Originally Posted by Frank in the Laurels
I think not, 1/2 a minute of angle at 500 yards would be slightly less than 2 1/2 inch 5 shot groups..I never saw any TRG that would do it.. I saw plenty of other $3000 rifles that had 5 shot groups at 500 around an inch or less for 5 shots..the question here is for the money are they worth $3000 plus dollars.. in my opinion they are not...you'd be better served at far less money to rebarrel an old action and put all the bells and whistles on it and save your money. I have no dog in this hunt only my opinion based on what I have observed.
I do not think that your experience is typical. TRGs are known for being very easy to shoot well. My buddy shoots a Savage 7mm RM. It is a nice rifle and he shoots it very well. The first two FIVE shot 100 yard groups he fired with my 260 TRG measured .4 and .25 inches. He said that was way too easy and they were some of the best groups he had ever shot. This on an unfamiliar rifle and with a lower power scope with a thicker reticle than he normally shoots. My brother shot a 4 inch group at 1000 yards (in very good conditions) with it and it was his first time shooting over 200 yards. I have shot a 1.9 inch 3 shot group at 670 yards. 2 weekends ago I shot a prone rapid fire 3 inch 3 shot group (2 same spot and 1 flier) at 705 yards in 5-10 mph winds over a valley in mountainous terrain.
What makes TRGs so nice to shoot is the whole package. The stock is very comfortable, the trigger is the best I have pulled (I also have a Jewell on a Rem 700), the short 60 degree bolt throw is effortless to cycle, and it is a military grade rifle with excellent reliability. The rifle is also very easy to handle in improvised positions. Lighter than many builds, it feels really nice in the hand. The bipod is expensive but worth it in my opinion. When you total all the upgrades necessary for a 700 or Savage, you end up being not that far off in price. Also, you can order it today and be shooting it next week, not 6-12 months from now. I have never purchased any other rifle that I felt needed nothing upgraded, the TRG needs no mods.
Here is a video of my first group after zeroing the rifle and some shooting at 550 and just under 1000 yards.
Not discounting your experience Frank, but it seems more atypical than typical. This from my personal experience and of those I have talked with and shot against at long range shooting comps.