Taking an AR15 match rifle for a spin (300m rifle project)

In my pursuit of a new rifle for shooting at 300m I was recently given the opportunity to try out an AR15 match rifle. I went to the range to try out a new .308 load but ended up spending more time with the .223 (pictured below)

AR15 match rifle

AR15 match rifle

George (the owner of the rifle and generous lender) said he initially considered bringing me a box of 50 rounds then decided I would probably enjoy myself with it and so brought a bucket full.

A bucket of .223 Rem

A bucket of .223 Rem

Once I was in the rhythm I started burning through the ammunition quite quickly. Although the wind was gusty and shifting I was able to generate some quite decent groups.

Spent .223 Rem brass fired from an AR15 match rifle

Spent .223 Rem brass fired from an AR15 match rifle

The rifle is chambered in .223 Rem and has an adjustable stock and a floating forend tube. The 26″ barrel and gas parts were made by White Oak Armaments. It is a semi-auto, but it has a “bob sled” (special magazine insert) which enables it to be loaded one round at a time. After firing, the action ejects the case and locks back allowing the shooter to slip a fresh round into the breach then press a button to release the action forwards and lock. It took me a while to get used to it but once I was in the rhythm it felt very smooth and required little effort or disruption to my shooting position.

It took me a while to find a comfortable prone position with this rifle, initially the magazine well was jamming into my left wrist causing the rifle to cant left. But I was able to shorten the stock and move the handstop forward which moved the magazine well rearwards enough that it no longer bothered me. After that it felt like a small-bore shoot.

Once I was comfortable I felt like I could shoot this rifle all day, and had to make myself stop as I didn’t want to use too much of the ammunition the rifle’s owner had brought along. Although the .223 is a little more affected by the wind, the comfort and ease of firing is exactly what I am looking for. Despite my initial hesitation over a semi-auto for target work, I am coming around to the possibilities of this platform.

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One comment on “Taking an AR15 match rifle for a spin (300m rifle project)

  1. […] a previous post, Taking an AR15 match rifle for a spin, I described how I had the opportunity to try a friends AR15 match rifle and how it was an […]

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