Now the following findings are from a noob shooter, and on top of that, a noob to bolt action rifles and precision shooting. I barely knew what MOA meant until just two weeks ago. I'm sure some of you more advanced and experienced shooters could get better results, but these are my results:
First up is the Nosler Custom 168gr:
At 100 meters, I got a group at 2.66 inches. I had a feeling that one on the right was a flyer so I let off so I tried another group:
My second group was a lot tighter at 1 inch.
I tried the Nosler out to 200 meters and shot three 3-round groups, measuring 1.78in, 1.59in, and 1.7in. This left me with a pretty good feeling.
Next up is the Remington Premier Match 175gr Match King BTHP. Boy, that's a mouthful.
At 100 meters, it wasn't so hot with a 1.9in grouping. Again, this is probably the result of user error (me).
I did three more 3-round groups and the results were 1.66in, 2.12in, and 2.19in. they were all over the place, but maybe I was rushing, maybe I pulled a few shots, who knows.
When I took the Remington Match Kings out to 200 meters, I was really wondering what I was doing wrong, but I ended up shooting two 3-round groups getting 4.18in and 3.5in.
That was pretty much all of the Nosler and Remington ammo I had with me today, so I decided to test out the Federal Premium 168gr Sierra Match King BTHP Gold Medal Match that I had left over from testing out my 700p. It didn't do that great in the Remington, so I figure I might as well blast away a 5 round group and see how it did in the Savage.
The results were surprising to me, but then I thought back to all the reviews saying how awesome these were and the surprise faded away. 5 rounds in a 1.7in group at 200 meters.
Next up were some left over Hornady Match 168gr BTHP. These did okay in my 700p, but I didn't have time to test them out extensively so I'll have to get another box to run through the Remington again.
I shot three rounds and got them in a 1.9in group, and then decided to blat off the 5 rounds I had left. 1.65in. I was in awe.
I had some good luck with my Savage, and I also had some good luck running some cheap ammo through my 700p a few weeks ago, so I thought I'd just run my 700 a bit. I pulled out some Federal 150gr soft point blue box.
At 100 meters with three 3-round groups, I got 0.9in, 1.6in, and 1.52in. Not great, but not horrendous I suppose.
When I went out to 200 meters, I started going down with the ship. I ended up flopping out a 4in group. I pulled out the few PPU 145gr stuff I had left and tossed that down the 200m mark.
I decided to blow through a few rounds at the steel gong at 200 meters. That made me feel better:
I also took a shot at the gong with my Savage, unfortunately, all I had left were 3 rounds of Federal blue box and I had no idea what the hold over would be in the Savage because I hadn't shot any through it yet, but I wanted to film the Savage in action along with the GRG muzzle brake:
I completely missed the gong on the last two rounds, but oh well, I'm positive I can nail it with Nosler, Hornady or SMKs. Better luck next time I guess