SPR A5

Discuss the FN bolt action rifle lineup; the Patrol Bolt Rifle (PBR), Special Police Rifle (SPR), Tactical Sport Rifle (TSR), and Ballista.
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SPR A5

Post by Wollychop » 24 Aug 2008, 09:24

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20" FN SPR A5 .308 detachable box magazine. Harris bipod, currently mounting a Nikon Monarch 5-20X 44mm BDC.

It's a great shooter and very accurate. Even 150 grain magtech produces sub MOA groups at 100 yards:

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What you see is actually two groups of four shots of magtech with a correction. The 1/8 moa correction on the scope means that I sort of creep towards zero, but you can tell what a sweet shooter it is. I currently have data on the rifle for 168 grain hornady bthp which it loves, off the bench quarter MOA. The weakest part of the whole system is ME.

Currently waiting on a flush cup adapter rail for a accu shot rail monopod.

I've been saving pennies for a nice tactical scope but the Nikon works very well and has excellent light transmission. I don't regret the purchase at all (about $550) and when I can finally afford a nice zeiss or leupold the Nikon will go on my deer slaying rem. gamemaster.

I'm a big fan of the rifle and only have two complaints: the lack of a threaded barrel (it's also on my list, along with a vais muzzle brake) and the bolt handle. I wish it (the handle) were a bit beefer, along the lines of a Sako.

But overall, excellent gun!

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Re: SPR A5

Post by f3rr37 » 24 Aug 2008, 12:10

I'm jealous.

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Re: SPR A5

Post by EARS » 27 Aug 2008, 03:54

What a nice gun. Real nice. Wish it was my locker.

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Re: SPR A5

Post by flyingirish04 » 27 Aug 2008, 12:06

I love the look of the SPRs. That thing is a beaut!
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Re: SPR A5

Post by Wollychop » 27 Aug 2008, 12:13

Thanks guys :)

I really do like it. It is certainly the most rewarding to shoot of the FNs I have.

It's a good thing they don't have 10 round mags available yet... I'd be so broke.

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Re: SPR A5

Post by Wollychop » 27 Aug 2008, 13:29

More gun porn

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And the twins!

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Re: SPR A5

Post by p99guy » 28 Aug 2008, 21:38

Congrats on the SPR A5, Wolly . I know I love mine to the point that if I could only keep one rifle out of all that I own, it would my SPR A5M.


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Re: SPR A5

Post by Wollychop » 28 Aug 2008, 21:58

What a nice pair! I like that fluted barrel.

Very sexy. Done any hunting with it?

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Re: SPR A5

Post by p99guy » 28 Aug 2008, 23:15

No, I havent done any hunting with it...just paper target punching, and as of late setting up one gallon milk jugs at 400 yds and exploding them with Hornady A-Max 168's. Its really good practice in both target size reletive to real world, and in reading/adjusting for the wind(ok I cheat some- I have Kestrel 4000NV wind meter)


Oh the horror! :guns:

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Re: SPR A5

Post by jmz5 » 29 Aug 2008, 07:20

I am envious. :drool:
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Re: SPR A5

Post by f3rr37 » 29 Aug 2008, 08:51

Please stop posting pictures of the SPR A5 or my wife is going to kill me for asking when I can get one.

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Re: SPR A5

Post by Wollychop » 29 Aug 2008, 09:57

Very nice!!

My favorite target so far has been watermelons. It's very satisfying :)

Wind correction is one reason I want to ultimately get a mildot reticle. The one I have is GREAT for distance once you calibrate, but any wind factor can be hard do SWAG correction.

FUZZY: It's easy. You just get a credit card that she doesn't know about.

Ok, so I wouldn't recommend that, but I guess it depends on how desperate you are.

I just told my wife about the credit card joke and she glared at me. Man I love long weekends.

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Re: SPR A5

Post by f3rr37 » 29 Aug 2008, 09:59

Wollychop wrote:Very nice!!

My favorite target so far has been watermelons. It's very satisfying :)

Wind correction is one reason I want to ultimately get a mildot reticle. The one I have is GREAT for distance once you calibrate, but any wind factor can be hard do SWAG correction.

FUZZY: It's easy. You just get a credit card that she doesn't know about.

Ok, so I wouldn't recommend that, but I guess it depends on how desperate you are.

I just told my wife about the credit card joke and she glared at me. Man I love long weekends.
haha yeah right. I think she would notice me making payments on a 3K credit card purchase.

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Re: SPR A5

Post by Zhurdan » 29 Aug 2008, 11:29

OK, let's ween him off of the A5..

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There, the A2 should bring you back a little from the cliff. hehehe :D

Great rifles, I've been working up to 600 yard shots and I tell you what, that 168g bullet will hold the line! I had about 2mph cross wind and it didn't even buck the bullet at all. Once I got a 6mph cross wind, that's another story, it took a little work to get 'em on steel. Still, amazing rifles.

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Re: SPR A5

Post by p99guy » 29 Aug 2008, 12:14

I too do melons............


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Re: SPR A5

Post by Grouse » 01 Mar 2009, 11:16

if i may ask what to the a5 and a2 go for now adays, i have not seen any in my local shops

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Re: SPR A5

Post by wolcottaj » 01 Mar 2009, 14:35

Wollychop you need a bigger scope on that thing!
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Re: SPR A5

Post by Wollychop » 01 Mar 2009, 14:40

:laugh: Most of that scope is actually the sunshade!

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Re: SPR A5

Post by bpeters113 » 13 Apr 2009, 21:06

Grouse wrote:if i may ask what to the a5 and a2 go for now adays, i have not seen any in my local shops
i was able to get my A5 for $1500 a few months ago, 24" fluted, no scope or bipod. have since bought a scope/rings, bipod, and pelican case for it. shooting quarters or better at 200 yards. while i don't know what they go for, i can tell you that $5,000 wouldn't get me to let mine go.

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Re: SPR A5

Post by f3rr37 » 13 Apr 2009, 22:06

bpeters113 wrote:
Grouse wrote:if i may ask what to the a5 and a2 go for now adays, i have not seen any in my local shops
i was able to get my A5 for $1500 a few months ago, 24" fluted, no scope or bipod. have since bought a scope/rings, bipod, and pelican case for it. shooting quarters or better at 200 yards. while i don't know what they go for, i can tell you that $5,000 wouldn't get me to let mine go.
You serious? Where'd you pick it up from?

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