Accurizing the Factory Rifle
Subject: Rem 700 CDL .30-06 w/ Leupold 3-9 x 40 Rifleman
I've been hunting a while now, but just getting interested in LR hunting. My goal is to be confident enough to kill anything I want out to 500 yards (deer, coyote, targets,) so lets say a 5 inch circle at 500 yards, 1/2 MOA. (PS the set-up shoots a little over 1 MOA @ 100 yards currently, the rifle probably has fewer than 100 rounds through it, and I am currently doing a break-in on the barrel shoot, clean, shoot clean...better late than never, it copper fouls bad!)
Here's the kicker.... The wife probably won't let me spring for a LR specific set-up, so my current rifle will have to do. I'd like to know what I should do in order of INCREASING COST, and DECREASING EFFECTIVINESS for my accuracy. For example, lightening my trigger will probably be #1 as it has a really heavy pull. It will be cheap, and probably help my grouping signifigantly. I think #2 would be to float the barrel. Both of these will either be cheap or free if I feel confident enough to tackle them, and will probably help my accuracy.
I know that an adjustable turret scope or one with hold-over recticle will be necessary, but for right now let's stick with gunsmithing-type work.
I will soon start hand-loading, and I know I know that will help... until then, best bang for the buck ammo?? I'm thinking Black Hills Gold. I currently am shooting Remington 150 gr, Accutip Boattail BC of .4 I think....
All help is greatly appreciated!!!!
bonus points for a good gunsmith in the KC area...