Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: NSW, Australia.
The Covid crisis, I have to say, has been a severe annoyance to my shooting habit. Hence, I FINALLY got out to shoot the 5R last Monday at a friend’s farm. My interest was not in shooting any pests with it, although I could probably have done so. I just wanted to get it on paper. My son and I finally got out there at 4:30pm and the light was leaving (it being Autumn here) so as the light failed I did my best. I was using these Winchester “white box” 135gn HPs that were given to me by a friend. They used to be made here before Winchester shut down Australian ammo operations. Winchester are useless; they couldn’t run a bath let alone a business - amazing quality and low cost, rimfires, handgun and rifle ammo but, no! Rant over. Anyhow, my goal was to get it on target @100yds in as few rounds as possible and save the potent 135hps for game. I will shoot a group or 2 but this is hunting ammo.
The target shows the 5 rounds it took to zero it @100yds. #1 @40yds was after a bore sighting. #2 I misadjusted the windage.......oops! #3 was a correction on windage and pretty much right although +2”. At that point we moved the target out to 100yds and were forced to shoot using lights. With the previous settings not changed #4 printed +5.5” @100yds. After some very rudimentary elevation adjustments #5 was dead on @100yds.
It was in this activity that the stock shone. I expected some recoil as I was shooting off bags on the hood of my car and there’s no real record pad. Most of my rifles are light weight or military. But it was joy to shoot. Very mild. The trigger is, of course, a “lawyers trigger” and will ultimately need replacing. I’d also like to fit a detachable box mag. But it’s very nice to shoot.
I’ve posted a pic my soon took of it over my shoulder in the dusk. Definitely a good buy.
Cheers & God Bless
.17cal ~ .22lr ~ 22 Hornet ~ 223 Rem ~ 7mm-08 ~ 308 Win ~ 303 British ~ 310 Cadet ~ 450/400 NE 3"