I had a terrible morning at the range. First of all, I got to the range wanting to shoot my Savage BAS-K. When I got everything set up, I looked in my 4-runner to get the rifle out and I had mistakenly (senior moment, we are allowed those) loaded my Kimber instead. Well, .308 ammo don't shoot too well in the Kimber but I decided I would look for ammo anyway. I looked and I had mistakenly loaded up my match .22 ammo (another senior moment that we are allowed). Oh well, I thought. I may as well shoot it anyway, even though I really don't need the practice, I should check the zero on the iron sights. Terrible target at 50 yds with open sights (pictured below). So, as you can see, I'm gonna have to do better tomorrow.
Don't remember which ammo I was using. It was very difficult holding the rifle on my right shoulder and aligning the sights in the mirror. The rifle is heavy. If I had put it on my left shoulder, then all of the shots would have probably been X's. I may try that tomorrow.
With all the BS aside, the rifle shot pretty good. I had a time with the sight adjustments. 1/5 MOA clicks. I shot some of the white box Olin match I have had for several years. It shot fair, nothing outside the ten after I got the sights close. Next was Eley Match black box. It was a big improvement over the old white box I started with. It shot very good. Next and last was the Wolf match extra. That is what I shot the pictured target with. I didn't try the Eley TenX. Both the Eley Match and the Wolf Xtra were equal in the group size. With open sights there's no way to really tell which one is the best. The wind was a slight factor but after I got the rifle halfway zeroed, there were no shots outside the ten ring. These rifles shoot very, very well and will probably outshoot 999 out of 1000 shooters who pull the trigger, including yours truly. I love shooting a super accurate rifle and this is one of them.
We're going to have to mount our scopes to get a really good picture of ammo accuracy. But I already knew that and I am like you, I was ready to see what it would do. I am very satisfied with the rifle.
Well, we did some shooting today but no match. jbp shot about 5 different brands in his Kimber. He shot Rem Target, CMP Centurian, Rem Eley Target, Wolf Extra, and Tenex. As a whole all of them shot decent. There were only a couple of 9 ring shots, which he called, but in his rifle, the CMP ammo seemed to shoot the best. After he shot, he discovered a loose front sight assembly which could explain some groups dispersed within the 10 ring. I fired 10 shots of Wolf Extra to confirm a sight change that I made after I left the range yesterday. I had perfect sight pictures but my group was dispersed more than I thought they should be for the sight pictures that I was getting. Checked my front sight assembly and it was tight but the rear ring that holds the insert in place had loosened and the insert was free floating. We had fun anyway. I could tell that he really enjoyed shooting the Kimber but we both need to mount our scopes to get a true picture of the amazing accuracy of these rifles. Then we will have our match.