Safety Harbor SHTF 50 Accuracy Reports?
I'm shopping for my first 50 BMG. I'd prefer an AR upper and I want a repeater and a second mag. It's easy to find reports of 1 MOA or better from the single shot Bohica bargain (the FAR 50) but accuracy reports for the SHTF 50 seem variable or flaky to me. In considering the Tactilite T2, I realized that by the time I order the LW barrel and an extra mag, I could probably re-barrel a SHTF 50 twice!
I'd very much like to hear testimony on SHTF 50 accuracy (or lack thereof) and loads.
So I'm leaning towards just going for the SHTF 50 and, if I can't find a load that shoots 1 MOA, I'll just get a custom barrel from Montana Rifleman for it.
Thanks for any range reports, help, and advice.
You do realize that yes a barrel and chamber are very important. But even if you have a great barrel that if your receiver is weak/soft and flexes or if the trigger is too heavy and is hard to gauge when it is going to release. And a few more issues that will effect accuracy as just as important as a good barrel. Each item adds up to the accuracy of the overall rifle. And because this is an AR upper, the mating of the lower to the upper is also important. I cuss each time I put together my Ferret 50 to the lower. But once the two are pinned together, there is no rattle or shaking around of the two pieces. So, in a nutshell my advise is not to even think about spending big bucks on a custom barrel if some of the above points are not up to the task.
i have a tactilite t1 with 29 inch standard barrel and it shoots 1 moa. havent tried any good ammunition yet but the local range only goes to 100 yds. i have further shooting distance at home but dont have a backstop to stop that round from leaving the property. i thought about buying a lilja barrel blank and rebarreling my upper with it later down the road, but it will only be to increase the barrel lenght and satisfy my inability to leave well enough alone. i originally wanted a 36 inch super match upper and was told the wait was between 3 and 9 months so i purchased what was available on gunbroker. the main reason i went with tactilite was the receiver being made from one solid chunk of steel. im sure all the other uppers out there are just as fun to shoot though. ferret50 offered the best accuracy at .2 moa.
Originally Posted By Max-Paul:
You do realize that yes a barrel and chamber are very important. But even if you have a great barrel that if your receiver is weak/soft and flexes or if the trigger is too heavy and is hard to gauge when it is going to release.
Thanks, Max-Paul. Yes, but with an AR upper, I control everything important but the barrel and its fit with the bolt. The things I control are relatively inexpensive to correct, as I always do the work myself. The lower will be dedicated.
Originally Posted By wendell:
i have a tactilite t1 with 29 inch standard barrel and it shoots 1 moa. havent tried any good ammunition yet but the local range only goes to 100 yds.
Thanks for the range report, wendell. The Tactilite is still in the running.
If you use an AR upper type 50 like the Safety Harbor, a heavier hammer spring is required. I had a Safety Harbor repeater but didn't really like it. I couldnt shoot below 1.5-2 MOA and it kicked like a mule. I sold mine and got a AR50. The AR 50 weighs a lot more but I can shoot it all day.
Thanks. Seems like the AR50 has a good reputation for accuracy and a great brake.
When I sighted mine in it was around 2" with some Talon ammo. Using that ammo I was happy enough and think you get better with different ammo. As others have mentioned it has a heavy trigger. However there are some options out there for a better trigger than what I'm using.
I have a States Arm and it has a much better trigger and is more for when I want to bench shoot for accuracy. With that being said from a bench to get the scope some what sighted in after that it all been from a standing position.
I purchased a extra 5 rd mag with it and it is the 18" version. The maufacturer has some accuracy posted on the web site.
Have shot it the last two weekends and it depends on what you're looking to do with it. Think it could get a lot better accuracy than what I do with it but it my blaster. Standing there and empting a 5 rd. mag shooting clay birds and wood is just an adrenline rush. Nothing like standing there and ejecting thoose big brass out and loading a fresh round.
Two weeks ago there was a guy there with his AR50 and he was like your going to stand and shoot
. Then he let me shoot his 45/70 pistol and I let him shoot my 460 pistol.
Originally Posted By Tommy2399: Then he let me shoot his 45/70 pistol and I let him shoot my 460 pistol.
.460 Rowland by any chance? Another thing on my wish list!
Fun blaster. Not going to win any accuracy contests.