What I did right: Extremely solid position building, great fundamentals.
What I did wrong: Didn’t account for how much drift tight sling tension would introduce.
What I want to focus on next time: Learning to hold/compensate for sling tension in different positions.
Ground was wet, so I decided against shooting the SR-1 from magazine prone today.
There’s a spot on the line where a shooting table used to be. The only thing leftover is a few 4×4 posts concreted into the ground, sticking up probably about 2.5-3 feet. I put the carbine on top of the post, so that the recoil would be transmitted to it through my vertical grip resting on the front post face. My strongside elbow rested on my knee, from the crouching position.
I then tightened up my sling in the standard over-the-shoulder carry position. Very, very solid position.
As you can see from the target, the group is very tight horizontally. Much moreso than when shooting magazine prone with little to no sling support. Unfortunately, this sling tension caused a very noticeable drift to the left.
This could be easily solved by free floating the barrel, but I’m not too excited about that prospect. It’s a pinned 14.5, so it limits my options to drop in rails. I also really like this little gun as-is, with the MOE handguards.
I’ll just make a note of this and keep shooting it, for now.
For a “practical” carbine (buzzword alert), I think free floating makes a lot of sense. Prone on a square range is easy to learn how your gun shoots with certain sling tensions, etc. From non-standard supported positions with lots of pressure variables on the forend? Free floating is a relatively cheap way to just eliminate any worries.
The vertical stringing is troubling. I wonder if better ammo with a lower SD would tighten it up.
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