I’ve been dabbling with benchrest shooting for a couple of months, and have discovered a whole new way to enjoy going to the shooting range. Pistols are great – don’t get me wrong – but there’s something about benchrest shooting that appeals to the control freak in me. Here’s a 5 shot group at 100 yards I shot back in August using a hand loaded 77 grain Sierra match king bullet with my Savage model 12 Rem .223 Long Range Precision Varminter:
Of course, this speaks more to the rifle than to my ability to shoot it. It has a Leupold Mark IV 8-25x scope with mil dot reticle (don’t ask how much it cost). The rifle has a 7″ twist and a 26″ barrel (which is why I used such a heavy bullet – for a .223, that is).