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Everything posted by Planetcat

  1. Congrats on your purchase. You’ll enjoy that rifle. I bought an R1 .338 win mag in 2019. I’ve hunted with it quite a bit, shot a couple hundred rounds at the range, and clobbered a nice hog with it. They run great, but you need to clean it after shooting and shoot clean, quality ammo out of it. It’s not like an old bolt action you can just let it sit and rust and it’ll still shoot. As an aside, my 15 year old R1 in .30-06 is the most accurate rifle I own. It’s been soaked in rain, dropped in mud, and has over 1,000 shots through it. I would carry that rifle in any situation.
  2. My .300wm and .30-06 prefer heavier bullets, lead ones like fusion, soft points, interbond, etc. in 165 or 180 grains. The copper and Hornady gmx, not as good in any weight. Federal blue box soft points shoot the best in every rifle I own (8 or so).
  3. If you’re positive that the barrel is locked all the way down on the receiver, I would check the overall length of the cartridge and make sure it’s within standard specs. I’ve heard of this happening with 200 grain bullets in .30 caliber cartridges on other rifles. I interchange between .30-06 and .300wm without issue, but typically shoot 165 or 180 grain factory ammo. Now, you said “an older R1”, so it’s very possible the recoil plunger spring is wearing out. My wooden R1 is about 15 years old and I replaced the plunger assembly about 5 years ago after failures to feed with the .30-06. But I’d think it would affect your .308 too. The .308 is very short compared to the .300 though. I’m assuming you’re using .300 wm magazines, since the rounds probably wouldn’t even fit in .308 mags. That’s all I got. 🙂
  4. If your budget is around $700 and you want a new caliber to shoot, get the barrel. The barrels work great for switching calibers, and if they’re both scoped and sighted in, they will both be at zero when you install it. I just put my .300wm barrel back on. Now I have to go to the range to sight it in. If I had had a scope on it, the zero with the .30-06 barrel would have been very close on the .300. Were it not for an ammo shortage, price gouging, and a big inconvenience for me to go to the range, I’d get more barrels. It's also worth noting that the wood model barrels fit fine on the comfortech stocks. I find myself looking at BAR’s more over the R1. I have a bar shortrac in .308 and it’s a fantastic rifle, very accurate. I do like the new Lupo bolt gun too.
  5. I asked them a couple of years ago and they said they had no plans to. So I ended up just buying the whole rifle. Nice shooter and very accurate. Also, I have a .30-06 and .300 wm barrel for my wooden model but only keep the .30-06 on and haven't shot the .300 in years. I don't like to go to the range to resight it in, but admittedly when I used to swap out the barrels, both zeroed at the same point.
  6. You have to pull out the bolt throw. Just wiggle it while pulling on it and it will come out. Then the bolt won’t be blocked from sliding out the back of the barrel.
  7. The Benelli store on their website should have them. I recently saw the .308 barrel listed there.
  8. I have a 15 year old R1 in .30-06 with wood stock, blued barrel. It has the 20” barrel and is extremely accurate. I also have it in .300 win mag and .338. The .30’s are old and have the crio treated barrels which never change poi even when extremely hot. The .338 is newer with the black barrel and not as accurate. Something changed since the original barrels were made. My point is that the R1 pro looks a lot like the original and I would buy it if I were looking for another .30-06. Given how much Italians like the .30-06, I would bet the entire platform was Originally based on that cartridge. I also have a BAR shortrac in .308 which is very accurate. Both the R1 and the Browning are finicky about ammo, but can be extremely accurate once the right load is had. They both favor heavy bullets for me, seem to dislike the copper stuff. Unfortunately, my socialist State requires me to hunt with copper. Didn’t directly answer your question, but those are my observations shooting the R1’s a lot in the last 15 years.
  9. Thanks. It’s been a ridiculously expensive trial and error process. The Hornady 185 grain gmx’s aren’t terrible either. The 225 grain barnes and trophy copper are all over the paper. The Hornady’s are really pleasant to shoot, but not as tight groups as the barnes 210. I’m not a small guy or recoil sensitive, but maybe the extra recoil on the 225 grainers are just past my shooting ability. Two of my hunting buddies just bought Weatherby Mark V’s in 6.5-300. They are getting really accurate results with the Weatherby ammo in 127 grain barnes LRX. An amazing rifle and cartridge. I hate shooting with them, because the boom and concussion from that rifle with the muzzle brake on is horrific. Lol.
  10. Ok, finally got it dialed in using 210 grain barnes vor-tx ttsx ammo. Shooting sub-moa, so I’m goin to stock up on that ammo. Also, for entertainment purposes, here’s a 150 lb. sow I shot with the .338 R1 at about 150 yards. Back i February. This was using the 200 grain Hornady sst ammo. Needless to say, there was no tracking involved. The shot was clean, quartering away behind the shoulder, so no meat was wasted nor did the overkill bullet obliterate her.
  11. You sure its not the recoil spring in the tube in the buttstock? The spring part appears to be the same for all R1’s, and I can’t believe the recoil spring constant is the same for your .308 as it is for my .338 win mag.
  12. Does it matter that much, since the safety is just a button on the trigger assembly?
  13. I was actually thinking that. Does your R1 have the comfortech stock? My .300 has the wooden stock and recoil with 180’s is quite sharp. My .338 has the comfortech, and it soaks up the recoil some. They are finicky on ammo. If you really want to shoot 180’s (I would), I’d keep trying other stuff. Then go down to 165’s.
  14. That seems unusual, but not impossible. My .300wm and .30-06 R1 barrels love the 180’s in most flavors. Maybe try 200’s, since it’s a moose gun? I’ve also had good success with 165’s, like fusions, blue box, and hornady interbond and interlock. All 3 of my R1 barrels hate copper and other non-toxic bullets however. Once you find the happy load for it, you will be satisfied. It can be an expensive experiment though.
  15. My .300wm is threaded for a muzzle brake, but now I’m entertaining the idea of a supressor on it.
  16. Shoots great using hornady superformance 200 grain sst’s. Copper ammo and 225 grain core-lokts, not so much (see my other post about non-lead ammo). Comfortech is nice with the .338, but still has a whallop. Less recoil than my .300 win mag wood stock R1 for sure.
  17. Thanks Thunder. I’ve found that my rifles made in Europe don’t like the non-lead bullets. Three R1’s(.30-06, .300wm, .338) browning bar .308, and winchester .308 and .338wm made by FN. All have mediocre and/or inconsistent groups using barnes, trophy copper, and gmx ammo. I bet if I reloaded, i could dial them in. I’m getting sub 1” at 100 yards using .338 wm 200 grain superformance sst’s. The .30-06 and .300 wm R1 are over 12 years old and I get very good results with 180 grain bullets (Hornady interbond, federal blue box soft points, and fusions).
  18. I know this is a long shot shot on this deader-than-dead forum, but I can’t get my .338 wm R1 to get decent groups (<1” at 50 yards) with 210 gr. Barnes, .225 gr. Federeal trophy copper, or 185 gr. Hornady gmx. All three shoot radically different groups - all mediocre. I had my barrel cryo treated again at 300 below, and it seems to allow me to shoot about 10 shots now before the barrel heat affects accuracy as opposed to 3-4 shots with factory barrel. Thats not the issue though, I just cant get decent groups with any non-lead ammo that I can find regularly. Buffalo bore makes 250 gr barnes, but that is a lot of bullet for hogs, deer, and black bear. Plus its expensive! I’m at a quandary. Any other suggestions? I dont reload. Also, my stupid restrictive state says i have to hunt with non lead ammo. 200 gr sst’s shoot great out of it. Her’s a picture of a nice sow I shot a few months ago with 200 grain SST ammo. She was drt at 150 yards.
  19. I would bet the new .308 magazines would work since they are all short action calibers, but it is an expensive experiment. As an example, my R1 .338 and .300 win mag magazines are interchangeable both ways.
  20. Ok, so the .300 win mag old blued barrel off of my wood stocked R1 fit on my new comfortech R1 receiver no problem. I might use the .300 for a while for longer range shooting.
  21. Nice to see that Benelli re-released the R1 in .308. I never understood why they discontinued it several years ago, when it is such a popular caliber. Glad that Benelli is keeping this product line on life support.
  22. I finally got a chance to shoot my new R1 in .338 win mag with black ComforTech stock. The Good: In general, the rifle shoots well and I like it enough to hunt with regularly for large game. It shot 225 grain Fusions very well, cloverleafs at 50 yards shooting at the range (no lead sled). It also shot Superformance 200's and Federal Trophy Copper 225's very well, both had similar performance and ballistics, but different than the fusions (about 1" higher and not as tight groups). Feeding and ejection were fast and slick, as expected, and it even fed with my .300 win mag magazine from my other R1. I took my time breaking in the new barrel, cleaning and cooling between shots for the first box or so. Even after 60 or so shots, my shoulder was not bruised. The Not So Good: The fit and finish is not nearly as refined as my 12 year old blued/wooden R1 with the crio barrel. The machining on the older rifle is the nicest I've seen, as well as the durability of the blued crio barrel and finish. It looks like Benelli might have reduced manufacturing costs somewhere down the line. The black coating is decent, but not great (scratched on the cement range table), and the fitment of the action and parts isn't as precise as I expected. Also, I think my expectations were too high with the recoil reduction of the ComfortTech stock. It still kicked like a .338 win mag, with maybe a little less sharpness than my other bolt action .338 WM. I also wish they had done the crio treatment on the barrel, as I noticed some accuracy degradation from it when it got hot. This doesn't happen at all on the older model I have. All in all, it shoots and functions great, which is all that really matters. It's a very good semi-auto hunting rifle for the price, and don't regret buying it at all.
  23. Sorry this thread is such a morgue. I would think the chamber throat would have to be reamed to accept the longer bullets. Are you sure the overall lengths are in specs, and what weight bullets are your fmj's? I highly doubt benelli would fix this problem. I have the R1 in .30-06, .300 winmag, and .338, shoot heavy for caliber factory ammo, and dont have this problem. Also, it sounds like you are reloading. If its military surplus fmj's youre trying to shoot, Ive had issues with the .30 caliber R1's using crappy eastern block stuff.
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