.223 shooting night

Conditions: +24°C, 2-4m/s wind with 6-8m/s gusts, rain showers
Gear: AF .223, NOE SP-GC 51gr .223″

Lots of shooting today. Sent around 80 bullets and over 250 grams of lead into the sandpit during the night.

First some prone shooting. 3×10 shots. Didn’t went very well and I definitely need proper adjustable cheek weld to be able to lay down with the rifle without any stress in the neck area. I didn’t noticed any horizontal POI shift as before when shooting from prone position. I think that last time I didn’t pay enough attention to barrel-spine line and was off to the left from the gun.

First group at the top was 74mm, second and third group at the bottom were both 61mm. 10-shot groups, 100 meters. Average precision is 2,25MOA.

 

Shot also few groups from bench and tested the barrel dampener in few different positions. Not much difference and I definitely need to get more consistent results without it and then start fine tuning the barrel harmonics, if needed.

First group 52mm and second one 57mm. 10-shot groups, 100 meters. Average precision 1,87MOA.
10-shot group from bench, 61mm, 125 meters (137 yards).

 

I was running out of light, but decided to test one more group from prone position with using smaller bag as a cheek rest.

The group was slightly better and was shot with a very fast pace.

10 shots from prone position using bag as a cheek rest. 41mm, 100 meters.

.223 in high wind speed conditions

Conditions: +26°C, 5-9m/s breezing wind

It was very windy during the afternoon, so decided to see how 51gr spitzer and 41,5gr RWS perform in windy conditions. I tried to avoid worst gusts, where even big trees were bending noticeably, but sometimes they just started to blow while I pulled the trigger.

First group with RWS 41,5gr bullets was 66mm and second one was 59mm. There seemed to be a lot of horizontal dispersion because of the wind.
First group with NOE 51gr spitzers was 53mm and second one 68mm. There was noticeably less horizontal dispersion than with RWS bullets.

Range day is always a good day

Conditions: +21°C, 1-2m/s NW wind
Gear: AF .223

Almost hit 10-shot/1MOA/100meters group today with my .223 using NOE Spitzers. I’ve had several sub-MOA 5-shot groups at 100m and plenty of 3-shot groups where holes touched each other, but for real measurement of precision , 10-shot string is something where luck has no place.

10 shots, 33,7mm (1,16MOA)

I also did 10-shot group with RWS 41,5gr .22lr bullets (.223) from 100 meters. The group started great, but got worse after 5 shots. Maybe it’s the bullet, maybe the shooter, or both.

First five shots (as usual..) were less than 20mm. 0,66MOA turned to 1,72MOA.

As a conclusion, I believe this gear can deliver 1MOA precision.

Gear update: Wiebad rearbags

Was looking a long time for good high quality bags, that I could use at both range and field. Criteria was adaptability, durability, weight (for field use) and ruggedness for benchrest shooting. I think Wiebad bags are best of both worlds, very happy with them.

100 meters prone with .223

Conditions: +19°C, little to no wind
Gear: AF .223 + NOE SP-GC 51gr .223″

Today I trained to various distances with 5cm steel spinner plates and decided to shoot some groups in prone position as it’s something I do too rarely.

10-shot group with only 9 recognizable holes, so one missed the paper (from right side propably) or then went exactly from same hole (I bet the first option). The group on paper is 43mm. Shots from prone position seemed to be 0,5mrad to the right from my zero.

100m shooting with .223

Conditions: +24°C, 1-2m/s wind
Gear: AF .223 + NOE SP-GC 51gr .223″

Had little amount of time to do a quick visit to range and shoot few groups. After few sightings and warming shots, started to shoot nights’s first group with slow and steady pace. First seven shots were just under 15mm and then (as usual) I pulled and ruined the group. Got frustrated and stopped there. 8-shot group, 43mm at 100 meters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next and the last group was 12-shot group, 65mm at 100 meters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Btw, this is how the first group should be posted online..

 

.223 100 meters, 8-shot groups

Conditions: +20°C, little to no wind
Gear: AF .223, NOE SP-GC 51gr .223″

Groups always start promising, but after 5 shots POI seems to shift towards up/upright. Not sure if it’s my trigger control or the gun. Barely under 50mm groups.

100m, 8 shots, 46mm
100m, 8 shots, 49mm

221 meters with EDgun Leshiy

Conditions: +27°C, 2-4m/s breezing wind
Gear: EDgun Leshiy, H&N Grizzly 31gr

Today was perfect weather to test and validate wind drift data for H&N Grizzly 31gr bullets from Leshiy. I used piece of particle board as a target (approx. 30x30cm) and after validating windage, despite the moderate breezing wind, I was able to land every bullet into the board.