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Posted: 9/27/2004 2:14:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/27/2004 2:18:28 PM EDT by ABNAK]
Went to the range today with my Dragunov-wannabe SSG-97 in .308 to sight it in with the 8X scope that came on it. I was using Black Hills 168gr BTHP match ammo. My best group was 1.5" at 100 yards---1.5 MOA. Does that seem to be acceptable considering that this is a non-bedded gas gun?

Last week I also sighted in my rack grade SA M1A (all USGI parts) with the same ammo as above but using an IOR Valdada 4X scope. My best group was 1.25" at 100 yards---1.25 MOA. This too is a non-bedded gas gun.

While not "sniper" or "match" accuracy, I think either would suffice as a "Squad Designated Marksman" type of weapon. What say you?

Edited to add: both weapons were fired from a benchrest.
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 2:17:51 PM EDT
RPK's are sweet. How much does yours weigh and where did you get a 308 barrel for it?
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 2:18:01 PM EDT
What type of environment are you shooting in?
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 2:22:11 PM EDT
My dealer had it shipped from Inter-Ordnance in NC. It came in .308. Weighs about 9 pounds.

Environment? Local shooting range, 80-ish temperatures, little humidity, from a benchrest.
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 2:22:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/27/2004 2:36:36 PM EDT by 2A373]
The latest issue (Oct 4th issue) of Shotgun News has an article in it by David Foitier where he tested SSG-97's in both .308 and 7.62 X 54R. Here's is his results;

Black Hills 150 gr Ballistic Tip 1.46"
Black Hills 168 gr Match 1.37"
Bederal 168 gr Match 1.87"

7.62 X 54R
Wolf 148 gr FMJ 2.5"
Wolf 200 fr EXTRA Match 1.25"
Domestic (????) 174 gr Match 1.5"
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 2:32:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 2A373:
The latest issue (Oct 4th issue) of Shotgun News has an article in it where they tested SSG-97's in both .308 and 7.62 X 54R, their best groups were about the same as you got.

Yeah, I read that article. Just thought I'd run it by you guys and see what you thought.

I did have one problem, however. The last round in the mag didn't come up high enough and was jammed into the receiver, pushing the bullet back into the brass. Until I have a chance to modify the mag properly I just load an empty shell as the first round into the mag and extract it when it jams. There isn't a bolt hold open anyway.
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 2:36:20 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 2:53:24 PM EDT
I'm not so sure I'd classify the SSG-97 as "economical"---at least to me!. The rifle, 10% dealer markup, extra accessory pack (4 more 10 rd mags with pouch and a bayonet), tax, and background check came to over $1000.
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