There came a time when the idea of providing unsolicited advice to another shooter became something I wanted no part of, and still don’t. This first started back when internet forums were wired up and became crammed with “factual opinions,” many of which made little sense to me. Twelve years later, such web chatter still goes on and on, though some pundits now provide good advice – although people will believe what they want anyway, no matter if it’s wrong or right.
However, when a subscriber sends a letter or email to Wolfe Publishing, asking a reasonable question, it should be responded to as a matter of course. Most recently, an anonymous fellow asked if an aftermarket trigger would “shrink his groups.” The response of “maybe, maybe not” didn’t seem reasonable, and in fact, it isn’t much of an answer at all. So I asked in a return email what rifle and cartridge he was working with – hoping it wasn’t a big boomer, like a Remington Ultra Magnum that shakes your teeth loose.
As it turned out, it was indeed a late Remington Model 700, though chambered in the mild-mannered .243 Winchester with a “barrel in good condition.” Most groups at 100 yards, according to the follow-up correspondence, ran about 1.5 inches or larger, and adjusting the Remington factory trigger was of no help – neither did trying new factory loads.
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Shooting the 6.5-284 Norma
AN INTERESTING OPEN SIGHT
After using a 6.5 Grendel to cull a goodly number of Texas feral hogs, I’ve developed a great deal of respect for the cartridge. This has mostly involved nighttime forays shooting with thermal imaging optics. The 2.26-inch confines inherent to AR-15 magazines, and the Grendel’s limited case capacity, make 123- to 130-grain bullets the practical upper limit for such activities. These projectiles chug along at around 2,350/2,450 feet per second (fps), but deliver well out of proportion to its diminutive size.
.240 WEATHERBY MAGNUM
The .240 Weatherby Magnum gets little respect. Knowledgeable varmint hunters will spend a lot of dough to build up a custom 6mm-284 or one of the variations of the 6mm-06 wildcat rounds to get the ballistic features already available in a .240 Weatherby Magnum factory rifle: flat trajectory, good performance in wind and the ability to anchor larger game more reliably if called upon to do so.
The 6mm Creedmoor was designed for long-range target shooting with long and skinny, heavy-for-caliber bullets that slip through the air with the greatest of ease. Wind affects these bullets little; they just fly right through it, almost unaffected.