It goes without saying, choosing the right rifle and scope for the task at hand is critical to a successful day’s shooting. The difference between a gratifying hit and a taunting miss however, can and will come down to your foundations; A quality, comfortable and well-made stock, the small but all important scope rings and providing ease of aiming, the lightest rear bag locally available.
The best thing about this combination is that it’s all available from Australian companies.
It all started with the Lithgow Arms LA102 chambered in .243 Winchester dropped into the
Bolly UPH Gen3 stock.
Until now, Lithgow LA102 .243 had always given a bit of a curve ball, namely the height of the picatinny rail from the bore axis. But on this day, that wasn’t the case and the Porter Machine Works 34mm-22 low rings paired with the Delta Optical Stryker HD 5-50x56 was the perfect setup to get the ideal cheekweld.
The weather wasn’t ideal with some rain and gusty wind but there was some determination to get the rifle zeroed, so the setup included a tarp cover and carpet floor, and with the Low Vis Gear rear bag, Atlas bipod and 87Gr Buffalo River ammunition , it was all ready to go.
The Lithgow LA102 .243 was bore sighted at 100m and it was touch and go with the wind gusts. First shot was way high and way left, and second shot landed an inch right of the first.
In a short, calm moment a rushed adjustment led to managing a 5 shot group. Considering the conditions, the system was working against, it couldn’t be blamed for the slightly vertical but clearly sub MOA that had been dialed in a rush.
Now it was time for more precise adjustments for a 100m zero; the SFP scope was set to the right magnification for true subtensions.
The bullseye first round hit, with the second and third appearing as a clover leaf. A combination of the 3 round limit in the magazine and the temperamental conditions spoiled the fun and sending the last 3 shots down couldn’t have come soon enough to finish the group which had moved .25moa up and left.
But, looking back at us, despite the conditions was a 0.4moa group and a very happy shooter.
Scope ring choices are worthy of an entire article, but here we see how important each component of the system is when it comes to accurate results. Your rings hold your sighting system in relation to the bore of the rifle and without this being perfectly consistent you will never fully realise the accuracy the rifle is capable of. This is especially the case for the Lithgow .243 as the Lithgow's are known for producing beautiful results straight out of the box. Without careful consideration in pairing the right equipment together, managing to find perfect conditions will not be your saviour.
With the huge number of combinations on the market it is very easy to get rings that are not the right match for your scope and rifle. Here you have seen the right setup will give you the opportunity to measure and improve on your technique and ability, and you’ll be free to tackle any scenario.
Thank you to Precision Defence Industries for the setup, Lithgow Arms for making a great .243 barrel and LowVis Gear for an awesome rear bag.
If you would like to know more about how to get the best out of your setup and your scope rings, let us know.