Friday, October 19, 2012

I Get Tired of Being Beat Up

I was at Pima Pistol this last Sunday as it is time to sight in some of the rifles that have had scope changes. I have a muzzle load deer hunt in mid November and an Elk hunt in early December. It was mentioned previously that scopes had been shifted around. There was a bit of time in gathering all the stuff for 3 calibers but I still made it to the range in the mid-morning. The target was set up at 25 yards on the 100 yard rifle range. The plan was to get all three rifles set about a half inch low at 25 and then move out to the 100 yard line for final adjustments. I have typically always shot from sand bags.

The 50 cal muzzle loader was fun, slow but fun. I like the new Leupold UltimateSlam 3-9x40mm with the Sabot Ballistics Reticle.

The 30-06 was nice. That is first time it has had a decent scope on it. The previous optic was a Bushnell Sportview 3x9. This is really an entry level scope but has been fog free for about 20 years. The Rem 700 has always shot well but now it was clear and easier. I had taken the scope from the 300 Win Mag, which was an older Leupold Vari-X II 4x12 Adjustable Objective, and sent it to the factory for the CDS dial to be installed on elevation prior to going on the Remington.

The Ruger 77 RS in 300 Win Mag has always been less than pleasurable to shoot from a bench. What an understatement! This thing beats you up. It will bruise you through a Past recoil pad. I had picked up a new Leupold VX-3 4.5x14x40mm CDS. Nice scope.The session started with 150 gr bullets as I have a bunch of them and they don't kick as bad. This is all relative as it still is not pleasant. After dragging the pattern over to the correct spot, I switched to the Barnes 165 gr TTSX. The 165 gr is what I have picked for elk this year so the CDS dail is tuned to it. I was a starting to flinch and decided to quit for the day.

I am going this weekend to finalize at 100 yard but .........enough is enough. Hopefully, one of these Lead Sled Plus units will make sighting in more enjoyable. I went over to the Sportsmans Warehouse and bought one.
Anyone have good/bad experiences with these? I will post back up my thoughts after the range trip.


Kevin said...

Recommendation: Send the 77 out and have a muzzle brake put on it. Yes, it's a lot louder, but the recoil will be half or less. I've shot a couple of .300 Win Mags now with brakes, and they kick a lot less than my .308 700.

Of course, if you're only going to shoot it off a bench for sighting in, you might as well just grin and bear it!

Primeval Papa said...

I did pick up a Lead Sled Plus and I like it for sighting in. A few sand bags and it hardly kicks.