I have only shot eight 5 shot groups with what I would call really good ammo - Lapua Master M and L. Here is all of them with none cut out. I think I could do a little better with Lapua Midas M, but I did not shoot any 5 shot groups with it. Best size is 0.223", but of course the average is much higher. I strongly suspect that it is not the gun that is causing the higher group sizes, but me. I'm not that experienced a shooter at benchrest.
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Here is the lower quality ammo (Lapua Super Club) and in these, the ammo is making a difference, in addition to the shooter. See the bottom left target as an example of a dropped shot, probably due to a low velocity round. This ammo did however give the best group of them all at 0.214". These are the only six 5 shot groups I have shot with this ammo.
So to answer your question on how accurate is the Savage BTVS, my estimate is that an experienced benchrest shooter (not me), with an indoor 50 yard range, and a 36X or 45X target quality scope, and Lapua Midas M or better ammo, should be able to average around 1/4", with some groups much better.
I have a few targets using Winchester Dynapoints and Federal Champions. However, there is no point in showing them as they are 2-4 times larger. This is just a demonstration of the inconsistency of inexpensive bulk ammo, and not a reflection of the gun or the shooter - I hope .
Yep. Me too. I went to the range yesterday with my MK II BV and shot several .5" groups with Winchester Dynapoints (bulk box). Fed 510's will group that well also, but like the Dynapoints, I get an occasional flier. If I can find some Wolf Match I think I could be more consistant and tighten my groups.I get .5" groups with SOME bulk ammo. 5 shots at 50 yards.
Win 37gr hp I get .5 also. should do the trick on tree rats and gophers.
I have a Bushnell Banner 6-18X50AO. Targets shot at 18X of course. I just have a standard small rest up front and sandbag at rear. Some were shot with a front and rear connected rest (Benchmaster), but I really didn't notice much difference.Ron,
What scope was on your gun for those groups and what was the bench setup?
What ammo did you get under 1/2" with?After zeroing, I fired five groups of five rounds each. Scope was set on 8x. They all went under one half inch at 50 yards.
As I am in southern Manitoba, and the primary use of my .22s is gophers, I then headed for a good gopher patch. Using the laser rangefinder, and mildots, I regularly connected on the Prairie Poodles at up to 125 yards or so. Since a lot of these were young ones, and much smaller than the adults, I would say that my rifle is accurate enough. ( End of May shooting )
At that price I can see why you bought it. Perhaps there are different batches of it (Champion 745), but I've seen it shot in 4 different guns (my BTVS and one other, a Rem 597, and Weatherby) and it performed poorly compared to Dynapoints in them all. I would say 1/2" would be impossible for me. Of six 5 shot groups all were over 1" and some by quite a bit. Dynapoint group sizes were nearly half that size.Ron
I was using plain old Federal 38 gr. HP from their 525 round bulk pack. I am not far from the Saskatchewan border, and last year the Co-op in Redvers had it on sale for $11.99. About a half hour drive, and I bought 12 cartons, all they had in stock.