What kind of groups were you getting?
Thank you for doing this, I agree there isn't a lot of information about accuracy potential for the socom. Seems like most people sell theirs because they didn't think it was accurate enough for what they where wanting to use it for... Which usually is something it isn't designed for. The other half complain about the muzzle break being to loud but it's a 16" .308, so I am curious to know what they thought it would look and sound like.
I personally love mine, did do some tweaks but overall I think it's a great gun for someone who lives in a rural area, isnt confined to using it at public ranges and has realistic expectations about accuracy. I love precision rifles, got direct deposit twice a month from Uncle Sugar to do it as a full time job during my first 13 years in, but firmly believe that every rifle doesn't have to shoot .3 MOA to have use/be fun.
Nothing to do with the issue at hand, but Mjolnir: Where are some of the places you were a burden on the taxpayer? There's something familiar about your name.
I'm a frequent of snipers hide. As far as Victor units 3/1 and 3/7 mostly, unless you're in the one I'm in now which might be weird?
Guess I was thinking of someone else, either 193rd or 172nd BDE.
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Just a quick update. I did end up getting the Delta-P gas lock front sight with 5/8x24 threads and installed a Precision Armament M4-72 muzzle brake. The muzzle brake is very effective, but I call it "The Tornado" as it feels like you're in the middle of a tornado every time I fire the rifle. It's extremely unpleasant to anyone to the left or right of me. It's not as harsh of a shock as some other muzzle brakes I've used, but it will blow any loose papers off your bench.
I noticed American Eagle has a 130 grain FMJ hollow point varmint load out and I decided to try it. I noticed that off the shelf 168 and 175 grain ammo really doesn't work well in the SOCOM and it gives me more of a diagonally dispersed pattern than anything else.
I had two other rifles to test that day, so I only fired two groups out of the SOCOM yesterday, but the initial results seem to be promising as I'm seeing a group instead of a dispersement.
50 yards was under 1 inch.
Only group at 100 yards...
I haven't bedded the rifle into the stock yet but it fits very tight. I think my next step will be bedding it to see if I can get the flyer to disappear and give it some really stout draw pressure and polish the stock ferrule and front band. Out of the 10 rounds I fired, it seems to only have the one that got away. I may also add a M14.CA scout hand guard to see if that will add any rigidity to the lightweight profile barrel underneath. It should also act as a heatsink and help the barrel cool quicker. It has three contact points that it clamps to around the barrel.
I have very high hopes for this 130 grain off the shelf ammo. Between work, building customer rifles and family, I have little time for reloading.
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