This week I helped my buddy with "CCTV work" again (translation, work like heck to get the work done quickly to free up an afternoon at his range!
) and I got to try my first batch of handloads through both the Pole M44 conventional conversion and the Russian 'Scout."
I had loaded up some "midrange" loads of 45.6 gr of 4064 behind some 150 grain .311 SPs, that I guess from the tables i was somewhere near 2500 fps. But I also loaded up some of the same with some 150 gr .308 Bronze points from my wife's grandpas loading box, hoping I'd get lucky with one of them, maybe they'd be one of the "mythical" Mosins that liked .308 buddits...
Well, no such luck.
The Pole wasn't even ON PAPER with them at 100, so we even brought the target to 25 yds and it only put two of the three into the 12" target.
Switching to the .311s it grouped them into 2 inches at 100.
The Russian was a LITTLE better, it put them into about 6" at 100, but again, it shot 2" with the .311s....
SOooooo....mine don't like the .308s. Period. I guess in a pinch I could use them in the Scout if I had too I guess, but I'll stick to the .311s.
I couldn't get either of them to group less than 2", even letting them cool, but even when I tried the Prvi factory loads with the same bullets that grouped less than 1 1/2" through the Pole last time, I couldn't get less than 2" from either.
But then it was, as my eloquent English buddy said, "Hotter than the hinges on the gates of Hell"
that afternoon, I had sweat pouring in my eyes and had trouble getting a good sight picture through either of the scopes...
Then we shot his "new" Marlin 95 .45-70 that he just mounted a 2x Leupold pistol scope on a "Scout" mount for it, and I got to appreciate the DIFFERENCE between a Leupold and my $15 used Bushnell, or my $80 NCStar scout scope!
It was CLEAR.
I was also impressed that the .45-70 from a bench is a LOT less punishing than I thought it would be, NOTHING like a 12 guage slug.
But then he got out his model 70 Heavy barrel .223 with the 12 power Leupold and I was humbled...I was spotting for him to sight it at 25-50-100-150 and 200 so he could mark the clicks on the turret for the next time he goes after groundhogs...1/2" at 100 is PRETTY impressive...
And I think I need to upgrade my optics.
At least all my reloads went "boom", and there was no sign of excessive pressure, so I can try to kick them up a notch or two next time, maybe they'll do better....