Posted: 6/17/2006 1:13:41 PM
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Since my local didn't have the specific glass I was looming to top my rifle with in stock, I went ahead and brown bagged a Tasco Varmint series scope on it. (more on this later). A trip to several different dealers, and Wal-Mart, left me with a variety of different ammo. I decided that on my first trip, I would only feed her the less than premium ammo, to see if i could incite a failure or two, and make my fist post range cleaning of the weapon be as filthy as possible.
What ever I fed the BM Pred, it ate it. Wolf, Rem UMC, you name it, and the BM ate it, flawlessly. The groups with the cheap stuff were. . . . . . . . . well say wide. Maybe 2" at the most, and rarely a 1" would pop up. Luckily low an behold my friendly hand loader buddy starts to doll out some of his better stuff. WOW! #%$%^$%^% WOW!! 1/4" and 1/2" are the norm.
Initially I was concerned about the whole fast twist heavy bullets only barrel which I had come to believe as gospel. I'm here right now to put this baby to bed right now. The heaviest bullet I shot was 60 grains, which one would find at the lighter end of the fast twist spectrum, and the lightest was Gr. I have to let you know that some of the Gr loads were making ragged one hole groups.
Yea yea but those are hand loads, what about factory stuff? I have to admit, I haven't made it to the uber premo stuff like Black Hills yet. To tell you the truth, I don't think I need to. Wal-Mart special 40 gr. 3600 fps Winchester Varmint loads, $14.95 for forty rounds. Its cheap, its dirty, and by all common found advice, the wrong round for my barrel. How about 4 shots in a shiny new quarter at 100M (109yds). Wish I new how do an image.
Any how the rifle shoots like its advertised. Light bullets are no problem. With the cheap Winchester, I had tons of 1" and less groups.
Fifty bucks. I know that Tasco is junk and you get what you pay for, but I think this scope might stick around for awhile. The adjustable turrets always came back to zero, the mil dots are right on, cause I checked with a barber pole, and despite the 1" tube, the 42mm objective delivered enough light that I was able to clearly see at the last hour of light. The eye relief is a little tight, and the AO isn't as smooth as one would like, but you know what? It was bucks!!! Its not a Leopold, but you wouldn't think it was that cheap neither.
So, if anyone was thinking about the Pred, do it.