Archive for February, 2010

Feb
16

Savage Mark II BTVS

Meet the rimfire tackdriver of the group, the Savage Mark II BTVS.

Savage Mark II BTVS

Savage Mark II BTVS

This particular model is chambered in .22LR, but is also available in .22WMR (93 BTVS) and .17HMR (93R17 BTVS).

This Mark II features a 21″ heavy barrel with a 1:16″ rate of twist and target crown. It comes with one 5-round stainless steel magazine. 5 and 10-round magazines in blued or ss finish are available.

Savage Mark II BTVS

Savage Mark II BTVS

The laminated thumbhole stock isn’t for everyone – that stock and the heavy barrel make for a 7.5 pound rifle – add a scope, bipod and sling, and you have yourself a 9 pound rimfire rifle. Savage offers plenty of other stock and finish options if a field configuration is preferred.

One of the best things about this rifle is the accutrigger…

Savage Accutrigger

Savage Accutrigger

The trigger is fully adjustable down to 1.5 pounds… even lower if you’re adventurous with trimming coils off of springs. But this is probably the best out-of-the-box trigger in a sub-$500 rimfire you’ll be able to find.

For optics, I went with what I had on-hand – a Redfield Tracker 4-16×44 on a pair of Burris Xtreme rings. Yes, it’s overkill, but it was handy.

Redfield Tracker 4-16x44

Redfield Tracker 4-16x44

Redfield Tracker 4-16x44

Redfield Tracker 4-16x44

The Redfield scope with its adjustable objective actually works quite well on the Savage.

More on the barrel break-in procedure, ammo testing and accuracy to come.

Happy shooting.

Feb
15

Welcome to the Range

Before I get cranking on any range reports, I thought you might like to see the range.

Welcome to the range

Welcome to the range

I know, it’s not much. But it literally is my back yard. That’s one of the pros of country living – you can walk out your back door and shoot all day. Here in the Midwest, things are nice and flat. And since my closest neighbor is a mile away, I can safely shoot up to 300 yards on my property.

As you can see in the above photo, there is a fixed target area towards the back of the property. I also have a few different freestanding target frames that can be used in conjunction with the high-tech bench to efficiently shoot at any ranges <300 yards.

Yes, I know, the bench sucks.

State of the art Shooting Bench

State-of-the-Art Shooting Bench and Stool

In case you didn’t notice, it’s just a piece of countertop atop a couple of stout sawhorses. I have plans drawn up to build a new portable bench, but it’s going to have to wait for some warmer weather. In the meantime, this actually works just fine, and is surprisingly solid.

Feb
15

Rock River Arms Mid-Length A4

Here’s one of the rifles you’ll be reading a lot about on this site. Meet the Rock River Arms mid-length A4…

Rock River Arms mid-length A4

Rock River Arms mid-length A4 - barrel view

From the factory, this fine AR-15 rifle features a 16″ chrome-moly barrel with a 1:9 twist, flat-top upper, standard mid-length handguards, a 6-position collapsible stock, and RRA’s standard heavy trigger.

In the photo above, you can see that we’ve already made a few changes to it. The standard handguards have been replaced with a two-piece picatinny rail system from Midwest Industries. A mil-spec buffer tube has been installed, as well as a Magupl MOE stock. We’ve also outfitted this rifle with a Surefire M900A vertical foregrip weapon light.

What we really want to do is see how well this gun can shoot. To facilitate that effort, we start by modifying the AR-15 to help the shooter fire it more accurately.

First is a Timney Trigger set to a 3-pound pull.

Timney Trigger on RRA AR-15

Timney Trigger on RRA AR-15

Next, in order to eliminate our human error as much as possible, we install a Leupold Mark AR 3-9×40 scope on Burris Xtreme Tactical rings.

Leupold Mark AR 3-9x40 with Burris Xtreme rings

More on the barrel break-in, cleaning, and firing of this fine weapon is to come.

Happy shooting.

Feb
15

Welcome To AccuracyNut.com!

Hello, and welcome to the first post.

I’m glad you found your way here, and I hope this site will be of some use to you. AccuracyNut.com has been in the making for some time, and has finally come to fruition after many unforeseen delays.

All types of firearms will be discussed here – rifles, handguns, shotguns – and how to make those firearms as accurate as possible. This will include topics such as ammunition, gun components like barrels and triggers, cleaning and maintenance, optics and shooting methodology and theory.

This is a place to see reviews of precision firearms and gun-related products. You will find range reports from testing various types of high-end ammunition, quality scopes and other optics, and the firearms themselves. Here we will do everything we can to make our equipment as accurate as possible.

If you have any suggestions for reviews, shooting exercises, videos or anything else related, please email the Accuracy Nut.

Now let’s go see if we can tighten up those groups.

– Accuracy Nut