I was trying to justify getting the latest, greatest super-semi-auto .308, and it occurred to me that I really hadn't given my FAL a chance with match ammo, and timing my shots to keep the barrel cool.
So it was off to the 300 yard range yesterday and today. Light crossbreeze, 48 deg. sunny in the afternoon both days. I decided to also shoot my Savage 10 as a benchmark of what I could reasonably expect from my skills and the ammo I was using. I tried Fed 168 gr Gold Match, a couple of Hornaday match loadings, with the Fed printing the best groups in both rifles.
The Savage shot consistently smaller groups yesterday, which is no surprise. 1.86" or so was the best group of the 2 sessions:
But the FAL did OK on the first day, of the bipod, which wasn't the best setup. It is a little tall, causing me to reach a little, and it isn't really secure and steady.
It bothered me enough last night that I came out again today to shoot from a bag, ignoring the bipod.
This was the FAL, Fed Gold Medal Match, a new, lapped in Med Contour barrel, railed Non-free-floating handguards, with 2 min between shots, loading one cartridge at a time:
And the kicker:
I know it is hard to believe, but I just won't lie to inflate myself (or my equipment) on the internet. Life is too short. I am a Baker, not an "operator," but today, I shot a great little 1.3" 300 yard group from my FAL, and I won't be buying a new .308 rifle any time soon.