How much would my groups improve if I was shooting with the gas off (hand cycleing the weapon) vs. gas on (semi auto)? I own a panther SASS .308 with heavy 18 inch barrel. And also can I reach out to 1000 with this short of a barrel and still kill something such as a deer? I know this isn't the ultimate long range rifle but I just put together an all around weapon from CQB to long range. If the shit ever realy hits the fan and I am in 3survival mode I didn't want to have to cary multiple weapons. Also .308 is very common and also used by military.