. From 550-700 it was again 1 shot 1 hit. Then at 750 things fell apart. Same hold would have a POI to the left, then right, then low, then high on the target. We concluded that the 308 in 168/175 variations of factory "match" ammo was going transonic and losing stability. Switched to the Hornady 185Gr Berger Juggernaut and I was again consistently ringing steel. Time ran out for me that day but the next trip will be 800 - max. After that, I don't need an RO watching as closely. They want to assure that their customers know what they are doing.
What I didn't tell them was that, since my background it hunting, I'm still not fast on adjusting turrets and counting clicks. I had done that session all doing mildot hold overs.
My dope sheet that needs some additional visits transcribed into it from my pen/paper notepad.