Short range grouping evaluation of 4 premium ammunitions in 9.3x62 mm caliber in a Blaser R8
I have recently fired for the first time my Blaser R8 in caliber 9.3x62 mm with a semi-weight fluted barrel that I intend to use as an all-around rifle, including for my first safari to Africa.
The first 3 shots were made at 50 m (55 yards), on a bench rest, with the Aimpoint Hunter 34S that I use on my Blaser Express 97 in caliber 9.3x74R mm for driven hunt.
I used an inexpensive European ammunition, the SPARTAN SP in 285 gr (18.5 g), to check that the Aimpoint setting on the R8 was OK for the test. It was the case.
Then I fired the premium ammunitions that I have selected from this forum and other sources:
SAKO POWERHEAD BARNES 250 gr (16.2 g)
BARNES VOR-TX TSX 286 gr (18.5 g)
NORMA SWIFT A-FRAME 250 gr (16.2 g)
BLASER CDP 285 gr (18.5 g)
See the cartidges below, from biggest to smallest:
The regimen was identical than from the SPARTAN bullets:
50 m distance (55 yards), on a bench rest
3 rounds per ammunition, 5 minutes of cooling between each round, with the bolt opened.
The results are below:
My first evaluation is the following:
- For driven hunt at range below 50 m, I can use ANY of the 5 ammunitions providing that the AIMPOINT is set for the R8
- I can use my Aimpoint on the R8 without changes in the setting, only with the BLASER and the BARNES ammunitions
- The BLASER ammunition provides the best grouping at this short range (this is what I had expected before the test from BLASER ammunition in BLASER rifle)
- The 2 lighest bullets (NORMA and SAKO) are above the heaviest ones by 1 to 2 inches
I will keep you posted for the next long range evaluation (100 m -110 yards- and 200 m -220 yards-) with a scope (I am waiting the January sales
to buy a SWAROVSKI 2nd gen 1,7-10x42 BT SR), and on my selection for the years to come !