This morning I attended a 600 yard prone match. I took the FN SCAR-16S and the Spike’s 5.45 midlength.
I was pretty pleased with how each rifle performed. More than a few people looked at me funny when I pulled the SCAR out of the rifle case and got on the line with shooters who had rifles that were engineered for the task at hand (and were also far more skilled than I). Still, the SCAR did very well, and I shot a 156-2X with irons (out of a possible 200-20X) and an 87-0X with a Burris 1-4x scope (out of a possible 100-10X). I was shooting Black Hills 68gr BTHP Match ammo, which the SCAR seemed to like. My first four shots for score with irons were 9,9,9, and an X. The wind dropped down and it took me a few shots to figure that out, but was then back to shooting 9s and 10s – and a few 7s and 8s. Obviously, the rifle was capable of more than I was.
The Spike’s 5.45 midlength was equipped with a Trijicon ACOG – a TA11 model with 3.5x magnification. I was using 53gr Russian surplus and shot a 179-3X. The bore was filthy – it had never been cleaned since new, and had had over 3000 rounds fired through it. I was especially pleased with its performance. Next month, I will clean the bore and try again. The ACOG’s BDC was not quite accurate for the trajectory of the 53gr surplus ammunition, but after a few sighting shots, I was able to do fairly well.
For comparison purposes, I last attended the match with a Tikka T3 Lite in 270WSM with a Bushnell 3-9×40 scope. Shooting my own 150gr handloads, I scored 186-3X.
I used a Grip-Pod with the SCAR and a sandbag for the Spike’s 5.45.