I wish I had a bunch of great targets to post up, and I can make a ton of excuses why I don't. Ultimately thought I had a calibration issue with the trigger actuator. I'd love to blame the ammo, the gun, the glass hell even the neighbor but I don't think any of those were the #1 issue. I will say this. I like the gun and I think with the combination of the glass it will be a knockout set up if I can get my shat together and make it happen.
First the rifle. Its not a GA or a Surgeon but its not a Remmy 700 either. Somewhere in the middle. Like STI would be to 1911s. The bolt runs smooth and the trigger is crisp with very little take up. The safety is very positive. The stock is very solid, reminds me a lot of a Manners. The cheek riser is a great feature an made getting the proper scope alignment a piece of cake. It does however need some sort of way to quickly reference your setting after moving it to remove the bolt. The length of pull is adjusted by removing spacer pads under the socks butt pad exactly like the McMillian on my GA. I need to take at least one out. I managed to squeeze one MOA sized group out today but again I don't think the issue was the gun or glass. The gun is guaranteed sub-MOA with match ammo and I don't doubt it. With some good handholds I think it might be a solid 1/2 moa. The rifle is compatible AI style mags. This made it pretty easy as my GA is also so I have several on hand. This is my first 6.5 Creed and I will say it is a pleasant cartridge to shoot. Even with heavier 147gr it recoil was light. The large bolt knob made working the bolt fast and required little effort. That being said I would have really liked it had it been a 3 lug 60 degree throw like the RPR.
I landed a deal on the rifle through Sportsmans Warehouse. I got an email that said $200 off, well when I went to the store they told me it was online only. I explained that if I ordered it online, they would ship it to the store and oh look right there, you already have one. The guy went and talked to the manager and he said if I got it today and an accessory for it, they would honor the online price. Well hell, if I get a rifle I'll need a base and rings anyway. Done. On top of that when they rang up my entire order they gave me an additional 5% off for military. Out the door on the rifle was right around 750 plus tax.
While it is not an ultra light hunting set up, its not nearly heavy as a custom precision rifle either. For deer hunting and maybe some elk hunting where you are doing more looking than moving it won't be to bad. I figure it is going to put some venison in the freezer here in a couple of months back home in TN.
On to the glass. Vortex Diamondback Tactical 4-16x44 FFP with the EBR-2C reticle. I ordered this from MidwayUSA. Most other places don't even carry it yet and if they do they are backordered, including directly through Vortex. I caught a special from Midway that included free shipping so WTH right.
After ordering it, I looked at one of the other Diamondback Tactical scope in a store and wondered if I had made a mistake. Not I am knowing I made a good choice. Its not a Razor or S&B but for less than $400 to your door for a FFP with a expanded reticle it is a deal. The image is sharp and clear through all levels of magnification. The parallax adjusts from 20 yards out to infinity. The eye box is very generous and provided for lots of room for error before it would produce "scope eye". The box included a 3 inch sunshade and bikini stye lens covers. The lens cover was replaced with the Vortex Defender Flip caps front and back and I added the Vortex 30mm low profile anti cant bubble level. All together a little more than $400 in the scope setup not including rings. If you want a Viper HD with the same features you are going to pay about twice that for the glass alone.
Back to talking about the scope, it is mil on mil. The exposed turrets are 5 mil per revolution. They have both a tactile and audable click every 1/10th mil. I would prefer something with a little more positive engagement on each detent but for the price I am not going to complain. So what is the difference between these and say the Viper HD. Well these do not have the illuminated reticle or zero stops. For my reasons for this setup, I don't really think I need it as I will do the majority of my elevation adjustments simply holding over. While I might be blasting paper out at a grand, I built this set up for hunting and I doubt I will be taking much more than 200-250 yard shot. An easy hold over of between 2.5 and 3 mil depending on what exactly the ammo I am running will be. The low profile bubble level fits very well just forward of the turrets and only sticks out as far as the parallax adjustment knob.
Over all I am pleased with the purchases. I don't have to fly again until Wednesday so I will get some rest, hydration and an earlier start on a range trip so its not baking me while I am trying to shoot. I think I will be able to get good groups with Horanday 147gr ELD Match and 143gr Precision hunter. The jury is out on the 140gr "American Gunner". It was the least cooperative of the 3 today.