This morning dawned with a solid fog – the harbinger of a calm, sunny day. And so it was. It was a good day to be shooting groups at the range. My previous range session, last week, had been one of wild weather. I was keen to finalise the sighting-in of my adopted standard load in the Weatherby Vanguard HSP in 223 Rem.
I was shooting Nosler 55 grainers in both Ballistic Tips and Silvertips, over 24.5 grains of BM2 (Benchmark in the USA). The first shot after a thorough barrel cleaning, the “fouler” shot, was a smidge low and right compared to the group that followed. I shot a mixed group of both projectiles and was happy with the result.
I tweaked the sighting, one click left (0.36 inch) and one click down (0.36 inch), which should be just about the perfect sighting for this load. Tomorrow morning I will be up early and out for a wild dog stake-out before first light breaks.
At the range this morning, I shot a series of groups through the Sauer 101 XT in 243 Winchester, seeking the best OCL for the 85 grain Nosler Partition loading in that calibre. The results of that looked promising and I should be able to finalise my load at the next range session.
Today, I also began my testing of the Voere K15A featherweight rifle in 22LR. The initial results were okay, but I will be lightening the trigger pull and fitting a different scope for the next session.