My First Anschutz

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    Anschutz 1710 HB

    2021 was such an epic rebound for my employer after all the Covid 19-lockdowns and quarantines that they saw fit to give me a little surprise a couple of weeks ago: 200% of my usual annual bonus. I was speechless. Yeah, I worked hard and put in a lot of hours last year to make up for 2020 but I never imagined them ever being that generous.

    Well, it didn't take too terribly long to figure-out what I wanted to get. My shooting preferences had taken a hard turn towards .22LR during the last couple of years of ammo shortages and pandemic price-gouging. I had already picked-up a couple of nice bolt-action 22's but, I've been lusting for an Anschutz for the better part of 35 years.

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    Zeiss Conquest V6 5-30x50, Talley Medium Lightweight rings.

    So, this is my 'grail' .22 hunting/plinking/range fun set-up. Selecting the rifle was the easy part, but choosing a scope was fun. I wanted Schott-quality glass, a lot of magnification and something that would have a very low bore axis after I mounted it. Zeiss, Leica and Swarovski made the final cut. I chose the Zeiss because I thought it had the best brightness and clarity of those three.

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    I'm pretty satisfied with how it turned-out, but the real test would be how it shot, of course. I immediately ordered my two-box limit of Lapua Midas + and Eley Match from Midway USA and while waiting impatiently for it to arrive, I did something I almost never do: sight-in a new rifle on a windy day. The weekend before last was pretty mild, mid-60's, but the wind was gusting 10-15MPH and I decided to go for it anyway.

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    Last year, I stocked-up on SK Standard Plus, SK Rifle Match and various types of Eley I could get from the Civilian Marksmanship Program. That's one of the advantages of belonging to an affiliated club. Knowing that conditions weren't going to be the best for accuracy testing, I grabbed a couple of boxes of SK Standard Plus. I figured if nothing else, I could achieve a half-ass'd sight-in at 50 yards and the SK Standard Plus is a pretty consistently decent-performer in all my 22 rifles.

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    So, the first five shots landed on the paper at five o'clock and I adjusted windage/elevation on my scope and shot another 5, pausing briefly between shots for the wind to die-down. The next 5 impacted slightly above and left of the target dot. I made another adjustment and the third, five-shot group hit pretty close to center. The wind absolutely sucked but, oh man, I didn't care. Not really. The two-stage trigger on this rifle is probably the best I have ever shot. It's like buttah. And now I have a better understanding of what the fuss is all about: the Model 54 action is smooth as glass. I thought my Sako Quad Varmint was smooth, but there's really no comparison.

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    Once it was more-or-less sighted-in, I loaded three five round mags and tried to shoot the center out of the other 50-yard target I put up. There were times when I had to wait several minutes for the wind to calm down but, I thought that was a decent 15-round group for (relatively) inexpensive ammo and the prevailing weather conditions.

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    This was my best five-shot, 50-yard group of the day. One puff of wind on the last shot screwed me on what would've been a nice one-hole, sub-half inch group. LOL Still, I can't complain. If it shoots that good in less-than-ideal conditions, I can't wait to see what it does on a calm day with better ammo. And that day would be today! It's supposed be sunny, 65F and NO wind here today. I now have my ration of Lapua Midas + and Eley Match that I'm hoping to test a few hours from now. I'll share the results when I return this afternoon.
     

    gkgeiger

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    Good pictures, good wood also. I recently got my first Annie also, it's a 1710D HB. I'm a single stage trigger guy. I've only had it to the range once, shot it from a rest. I'm going to use a bipod but I don't trust the screw in stud. When I get back to Ohio I will remedy that situation.
     

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    Nice rifle! I also recently got my first Annie -- about a month ago. It's also a 1710 HB, in XLR chassis (it's also my first chassis gun). I have five Anshutz 10-round mags and five modified 10-round Savage 34 mags for it (it's nice that you can get three of the Savage mags for the price of just one Anschutz mag). I now have 350 rounds through it, and it likes the lot of Center-X that I had on-hand, but does almost as well with Eley Match. This is from my last outing, consecutive 5-shot groups at 50 yards.

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    GoggledIt

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    I decided at the last minute to leave the Eley Match at home and concentrate on the Lapua Midas + and I took a box of SK Rifle Match to compare instead. I want to do a dedicated Eley range day since I have so much of it. I have a good supply of Target, Club, Team, Tenex, and Force, plus the two boxes of Match to try-out the next time I go.

    Here we go! 50 yards! Light breeze, 72F. I started with the Midas + and since I didn't have that much, I shot only half as many 'fouling' shots that I usually shoot. Ten in the center target, five each in the corners going from bottom left, top left, top right, bottom right.

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    Considering I'm shooting off my bipod, as opposed to a front bag/rest, and using only a rear bag for stability most of the flyers you see are not the rifle's fault. I'll own them. By shot #20 (top right) the Lapua was doing really well. I wish I was able to get more of it, but...

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    SK Rifle Match performed nearly as well, which is a good thing considering how much of it I have in my stash. Same thing as the Lapua...took about 20 shots to season the barrel and the last two five-shot groups were probably the best of the bunch.
     

    GoggledIt

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    You never forget your 1st Anschutz.
    Mine was a 64r.
    Good luck with it, and good shooting

    Thanks. I'm loving it so far. It seems to shoot SK Rifle Match and Lapua Midas + pretty well after 20 fouling shots. I'm planning an 'Eley Day' at the range to see which one it likes the most between Tenex, Match, Club, Club (Remington), Team, Contact, Force and Target.

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    Next week is my club's first Critters match of 2022. It's fun and challenging to try to hit those little targets from a standing, unsupported position. Our club champ shoots an early-1950's Winchester Model 52 with a Unertl scope.
     

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    Have managed to get out to the range a couple of times since March but, whenever I've had time, lately, the weather has been trash. It's like we're stuck in this very April-like pattern of wind and rain around here.

    Initial test groups with RWS Rifle Match yielded some decent results at 50-yards.

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    I got that five-shot group after 20 fouling rounds and immediately followed it up with a 10-shot group that was just slightly larger than the test target that came with the rifle. I had no idea that Anschutz put in the back cover of the CD-ROM of the owner's manual.

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    So, about five weeks went by before I was able to make another range trip and I had a box each of Lapua Center-X and SK Long Range Rifle to try.

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    Those are the two best 50-yard five-shot groups I could shoot with the Center-X. Was too jazzed about shooting again after a month-long break. I kept getting 4 in one-hole and pulling/flinching the last shot. I'd probably buy more Center-X if I could get it. Midway USA is limiting orders to three boxes and I'd like to purchase considerably more than that.

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    SK Long Range was another load I had been wanting to try for a while. It performed similarly to both SK Standard Plus and SK Rifle Match at 50 yards. I'd really like to stretch it out to 100 yards when I get a chance but I'll have to go to a different range for that.

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    10 fouling in Center, 5 in each corner target.

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    Out of the three loads tested, I think the RWS Rifle Match is a great deal at (roughly) $9-10 per box. I ordered two bricks of it. Overall, I'm pleased with the rifle. It's everything I expected and more.
     

    Cowpokey

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    Have managed to get out to the range a couple of times since March but, whenever I've had time, lately, the weather has been trash. It's like we're stuck in this very April-like pattern of wind and rain around here.

    Initial test groups with RWS Rifle Match yielded some decent results at 50-yards.

    FR2i2ij.jpg


    I got that five-shot group after 20 fouling rounds and immediately followed it up with a 10-shot group that was just slightly larger than the test target that came with the rifle. I had no idea that Anschutz put in the back cover of the CD-ROM of the owner's manual.

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    So, about five weeks went by before I was able to make another range trip and I had a box each of Lapua Center-X and SK Long Range Rifle to try.

    pLWvsOt.jpg


    NZleRGF.jpg
    PuhdO9M.jpg


    Those are the two best 50-yard five-shot groups I could shoot with the Center-X. Was too jazzed about shooting again after a month-long break. I kept getting 4 in one-hole and pulling/flinching the last shot. I'd probably buy more Center-X if I could get it. Midway USA is limiting orders to three boxes and I'd like to purchase considerably more than that.

    ouuUqWz.jpg


    SK Long Range was another load I had been wanting to try for a while. It performed similarly to both SK Standard Plus and SK Rifle Match at 50 yards. I'd really like to stretch it out to 100 yards when I get a chance but I'll have to go to a different range for that.

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    10 fouling in Center, 5 in each corner target.

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    Out of the three loads tested, I think the RWS Rifle Match is a great deal at (roughly) $9-10 per box. I ordered two bricks of it. Overall, I'm pleased with the rifle. It's everything I expected and more.
    Where is this range located? I need to find something better than the “seated bench only” outdoor state park range…
     
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    GoggledIt

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    Where is this range located? I need to find something better than the “seated bench only” outdoor state park range…

    It's a private club in Frederick where I'm a member. It's primarily for handguns but, our multipurpose range gets used for 22's quite a bit. Maybe you can come for the next Critters Match on June 26th?
     
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    Cowpokey

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    It's a private club in Frederick where I'm a member. It's primarily for handguns but, our multipurpose range gets used for 22's quite a bit. Maybe you can come for the next Critters Match on June 26th?
    Do you have a copy of the rules you could send me? I'm betting I have a 22lr that will meet the requirements, for every class...lol.
     

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    Slightly overcast days with no wind have been so rare, lately. I wasn't about to let a slight chance of rain be a deterrent. I got some good results the last time I tried RWS Rifle Match and was eager to try it again to make sure it wasn't just a fluke.

    Admittedly, I'm still learning how to shoot my 1710 but, bottom line, when I don't drop the ball on the basics of good marksmanship, it doesn't miss and when it does, it's usually my fault.

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    RWS Rifle Match, 50 yards

    Like usual, started with barrel fouling in the center target. The last load I shot before today was Eley Team, which didn't shoot badly, but it had an entirely different POI than either the SK Long Range or Lapua Midas + I shot during the last range trip. The first five went low and slightly left. Adjusted the scope and shot another 10 to re-zero.

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    Best five shot group

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    Best ten shot group

    Ten shot groups at 50 yards are a challenge (for me) and this rifle proved today that it's up to it whenever I am. Problem is, it requires a very deft hand and the concentration skills of a surgeon to shoot it, like that, on a consistent basis. I'm a geezer, with surgically restored vision in my right eye and diminished rifle skills overall. Trigger time seems to help, though.
     

    GoggledIt

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    Sold my 1710 and bought a Thomas air rifle. Where I’m moving to has more Airgun ranges.
    A lot less costly than shooting premium rimfire ammo, no doubt. Modern air rifles are pretty cool but, I don't think any of them could give me the same sense of satisfaction that shooting an Anschutz 1710 does.
     
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