Man, if I shot some groups like that, I would be posting pictures! You might copy them up to a free photo-sharing website and then post a link to it, here?This morning I took a little ride - my chocolate/black Lab mix loves to ride - to another local gun dealer who has a better selection of .223 rifles and brought home a Remington 700 SPS Varmint rifle just like the one pictured by Recoil Junky. I quickly cleaned the bore, put Leupold Weaver-style mounts on and mounted a Sight-Mark 8.5~25x50 scope. Then it was off to the range for some testing with cartridges I had loaded yesterday.
The rifle has a TIGHT chamber and a really NICE trigger. I had loaded 10 rounds using LC-75 military brass and 18.0 grains of RE-10X powder topped by 55 grain Remington PSP bulk bullets. They were to get me on paper so I could test my better loads. It took 7 rounds to center my shots so I fired a 3-shot group with my "not so great" sighting load. The 3 shots measured .714" at 104 yards!
All of my test loads used RE-10X powder and either Sierra 53 grain HP bullets or Hornady 55 grain SX bullets. The best two groups were shot with the SX bullets. My five 3-shots groups measured .543", .542", .423", .329" and .234".
I thank all of you for the excellent advice and to say I'm pleased with my new rifle is a vast understatement.
Hey there RJ------- I'm using that same load in my Savage 11 with excellent results. You know what they say about great minds -----(mine is pretty much mush but I think yours is working fine!)I'd opt for the SPS Varmint (.223) with a 26" barrel unless you're set on the 20" barrel. I've got no complaints about mine.
Except for the two "flyers" it really likes 40 grain Vmax's at 3600 and change.