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Molot VEPR-12 Follow Up: Mags and Slug Accuracy

Way back in Issue 12 (we know, you’ve slept since then), Russell Phagan of Sinistral Rifleman reviewed the VEPR-12 shotgun. Given the recent enactment of Executive Order 13662, which prohibits the import of rifles and shotguns manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern (including Saigas) we thought further discussion about what works and what doesn’t work might be appreciated.

 While practicing for the Ironman 3 Gun match on an MGM Targets double spinner with slugs at 60 yards, it became apparent that my zero would not be sufficient to hit the smaller 8″ plate on top with slugs at 50 yards.  I rezeroed at 50 yards with a 4″ group, then cleaned the gun.  When I went to practice again a week later, I could no longer hit the 8″ plate on the double spinner.  The zero shifted enough from opening and closing the top cover that when combined with human error I was off target.  I cleaned the VEPR-12 and rezeroed again the day before the match.  I got a 5″ Group at 50 yards.  Needless to say I was concerned about being able to rotate the Double Spinners.  They are worth 60 seconds a piece in penalties if not rotated and  there would be up to five of them at the match.  And I was nearing the edge of the mechanical accuracy required to rotate them.   I decided to not clean the VEPR-12 during the match to avoid effecting the zero.

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