A couple of weeks ago, Palmetto State Armory had a sale on them at $1099 - the $1100 street price hinted at in 2015. After a bit of comedy or errors, I took the plunge and ordered one in 6.5 Creedmoor at the last possible minute of the sale (OK, last hour). That was around 11 PM on June 22nd. It came home with me Tuesday afternoon, 7/11/17. Yeah, it's a commercial rifle and they all look the same, but as they say, "this is my rifle". Despite the precarious looking position on my Tipton vise, it's stable. It's actually front heavy and would trip forward if the stop wasn't there.
The comedy of errors was that a friend had pointed it out to me and I had quickly forgotten it was a short duration sale. The website said, "Good until 12PM EST" and I joked with my wife that I didn't know if that meant 11 AM or 1 PM because of us really being on Daylight Saving Time, but I hadn't remembered to go look until it was almost 1 PM. After all, they probably just meant 12 PM "eastern" and used an old note. Then I clicked on "refresh" and the price came up ... $1099.
Could they have meant "good til midnight"? That conflicts with the date because "Midnight on 6/22", is 12 AM, not PM, and it's 12 AM on the 23rd. I had to think about the purchase and figured I'd try to refresh the page later and see if the price was still there; and it was. After much anguish, I finally pushed the "Buy" button and started the process to buy the new rifle. After the "10 business days" wait, PSA shipped the gun to my FFL.
Considering it's half-past July, this will likely mean a couple of trips to the 200 yard range to try it out and get a good feel for it, then it will stay in the safe until October or so, depending on weather. While waiting for it, I've been studying everything I can get my hands on about the rifle. Between the various forums I've found, the most active RPR forum is on Arfcom - AR15.com. Of all places. 71 pages. I haven't read all of it, but I've read everything that looked interesting since the new model came out last year. They also have a much shorter but useful thread on Factory loads for 6.5 Creedmoor, and a good Precision Rifle forum for all types of long range shooting.
My first purchase for the rifle was a pair of RCBS reloading dies and a couple of boxes of Hornady 140 gr ELD Match ammo, which will become reloading brass. As I've been reading, I'm encountering the recurring idea that guys are saying their commercial match grade ammo is doing so well, they don't think reloading is worth it! I've seen pictures of Federal OTM (Open Tip Match) doing 0.33 MOA and several other commercial rounds doing under 0.5. I have a couple of boxes of the Federal OTM on the way.
No, I have not made it to the range, yet. Tomorrow is very likely.
This is my first purchase from PSA, and while I got my rifle, I'm not 100% sure I'd go back.
First off: they charge your credit card the instant you hit the button, but didn't ship for two calendar weeks. I suppose I'm spoiled by the rest of the online shopping I do, like ordering two Rubbermaid containers on Amazon for $10 and having them lovingly left on my doorstep two days later - on a Sunday morning. While a rifle costing 110 times that takes two weeks to even ship. If Bezos wanted to dominate the firearms industry, his competition is Buds, Impact, PSA and another couple. I see them as easy targets. (This would require Bezos getting his head out of his a** about guns and that would probably require a 2 ton shop crane - maybe explosives.).
Second off, PSA says they won't do anything in terms of exchange/return. If the gun appears broken in shipping, contact UPS; otherwise, contact the manufacturer. Thankfully, those occurrences are pretty rare.
Expect more talk about this and review fodder as I get more familiar with it.
Congrats! Been wanting one of those myself. Interested if you get the supposed 0.5 MOA out of the box, as some folks have said.ReplyDelete
I bought from PSA before, and had no problems. But I live in MI, and my gun shipped quickly. I haven't been back, because I am a cheap so and so, and shop around for price when I am buying online. I figure if I am not helping my local gun dealer, it doesn't make much difference which online one I use, as long as they are reputable.ReplyDelete
Wicked looking rifle!ReplyDelete
There is no 12 A.M. (ante meridian)or 12 P.M. (post meridian) There is only Noon and Midnight. Twelve o'clock indicates "at meridian". Nice rifle!ReplyDelete
I've got one of the first generation in .308 and I love it. Everything it's cracked up to be and yes it will shoot .5 MOA or better with even decent factory ammo. I've never been sorry I bought that rifle.ReplyDelete
I've got that rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor... I love it! Easley 1/2 MOA gun if I do my part, I think the gun could do better. I am reloading my own, but the Hornady 140 Eld is a great round as well. Enjoy!ReplyDelete
What scope are you using? That looks like it says "Nikon" but that's all I can tell. If you're going to talk precision shooting, you need to talk about scopes!ReplyDelete
Good point. It is a Nikon, a Monarch 5-20 x 44 with Bullet Drop Compensation reticle. It's a few years old and was living on another rifle, but was the best one I could get quickly.Delete
I have had good success with PSA, but I haven't bought any firearms from them. I know of other people who have had their firearm purchases from PSA take days to weeks.ReplyDelete
I noted a (small) banner recently on their site that firearm purchases can take up to 10 days to ship.
I believe that banner showed up on Day 3 of my wait. I had been checking my order status every morning and night. After that, I changed over to checking my order status every morning and night.Delete
I'm using a Burris XTRll 4x20x50 with a H59 reticle, FFP, excellent scope and only around a grand...is directly comparable to much more expensive scopes...hit 12" floor tiles at 1100 yds.ReplyDelete
I'm developing a lot of respect for Burris lately. They're coming out with some very impressive packages combining electronics with the optics.Delete
It's a long reach goal, but I'd like to be able to actually get that ~1/4 to 1/3 MOA rifle accuracy at long ranges. On my 600 yard range, my goal is 2 inch groups or better.
Thats an admirable goal...1/2 moa is ok by me! I looked at a lot of different Scopes, and that Burris XTR II with the h59 reticle was the best scope by far for the price as well. Just as good as Scopes two or three times its price. I love it.ReplyDelete
i like palmetto, but i tried those guys https://moriartiarmaments.com and bought 6.5 creedmoor https://moriartiarmaments.com/6.5-creedmoor from them can't wait to play with it lolReplyDelete
Thanks for that link - I've saved it. That's a nice option, since I could get an 80% lower for a .308 and make a rifle here at the house.Delete