The brake is awesome. This is not a blog about gear, but this piece of gear was worth every penny.
Took the rifle from “not fun to shoot” to “very fun to shoot”. Recoil isn’t painful now. It’s a light gun. I recommend a brake.
Now that shooting the gun doesn’t make me want to not shoot the gun, I decided to see what a longer string of fire would do to shot dispersion. The five round control group, fired from a cold bore:
It’s a pretty average group from the ZQI .308 Winchester. About 3″ wide and 2″ high. Nothing to write home about. And that’s ok.
And, 20 rounds later, another five shot group:
Very nearly doubled in size. No bueno.
This isn’t very encouraging if you thought the Ruger Predator might make a half decent entry level precision rifle (competing with the heavy barreled Savage and Remington guns).
20 rounds is a reasonable length to expect for a precision rifle competition stage. And I’m not sure the Ruger has the stamina to compete.
I spat on the barrel when I was done. It boiled and fizzled out immediately. The barrel was warm, ladies and gents.
The free float is pretty tenuous on this gun, because of the floppy plastic stock. It’s pretty accurate for a few rounds. Which sounds like what a hunter would want.
I’m not a hunter. I’m not really a competitor, either. What does that make me?
Would an MDT chassis help? I really don’t know. But it’s the only chassis available for this gun.
Would handloads disperse as much? Maybe, maybe not.
All guns change their performance when things heat up. This was more than I expected, and after fewer rounds than I expected.
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