Yesterday was a banner day.
I got my new Bushnell Match Pro 6-24×50 scope and mounted it a couple days before; No cheap “Sniper” brand scope for this guy anymore. I tossed it (with the Bushnell sunshade and scope caps) on the rifle with a set of Arken Halo Precision Md (1.26″) rings, and ended up with this beautiful 1mm (approximately) separation from the handguard.
I packed up all my misc. gear Fri. night. Spotting scope with phone mount, rear bag rest, laser bore sight, gloves, quick cleaning/repair kit, and ear protection.
Saturday morning I packed up the ammo, rifle and magazines.
My goal was to test out ammo to see which the Ruger Precision Rimfire liked the best so I could begin woodshedding and getting my skills up to a more modern snuff, seeing as how I’m more than a little out of practice on precision shooting.
I went with a variety of rounds; SK Rifle Match, Norma TAC-22 Subsonic, Federal Automatch and Eley Target.
Those groups are noted below, and were shot at 50 yards.
The Federal AutoMatch’s iffy performance was not entirely surprising; I only added it to the trip because I saw someone else had really good performance with it for some reason a few years back.
The Norma & SK did OK; those will be good enough should I find some for cheap.
The king of this trip, however, was the Eley Target. I was extremely impressed with it; the one flyer noted was my own fault (it was a gusty day – 5-7 MPH winds base, but 15-18 MPH gusts.. And the gusts came often. That, or I pulled it :)).
I’ll definitely be picking up more of that.
Anyway, after testing ammo it was time to have some fun. I pushed out to a small steel circle at 200 yards, and a torso-sized steel plate at 300, and just had fun plinking (while also trying to get rid of some of the Federal ammo).
Did about 50/50 on the 200 yard target, and maybe 40% on the 300 yard target. At 300 yards it’s easy to miss with 22LR, even with good ammo. I was holding maybe 10 mil to the left from my zero thanks to the wind, occasionally shifting more or less depending on the gusts. I wasn’t really going to note my DOPE on this, just because the Federal ammo was so wild after it destabilized that you’re just guessing at that point.
Overall, I had a lot of fun, and time and money willing, I’ll be pushing a lot more Eley Target out at the range (and testing more ammo) with the goal of getting sub-MOA groups.