|Savage 10 FCM, as it came out of the box.|
When I got to the range, I set up a target at 25 yards and sat down at the bench. I used a 1-inch target dot and within three rounds, had zero'd the rifle at 12 yards, so when the line went cold, I hiked out to the 100 yard line and put up another target, this time with a 2-inch dot to verify the zero. Six shots later, and one small adjustment, I had the zero fairly well nailed, so I waited for the line to go cold.
I noticed, trying to zero the rifle at 100 yards, that the reticle in that Burris scope pretty much hid that 2" dot way out at 100 yards. Regular readers know that I've got some scopes, and some rifles that seeing and hitting a 1" dot at 100 yards is no real challenge. Nice optics, plenty of magnification, and hitting very small targets isn't much of an issue. This scope isn't for that type of shooting. This is a Scout rifle, designed for practical shooting from a variety of positions and at a variety of targets.
When the line went cold, I went down to the 100 yard line with another backer, this time with a 3-inch dot, so that I could see the dot beyond the cross-hairs, but this time I didn't try for gnat's eyelash accuracy. So, I moved the sandbags off the bench, got on my elbows, and loaded a 10 round magazine. I started shooting and cranking the bolt, probably a shot every four seconds, letting fly. In less than a minute I was done. The few other fellows on the line were looking at me as if I'd lost my mind.
Yet, when I walked down to get my target, I was fairly pleased with what I found.
That ins't bad for ten shots from a new rifle with a sighting system I'm still learning. 10 shots, all minute-of-Coke-can. It's certiainly capable of taking a deer, or a hog, or any varmint that presents itself . No, it's not benchrest quality, but the rifle wasn't built to compete in benchrest class. It's a hunting rifle, a practical rifle with a low power scope.
I'm very pleased and as I spend more time with it, I can see that it will become an integral part of my battery. What I did like about it is that it's very fast. That forward mounted scope tends to promote shooting with both eyes open. When you shoulder the rifle, the crosshairs seem to be hanging over the target, simply align the rifle and fire. Snap-shooting is no problem with this rifle, and the serious caliber, along with that 168 grain bullet will send the message to whatever you're shooting at that you are serious indeed.