I have just had a Sako rebarreled to 6mm-223. I've tried 3 different projectiles and 4 different powders so far and they all give 1.5 to 2 inch groups. The smith wasn't concerned and said that chrome moly barrels can take up to 200 rounds to wear in.
That doesn't sound right to me, what do you think?
In my experience, if they dont shoot reasonably well with everthing then it wont shoot exceptionally well with anything.
The barrel is a Shilen 1-10 twist, 20 inch long medium varmint.
Hey,mate!I am from Perth WA and I have being looking for a aftermarket barrel for my Savage Axis - do you have some in hand for .223?
Your smith is blowing smoke at you because he has no good reason why it doesnt shoot better!!
Find a good middle of the road load...not the slowest and not the max either and lad it and STAY with it while you work on seating depth. You'll find the right distance off the lands to e and then work on the powder.
It'll get there OK.
If the smith is blowing smoke because it won't shoot, why bother with more load developement?
That barrel has had a few hundred rounds down it since this thread started and I think I've tried just about every combination available at some point. Unfortunately it's just not that good a barrel. It's ok for hunting, but is limited to that.
Tubbs Final Finish is not available here in Australia.
One day when I can justify it, I may try another barrel.
Thanks for your responses.