I’m trying to solve a changing POI and wondering if anybody has had this happen to them. I’ve tried this with two different guns and the results are the same. I put the gun in a barrel vise and wrap my hands around the scopes objective bell and the barrel or the barrel and stock and squeeze about as hard as a firm handshake and release. This applies downward pressure on the scope, if I look through the scope at the target the cross hairs moved about 1.25” at 100 yards. I can then use two fingers and wedge between the bell and barrel, this applies upward pressure on the objective bell then release and look through the scope again the cross hares will move back. I have verified this at the range. It shoots 2 nice .4” groups 1.25” apart all vertical. One gun is a defiance action with Seekins base and rings the other is a 700 with Nightforce rings and bass both have NXS scopes on them. I am very particular when mounting the base and scope and have checked and rechecked everything. I also put a dial indicator on the base to see if it moves relative to the action and it's rock solid. any thoughts on this
Sorry the photo came out rotated 90 deg. the two groups are actually top and bottom
Had the POI change a couple times on a couple different guns. For mine it was crosshairs were broke, or something was loose in the scope mounting.
I have no idea what could be going on with yours. Do you have your forward scope ring far enough forward to properly support the big objective bell with a large magnum, so it isn't vibrating too much? B/c that can sometimes cause what you are describing.
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Originally Posted by WildRose
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It's a heavy 14 # gun shooting a 260 Remington so it's not a magnum. I did play with the front ring placement moving it as far forward and backwards as I could and the change was always there. I only used the barrel vise to verify the movement when I did this. The ring was half way between the turret and the objective bell when I did the range test.
I think I have always had this problem with the Defiance but I installed a break and it made the problem really worse. Before the Break my groups would show signs of vertical stringing about .75" about 50% of the time and other times it would be nice .3-.4" groups. I always thought it was my technique.
The POI change happens all the time but its hard to know when and how much when you are shooting in the real world, the recoil changes it, if I pick the gun up by the scope or put pressure on it when getting into a shooting position. The range test I did only changed one thing. I didn't move the gun off its rest all I would do is put upward pressure on the scope and shoot one shot then put downward pressure then shoot one shot, I alternately did this to get the two groups in the photo.
The barrel is floated and the action is bedded. I've tried really hard to duplicate the problem without touching the scope and I cant, i've tried prizing and pulling everything without touching the scope and it doesn't have ay affect until i mess with the scope. I removed the break and ran the test and I get the same results.