G&A Tactical Go Bush!!! Shooting Trip
Day 1 and 2
The G&A team went away for a few days with a good friend of the shop to a private property for some rifle zero testing and long range setup.
This is a quick Run Down of the gear used! All available through G&A Tactical
First Shots from Lithgow LA102 in .223
The first .223 shots after bore sighting were with Federal 55 Grain rounds, after a few shots to get it on target at 50m, we moved the target to 100m. After sending just a few more 55 grainers through the paper we changed over to the super popular Aussie Outback 68 Grain Gamekings, with a higher point of impact than the 55gr feds, we made the adjustment to set the 68grainers as the round of choice for zero as we hoped the weight would help in the wind down the valley as we started to stretch its legs.
After just a few minutes on paper we spun around and started working on recording elevation dope and potential windage at longer ranges as Shayne really wanted to know the potential drop to suit varying distances.
For distances further than 100m, we hung some steel on chains from star pickets to get a solid swinging steel
The Lithgow didn't disappoint. The Aussie outbacks were fast, consistent and had no worries at all getting on the 12inch wide 16inch high target out to 700m. Giving a decent audible ring enough to hear from 700m away. That, we were very happy with.
The Vortex Diamondback scope stayed beautifully and clear at 16 power and had a very comfortable eye relief while laying prone on the grass. The elevation tracking appeared to be spot on, after doing some calculations we got close and we made minor adjustments to walk it in to 600 and 702m. The max wind calls were only a full target to the left to buck the right to left wind movements.
The basic Champion 6-9 inch bipod proved too short for getting over the tufty grass so Shayne raised the gun again using the 5.11 Range Ready bag to provide the higher and steady base. The 9-13 inch Bipod would certainly raise the gun enough to beat this grass short of needing shooting sticks to get 1m off the floor.
All in all, its was an outstanding outing for the Lithgow, only to get signal that night back at camp to find the recall notice from Lithgow about the .223s having a potential barrel defect. Not a problem, it will be sent back to be checked and no doubt be back in plenty of time for the guns next outing anyway.
Next Up, Some Big Bangers
Rimfires a Blast!!!
Daily, we have new shooters in store, all they want is a big banger bullet based gun. On that same daily basis I make sure to assert my recommendation as to make sure they dont over look the rimfire rifles. So much can be learnt from small bore.
22 Magnum, although these days very much over shadowed by 17HMR, is a wonderful little cartridge. Once I had the little Ruger Target reconfirmed zero at 100m the Hornady 30 grain V Max Ballistic tips were smacking the steel with amazing authority. These lil rockets are traveling way over 2000fps and oh boy do they fly well.
Although an interesting reticle choice, the Bushnell AR optics 4.5-18 x 44 scope, with BDC for 6.5 Creedmore (its all I had spare to slap on) worked out well. Just by chance, the 4 BDC markings under the reticle just happened to work well, the 3rd hash mark (300m for 6.5 Creed) was spot on for 200m in the 22mag, then the 5th hash mark (500m for 6.5) just happened to equate to 300m for the mini magnum.
Yes, granted, the wind was a shitfull thing out to 300m but I as still able to get regular hits holding 2 targets off to the left.