The .308 is "Finished"

Enough to start shooting anyway.   

It’s a Remington 700 Stainless Special 5-R Milspec Barrel (24 inch). As pictured it weighs 12 lbs.

The scope I wanted (Millett 4-16×50 Tactical) is backordered, so I got a Mueller 4-16×50 so I could go ahead and start breaking it in and experimenting with loads.

Higher resolution picture here.

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0 Responses to The .308 is "Finished"

  1. Jim says:

    Nice! What’s the size of the apeture on that scope? Did you have to get high rise rings for it?

  2. alan says:

    The objective is a 50mm and I did get high rise rings, but I think they’re a little too high. Right now there’s about 5/8 inch clearance which seems high to me. I could go lower, but then I’d worry about heat shimmer off the barrel at 16x.

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  5. Joe Huffman says:

    Ahh… another Boomershoot rifle. My evil plan is working.

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  7. Ride Fast says:

    Sweet. I like the stock and stainless barrel contrast. What range are you are trying to get out of it?

  8. alan says:

    As Joe said above, it’s for Boomershoot, so 700 yards is what I’d like. I’m not sure that’s realistic with a .308 but we’ll see.

    Unfortunately I only have a 300 yard range nearby so I probably won’t know how it will really do until I get to Idaho. Unless I can find a place that will let me stake out a 1000 yard known distance range.

  9. Joe Huffman says:

    There are people connecting with .308s at 700 yards at Boomershoot. It’s on the outer limits but with the right ammo it works.

    Boomershoot is at 3000 feet above sea level. Unless your elevation is similar your zero will change.

  10. alan says:

    We’re at around 500 feet in my part of Texas.

    Any space left in the shooting clinic? 🙂

  11. Joe Huffman says:

    I have not received notice from Gene that it is full so I’m presuming there are still openings. Sign up/contact information for Gene is here:

  12. Joe says:

    I have that very same model R5, with Seekins rings and a Seekins 20moa base, holding a Leupold Mk IV 8.5-25 x50. Black Hills 175gr Match will get you to 700yds with no problem. They’ll probably get you to 1000yds, too, but I can’t confirm that.

    I looooove my rifle. Will be pillar-bedding it in a McMillan A5 next spring, though.

  13. Thirdpower says:

    Isn’t that one of those “Intermediate Sniper Rifles” I keep hearing about?

    Very nice.

  14. Joe Huffman says:

    It’s not so much reaching out and being able to punch a hole in a piece of paper at 700 (or even 800) yards that I was concerned about. You need about 1500 fps at the target to get reliable detontation. The .308 has just about run out of that much steam at 700 yards.

  15. Joe says:

    Joe: Ah, gotcha – makes sense.

  16. _Jon says:

    This reminds me of a comment from my dad about breaking in a new rifle.
    (He used to be a sniper for the US Army circa 1959, stationed in Europe.)

    His advice (for a never-fired rifle) was to fire the weapon once, then clean it. Repeat at least 20, usually closer to 30 times. He was taught that each firing left traces of material in the rifling and would gradually smooth out the barrel by filling it in. If it was not cleaned after each shot before these tiny crevasses we smoothed out and filled in by process of firing, it would effect the rounds after it got warm in a repeat-shooting scenario. (Sorry for the huge run-on sentence there.)

    He has a large collection of stainless weapons that (by his definition) are not properly broken in, so I haven’t taken them shooting. But I hope to some day.

    I hope you have the time to break it in this way.

  17. alan says:

    I was planning on 10 fire/clean cycles, but if a sniper says 20-30, I imagine the extra won’t hurt.

  18. G says:

    Long Range Shooting with a R700 5R milspec in .308 at a steel target.