Originally Posted by brianmark
Thank you guys for the warm welcome and loads to give a try!
If you really want to get serious about long range shooting where your accuracy remains consistent, here are a few extra pointers. Some of these procedures are very simple to follow, some require some basic gunsmithing knowledge, but ALL will be very beneficial to the performance of your new rifle if they have not already been done to it.
There are many other things a person can do to a rifle, but this should get you started...
1)Make sure your barrel is completely free floating in the stock the entire way to the receiver. I like to fold a dollar bill in half twice and have it clear the whole way.
2)Bed the action and scope bases. I prefer to use Devcon Steel Puddy on the action and Devcon Epoxy or JB Weld on the scope base(s). For release agent, it's hard to beat Kiwi "neutral" color shoe polish.
3) Lap the scope rings. I use a Wheeler scope ring lapping kit. Label each ring as to whether it is front or rear, and which direction each ring was facing when you lapped it. Do not get them mixed up or put on facing backwards.
4) Make sure scope is perfectly leveled to bore and receiver bolt raceways. I use a Wheeler "Professional" scope leveling kit. Not the cheap Wheeler, the "Professional" kit.
5) Get your trigger set down to a nice and crisp 1.5 lbs with no creep or overtravel then test for slam firing by slamming the bolt down as hard as you can to see if the trigger goes off. This should go without saying but, MAKE SURE THE WEAPON IS UNLOADED WHEN SLAM FIRE TESTING ;)
6) Buy good quality dies. If you can't afford Whidden, I would recommend Redding or Forster. I kind of prefer Forster a little more because all of their seater dies have full case support before bullet seating begins. You have to pay a lot of extra money to get that from Redding.
7) Make sure your powder weighing scale is perfectly leveled and you are in a room free from wind or any kind of air movement and try to load the beast dang ammo you possibly can. Treat every piece as if it was the last shot you'll ever take...
8) HAVE A GREAT TIME AND ENJOY!!!