But mostly fun.
I finally got some 147gr. bullets loaded up and went out yesterday afternoon for the first real range test.
I lucked out and got to the range and it was completely devoid of other shooters. I rejoiced.
Let the ear plug/ear muff free shooting begin!
First I chrono'd ten rounds and got a spread of around 900 feet per second, +/ about 20fps either way. It cycles the bolt and doesn't go supersonic, so I'm liking it.
I pulled the suppressor back off and got out some older 124gr. and 115gr. mixed rounds that I had a bag of (and put my ear pro back on), and the gun ripped through two magazines of those without a hiccup, although the rate of fire did go up and down noticeably as the gun found +P and +P+ rounds in the mix. But it ate every round.
Then I put the suppressor back on and shot two more magazines of the 147gr. stuff. Three more FTF rounds, all of which fired when I reloaded them into another magazine and tried them again. I'm thinking there might be a mag issue here with a couple of these old 25rd mags that I rarely use, or perhaps the overall length of the cartridges was a bit too long. So I'll be out again next chance I get with some known-quality magazines and new rounds with an OAL right at 1.159. That should get them chambered even if the chamber is getting dirty.