My Buddies son loaned us an M1A for our annual Prairie dog trip. He had not had a chance to shoot it since he just started a new job so we were going to sight it in and see how our handloads worked in it.
My introduction to the M14 was almost 50 years ago. My, how time flies. I always liked the rifle but spent most of my time with M-2 carbines, BAR or the M1 rifle. Front line guys got the newer gear and until I happened to be on a Match rifle team, I had little trigger time with the M14.
The rifle is a Springfield Armory model with a Troy chassis, Magpul butt stock and an older Leupold 3X9 Tactical scope. It also had a bipod which we removed for this trip.
The Mildot scope is useless for ranging prairie dogs so we used a WW2 optical range finder to establish ranges. It's good to 1500 meters on prairie dog and that's more than this rifle is able to make hits at. For ammo, we loaded up a few hundred 168 SMKs to 2550 FPS in Winchester cases and since we had no time to test the ammo prior to the trip, we called it good.
I found a rock at 400 meters located on the side of a sand hill and we got on target then placed a water bottle at 200 meters for fine tuning. We did all of our shooting from portable benches. Most of the dogs were well past the 400 meter mark and very hard to see in the 3X9 scope. The cross hairs covered them up. Finely a very dumb dog took a seat close to where the water bottle had been. For those that have never seen one, the prairie dog is about the size of a water bottle so at 200 meters it's a pretty small target. Small as he is, he will never make that mistake again. The photo shows the RV in the background.
A close up for the blood thirsty. A head shot of course.
I'll have the rifle for a few weeks here at home so I can develop a proper load for it and get it set up correctly.