Ruger Hawkeye Sporter in .308 - Wow!

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IrvJr

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I recently purchased a Ruger Hawkeye with a brushed stainless finish in .308. It has a nice laminate stock. The build quality is high and the gun looks great.

Last week I posted about how I wasn't getting good groups using Prvi Partizan 147gr 308 win ammo (http://www.rugerforum.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=627043#627043).

Well, I got to go to the range this morning and test my gun at the 100 yard range using different ammo and the results were much better.

I purchased some Remington Core-Lokt 150gr .308Win and also some Winchester 150 gr .308 Win Powerpoint ammo. I am happy to report the gun shot really well with both brands of ammo. I was surprised at what a difference the choice of ammo makes.

With the Pvri ammo I could keep my shots in the black on a standard small bore NRA target at 100 yards. However, I got groups similar (or worse) than what I got with my Marlin .22 lever action.

With the Rem and Win ammo, my groups were much tighter, even when I did some rapid fire strings and the barrel got hot to the touch.

I have a Leupold VX-3 3.5x10 (40mm) variable power scope mounted on the gun. I used a padded wooden block as a rest. I started out at the 25 yard line and used the cheap Pvri ammo to make sure the scope was properly sighted in. I was a little disturbed because the 25 yard groups with the Prvi Serbian ammo was pretty bad.

However, when I got to the 100 yard station, the gun shot very well with the Remington and Winchester ammo. The Winchester ammo had the tightest group of the morning (0.98" - measured with my calipers). The Rem ammo also shot well (about 1.5" groups at 100 yards). I think a better and more patient shooter would get better groups with both brands of ammo.

I did have one misfire with the Remington ammo. I pulled the trigger, heard the striker drop, but didn't hear the bang. When I inspected the round, the primer had a light strike. I'm not sure if this was due to the striker not hitting the round with enough force or if there was an issue with the primer not being properly seated. I reloaded the round into the chamber and shot it again and this time it worked well.

I inspected the primer marks from the other rounds I shot and they all looked fine so maybe it was just a fluke with this particular cartridge. I will disassemble the bolt/striker assembly this week and inspect it to make sure there aren't any burrs or any debris in the firing pin channel.

I am pleased with my gun. I had read some very negative posts about Ruger bolt guns on the Internet, but I am happy with my gun. I think it's definitely accurate enough for my needs (plan to use it for hunting). I love the controlled feed action and the durability of the Rugers. Also, I like the 3 position safety - I do not find it difficult to disengage the safety like some on the Internet complained. The gun looks very nice and it feels very durable and well crafted.

Here are some pics of the gun and a couple of targets. The smaller group is 0.98" from edge to edge. The larger group is 1.525" from edge to edge.

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luvmyruger

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Nice,
good old core lokts and power point ammo will work all the time.

Stay away from that foreign stuff.

Nice looking rifle............
 

Rocdoc

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Very impressed by the Hawkeyes, makes me want to replace everything I have with a Hawkeye equivilent
 

Sig685

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IrvJr, excellent report and a great post with nice pictures. Well done.

I notice the twist rate of your rifle is 1:10, which is actualy quite fast for a .308. This will allow you to shoot just about any ammo available for the .308 including the heavier (longer) bullets.

This is rather important, because as you discovered, ammo makes a big difference in a shooting system (the rifle, scope, ammo and shooter.)

As a hunting rifle, the Hawkeye with its 1 to 1.5 MOA capability with good ammo is a fine design and you seem to be able to extract the proper accuracy from it. If you'll allow me to suggest something, this would be to try a box of premium 168gr target ammo, just so you can see for yourself how well you and your rifle can shoot. I think you will be suitably impressed.

I think you will find that the heavier bullets (168+) will be very accurate in this rifle.

Good luck with it and keep up the great reports.
 

IrvJr

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Thanks all for the replies. I will definitely try out some 168 gr factory premium loads and see what the gun can do. I am not much of a rifle shooter but hope to have plenty of opportunity to test this gun out!
I am also going to be purchasing reloading components and dies this weekend and hope to get started on some handloads for this rifle.

The new Hawkeye guns are impressive. I handled a bunch when shopping for this gun and wanted to buy them all (but the wife would probably get upset).
 

rugerfreak

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The primer probably wasn't seated deep enough---I don't think I would go through all the trouble to take the bolt apart unless it becomes a consistant problem.

My stainless/syn Hawkeye .30-06 is a sub-moa shooter with the 150gn Federal loads from Walmart--$14 a box----you might want to try the Federals in your .308
 

IrvJr

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Thanks Rugerfreak. I figured the primer probably wasn't seated properly since all the other rounds had deep, nice, clean primer strikes.

I will try the Federal loads if I can locate some. my local Walmart did not have any 308 except for the Winchester brand. I had to go to a different shop to get the Remington brand.

I called a couple of local shops this afternoon inquiring about bullets and powder, but they are still running low of all kinds of components!
 

6mmsl

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Well been waiting for this post. Glad to see you got the results you wanted.

I never have had satisfactory results with Rem Ammo some have but not me. Federal Ammo has served me well. I tried Barnes bullets this year for the first time great accuracy and I will know next week how well they perform on game.

Great pics.


Good shooting Steve.
 

Sig685

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Above are a number of links for 168gr match ammunition all in stock.

Now, let me caution you. If you think you will handload premium quality ammunition right away for your rifle, you are in for a major disappointment.

On the other hand, if you are gearing up and are willing to learn how to manufacture match grade ammo for your rifle, I and perhaps a few others here, am certainly willing to guide you.

Before you launch into a buying frenzy for components and dies, I suggest you pick some of the ammo above and try it out. Let's see what your shooting system can do when great ammo is used.

If you want to buy piecemeal, a good set of dies to get is Redding Competition dies. You want to full length resize, just ignore anyone who suggest that you neck size.

So what handloading equipment do you currently have?
 

IrvJr

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Sig685 - thanks for the links and advice.

I am planning on trying out some premium factory ammo first to wring out the new gun. Eventually, I'd like to slowly work up some 308 handloads for fun.

Currently, I'm set up to reload handgun cartridges. I have a Lee turet press and do small batches (usually only 50 rounds at a time). I am not a high volume shooter, so I anticipate that I'll only load small batches (20 - 40 rounds) of 308 win at a time.

I have a Redding powder trickler and a Lee balance. I actually weigh each charge before I charge a cartridge.
 

Sig685

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While the basic concepts are similar, handloading match ammo for rifles is a lot more involved than handloading for handguns. I fear you're going to need a lot more tools.

Also, components are difficult to find these days, which makes it a bad time to start handloading, but then again, it's really never a bad time to start handloading.
 

kamloopshunter

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My stainless/syn Hawkeye .30-06 is a sub-moa shooter with the 150gn Federal loads from Walmart--$14 a box----you might want to try the Federals in your .308[/quote]

I have same deal. Mine shoots real tight with federals
 

C6S1C

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I have a M77 mark II in .308 that is sub MOA with Federal Gold Medal Match and Black Hills Match....both in 168gr. I don't reload, but both these loads shoot tremendously thru the firearm.

Loads preform just as well( well actually even better ) thru my Remington 700 VSSF in .308.

Maybe something you'd like to try out if you were looking for some quality factory loads.

Good Luck & Enjoy !!!

C6S1C
 
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