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PredatorDown

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After close to a year of putting it off, I finally bit the bullet and got an Aadland mount for my Grendel. I was originally going to get their standard 20-MOA Aadmount, but after a little soul searching decided I wanted to get as much adjustment out of my scope as possible. I had 34 MOA of downward adjustment, so I decided to get their Select-A-Slope mount system and get the inserts I needed. I saw how close I should be able to get to a mile with their 30 MOA inserts, and I would still be able to keep my 100 yard zero. But once I saw I would almost be able to hit a mile, I decided I had better make it a sure thing. I also ordered a set of their 50 MOA inserts, and will be trying to hit a mile for the first time tomorrow morning. 

Initial thoughts upon receiving it were "this thing is built like a tank, and must weigh a ton." I was pleasantly surprised upon handling it, as the weight wasn't near what I expected. After comparing to the empty Burris Pepr mount it was replacing, the weight difference was almost negligible.




The composite inserts used to select the amount of slope you want fit like a glove inside the rings. They each have a lip on the front and back, to prevent any possibility of shifting within the rings. Not that I would be concerned about it anyways after torquing everything down.

The integrated bubble level was a nice thought, but I found it somewhat lacking. I have to slightly break my cheek weld if I want a visual on the level, so for the time being my Wheeler level will remain attached to the scope. Once I switch to the 30 MOA inserts, I will probably position the mount back one slot and slide the scope forward in the mount, hopefully making it a little more visible. However, the tritium in the level was a nice touch. It won't make a difference on a sunny day, but it was definitely noticeable in a brightly lit room with windows indoors, which I would approximate being pretty close to shooting under covered benches similar to those at North Springs.





While installing the base, I couldn't help but notice how much more clamping force this would have over the Burris Pepr. Now I'm not knocking the Pepr mount, because it has served me well over the last year and has had several thousand rounds shot while using it. But to compare it to the Aadland mounts just isn't fair. The Pepr has only about half of the clamping area of the Aadland.


(also notice the "made in china" sticker on the bottom of the Pepr...the Aadland is proudly engraved with "made in america" between the scope rings)

Installing the scope was a snap, as I had left my bubble level attached to the scope. Using it and the integrated level on the mount, it was leveled out in under a minute. 

I took it to get sighted in this morning, and couldn't believe how close it was right away. I knew I wouldn't be able to zero at 100 yards with the 50 MOA mount, so instead I held under until I was 30 MOA high (highest my reticle shows). Within 4 rounds I got to where I was shooting clay pigeons at 100 yards, then moved to shoot at 1000. I punched the info into iStrelok, accounting for the 30 MOA I had been holding, and only had to dial up another 8 minutes to hit at 1000. I was hitting about a foot high, so I dialed down 1 1/4 minutes and 1 minute right. Missed my first two shots, then hit the next 6, getting dialed in towards the center of the 24"x24" plate. The last three were close enough to center that I couldn't ask for more with a 1000 yard zero. 

With this current setup, I STILL have 64 MOA of internal adjustment from my 1000 yard zero. According to iStrelok, I should only have to hold over 6-7 minutes to engage targets at a mile. 

After screwing around at a mile for a bit, I'll be switching the inserts and using the 30 MOA I had ordered as well. They should allow me to keep my 100 yard zero for while I'm out hunting coyotes, but should give me enough adjustment to get me to slightly over 1400 yards, and holdover to damn near a mile.

All in all, I am beyond happy with the mount so far. Time will tell how it holds up, but I have absolutely no concerns with it. I'll keep you guys updated on how it shoots at a mile tomorrow. I'll be taking out enough ammo that statistically I'll have a pretty good shot at hitting the magic mile mark, but I'm hoping to be able to do it at least somewhat consistently after getting dialed in. We just had some pretty big storms blow through tonight, so I'm hoping I'll still be kicking up enough dust with the misses to know where I'm going.
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What barrel length and who's barrel are you using? Is it the JP 22"?  Sounds good you getting that right off the bat, you know your Grendel...
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22" JP Enterprises. I've got over 3k rounds through it so far, so I've had a little time to get to know it [wink] unfortunately, less than half of those were when I started getting serious into long range. I'll most likely be getting another when this one is shot out, considering how well it's performed for me. Also debating building another upper on a 16" Lilja in the future as my dedicated coyote gun. 
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