I got really lucky, weather wise. When I got the rifle, I'm thinking it's going to be awhile, before I have a chance to get out to the forest, and do any meaningful accuracy testing. Maybe weeks. Why, because it's been windy everyday for weeks already. Like 15+ miles an hour windy.
I'm watching the online weather, for our area, and it forecasts very low winds for yesterday. In the neighborhood of two to three miles an hour. I know from experience, that if it's actually going to be that low, there will be periods where it will be zero.
Good enough for me. I start loading gear into my vehicle, so I'm ready to go in the morning. The next challenge, is to find a place where I can access the forest. Lots of the roads are closed because of deep snow. Then I remembered a spot that has a southern exposure, and the sun tends to melt the snow off of the road fairly quickly. That's where I'll head in the morning.
Sure enough, when I arrive there, most of the snow is melted off of the road, and access is no problem, especially with a four wheel drive. Better yet, when I pull into the area I'll setup in, and step out of my vehicle, there is zero wind. No detectable air movement at all.
I go through my usual setup routine. Get out my portable shooting stand, the front and rear rests, and put out my target frame at a lasered 50 yards. One thing that's different this time is, even though I brought them along, I don't need to put out my wind flags. It's that dead calm.
In anticipation of doing some accuracy testing, I cleaned the barrel a couple of days ago. I figure, that by the time I get the scope zeroed, I will have fired enough shots to have conditioned the clean bore to the 18 grain JSB's, that I will be testing for accuracy in this rifle.
I've got the gun filled to 250 bar for this shooting session. She's designed to run on as much as 300 bar, but I don't have that much air in either of my tanks.
I load a mag in the gun, and settle in behind the scope. I have to tweak the paralax a little bit, to get a clear image of the half inch orange dot, that will be my aim point. I take a couple of breaths, let the last one half out, relax and touch off the first shot. It lands about three inches high, and an inch to the right.
I make a scope adjustment, and repeat my routine. The second shot breaks, and lands about one inch high, and a half inch right. I make another scope adjustment, and touch off the third shot. This one lands on the edge of the orange dot at about one o'clock. Time to fire for effect. Shots two and three land in the same area. Shots four and five drop out of the group a bit, still in the dot, but at around eight and nine o'clock.
I'm liking what I see so far, and in reality, I'm not being as careful as I can be with each shot. Right now, I'm just adjusting the scope to get the POI, close to my POA. It's looking pretty good, but I don't want the pellets landing on the orange dot when I settle in for real accuracy testing.
More often than not, if I leave the POI on the dot, one of the shots will blow the dot off of the target backer, and I'll lose my aim point. I crank in about ten clicks of elevation, and move over to another orange dot. My aim point is six o'clock on the dot.
Four into a bug hole, with one shot high left at eleven o'clock. I'll take it. At this point I stop and reload the mag. Let's see if we can repeat that performance.
Five clustered together, good enough for what I do. I think this rifle is shooting pretty good. Next up, I want to put a few pellets on one of my Sabertooth Prairie Dog targets. I remove ten or twelve clicks of elevation. I figure that's a good place to start, and move over to the prairie dog target. I like to see if I can put a pellet or two on the eyeball, and a couple in the earhole. It's kind of my final test to see if the rifle is ready to hunt with.
Holding at six o'clock on the eyeball, the first pellet hit at twelve o'clock high. I racked the side lever, to load another pellet, and tried again. This time the pellet impacted right at my POA.
I moved over to the earhole, and holding at six o'clock on it, I fired two pellets that landed almost on top of each other, just a tick to the right. Quite frankly, these 71 year old eyes of mine can't do any better than that. Between the floaters, and other issues, shooting groups is becoming more, and more challenging with every passing year.
Here are the first two test groups with an Advil tablet for comparison.
I'm very happy with my purchase. Also, as a side note, the action has smoothed out a lot compared to when it came out of the box. It just needed to be used some, so the moving parts could lap in. It's nice and smooth now. This rifle is going to be a ton of fun to hunt ground squirrels with this year. The only bummer is, the four legged protein bars won't be out from hibernation for another eight to ten weeks.
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