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    Gunsite Carbine

    Who's shootin' the 308 model of this with cast and what did you find out?

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    Using the Ranch Dog 180 grainer GC/TL as my practice load. The "war shots" are Barnes TTSX 130's at 3000 fps zeroed at 225 yards; the Ranch Dogs are about 2200 2300 as as I recall, and are close enough to zero at 100 yards with the same scope setting that the water bottles and dog food cans typically have a bad day.
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    I'm thinking the same as you, 130's. I'm going to try the NOE 150gr spire point gc with 5744.

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    I tried the Barnes 110 and 150 as well, but the grouping with the 130 Barnes is simply PHEEEE-nomenal. One thing worth noting is you may not have room in the magazine to seat them as close to the lands as you might like. There's slightly more room inside the metal mags than the plastic ones. I tried a plastic one last fall just to see if the rounded corners would be more comfortable to carry - the nose cone of the Barnes ran into the front wall - so that got returned ASAP.

    One nice thing about the Scout is that the magazines give you a single column feed right down the center of the action, instead of the right-left-right methodology laid down by Mauser. The result is that feeding is super slick, and you can run a fairly aggressive meplat (like the Ranch Dogs) without concern. Obviously, your spire point will give you a better BC, but cast in my case is more about blowing stuff up.
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    I have a RGSC. I do not shoot cast with it but I did work up a dandy 130gr copper solid load with 3031 that shoots into less than .5 MOA. I bought a few thousand of the bullets from americanreloading.com lastd year. I believe they are Barnes but I am not certain. Anyway, with the short tube, I figured a light solid with fast powder would be the ticket and it seems to work well. I removed the silly muzzle brake.

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    Thanks lawboy, why remove the spark arrestor?

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    I own a Ruger #6822 Scout. The only changes I made was sanding down the inletting fuzz in the barrel channel and resealing and replacing the bottom plastic with a Pacific Tool and Guage bottom metal. Scope is a Burris 2.75x Scout mounted in American made Weaver Top Mount rings. I made sure all screws were properly torqued. Rifle is extremely accurate. I've shot multiple sub moa 5 shot groups at 100 yards. I've shot more than a few sub moa groups at 300 yards as well. I averaged all the groups ( worst to the best groups I've ever shot ) and I'm at just over 1 1/4" ctc. All groups were 5 shots. This was with the factory ammunition I bought at first and the loads I've developed over the last couple of years. I think that is impressive! I'm currently shooting jacketed spbt but will be trying cast in the next year or so. I know this has all been somewhat off topic, but I love talking about this rifle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    Thanks lawboy, why remove the spark arrestor?
    Because it's too loud would my answer��

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Peabody View Post
    Thanks lawboy, why remove the spark arrestor?
    I left that in place, but the Scout rail and rear peep went away RIGHT quick - like before round#1 even went down the tube. Running a Leupold 2.5-8 in the standard scope location.

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    I tried a quickly put together cast load today, it did good enough I'll load some more. I'll pull the bird cage off the muzzle and try that too.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check