Just order a CTR .308Posted by onbadmofo on January 31, 2015 at 3:05 pm
I just ordered a CTR .308 it should be in next week, all my other bolt rifles are Savages so this will be new to me. At my home I have set up a 100 yrd railroad ties for general shooting then I have steel 10in plates set up 300,400,500 yrds (I enjoy the longer shots better). Also last nite worked up my first bullet loads I have 6 sets of 4 rds with different powder charges to try today.
MemberJanuary 31, 2015 at 3:30 pm1 Bullseye
I think you will like your CTR. I have one in .260 that is working out great. Sounds like you have an awesome set up for shooting. Enjoy your new rifle.
MemberFebruary 2, 2015 at 3:32 am21 Bullseyes
I envy your home range!
Get a chronograph set up and do the long range load development at 100 yds as explained by Eric Cortina on accurate shooter forum. You will be ringing those steel targets in no time.
MemberFebruary 2, 2015 at 3:36 pm1 Bullseye
Funny you say that because that is on my list to do today and I was going to ask which one I should get? I am not after one with a lot of bells and whistles just to be accurate. I would like to stay in the $90 to $150 range …………Any suggestions??
MemberFebruary 2, 2015 at 6:58 pm1 Bullseye
I ordered a Competition Electronics ProChrono Digital Chronograph.
MemberFebruary 3, 2015 at 3:07 pm1 Bullseye
I just ordered a CTR .308 it should be in next week. Also last nite worked up my first bullet loads I have 6 sets of 4 rds with different powder charges to try today.
How can you work up loads if you don't know the measurement of the bullet to lands relationship?
You don't know if you are into the lands, which would be unsafe, or .100″ off…which would more than likely give you horrible accuracy.
Get yourself a collet style puller, pull the bullets, (you can use your same powder charges if they are safe), measure your intended bullet/lands relationship, re-seat the bullets .010″ off the lands and work up your loads from there.
MemberFebruary 3, 2015 at 7:08 pm1 Bullseye
I forgot to say that I was making up loads for my Savage .308….. yes I will have to wait till I get my Tikka for those loads.
MemberFebruary 4, 2015 at 12:15 am105 Bullseyes
You will love any CTR and its accuracy right out of the box with factory ammo…its probably the best rifle you can buy iin its price range.
Check out how my 308 did at the very first range shoot. It loves Nosler 155gr match ammo…
I've just started handloading for it using 178gr Amax…getting really good consistent 1/4-1/2 MOA groups using 44.8-45.1grs of Varget in Nosler or Hornady brass, right around a max load but no pressure issues. I've shot numerous 1/2″-3/4″ groups @ 200yrds when everything is going right. I'm using the rifle for hunting and long range target shooting so I'm loading about .030 – .050 off the lands.
I'm shooting 208 Amax's out of it as well but nothing good to report on that yet.
MemberFebruary 4, 2015 at 3:26 am1 Bullseye
That sounds really great….. if you don't mind me asking what method did you use to break in the barrel?
MemberFebruary 4, 2015 at 5:35 pm105 Bullseyes
I always clean the barrel of a new gun when I get it…”always”. I use a boresnake in all my rifles so its pretty quick to do. Some people may not like the snake but its all I use and its had no ill effects on any of my rifles.
So for the 308 CTR..
1st cleaning at home before the range
Fired 4 shots to sight it in, then ran the bore snake through it again for 2nd cleaning.
Then fired about 20 shots and cleaned it a 3rd time.
2 pulls with a bore snake with a cleaner up front and oil at the tail seems to work great for me.
Bore/rifling is super clean.
It may differ slightly per rifle but i usually clean about 3 times in the first 20-30rds break in process and then its maintenance depending on how much you shoot.
Some people my be more meticulous with a set break in method but these guns are all fired and have rounds through them before they leave the factory so “some” break in is already done.
Others may frown at my methods but as long as I keep getting the groups I'm getting they can cry all they want about whats right or wrong.
MemberFebruary 4, 2015 at 7:21 pm1 Bullseye
That sounds like a pretty simple method…..That sure beats the shoot one round & clean for the first 25……
I picked it up today 🙂
MemberFebruary 4, 2015 at 10:19 pm105 Bullseyes
My method and belief is very similar to “Gale McMillan” (RIP)
McMillan Rifles was born & built on this mans knowledge of all things rifle.
He debated the rifle breaking in process for years, and said too many people overthink this process and end up doing more damage to the rifle then anything good.
Here's a good read…
MemberFebruary 5, 2015 at 4:32 am21 Bullseyes
Dog is pretty much on point with break in… Although bore snake is not in my opinion the way to go. The fabric can pick up hard particles and add to wear, get a stainless or similar rod and a bore saver for the cleaning. It will keep the crap out of your action and won't carry abrasive bits with the rod.
The way to go on chronographs is hard to say, $100 seems to be the standard, I use the pro-chrono set up. The thing is be deliberate in your set up. Set up a Measured 10 feet from muzzle, check your graph with 10 rounds of .22 fired from the same gun and same lot of .22 shells to see if your numbers are different for a given day. Then … Keep notes. That is all you can do unless you are very wealthy and can afford the next step up. Oheler precision stuff and pressure measuring equipment.
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