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New to the community, have enjoyed the info. Purchased an SPS Tactical a couple of months ago. Like most, I don't get to the range as much as I would like. Been working up some loads, which has been fun. I'm still at 100 yards, about ready to go longer. Our range goes out to 1000 yards, so I can do a lot of playing.

The gun is stock with no mods. X-Mark trigger set at just over 2 lbs. with zero creep. Nikon Monarch Tactical 30mm, 2.5-10x42, EGW 20 MOA base, Weaver Extreme Tactical rings.

The most accurate loads so far are 44 gn. of Varget pushing a 168 gn. SMK and 41 gn. of IMR 3031 with the same bullet.
With the 20" barrel, the Varget is at 2500 fps, I didn't get to chrono the 3031.
I'm using once fired Lake City Match brass (77, 82, 88) and Fed. 210 primers. I'm seating at 2.83, which is the longest that will fit the mag.

I've included a few pics.




"Personally, I carry a gun because I'm too young to die and too old to get my butt kicked!"


There she sits!

I knew I threw the 1st one!

Sighting-in. 2 clicks right, 2 clicks up. Bingo!
 

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Welcome aboard! Good choice, good start.

Typically SMK168 loves 2600 fps. Don't afraid to use 1-1,5 grn more powder - short barrel change accuload. I usually load 45,5 VV140 with 20" LTR.

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Nice mate. I like your scope. Keep working on it. You need a TacOps bolt knob for that aswell mate. Grab one!!!!!!
 

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Your load is similar to mine, I use 45 grains of Varget with a CCI BR2 primer. I shoot the 168's as well! Nice range!
 

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Call me Doc said:
Welcome aboard! Good choice, good start.

Typically SMK168 loves 2600 fps. Don't afraid to use 1-1,5 grn more powder - short barrel change accuload. I usually load 45,5 VV140 with 20" LTR.

Doc
Thanks for the info. Will up the charge to get some more speed.
 

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Nice mate. I like your scope. Keep working on it. You need a TacOps bolt knob for that aswell mate. Grab one!!!!!!
Will look into the knob. Wasn't sure were to look for one.
 

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Your load is similar to mine, I use 45 grains of Varget with a CCI BR2 primer. I shoot the 168's as well! Nice range!
Will up the charge and report back with the results.
 

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I bet your gun will like the 1 extra grain. I'm using Winchester brass, and it's lasting for several loadings. I think I'm about 7 or 8 loadings on the same batch of cases.
 

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Have a look at the SC store, www.snipercentral.com and click on the shop tab. There is one in there.
 

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I plan to load a few rounds tonight. I will increase the charge. Have to visit family for the weekend, so won't get to shoot. A friend I shot Service Rifle with last year has a ton of once fired Lake City match, and I get it for next to nothing. Have to see how it holds up.
 

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Quick said:
Nice mate. I like your scope. Keep working on it. You need a TacOps bolt knob for that aswell mate. Grab one!!!!!!
It showed up today!!!
 

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Nice shooting. How do you like the Nikon Tactical scope?
Thanks. I know the gun is better than that. I need a better front rest. It's always too low and I can't lower the rear enough to get the right elevation. I have to fluff the front bag but then it settles down again.
The scope works well, but I may wish I had more magnification at longer range. It's 1/4 MOA per click with side paralax adjustment. The glass is good and I've used it from 20 degrees F up to 100 degrees F.

 

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That does look like a nice scope. I have a 4x32 on my little .22 LR, and I was impressed with the glass on that thing!
I wasn't sure what to buy. I was thinking Leupold, as I have a couple VXII's on other rifles. The Nikon was less money than a Leupold tactical, and a sale was on at the time, so I bought this one. If I need more magnification at longer ranges, I may get something else and put this back on my Rock River. It currently has no scope.
 
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