I took that ugly rifle to the range today for its first shots.
I've found that nearly any .308 Winchester will shoot a load consisting of a 165/168 grain bullet, a Winchester LR primer and 43.0 grains of Reloder 15. That load has become a pet load because every .308 I've ever shot it through shoots it just fine. Sure, each individual rifle can use some tweaking in the ammo, but if a .308 won't shoot a 165/168 bullet over 43.0 grains of RL15, start checking your action screws or scope mounting. Something isn't right with that rifle.
The ugly rifle did not disappoint. After a couple of shots to get the scope on paper and some time to let the barrel cool, I settled down and shot this three-shot group.
Yup, that'a a three shot group, fired at a 3" target dot. The group measures just 0.754, which ain't bad for a first time out. I shot a second three shot group later that measured 1.26 inches, so the first group might have been a fluke, the second a classic triangle. We'll have to start playing with such things as overall length, but in total I'm pleased.
Even with temps hovering around the 100F mark, it was a good day to be on the range.