It has been a long time coming, but I finally was able to get my .50 BMG Ultra Long Range rifle completely set up and ready for some range time. What I ended up getting was the following:
- Noreen ULR .50 cal BMG
- Nightforce NXS 5.5-22×56 with the MOAR reticle
- Warne Tactical 30 mm U-Hi rings
- Noreen 30 MOA rail
My ultimate goal is to get up this bad boy to shoot out past 1000 yards. I also picked up a Remington SPS Tactical in .308 to play around with and get back into long range shooting, but I will cover that rifle later on.
Here is my Noreen in all its awesomeness and glory.Here are the statistics on it:
|Single Shot Bolt Action
|Noreen Design 1.25-12 Thread
The trigger is absolutely amazing. It is perfectly smooth, crisp and is just a little lighter than the 3.5 lbs trigger on my AR. Now comes the time for me to find some ammunition for it that is not $6-$8 per round. There are some remanufactured rounds for sale over at the local sporting goods store for around $4 a piece, but I am not sure how well those will work in this rifle. Noreen told me that military surplus does work, but I am kind of skeptical of using it. Having been in the military and spent 3 1/2 years with Marine infantry and tanks, I know how bad those rounds look. They are anything but shiny or undamaged.
This is another picture of my new setup.What I truly love most about this setup is the scope. Until now, I have only messed around with Nightforce products in the sporting goods store. I took the scope out last weekend for a trip to the range on my Remington 700 SPS Tactical to see how it was to shoot, learn how to adjust the parallax on my scope correctly, and play around with the elevation and windage adjustments a bit. It is truly an amazing scope and if you have any way to save up for one, I highly recommend it. You can use the same scope on several firearms. Just figure out your zero for each one and write it down. Then you can swap between rifles by simply keeping those adjustments written down somewhere and the shoot a couple rounds to fine tune. Doing this will allow you to own $2k in optics for use on all your rifles rather than $600 optics on 5 different rifles. I am now a firm believer in this method. Once I get my ammunition figured out and take this guy to the range, I will post some range pictures. It will probably be a month or two considering I am debating on whether to just load my own. This will require the purchase of a 50 BMG reloading kit, which I haven’t really budgeted for as of yet. I will keep you posted.
All said and done, I am really impressed by both the reviews and physically apparent craftsmanship of the equipment I purchased. The rifle is single action and definitely no frills, but it is well made and simple. There is nothing here to really break or wear out.
I hope you like this post and to repeat what I said previous, I will get you some range reports once I get ammunition figured out.