APO Field Test
Big Game Hunting Season 2018 – Montana
We try and take advantage of any opportunity to get APO equipment out into the field for real world feedback from novice and experienced users alike. We are committed to improving our products in an earnest effort to improve our customers experiences on the shooting range or in the field hunting. This hunting season we wanted to get the SABER M700 Sport-TAC, Ashbury’s version of a Modern Sporting Rifle, into the hands of an experienced big game hunter to see how APO’s purpose built sport utility rifle performs in the wild! You can read more about APO’s SABER M700 Modern Sporting Rifles here.
APO Custom Shop client Britton, an experienced and accomplished hunter out in Montana, offered to field test APO's SABER M700 Sport-TAC rifle chambered in .30-06 this hunting season. He’s got tags for big game and predators which are a great match for the .30-06 Sport-TAC! In 2016 Britton cleanly harvested this nice Montana Big Horn Sheep at 388 yards and this Pronghorn Antelope (above) in 2017 at 596 yards both with his APO custom built SPR-300WM precision rifle chambered in .300 Winchester Magnum. Really nice field shooting!
Britton plans to give the SABER M700 Sport-TAC a real-world workout over a couple of months in different configurations on his upcoming hunts. APO provided him with a complete rifle, ammunition and various modular shoulder stocks, hinges and alternate forends so he could set up the SABER M700 Sport-TAC MSR the way he wants to hunt with it! Also, we’ll get some honest feedback on APO’s use of the very popular Magpul CTR carbine shoulder stock with ¾” cheek riser on this field rifle and does it really work for hunting or just look tactic-cool?
We’ve asked him to treat our gear like it’s his own and let us know what works and what doesn’t. If you have questions after reading his upcoming field reports, you are welcome to email us and we’ll get you an answer.
Why .30-06 you ask? Good question, because .30-06 Springfield is a proven big game hunting cartridge over 100 years old. More importantly we could really test the Sport-TAC's performance with Federal's Edge TLR 175gr for hunting and Federal Gold Medal Match 168gr BTHP for long range target shooting. The barreled action is a hand select Remington M700 SPS Threaded Muzzle with a 20" 1:10" twist barrel built up in our versatile lightweight SABER MRCS-AR modular rifle chassis with a base rifle weight of 8lbs.