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JonnyP
May 01, 2017, 23:23
Hi guys,

I caved in last fall and bought one of the 'refurbished' Remmy M24's that they recycled with the original furniture and and scopes and the new barrel and action. It's been sitting in the safe for about 6 months while I've been waiting for half decent weather and time to properly break the barrel in. In case you haven't seen them, Remington were offering these rifles on a limited basis to ex Mil snipers and various other folks, although quite a few of them leaked on to the market which is where I got mine.

http://www.remingtonmilitary.com/Firearms/Sniper%20Rifles/M24-Rebuild.aspx

I liked this particular one as it has the Leupold 10x Ultra and I kinda dig the hand applied camo, which mostly matched. It came with a sling, bipod, scope and deployment kit, but not the iron sights, scope case or Hardigg deployment case

http://i.imgur.com/4Dei4Rc.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/pvLwxyW.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/aNEnJdb.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/M9mxbmk.jpg

Anyhow, after a bit of research and also referencing the Remington recommended break-in procedure, I headed out to the range this afternoon, with 100 rounds of Hirtenberger in hand. The break in is pretty comprehensive and there's no point in using 'proper' ammo for this as it's not about zeroing or accuracy at this point.

Basically it consists of:

10 x single shots with a full 4 patch wet clean between every shot fired
5 x 3 shots with a full 4 patch wet clean between each detail of 3 rounds
5 x 5 shots ditto
5 x 10 shots ditto

For a total of 100 rounds. I actually kicked my own ass when I arrived at the range as I had brought Berdan Hirt instead of Boxer - Doh! :facepalm: which would have been nice to have 100 pieces of fire formed brass. Still, I have 1000 pieces of IMI match and 250 Lapuas that will be the goto brass for the loads for this rifle.

So I set up - I have membership to a really nice co-op range that has steel and berms out to 200 yards, as you can see on a Monday afternoon I was pretty much alone. For the purposes of this, I dropped my target stand at 100 yards.

http://i.imgur.com/8tjpTM3.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/iLdlh24.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/fDd758z.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/L6JAcNt.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/HZDW73x.jpg

I started the drill - man, it's a lot of cleaning, 40 pull throughs for the first 10 rounds! Weapon(s) of choice for cleaning were:

Dewey coated nylon single piece rod

http://i.imgur.com/6D6zhSr.jpg

Parker Hale Brass Jag

http://i.imgur.com/BVb0Ace.jpg

Lucas custom bore guide

http://i.imgur.com/ywQEpeX.jpg


Hoppes #8 and Hoppes Elite
Brownells # 3 patches

All neatly laid out Shipshape and Bristol fashion

http://i.imgur.com/6HFe31E.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/eSiKtkE.jpg

On with the range detail, I settled on 4 patches as that seemed to do do the trick for most, if not, all of the fouling and I gave the first couple a really good soak

http://i.imgur.com/CQVgy18.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/2EV8Q1F.jpg

As you can see, I had her strapped to a lead sled, as ease of cleaning was way more important than any kind of meaningful accuracy or sight-in activity. Towards the end of the last 20 rounds of so, I started to dial her in a little and swapped the sled for the 'Brit Hack' bags :tongue:

http://i.imgur.com/8tjpTM3.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/GdSg8cW.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/qFbxeFI.jpg

Thoughts on shooting it? I loved it

It is heavy (obviously) but very solid
The trigger action is a joy
Bolt is smooth and will only improve over time
Solid feeding, excellent extraction, really nice ergonomics (for me)
You can see the accuracy potential is 100% there - with M118LR it is designed to shoot .5 MOA

The scope is obviously an older design, but the optics and light gathering are excellent. You can see that it is easily designed and fit for purpose, even though it is fixed 10x. I have no doubt in the right hands, it will happily hit a man size target all day long at 800 yards. The only thing I did not like was the Mildot reticule is obviously a fixed focal plane and was tricky on my older eyes. I also did not feel the turret clicks were very 'positive' They are there but very subtle.

As I said, I was shooting bog standard 78 vintage Hirtenberger 146gr FMJ. I was not trying for accuracy, but I got some acceptable groups - not within spec, but then, I was the shooter :whistling::whistling:
I have no doubt when I work up the correct load, I'll be able to get her down to MOA or better, some of these were close and they are honest groups!

http://i.imgur.com/ltncS1w.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/6Joalle.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/BaCebGO.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/6Joalle.jpg

Hope you enjoyed, we'll see if the extensive break-in reaps the dividends.

Cheers,

JP

evander
May 09, 2017, 03:31
That's beautiful M24! Nice shots.

TenTea
May 09, 2017, 06:52
Cool rifle!
Glad you got out on the range with it for break in.

My one and only long range rig (unless a Trapdoor counts?) is a Rem 700 SS 5R.

It has a great barrel and has exceeded my expectation since day one.

It regularly does 1/2 moa with M118LR, FGMM and handloads in either 168 or 175 flavor, when I'm on my game.

specs:
Timney Calvin Elite trigger
LaRue 20 moa base/rail
TPS TSR steel rings
Trijicon Accupoint TR23 5-20x50mm
MGM Switchview

I truck it around in Remington aluminum hard case.

Enjoy! :biggrin:

ArtBanks
May 09, 2017, 06:58
Great thread. Thanks for all the photos.
Don't be afraid to reload the Berdan stuff if you can find primers.
I have fire formed brass for my precision rifles and the berdan with the two flash holes seems more consistent than any boxer combination I have tried over the years.

Semper Fi
Art

davedude
May 09, 2017, 18:18
Well done! Nice rifle and shooting. Thanks for posting this.

JonnyP
May 15, 2017, 22:35
Thanks guys, definitely been considering the Berdan reload, it really chaps me to toss perfectly good brass - so I keep it :-)

I'll be heading her out as soon as the weather clears with the chrono to really work up some loads.

ArtBanks
May 16, 2017, 06:38
Thanks guys, definitely been considering the Berdan reload, it really chaps me to toss perfectly good brass - so I keep it :-)

I'll be heading her out as soon as the weather clears with the chrono to really work up some loads.

A few years ago when I ran out of berdan primers I used some 210Ms and found that if I used a laquer primer sealer they would stay in place and work fine.
Just an experiment you may want to try.

Art

grumpy1
May 16, 2017, 20:38
Hi guys,

I caved in last fall and bought one of the 'refurbished' Remmy M24's that they recycled with the original furniture and and scopes and the new barrel and action. It's been sitting in the safe for about 6 months while I've been waiting for half decent weather and time to properly break the barrel in. In case you haven't seen them, Remington were offering these rifles on a limited basis to ex Mil snipers and various other folks, although quite a few of them leaked on to the market which is where I got mine.

http://www.remingtonmilitary.com/Firearms/Sniper%20Rifles/M24-Rebuild.aspx

I liked this particular one as it has the Leupold 10x Ultra and I kinda dig the hand applied camo, which mostly matched. It came with a sling, bipod, scope and deployment kit, but not the iron sights, scope case or Hardigg deployment case

http://i.imgur.com/4Dei4Rc.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/pvLwxyW.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/aNEnJdb.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/M9mxbmk.jpg

Anyhow, after a bit of research and also referencing the Remington recommended break-in procedure, I headed out to the range this afternoon, with 100 rounds of Hirtenberger in hand. The break in is pretty comprehensive and there's no point in using 'proper' ammo for this as it's not about zeroing or accuracy at this point.

Basically it consists of:

10 x single shots with a full 4 patch wet clean between every shot fired
5 x 3 shots with a full 4 patch wet clean between each detail of 3 rounds
5 x 5 shots ditto
5 x 10 shots ditto

For a total of 100 rounds. I actually kicked my own ass when I arrived at the range as I had brought Berdan Hirt instead of Boxer - Doh! :facepalm: which would have been nice to have 100 pieces of fire formed brass. Still, I have 1000 pieces of IMI match and 250 Lapuas that will be the goto brass for the loads for this rifle.

So I set up - I have membership to a really nice co-op range that has steel and berms out to 200 yards, as you can see on a Monday afternoon I was pretty much alone. For the purposes of this, I dropped my target stand at 100 yards.

http://i.imgur.com/8tjpTM3.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/iLdlh24.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/fDd758z.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/L6JAcNt.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/HZDW73x.jpg

I started the drill - man, it's a lot of cleaning, 40 pull throughs for the first 10 rounds! Weapon(s) of choice for cleaning were:

Dewey coated nylon single piece rod

http://i.imgur.com/6D6zhSr.jpg

Parker Hale Brass Jag

http://i.imgur.com/BVb0Ace.jpg

Lucas custom bore guide

http://i.imgur.com/ywQEpeX.jpg


Hoppes #8 and Hoppes Elite
Brownells # 3 patches

All neatly laid out Shipshape and Bristol fashion

http://i.imgur.com/6HFe31E.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/eSiKtkE.jpg

On with the range detail, I settled on 4 patches as that seemed to do do the trick for most, if not, all of the fouling and I gave the first couple a really good soak

http://i.imgur.com/CQVgy18.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/2EV8Q1F.jpg

As you can see, I had her strapped to a lead sled, as ease of cleaning was way more important than any kind of meaningful accuracy or sight-in activity. Towards the end of the last 20 rounds of so, I started to dial her in a little and swapped the sled for the 'Brit Hack' bags :tongue:

http://i.imgur.com/8tjpTM3.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/GdSg8cW.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/qFbxeFI.jpg

Thoughts on shooting it? I loved it

It is heavy (obviously) but very solid
The trigger action is a joy
Bolt is smooth and will only improve over time
Solid feeding, excellent extraction, really nice ergonomics (for me)
You can see the accuracy potential is 100% there - with M118LR it is designed to shoot .5 MOA

The scope is obviously an older design, but the optics and light gathering are excellent. You can see that it is easily designed and fit for purpose, even though it is fixed 10x. I have no doubt in the right hands, it will happily hit a man size target all day long at 800 yards. The only thing I did not like was the Mildot reticule is obviously a fixed focal plane and was tricky on my older eyes. I also did not feel the turret clicks were very 'positive' They are there but very subtle.

As I said, I was shooting bog standard 78 vintage Hirtenberger 146gr FMJ. I was not trying for accuracy, but I got some acceptable groups - not within spec, but then, I was the shooter :whistling::whistling:
I have no doubt when I work up the correct load, I'll be able to get her down to MOA or better, some of these were close and they are honest groups!

http://i.imgur.com/ltncS1w.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/6Joalle.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/BaCebGO.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/6Joalle.jpg

Hope you enjoyed, we'll see if the extensive break-in reaps the dividends.

Cheers,

JP

That's a good looking rifle there. The paint job on it looks like one that was applied by one of the snipers on my team. I do miss my M24, I tried to buy it when they where being turned in but they would hear of it.

The M24 can shoot very good. If you rifle is my buddy's M24 it was a tack driver with M118LR, like capable of one hole groups repeatedly. The scope isn't the best that is out there but it is good for what it was designed for, minute of bad guy at long range.

If you ever decide to replace the scope, I would be interested in it.

justashooter
May 17, 2017, 11:39
I was expecting to see a takedown 22 rf Remington 24 like this one, of which I have several:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/mgm-content/sites/armslist/uploads/posts/2011/01/12/85168_03_remington_model_24_22cal_640.jpg