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Old May 03, 2017, 04:40   #1
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Gotta love the FNs

Spring precision season is here and in full swing.
The SPR is rapidly becoming my favorite shooter.
Amazing out to 300yds using 150 gr fb Bergers running at 2500fps. Photo has 125 gr tmks and they do pretty darn good too.



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Old May 09, 2017, 18:02   #2
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Nice rifle! I been invited to do some 600yrd and 1000yrd shooting and am trying to get appropriate equipment, I am just not set up currently for that distance to my satisfaction. Of course dropping $9k on new windows for the house is not helping me much....
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Old May 13, 2017, 10:26   #3
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This morning out for a couple of tests.



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Old May 13, 2017, 12:28   #4
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Nice looking rig...

When the take-down FN SPR actions were being sold at an extremely decent price, I didn't succeed in fighting off my OCD and I picked one up.

The story at the time was these actions came from rifles manufactured when the Winchester M70 production line was being shut down and that 'displaced workers' pissed down the barrels and ruined them, necessitating replacement of the barrels (whether that's true or not is somewhat irrelevant to my story here, but the FN marked actions were from dismantled new rifles and did sell pretty cheap).

After truing up the receiver front and lapping the lugs, I mounted a Krieger 26inch heavy profile CM barrel (not quite the AMU, but not too much slimmer. I'd have to look up the exact profile to be sure). I then added a minimum Palma chamber. The rifle retains it's original hinged steel floorplate which I prefer to a detachable mag for the purpose for which I built the rifle.

I then, after tossing the 20 minute rail (which I didn't need for my purpose), used a Leupold front base and a Burris rear base (to get the height I wanted) and, using Leupold standard front dovetail rings, mounted a Nikon Buckmasters (not current series) 4-14x40mm SF MD scope (which has a 1" tube).

Then, after this money spent, I put it all in a cheap Hogue rubbery stock designed for the HB M70 (of course, it isn't open quite enough for the heavier Krieger barrel, but tightening this barrel down into the stock presents no problems (yeah, I know, the free float barrel people are probably foaming at the mouth over this heresy, but whatever. And I'm not speaking against free floated barrels, since I 'normally' do that too)).

I designed this rifle mostly for 100-300 yard use, and it's quite the shooter of M80 ball type ammo at those distances...

I use the Berger BT - Fullbore .30 CAL 155.5 Match bullet in Lapua cases for max work (and, of course, the old IMR8208 and Win LR primers were the 'desired' components to go along with the rest. I do usually use the Win LR primer, but use whatever ball powder I feel like picking at the time to get my desired velocity).

The rig shoots military ball ammo well enough that I rarely go the Berger route. I have shot more of the 75-77 dated CBC 7.62x51mm NATO ball than anything else (you know, the stuff that blows up rifles). The brass they used was very good (although Berdan), the bullets excellent for military ball, and the powder charges extremely consistent for military ammo (better than LC, for sure). I just pull the bullets (which had very poor crimps, perhaps part of the problem with the ammo), dump the powder, average the load with the original powder, then recharge with the powder and crimp with a Lee FCD. This all only with ammo from the same case with the same lot, of course (in reference to averaging the powder charge (which always looked the same and varied little to begin with). This ammo shoots very well in this rifle (and, for that matter, in an Imbel FAL that I've shot a lot of it through).

Well, enough blathering...

That's my story and I'm sticking to it (at least until I can't remember it anyway)...

Have great fun with your FN SPR...

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Old May 13, 2017, 12:37   #5
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Art,
what year is your SPR ?
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Old May 13, 2017, 15:19   #6
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Art,
what year is your SPR ?
Good question. I would have to dig into paperwork, but I know it was the first year they were available in my area.
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