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Range Day – 1st Febuary

Range Day

200m Zeroing and fun with primers.


I am heading away this weekend – so it was time to confirm my zero.

Zero’s can, and do change. A good knock while cleaning or taking the rifle out of the safe1 can alter your zero. In my case, I had transferred the scope over to the 700 build, swapped it back, but just wasn’t 100% certain it was on. In addition, I wanted to play with differing OCL2 for my hunting load, and thought it would be a good opportunity to get down to the range for a shoot.

OCL Play

First of all – this is a hunting rifle – it’s currently shooting at close to 1 moa – myself probably being the limiting factor. I want a load that is reliable in varied situations and will simply put down whatever it is that I shoot.

However, I am always one to tweak things – so I figured I might as well see if I could further tweak my load by playing around a bit with OCL. The magazine length limits me to 2.89 inches – so ended up building 3 loads – 2.80, the SAAMI standard, 2.86 and 2.89 overall lengths. This is still short from pushing the projectile into the lands3 – but I won’t single load this rifle, so it doesn’t really matter.

Short version – the 2.86 OCL seems very minutely smaller – but it could as much be my shooting as the OCL itself – so it’s not something I am going to panic about. I am sure as I shoot more, these things will become more and more relevant.

1 and 2

OnTarget TDS and Zeroing

I use some software called OnTarget TDS to record my shooting. I have covered it before on the site.

What is basically let me do on the weekend, was zero my rifle based on a ‘group’ of 20 shots, not 3 or even 5. To me, it makes sense to not be constantly tweaking the turrets – rather, put down the entire box of ammo, and adjust as an average overall. Otherwise, you could simply be adjusting for your own shooting on the day, not getting a true ‘average’ zero. End of the day though, each to their own.

Regardless, I am now a lot more comfortable with the zero on the X-Bolt – and looking forward to getting out this weekend for a hunt!

  1. for dry fire practice – you do dry fire practice don’t you? 

  2. overall cartridge length 

  3. like .308, 7mm08 rifles are generally made with a pile of free bore in them 

Shoot straight(er).

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A constant learner with an inquisitive mind, Kerry created Precision Shooter as a way to share what he was learning from the community of experts he found himself surrounded by.Somewhere along the line, he picked up one or two things himself. But don't call him an expert.

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