Re: new custom cant get to shoot
here is the real story that no one on the internet seems to tell, for whatever reason not all customs turn out the way you would want. I personally don't think alot of customs shoot that much better or even as well as many factory guns. to expect a sporter weight barrel to shoot 1/2 moa in all conditions is asking for too much IMO. could it turn out to shoot that well, yeah, but to guarantee it thats a tall order with thin barrel and a magnum case as being other factors.
I don't think a gunsmith could consistently put out rifles that shoot as well as most tikkas do on average. if they had to make a rifle of similar weight. the other thing is be careful of people bragging about how their gun shoots, yeah it may produce a good group, but what happens if they shot that great group at 80 degrees, how great is the group at 40 degrees??
I once had a remington 700 270 win that used to shoot decent groups of about 3/4 moa the for whatever reason I could not get it too shoot anymore, had the crown redid, glass bedded, scope changed nothing, but it would shoot winchester power points right at MOA, having never owned a custom I had the barrel changed to a #5 krieger guess what NOTHING changed in fact power points were still about all it would shoot, it did shoot a federal 140 grain accubond load to slightly over MOA. I was pretty disappointed to say the least. finally I ordered another #5 barrel and sent the gun to greg tannel he worked over the action and it came back shooting in the .3's with one of the first loads I tried.
bottom line is many times a factory gun will outshoot a custom. don't believe that everyones gun will shoot .5moa on any give day.