Looking for “That Edge” for my own custom build on a Crusader Broadsword. One caliber came up that had me thinking “Hmmm”. See, I’m looking for a configuration for a Hunting Broadsword… that can be legitimately used for hunting North American Big Game that will give good performance across the board with good bullet selections for the widest array of game animals… and it not be .308 Winchester.
The .270 Redding. An improvement over the standard .270-08 Wildcat. In an AR this would be solid. See, you can get 3000 FPS out of a Short Action, in this case, out of an AR… which is only 60 FPS slower than the same bullet out of a .270 Winchester rifle.
LOADING DATA .270 REDDING
SPEER 130 GR GRAND SLAM BULLET
Powder Start Velocity Maximum Velocity
N-150 45.0 grs. 2,923 fps 47.0 grs. 3,053 fps
Mild recoil, good trajectory, good terminal ballistics… This gives us a much better trajectory thanks to it being faster than the 7mm-08 that would normally be the go-to choice for me.
Okay, now the guy says that he feels that the recoil is harsher than other .308 weapons. Then he also says that gun was designed for recoil management in mind. “Recoiled more than any of them…” That’s a fail. The gun was also very poor in accuracy. The parts are banging against each other… that can’t be consistent. The cocking handle causes jams… “it’s a training issue”? Really? That’s a crap design and don’t make an excuse for it. That gun is just a POS. Seriously, if that was my gun, I’d be pissed and I’d want my money back.
Guys, for twice the price of the Crusader Broadsword, it’s less than half the gun. The Broadsword feels like you are shooting a 5.56mm gun. Because it really is designed with recoil management in mind. And it’s a tack driver, because we wanted it to be accurate. The Broadsword shoots groups that make you look like a Ninja Warlock Sniper. At 100 yards, we were shooting 1 hole groups. If you want a good .308 Battle Rifle… there can be only one: The Crusader Broadsword.
When friends come out from Hill AFB and say they want to do some shooting – we go shooting. So Mike and Tony came out yesterday, and Tony picked up a nice Savage 10 FCP topped it with a 6.5-20×44 Vortex Viper. Mike brought out the finished Crusader Broadsword. Both guns needed to be zeroed, so today, we went to the range, including WTA’s Khorne.
Nikon has a great scope for a .223 rifle, such as your AR-15. They call it the “M-223”. It’s slick and easy to use. It’s actually one of my favorite optics for any longer barreled AR build (Think Crusader Templar) or Varminter configuration.
What does Nikon have for AR-10/SR-25/Broadsword? Nothing so much… Right now for a Broadsword I’m thinking a PFI RR800.
What Nikon needs to do is a .308 specific scope, much like the M-223… but with an illuminated reticle.
The rifle feels and handles even better than it looks. It’s accuracy was impressive even without zeroing the ACOG.
Overall I am extremely pleased with our Broadsword rifle. It’s not finished, but the potential is there and it’s impressive.