Range Smiles

As the Ammunition Editor of NRA’s Shooting Illustrated magazine I test a lot of ammo. As popular as the .308 Winchester is, a lot of the ammo I test is for that cartridge. Two years ago Charlie Sisk of Sisk Rifles loaned me one of his fine shooting CSR rifles in .308 and that’s the rifle I’ve been using for ammo testing ever since.

All good things must come to an end and I needed to ship the rifle back to Sisk. Looking for a substitute I contacted Remington and asked for an extended loan of one of their model 700 SPS Tactical AAC SD rifles which comes with a 1 in 10 twisted 20 inch barrel, threaded muzzle and the X-Mark Pro trigger.

The rifle made its first trip to the range today and it was a working trip to test some Norma match ammo. (You can read about Norma ammunition in my upcoming ammo column in Shooting Illustrated.) I was very impressed with how well the rifle shot the Norma ammo and thought I would try my favorite long range load. I then proceeded to put five shots into a nice 3/4 inch group using Black Hills’ 175 gr. BTHP load.

This rifle will shoot! So, in the future when you read about some .308 Winchester ammo that I have accuracy tested, you’ll know it was fired from a straight shooting factory rifle that you can purchase for a measly $ 780.00. Not bad at all for a one hole rifle!


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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