I took adavantage of some cooler morning weather this morning and made a trip to a nearby range to check zero on a couple of rifles. I'm most concerned with an upcoming Bear-over-bait hunt coming up, so I only shot at 50 yards today. First up was my M70 FW in '06 that I wanted to sight in with a new 184gr load by RWS I just found on sale at Midway. I shot two shots to confirm where it was hitting, made an adjustment and the next two shots were touching. Another adjustment was needed and the 2nd group was about 3/4". Looks like the rifle likes that new load well enough.
Wanted to check my 750 Carbine in .35 Whelen and it's 250gr Rem factory load, so I fired two from it. It was a tad off to the left so an adjustment was made and another group showed it's ready for the hunt. The last rifle today was my new 1895M/.450 Marlin, which was finally going to get fired for the first time. 1 shot to get on paper and a very large adjustment needed up, but darn near perfect windage-wise. A couple more groups and I've got the 350gr FN printing about 1" high at 50 yards, right where I want it. That 350gr feels something like this:
At least one more trip for the Marlin, I think, just to get used to the trigger, which is pretty darn good for a Marlin lever rifle. I enjoyed the morning, but it did heat up awfully quick and I was sweating pretty good by the time I packed up to leave.