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Old 08-09-2011, 10:14 AM
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40X Sporter/Repeater - Initial Range Report...



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Greetings !

FWIW, I had the honor of acquiring a mint/unfired 40X Sporter Repeater ('Late') from a wonderful friend and to date I had only shot the sporter @ 25 yds... This week I had the opportunity to bring the rifle to an outdoor public range and perform some preliminary lot testing @ 50 yds. and 100 yds. Tested Lapua Midas+, RWS R50 and R100 and some ELEY 10X.



Conditions: 8:30am, humid, winds: 2 - 5 mph (Kestrel 1000), wind direction: 3 o'clock, temp.: 76 Deg., Fire Control one-piece rest...
Leup. 6.5-20 EFR (Fine Duplex):







@ 50yds. with Lapua Midas+

0.2260" CTC (1st 'grouping' after fouling with SK Std+):




@ 50 yds. with Lapua Midas+

0.1990" CTC (2nd 'grouping'):






Now for some work at 100 yds. with the Lapua Midas+
1st 'grouping' with the Lapua:





2nd 'grouping' with the Lapua (100 yds.):




3rd and last grouping with the Lapua (100 yds):





After the Lapua Midas+ lot testing I shot some RWS R50 and R100 and both varients didn't perform quite as well as the Midas+... ELEY 10X also didn't perform as well at the Lapua Midas+.


Overall impressions of this 40X Sporter Repeater... Very, very consistent rifle... the rifle is easily a low '2's (or better) rifle @ 50yd. and 3/4 MOA (or better) rifle @ 100 yds. Actually, I need more 'glass' to do this rifle credit @ 100 yds.

Needless to say, I'll perform additional lot testing this fall when temps cool off a bit and wind conditions are more optimal for 'accuracy testing'...

Finally, I now totally know what JohnOhio, BrianJ, CER, John Gyde and others were saying about their 40X Sporters inherant accuracy... I'm blessed to have had the opportunity to acquire this rifle and begin to explore its/my capabilities with this gal...

Feel free to post any questions...

Art




Ps. some 25yd. results:





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Old 08-09-2011, 10:31 AM
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Good looking rifle and looks like a shooter. Only seen one sporter and don't remember who had it. That was years ago and he was shooting it good. Think he said they only came from Rem the custom shop.
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Gorgeous stock!
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Old 08-10-2011, 04:53 PM
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Good looking rifle and looks like a shooter. Only seen one sporter and don't remember who had it. That was years ago and he was shooting it good. Think he said they only came from Rem the custom shop.
BobKK - you're correct in that the Rem. CS was charged with creating the 40X Sporter/Repeaters... In recent discussions, with a couple of ex Rem. CS employees who were working in the CS during the 70's and 80's, they mentioned it took about 2.5 to 3.0 wks. to assemble an entire 40X Sporter to their specifications (after the stock was completed)...

okedoke - I sent pics of this rifle to the Rem. CS employees who created the stocks for these rifles and did the grading for the wood. Both employees graded the stock to be a Grade 'F' Crotch Walnut. I found out that it took about 2.5 months to create a custom stock for these rifles. Most of the time was spent during the finishing process where the DuPont finish was a 'BEAR' to work with as they said... Great results, but long, long drying times and lots of hand sanding/finishing as you can imagine.

Total time to create one of these rifles was ~ 3 months start to finish...

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Old 08-10-2011, 07:21 PM
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everybody who would gladly pay 1500 apiece for this rifle today from remington with a ordinary piece of wood raise your hand . i can not understand why remington can make the m700 for 600 to 1000.00 that will have some great accuracy and can not turn out a 22 based on the same action for a some what reasonable price . instead we get treated to the likes of the 504 .................
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Old 08-13-2011, 03:57 PM
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Looks like it shoots pretty good, stocks a bit glossy, you might get some cammo tape from Cabelas and take care of that

Thanks for posting the pics
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That is a beatiful rifle and it shoots well also. A great combination.
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Thanks for the kind words guys ... I've always been curious as to the accuracy capabilities of the original 40X Sporters, and with this particular rifle being unfired I'm having the opportunity to find out 1st hand for myself and share the results.

Again, the results above were preliminary and I'm quite sure the 50yd. and 100yd. will improve as I get more familiar with this totally stock rifle and the match ammo she prefers...

One thing I found out is part of the reason for the rifles 'consistency' is that the barrels for the 40X Sporter/Repeaters were manufactured to the same quality/specs. at the legendary 40X Target rifles... Basically, what we have here is essentially a 40X Target rifle in a custom sporter stock.

I have no plans to open up the rifle at all and adjust the pull wt. and will live with the 3.5 lbs. it currently is set at as it came from the CS back in Dec. 1979.


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That is beautiful!! I wish I could get my hands on one. A friend of mine recently paid 3800 dollars for one...then sold it for 4600.
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Great shooting Art! Thanks for sharing your test results. I'd say she's a keeper. Hope you and your family are have a great summer.

Carlton
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Wow... quite a looker and quite a shooter!
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Old 08-21-2011, 07:31 AM
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Best wishes to your family Carlton !

I waited for nearly 8 months to get this gal out to the outdoor range to see what she could do @ 50yd. and 100yd. I walked away very pleased as you can imagine.

I'm not one to send alot of shots downrange so that is why you only see a small number of groupings for the 50 and 100yd. distances. I usually start out at 100yds. to give me a quick measure on a .22 rifles accuracy (depending on conditions) and when I shot the sub 0.75" for the 1st group I knew this rifle has some serious potential (as you know quite well with yours) !!!

Next time out (probably this fall) if conditions allow, I'm going to try a few lots of my Lapua XAct and see what this lady can really do.

Have a great summer !!!

Art

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