TFB Review: Lithgow Arms CrossOver LA102 Rifle

    Looking through the Horus reticle of my rifle scope, I found my target 1000 yards away. According to my Kestrel wind meter, the wind, which was moving right to left from my 2 o’clock position, was fluctuating between 20 and 25 miles per hour. Consulting my ballistic calculator, I held 9.1 mils high and 1.6 mils for wind. I slowly squeezed the trigger of the Lithgow Arms, LA102 CrossOver Centerfire Rifle, and was not surprised to see my steel target shudder when the 178 grain Hornady ELD-X .308 Winchester round impacted near the center.

    Key Specification of the Lithgow LA102 rifle

    • The Lithgow LA102 is available in .223 REM, .243 WIN, and .308 WIN
    • The LA102 has a three lever style trigger module that is adjustable for
      weight, sear engagement, & overtravel
    • The barrel, receiver, picatinny rail, &
      bolt handle have been treated with Cerakote
    • Military grade, cold hammer forged steel
      floating/choked barrel
    • Adjustable length of pull
    • Steel receiver w/plate recoil lug
    • Floating stock with 3 sling studs
    • Single stage, 3-way adjustable trigger
    • Three position safety
    • Removable single stack, polymer box magazine
    • 22.047 inch threaded barrel. .308/.243 barrel has 5/8×24 thread. .223 barrel is threaded for 1/2×28.
    • Black synthetic or wood laminate stock
    • MSRP: $1255 (synthetic), $1390 (walnut)

    Lithgow Arms CrossOver LA102. The composite stock on these rifles is solid. There is absolutely no need to swap out any parts on these rifles. They are perfect right out of the box. Note the box magazine. Tikka magazines will not work in these rifles.

     

    The bolt knob was comfortable and ergonomic. The trigger broke at 2.5 lbs.

     

    The stock of the Lithgow Arms CrossOver LA102 mates well with a rear bag while in the prone position.

     

    Note the two sling swivel studs on the stock of the Lithgow Arms CrossOver LA102

     

    The Lithgow Arms CrossOver LA102 comes threaded from the factory, if you want to attach a brake or suppressor.

    Field Testing and Accuracy

    Field Testing was done at the family ranch in Central High Lands of New Mexico. Temperatures hovered around 86 degrees Fahrenheit and density altitude was around 9400 feet. During the day I had to contend with half value, 20 to 30 mile per hour wind. Half – value wind comes from the 2, 5, 7, and 10 o’clock positions, and in my opinion is the hardest wind to read and shoot through.

    Due to the windy conditions, getting a target stand to stay still was next to impossible. Ultimately I stapled a target to an old shed that has been marked for demolition. During my 100 yard testing I positioned myself with the wind at my back, and didn’t have to worry about wind deflection or aerodynamic jump.  With a secure target, I settled in and started the accuracy portion of the test.

     

    Accuracy testing was done in the prone. I positioned myself with the wind at my back.

     

    For testing I used the following ammunition: Hornady 308 Winchester 168 gr ELD MATCH, Hornady 308 Winchester 155 grain A-MAX, Hornady 308 Winchester 168 grain A-MAX, and Hornady 308 Winchester 178 gr ELD-X. For accuracy testing I fired 3 shot groups at 100 yards. I used a Bushnell HDMR with a Horus H59 reticle. The magnification was set at 21 power. The results of the test are in the pictures below.

    Hornady PRECISION HUNTER 308 Winchester 178 gr ELD-X, Hornady 308 Winchester 168 gr ELD MATCH, Hornady 308 Winchester 155 grain A-MAX, and Hornady 308 Winchester 168 grain A-MAX.

     

    The Hornady PRECISION HUNTER 308 Winchester 178 gr ELD-X  ammunition grouped 3 shots at .5 MOA. Due to the high ballistic coefficient of this round, I decided to use this round for the long range portion of the test. Using a Magnetospeed Chronograph, I had a 5 Shot average velocity of 2,540 fps.

     

    The Hornady 308 Winchester 168 grain A-MAX had a 3 shot group that was a 1.5 MOA. Since the 1st group was so bad, I fired another 3 shot group and had the exact same results.

     

    The Hornady 308 Winchester 155 grain A-MAX printed a decent .75 MOA 3 shot group.

     

    The most impressive 3 shot group was with the Hornady 308 Winchester 168 grain ELD-M. This 3 shot group was .25 MOA.

    My targets for the long range portion of the shoot. A 10 and 18 inch gong from Grizzly targets.

    Long Range testing

    After wrapping up accuracy testing, I started the long range portion of the test. My targets for the long range portion were a 10 and 18 inch gong. The round chosen for testing was the Hornady PRECISION HUNTER 308 Winchester 178 gr ELD-X. This round was chosen due its high ballistic coefficient, and that it is a round designed for hunting. I shot at 100 yards, 200 yards, 400 yards, 600 yards and 1000 yards. I had first round hits from 100 to 1000 yards. I engaged the 10 inch gong from 100 to 600 yards and switched to the 18 inch target for the 1000 yard shot. During the long range portion of the test I had 1/2 value wind that fluctuated from 20 to 30 mph. Shooting in these conditions is absolutely miserable.

    From the video below you can see my hits out to 1000 yards. Sorry for the shaky camera, it was windy.

    Lithgow Arms CrossOver LA102  on the 400 yard line.

    What Scope to put on this rifle?

    The CrossOver LA102 is an interesting rifle. As its name implies, it has the classic lines of a hunting rifle, but a match grade trigger and medium contour match grade barrel. Due to its accuracy, this rifle would be perfect for taking game out to 600 yards, or punching steel out to 1200 yards. Below are some scope recommendations for various scenarios.

    Lithgow Arms CrossOver LA102 with Bushnell HDMR. This setup is to optimized for Antelope hunting. This would be the perfect setup for taking game out to 600 yards, or hitting steel out to 1200 yards. This would be too heavy for a back pack hunt, and it is “too much scope” when hunting in heavy timber.

     

    Lithgow Arms CrossOver LA102 with 2.5-10 Vortex PST. This setup would be perfect for hunting out to 350 to 400 yards. I would use this setup on a back country hunt or in heavy timber. You could stretch this out to 800 yards pretty easily.

     

    Lithgow Arms CrossOver LA102 with Nikko Stirling Diamond FFP. This is a 4-14 power scope with an illuminated mil-dot reticle. This setup would be perfect for heavy timber, back country, or punching steel out to 1000 yards.

     

    After 8 hours on the range and 40 rounds of Hornady PRECISION HUNTER Ammunition, I came to the following conclusions:

    • The Lithgow Arms CrossOver LA102 is match grade accurate, and I was able to achieve ½ MOA groups with readily available factory ammunition that is optimized for target and hunting applications. You can’t ask for better than that.
    • This Lithgow Arms CrossOver LA102 chambered in .308 Winchester would be perfect for hunting any game in North America.
    • I would get the .308 version and shoot 178 or 180 grain bullets through it. Going heavy allows for both improved long range accuracy and extended barrel life.
    • The smooth lines of the stock make this rifle very comfortable to carry slung.
    • If you are a hunter who occasionally likes to dabble in long range shooting with your buddies, I would look at this rifle.

    Closing

    Lithgow arms has been making firearms since 1912. It is 2017 and Lithgow’s offering are state of the art and still relevant for today’s shooters. The Lithgow Arms CrossOver LA102 was an absolute pleasure to test. The rifle is well made and, above all else, extremely accurate. I shot this rifle to 1000 yards in the worst conditions and had no problems getting on target. If I had to pick one rifle for the rest of my life that I could use for all of my shooting applications, I would strongly look at the Lithgow LA102. These rifles are damn near perfect right out the box. Just add a scope and start shooting.

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    Thomas Gomez

    Thomas Gomez currently resides in the mountains of central New Mexico. He has an M.B.A, an Ar-15/M16/M4 armorer certification from Specialized Armament Warehouse as well as a Glock armorer certification. Aside from writing for The Firearm Blog he works as a Clinical Analyst for a large Hospital. He spends his free time farming, ranching, hiking, fly-fishing and hunting in the beautiful forests and prairies of New Mexico. He can be reached at [email protected]


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