I recently finished a series of 20 shots fired on 20 different days at 200 yards, from a cold bore, on a single IDPA-style target. This was to see what my average capabilities are, starting cold without any sighters. I chose 200 yards because it’s a reasonable distance for hunting in my area.
The rifle and ammo details:
- Ruger American Predator in 308 Winchester
- SWFA Super Sniper 10x with rear parallax adjustment, MIL/MOA
- Burris Xtreme Tactical Rings
- Surefire Procomp muzzle brake
- ZQI M80 ball ammunition
- Harris 6-9″ notched leg bipod for some shots
This is not a blog about gear, it’s a blog about shooting. With that being said, a brief word about equipment selection is in order. Nothing about this rifle can be considered “high-end”. The total cost of the rig was under $900, not including ammo. Yes, it still needs a sling. But this is a budget setup, with budget ammo. That’s the brief word on gear.
I also know that 200 yards is not a far distance, especially for this rifle and scope combination. It was a good start with the ammunition used. I may do another, similar run at 400 or even 500 yards when I get a good load worked up. For now, the ZQI was convenient and definitely good enough for a 200 yard deer vital shot.
Here are links and a summary to each shot fired:
- SHOT 1: Bipod prone with rear sandbag.
- SHOT 2: Bipod prone with rear sandbag.
- SHOT 3: Seated in pickup bed, tailgate support.
- SHOT 4: Standing in bed of Kawasaki Mule, using roof for bipod support. No rear bag.
- SHOT 5: Bipod prone with rear sandbag.
- SHOT 6: Seated in pickup bed, using tailgate for support.
- SHOT 7: Bipod prone, no rear support.
- SHOT 8: High because of idiot dialing error. Kneeling with sandbagged support.
- SHOT 9: High because of idiot dialing error. Kneeling with sandbagged support.
- SHOT 10: Supported standing, using Kawasaki Mule roof pillar.
- SHOT 11: Miss after running 400 yards, kneeling with sandbagged support.
- SHOT 12: Seated in Kawasaki Mule, braced against the roof support.
- SHOT 13: Kneeling with sandbagged support, into the rising sun.
- SHOT 14: Seated in Kawasaki Mule, braced against the roof support.
- SHOT 15: Kneeling with support elbow on left knee.
- SHOT 16: Standing, no support.
- SHOT 17: Kneeling with tripod support.
- SHOT 18: Tripod support from the standing position.
- SHOT 19: Standing, no support.
- SHOT 20: Sitting, with elbows on knees. No other support.
Naturally, this information is quite useful going into hunting season.
So, what are the takeaways?
- I need to work on my unsupported positional shooting.
- If I can brace against something, anything, it works much better.
- Keeping track of things like where your turrets are really matters. It’s best to have a habitual system and protocol for adjustments, so that you don’t forget what’s what.
- There are very few times that I used the bipod in a traditional prone position, due to terrain features. Getting higher is a needed skill.
This was a very education experiment, and I hope you enjoy reading through the links.
Sign up for the newsletter to stay abreast of more experiments with the Ruger American Predator 308. I’m liking it quite a bit.