It was colder than I would have liked when I got to the range (40 Farenheit; wind 25 – 30 out of the West – real feel in the low 30’s), as well as cloudy with intermittent light rain for the 2 hours I was there. The only thing not dampened was my enthusiasm to shoot this thing!
Ammo: OLD Olin Corp Standard .22LR; OLD Winchester Super Match .22LR, SK Match (New) and CCI Mini Mag
Range: 25 & 50 yards
Overall impression: The rifle is fun to shoot once you get the adjustable cheek piece, Length of Pull, and Butt Pad at the right adjustment. If you want to adjust the butt pad, you’ll need a standard hex key to loosen the screws. This is a quick easy adjustment. Simply loosen the two screws a couple turns, and the butt pad will slide upwards to where you want it. It should go without saying, but if you buy one, clean it really well. I couldn’t believe how much gunk came out of mine when I cleaned it prior to going to the range!
Trigger: Excellent! No creep, steady, light. Not much else to say. I left mine at the factory setting, and it’s really smooth and light.
Bolt: I took the ‘C’ clip off to let the bolt throw resemble a center fire bolt gun. Glad I did, too. Felt much more natural than when I did some dry fire using the rimfire length bolt throw.
25 yard zero: On paper, but high and left at 25, had it on the bull in less than 5 rounds.
Not too bad for a first time out. I’m sure that with more range time, and as the rifle gets broken in, the groups will get even tighter. Was it worth the money? Absolutely!!
First 10 rounds – fired in two 5 shot strings. First two rounds high, final 3 in the black. Ammo used: Olin Corp standard .22LR – about 20 years old. Target – ‘ShootnC’ 6 inch.
2nd Target – 25 yards. Pasters put over the group in the first picture. It was cold enough that they didn’t hold on the top group. You can see the 2 original shots if you compare. Groups held at about an inch – ammo was 20+ year old Winchester Super Match .22LR.
Last target was @ 50 meters. The shot you see on the paper below the target was already present – looks to be a .223 or larger. Anyway, the pasters didn’t hold on three of the four selected to use. The groups, however, are all consistent. Ammo used was the SK Rifle Match. VERY dirty ammo, but seems to perform well. First time using it.
Well, that’s it for now. Maybe I’ll do an update in a month or so….