I have to say that I am flattered that companies want to send me product to test for them. It just means I may have to spend a day out at the range. Oh darn. Awhile back one of the owners of LakOrr LLC asked if I would give their custom match remanufactured rounds in 308 a try. At the time they had 168gr and 175 grain made up and I was actually curious myself how this would compare to my hand loads. I use a 155 gr for my long range Palma but I do use 168 or 175 out of the M1A and match rifle for High Power matches. At 600 yards when competing we are going for an X count.
Earlier this summer I starting competing with the M1A in across the course matches with the LakOrr ammo. I was not used to that rifle yet so my groups during rapid fire and offhand were hard to judge. But
back at 600 yards in my comfort zone of prone the groups were awesome. We know these rifles are pretty darn accurate and if I can hold a good post sight picture the groups should be great. I was very happy with my score that day at 600 yards. (Photo below of my plotting book.) Since then I had some ammo left over and
I wanted to do a specific test in a controlled environment. I grabbed our match rifle that I used last year at Boomershoot. I had mounted a Leupold VX-3 8.5 – 25×50 on it and used it again for this test. I did not use a bench rest but I did use a bi-pod and in the prone position. I hate shooting off of a bench. Shooting at the Cascade Rifle Range is usually pretty calm. I never touched the windage knob. I just wanted to see if the rounds held elevation well. There was a little wind movement you can see in the group from left to right. Now remember, my shooting style is all about elevation accuracy and then reading the wind to get me in the X ring. The average shooter, hunter or plinker may just want to know they can hit their target. Most people won’t ever really shoot beyond 200 yards.
At 600 yards prone I put about ten rounds down with 168gr. As you can see in the photo this group is pretty awesome. There is a nice water line elevation. The shot in the 9 ring I take credit for pushing there. The next photo is of the 175gr and again a great level line
of shots. A couple shots got away. I am actually more comfortable still shooting with iron sights and perhaps I could have done better if I had done that instead of the scope. Sounds strange but using a scope is harder than it looks. To me anyway.
My overall impression is that I would not hesitate to use this custom re-manufactured ammo for my High Power matches, especially with the service rifle the M1A. I was super happy with it. You can find this and many other calibers they make on their website.
The website is www.lakorrmunitions.com. I do not know the MSRP on the 7.62 rounds yet. Their website is still in the process of being built for shopping. But they will give you prices when you contact them. I have noticed that the selection of calibers available for match, hunting and pistol has grown quite a bit from the first time they sent me the samples. I am hoping to try out their 40cal 180 grain for my Tanfoglio as well. As for a little history of LakOrr? There are two business partners and one of them, Erich Orris told me, “We are a small shop in Black Hawk, SD. I am a former US Marine with a youth background in machining and
blacksmithing. I also worked as a parachute harness container tech and parachute rigger for Relative Workshop. My partner is a Sergeant Major in the Army National Guard, full time. He has been a competition shooter for years, and is US Army Sniper qualified. Our passion is in long range rounds for competition or for long range hunting. We do a good bit of rack grade ammunition as well, because well you know it pays the bills. Our mission as it were is to build our company over time to supply to the market and keep our specialty work going. We just want to build good ammunition, have fun doing it, and hopefully make some money along the way ;).”
I think they have something here.