The Leupold Mark 4 4.5-14x50mm scope offers high resolution and…

The Leupold Mark 4 4.5-14x50mm scope offers high resolution and maximum light gathering capability with parallax adjustment and ¼” clicks for windage and elevation.

A precision rifle without a scope is like an airplane without wings. For the precision bolt gun to be its best, it needs a quality optic to search, identify and zero in on targets. It is not unusual to spend just as much, if not more, on the optic as the rifle. In the case of this gun, I used a Leupold Mark IV 4.5-14x50mm ER/T scope. Like all things Leupold, the scope is solidly built with everything one would want in a tactical-grade optic. The Mark IV 4.5-14 has a number of worthwhile features, including the Leupold Index Matched Lens System, which delivers superior resolution from edge to edge of the optic’s visual field, even at 14 power, along with peak image brightness and optimal contrast. In addition, a side-focus parallax adjustment is standard for fast, easy parallax focusing from 50 yards to infinity. M1 windage and elevation adjustment dials with audible, tactile ¼-MOA clicks make adjustment easier under any lighting conditions. The reticle is magnified along with the image, so the shooter can estimate range at any magnification. Available in a durable, subdued matte black finish, the Mark IV 4.5-14 is absolutely waterproof.

The stock features a fully adjustable KMW cheekpiece insert so that shooters can set their cheekweld as desired.

Shooting Impressions
It goes without saying that as I took this gun from the shipping container I was greatly impressed by what I saw. It has all the makings of a top-notch precision rifle with the “sexy” good looks that many rifle shooters desire. Giles Stock told me from the outset that the 6.5 Creedmore was a long distance gun and that a 100-yard accuracy test would not do it justice. My gun club has a maximum distance of 200 yards, so I had to find an alternate location and I knew just the place.

I headed to the hills of Southern Ohio to the Tactical Defense Institute, where I knew that founder John Benner could give me at least 400 meters of range space. I also enlisted the help of John Motil, a retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant who now acts as TDI’s Operations Manager and one of their precision rifle instructors. John removed the rifle from the case and sat it on the ground, bipod down, to examine it. He then dry-fired the 2.25-pound trigger to get a feel for what the G.A. rifle could do. The trigger action is one of the primary features of any G.A. Precision rifle and they pride themselves on offering one of the best trigger actions found on any rifle. He also noted the smooth action of the bolt. To me, the bolt was so smooth that it felt like it was moving on a cushion of air. We grabbed a few sand bags, ammo supplied by Hornady, a shooter’s mat and a spotter’s scope and headed to the TDI rifle range.

I let John take the lead on the test as, quite frankly, he knows more about precision rifle work than I do. He zeroed the rifle at 100 yards with both the 120- and 140-grain loads and we were not surprised to see that it shot sub-MOA with several rounds touching one another. At 200 yards it started to get a little more interesting, with the groups actually “coming apart” a bit. Remembering what Giles told me, we continued to move back and the groups started to tighten up at 300 and 400 yards, with the 400-yard group being just slightly over an inch in diameter. The gun functioned flawlessly with extracted cases being thrown well clear of the action.

We were able to push the range back to 400 meters and started shooting at a miniature steel pepper popper. This traditionally shaped mini-popper measures 14 inches tall, 2 inches wide at the base and shaft with a 4-inch center circle. John was able to hit the mini-popper on his first try and then I took to the rifle. While I missed my first round a bit to the right, I hit the next four rounds with all striking the steel just above the base, staying inside a 2-inch circle. Measuring the strike points from center to center, my four-round group measured 2 inches — and I don’t consider myself a precision rifleman! With a rifle this well built it’s not hard to shine a bit. If you are looking for the best in precision rifles, there is no need to look further than the folks at G.A. Precision.

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  • If you are recoil sensitive and want to have a gun built for 1000 yards this is the gun for you. It was a pleasure to shoot this gun and not have a sore shoulder or bruising. The trigger was a smooth and crisp as you will find on a precision weapon. The Sako style extractor is a proven upgrade and I was glad to see the bolt face modified for this type of system. I appreciate Dave Spaulding’s kind words and allowing me to assist in the testing of this weapon.

  • I have been shooting a GAP 6.5 Creedmoor rifle on a Templar action built by Moon for use in tactical rifle/sniper competitions for 2 years now and love it. George and his crew at GA Precision build excellent rifles that are not only accurate but can take some abuse and exposure to the elements and still get the job done. I have 3 other GAP rifles as well and none have let me down.