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    Freedom Munitions Match 308

    I bought a few boxes of the Freedom Munitions Match 308 175 grain SMK to break in and sight in my new APR Ranger. Match ammo is kinda scarce or crazy expensive right now as you know so I was excited to find this "match" ammo at 1.10 dollars each. First the caveats:

    1. This is a new rifle with only 75 rounds through it
    2. Maybe my rifle doesnt like this ammo
    3. Im not a pro shooter. Though I can regularly shoot 1/2 MOA groups or better with my AI.

    I used a MagneetoSpeed chrono and did most of my group shooting off a sturdy bench. I used a heavy front sand bag to push against my bipod and rear bags.

    I chrono'd two sets of 5 rounds. I didnt write down the individual shot velocities but here is the info.

    Average velocity: 2630 FPS
    ES: 51
    SD: 18

    Average velocity: 2640 FPS
    ES: 48
    SD: 19

    Just for reference I ran 5 rounds of Winchester M80 ball over the chrono.

    Average velocity: 2811 FPS
    ES: 60
    SD: 23

    5 shot groups measured with calipers, listed smallest to largest

    0.61"
    0.85"
    1.12"
    1.17"
    1.25"
    1.30"
    1.45"

    M80 ball measured 3.1 inches with 4 rounds in a 2 inch cluster and 1 flyer. With the Freedom Munitions I had several groups that had a cluster going and then one or two flyers away from the group. A couple groups were just a pattern. All shots felt good at the time. I had one group with a called pulled shot that wasnt measured but it was around 2 inches.

    On a previous range session I shot some old handloads I made for a Remington 700 build I had about 10 years ago. Only thing I remember about the load was that it used FGMM brass and 178 AMAX bullets. I didnt measure those groups but they were around 0.75 inch groups. Because of the previous groupings and the high SD and ES of this ammo, Im thinking (hoping, haha) that todays poor performance is ammo related and not an indication of the rifle's overall performance.

    20211129_121624 by chase, on Flickr

    Best group of the day. Notice the cluster and the single flyer.

    20211129_121246 by chase, on Flickr

    20211129_115330 by chase, on Flickr

    20211129_113222 by chase, on Flickr

    At least I got some good pictures of the rifle today.

    20211129_131530 by chase, on Flickr

    20211129_131445 by chase, on Flickr

    20211028_150553 by chase, on Flickr
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    IraqGunz:
    No dude is going to get shot in the chest at 300 yards and look down and say "What is that, a 3 MOA group?"

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    I'm going to agree about it being the ammo. When I got my APR Maverick I was able to keep half inch groups all day. The best group was a bit under .3" Love your rifle btw.
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    You put M80 ball through a nice gun???
    "You people have too much time on your hands." - scottryan

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    Quote Originally Posted by markm View Post
    You put M80 ball through a nice gun???
    Just as a reference.
    C co 1/30th Infantry Regiment
    3rd Brigade 3rd Infantry Division
    2002-2006
    OIF 1 and 3

    IraqGunz:
    No dude is going to get shot in the chest at 300 yards and look down and say "What is that, a 3 MOA group?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by C-grunt View Post
    Just as a reference.
    You're as bad as Pappabear.
    "You people have too much time on your hands." - scottryan

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