My wife bought me a fixed Leupold 12x Varmint scope for Christmas to replace the Tasco "World Class" 8x32 variable glass that came on it, and I finally got to the range...
I think I can easily become a "Scope Snob"
Decided to shoot up some factory 50 gr Remingtons at 100 I had to get it on paper and get it set up, plus get some more once fired cases for my handloads in the process. Fired two shots at a time to test repeatability, while adjusting the scope.
First two shots within 1/2", 4" low 4" left.
This is my first Leupold, so I was a little surprised without "clicks" and markings for 1/4 or 1/8" increments like on my Bushnells or the Tasco, so I guessed, and two more within 1/2" now 2" low and to the left.
Two more and I'm right on the bull but right, then back on the bull in the center, then two inches high where I want it, then fired two groups for group size, and they were about 3/4' and 1 "
Then I felt5 the barrel and it was HOT, I guess I was shooting just a little fast.
So I put it aside to cool, and sighted in my Polish M44 project gun I put together a few years ago with the new Bushnell I put on it, and it took me a while to even get it on PAPER, had to go to 25 yds to find out it was hitting about 2 feet LOW at 100...
But when I got done with it, and shot about a "Minute of Deer" groups with it
I went back to the Swift and shot some of my handloads from last year through it in 3 shot groups (50 grain Vmax, 38.5 gr 4064, Federal Match primers, Remington new cases, not once fired...)
FIRST group with a cool barrel, .40 inches center to center about 4 inches high, 2 inches higher than the factory loads. (I believe i am pushing 4100fps with my handloads, the factory are about 3800-3900)
Second was about 1/2", third was about 3/4"...then I quit when I got it about 2.5 high at 100, which puts me dead on at 300...it likes a COOL barrel, I already knew that.
But I can't WAIT to get it back out with my once fired cases, from my RASS.
(I was shooting from the bipod off a concrete bench with sandbags under the butt.)
But GOSH I love a day at the range with that rifle, and the P-dogs better watch out even more this year!