well, you'd lose quite a bit of velocity going down to an 18" tube, but if that's what you need, that's what you need. If you decide to have that done. Have the smith setback the barrel for the load you intend to use and have it recrowned (11degree recessed is good). That ought to tighten your groups a bit. Of course learning how to reload (properly) will get you a long way in shrinking those groups down. However, seeing as you probably haven't even broken in the barrel yet, you may want to wait. Get yourself a good rifle vice (I like the tipton) a good boreguide (sinclair) and a good one piece cleaning rod (dewey or tipton) and some Wipeout and accelerator. Clean your barrel with the aforementioned tools and then again after five rounds and do that a couple times untill the blue gets faint on the patch. Then run a good 15-20 through her off the bench and see how she's grouping.
Last edited by devildoc; 03-05-2008 at 06:09 PM.