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.223 Handi Rifle accuracy

farm boyfarm boy Senior MemberPosts: 1,001 Senior Member
I mounted a new scope on my .223 Handi Rifle recently and today was the first chance I had to sight it in before deer season. I put half a dozen rounds of Remington 55gr FMJ to get the scope sighted in, best group I got was about an 1.5". This is about the best I have ever done with this rifle. My next step was shoot Federal Fusion 62gr as this was the ammo I am wanting to use for deer season. This is what I got.
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This group was shot off a bipod and a rear bag laying prone in the bed of my pickup range was a lasered 100 yards. I am blown away by this, I had no idea my rifle was capable of this.
I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
Dad 5-31-13
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,123 Senior Member
    That is good, better than good.
  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 6,632 Senior Member
    Nice!:worthy:
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,447 Senior Member
    That'll work!
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  • woodsrunnerwoodsrunner Senior Member Posts: 2,725 Senior Member
    Exceptional! You need to concentrate on putting a round through the eye.....left or right, depending on which way the deer is facing! My hat's off to you!
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    This is not the first time I've seen evidence of exceptionally accurate Handi-Rifles. That's beyond just a "good group" - that's downright excellent, especially with a hunting load.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,615 Senior Member
    Nice shootin!!!
  • farm boyfarm boy Senior Member Posts: 1,001 Senior Member
    I thought I had missed the target altogether because I had mounted the bipod between the initial sight in and shooting the Federal Fusion. I thought maybe it had jacked with the barrel harmonics or something and sent my rounds all over creation. My POA was the red dot with my cross hairs lined up on the lines on the target. After those three shots I looked all over the target with my scope no holes anywhere around POA. I never even looked AT my POA.
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
    Dad 5-31-13
  • farm boyfarm boy Senior Member Posts: 1,001 Senior Member
    Thank you all. I am going to stop at Wal-Mart tomorrow and buy every box they have... Or at least all of them I can afford.
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
    Dad 5-31-13
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,244 Senior Member
    Meh. You are a whole 1/8" low!









    That is some outstanding shooting! Awesome!!!
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  • MileHighShooterMileHighShooter Senior Member Posts: 4,975 Senior Member
    WOW! Great shooting! Take some credit for that, it wasn't all the rifles doing ;)

    Sporter barrel or heavy barrel?
  • RazorbackerRazorbacker Senior Member Posts: 4,646 Senior Member
    There's no better confidence builder for a hunt than a group like that. Outstanding.
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  • farm boyfarm boy Senior Member Posts: 1,001 Senior Member
    WOW! Great shooting! Take some credit for that, it wasn't all the rifles doing ;)

    Sporter barrel or heavy barrel?

    All I did was hold the rifle still. I would call it a heavy sporter barrel, it measures right at 5/8" at the muzzle. Here she is.
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    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
    Dad 5-31-13
  • RazorbackerRazorbacker Senior Member Posts: 4,646 Senior Member
    farm boy wrote:
    "All I did was hold the rifle still. "

    Don't sell yourself short dude. That was an outstanding group. Not fired in a test barrel locked in a vice, YOU did that.
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  • farm boyfarm boy Senior Member Posts: 1,001 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Nice shooting!
    Sadly, i have not seen the WWB .223 ammo in years. That was good, inexpensive varmint ammo that shot great groups in just about every HR I have seen. It had a crimped hollow point bullet that grenaded on impact. They still sell it in 22-250 though. If yoh can find some, which I doubt, grab it!

    I haven't seen any of that either. I have a couple of partial boxes in the cabinet. The Fiocchi loaded with VMAXs is good stuff too.
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
    Dad 5-31-13
  • robert38-55robert38-55 Senior Member Posts: 3,621 Senior Member
    Six-Gun wrote: »
    This is not the first time I've seen evidence of exceptionally accurate Handi-Rifles. That's beyond just a "good group" - that's downright excellent, especially with a hunting load.
    :that::agree:
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Great shooting, indeed. What's the twist rate in your Handi-rifle?
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  • snake284-1snake284-1 Senior Member Posts: 2,500 Senior Member
    What ever ammo you said you used, you best remember it and hope they don't quit making it, because it was born for your rifle. and you did that with a factory rifle with a factory trigger from the back of a truck? Come show me how to shoot!!! That was fantastic shooting! That is bench rest competition good. Congrats!!!
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  • robert38-55robert38-55 Senior Member Posts: 3,621 Senior Member
    snake284-1 wrote: »
    What ever ammo you said you used, you best remember it and hope they don't quit making it, because it was born for your rifle. and you did that with a factory rifle with a factory trigger from the back of a truck? Come show me how to shoot!!! That was fantastic shooting! That is bench rest competition good. Congrats!!!

    Looks like I could use a few lessons on shooting too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:that::agree:
    "It is what it is":usa:
  • snake284-1snake284-1 Senior Member Posts: 2,500 Senior Member
    Yeah Robert, he can teach this ol' dog any time he wants to. It jist don't get no better n that!!! No way no how!!!
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  • DanChamberlainDanChamberlain Senior Member Posts: 3,395 Senior Member
    I'd go back to the 55 grain load so you have an excuse!
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  • farm boyfarm boy Senior Member Posts: 1,001 Senior Member
    Chief I don't know what the twist rate is for sure, in light of this recent group I would guess 1:9.
    Snake, Robert old saying. Ill take being lucky over good any day. I'm not this good a shot most days.
    Dan the only excuse I ever offer up is that, "It's me, not you, I swear." spoken to the rifle of course.
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
    Dad 5-31-13
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,573 Senior Member
    Nice group! Keep us updated on how the rifle shoots from now on!
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  • ThatMattGuyThatMattGuy Senior Member Posts: 666 Senior Member
    I have one of these with a big Leupold scop on it. I have never shot it or sighted it in. I was considering selling it but after seeing this maybe I will giver it a try.....at some point in the next decade. I have had this thing almost 4 years and never shot it! haha
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  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,992 Senior Member
    I'm just eyeballing that target, but it appears to be sub 1/4 MOA.

    Do you know what Pegasus just spent to build a rifle that is sub 1/4 MOA for bench rest?

    Outstanding!
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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 12,573 Senior Member
    BigDanS wrote: »
    I'm just eyeballing that target, but it appears to be sub 1/4 MOA.

    Do you know what Pegasus just spent to build a rifle that is sub 1/4 MOA for bench rest?

    Outstanding!

    That's why I'm looking for follow-up groups. Peg's rifle should continue to shoot small groups, and if the Handi Rifle does, it's a miracle.
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,457 Senior Member
    Good shooting! I have one of the Handi rifles in .223 with the heavy bull barrel. It is capable of more accuracy than I can attain.
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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 12,039 Senior Member
    My Handi-Rifle in .308 is an MOA shooter with off the shelf hunting ammo. The last deer I shot with it was an Axis doe at 230 yards off of sticks. It is a real "always" rifle. It's always ready and always makes the shot.

    BTW, mine's accuracy wen to hell when I put a bi-pod on it. Started vertically stringing the shots... I think the extra weight on the front changed the tightness of the lockup under recoil. If yours shoots like that with the bi-pod on it- KEEP IT THERE.
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  • DanChamberlainDanChamberlain Senior Member Posts: 3,395 Senior Member
    I've only had one Handi and it was a .22lr. I can say with all honesty, it killed every squirrel I ever shot with it.
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  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,813 Senior Member
    I'm betting the bipod made the difference, because it put the rest position over the forearm screw. My HandiRifle strings the shots if I vary the rest position, but shoots MOA if I keep it exactly over the screw.

    Excellent shooting, made more amazing to me because I know firsthand how badly the trigger sucks!
  • cappy54cappy54 Member Posts: 269 Member
    Buddy I've had one in 270 for my daughter and it shoots all day long like that great gun a deers target area is much more than 1/4 to 1/2 moa that worries many here oopppssss i didn't just say that :bang:
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