.Or maybe that's 'Shaking in laughter'.
Yesterday I pulled a trusted old Savage FVSS from the safe and toted it down to the range for a bench session. It's one of the originals, without the Acutrigger, chambered in 22-250. I bought the rifle new, many years ago, and am rather proud to say it's never seen a factory loaded cartridge. I still have the first target ever fired with the rifle, using a load built on speculation. The group measures under .5", and reminds me still why I swore never to let this rifle slip through my hands.
The old Savage has a 1 in 12" twist rate, and like most 22-250's prefers lighter bullets. The load I most often fall back on is a 52 grain Sierra hollow point skipping along at just under 3700 FPS. No, it's not lighting any grass fires, but it's reliably accurate and easy on the barrel. More importantly, it's perfect for the 300-400 yard woodchuck shooting I use the rifle for.
I've found the rifle will also shoot 55 grain Nosler Ballistic tips in the same load to the same point of aim, with substantially the same trajectory. That's handy, especially now when loading supplies are just a little iffy at times.
The optics.... a Barska 6.5x20x target dot model that I'm more than pleased with. For an inexpensive scope it's got some great features, and is very bright and clear. When shooting this rifle/scope combination I can usually just leave my spotting scope packed up. The Barska target scope gives me a better defined and clearer picture than the 40x spotting scope.
There's something special about shooting tight groups at longer ranges. The big range was shut down yesterday in favor of the trap shooters, so I made do with little groups at 100 yards. Trying to make all the holes touch... balancing breath and heartbeat against wind and heat... that carries it's own challenges. Each shot leaving it's mark on the paper, joy and sorrow measured by tenths of an inch. Twitching the muzzle only a few thousandths will toss the shot an inch wide of the mark... so everything must come into perfect alignment. Body, mind, and rifle blur together as each bullet is launched towards the tiny target.
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