Another Marksman? I already did that without sucess. I also shoot BR Competetion and am an Ex- Army Ranger that has never qualified less than " Expert ". You have shown your intelligence by your thread!
Honestly, it sounds like you have all the makings of a sweet shooting rifle. If you have checked all the basics (bedding, scope, screws, crown, ect.) then it almost has to be in the load. Man, that is super frustrating (been there and done that). Some rifles just don't shoot as good as others. As a last resort, have another gunsmith look at it. Sorry that I am of no help. The .260 IS an accurate cartridge.
BTW-did you see the Ranger contest on Discovery last night? Makes me swell with pride [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] (and turn green with envy) I don't think dad considers himself an ex-ranger. He always will be. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
[ 04-27-2004: Message edited by: Duff ]
....when they pry my cold dead fingers from around it
Pressure points are just another variable that most rifles are better off without. A 260 with a 3 contour should not need a pressure point.
There are many good suggestions here for potential sources of the inaccuracy problem. If all of them fail to provide the answer than I fall back on my original suggestion - Contact the smith. You put good money into the rifle and have every reason to expect better accuracy than you are getting.
I have a couple of 260's and I have found the 260 to be a very accurate cartridge. My first 260 was built as an F class rifle, I was so impressed with it that I had a hunting rifle built in 260 as well. Both shoot well under .5 MOA. I have found, like a previous post stated, 42 gr. H 4350 to be a very good load with the 140 gr. bullets. And 44 gr. of H 4831SC is a very good load as well with the 140 gr. class bullets. Both loads give around 2740 fps from a 24" barrel with no pressure signs at all. I have had excellent results with IMR 4064 with 90 to 120 gr. bullets. If that 260 won't shoot, something is wrong. Truly I have found the 260 as easy to work with as the 308.
Try a 142gr SMK ahead of 38.0 gr of Varget. Maybe not the fastest load out there, but it does get the job done pretty well. Same charge behind a 120gr SMK ain't too shabby either.
I had a Rem Model 7 Stainless/Synthetic in .260 that was reasonably accurate (3/4-1" for 3 shots) for what I wanted out of it. Current version is a 700SA in 6.5-08 w/ a 30" barrel. Don't have a measured groups size, most of my shooting has been from a sling. Appears to group pretty well (Lapua 123gr Scenar, 48.0gr RE-19) if I could just hold the darn thing still [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
AIRBORNE, Firing expert in the military is not that hard. I also am a "military expert" however the problem could still be you. If that's not the case, as you say. Then dump alot more money in that rig so it can shoot as good as you can. Now that's intelligence for ya! [img]images/icons/mad.gif[/img] sell that piece
[ 04-28-2004: Message edited by: 308WIN ]
I have two guns, one for the each of ya