July 25, 2011
Jarrett Signature Rifle Review Part II: How It Shoots
By David E. Petzal
For Part I, click here
When you buy a rifle from Kenny, part of the package is break-in and load development that is handled by guys who can really shoot. The .300 Win Mag I shot was tuned by a fellow named Travis Moyer, who worked up a load involving IMR 4350, Federal 215 primers, 168-grain Berger VLD bullets, and Jarrett’s own brass. The group average Mr. Moyer got was .281-inch.
Now at this point you’re saying, “Stuff and nonsense, Dave. It’s hard to get those kinds of groups from a bull-barreled .22 centerfire varmint rifle. Do you expect us to believe that an 8 ½-pound big-game rifle, burning over 70 grains of powder every time you pull the trigger, can put three shots inside a dime at 100 yards?” To which I reply, “Well, my own groups averaged .344, which will still fit inside a dime. So, yes.”
Let me put this in perspective: Of all my big game rifles, the best will shoot about .600, except for two, which will shoot .400 regularly (One of them is a Jarrett.) I have two rifles that will get below .400, but they’re varmint guns—a bull-barreled .22/250 and a .220 Swift that burn 30 grains less powder per load and weigh 4 pounds more per gun than the Signature.
At 300 yards, the Bergers (which have a BC of .643) hit ½-inch high of the point of aim when sighted 3 inches high at 100 yards. Five shots went inside a teacup. Not a coffee mug, a teacup. Kenny intends these rifles to be used at long range, and for this .300 Win Mag, 300 yards is a chip shot. With a good range-compensating reticle you’d have to go out to 500 to make things interesting.
Next post: Look ma, no recoil.