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I played hookey from work today and went to the range, I thought you all might like to see how we are doing in searching for that magic bullet of 1 MOA avg. from a tuned, stock Mini-14.
Sierra 63 gr. SP, 22 gr Rx-7 powder, Winchester brass, Federal Match primers. I fired 6 groups of 5. Horizontal avg 1.12, Verticle avg. 1.36. This may not be my target load, but should be a good load for coyotes. The problem is my shooting technique. You can see from the picture, my horizontal is good, but the verticle is a variable, caused by uneven; hand pressure, cheek pressure, and shoulder pressure. I just need to work on this, and order more bullets. Next I want to work on a light weight ballistic tip, and maby tighten the groups a schosh more. What do you all think? Constructive criticism is always welcome.:)
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Your posts have been really useful for my mini-14. Just 2 years ago, I thought you got the best quality you could expect just out of the box. Accurizing wasn't in my vocabulary.

I've been sorely tempted to buy a bench rest for testing. To take my bad habits out of the equation. But as I looked at the $169 model, it didn't seem good enough. I'd still have to resight after each shot, so what's the point in buying an expensive fixture? Have you tried anything like that? What's your opinion?

That pic looked pretty fine. In this one, the vertical spread was about 3 times the horizontal.

In the other 5 groups that you averaged, did the pattern look about the same? More vertical spread than horizontal?

Many mini-14 thanks,
Sorry about the smart aleck remark.

I would like to check out your bench rest. Is it like the usual frame with upholstered cradles and adjustable feet? It seems that some kind of vise would help lock down the rifle.

Did you put the rifle to shoulder when you fire? Do you pull it into your shoulder as if you were standing?

Thanks, KC
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