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advice for an ill-shooting remington xcr tactical l/r

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Unread 01-05-2014, 01:10 AM
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Re: advice for an ill-shooting remington xcr tactical l/r

for what it's worth, and maybe someone can get something useful, here is an update. after the bedding and lug squaring, things looked promising. problem was that nothing was repeatable. a load that resulting in an inch group from a clean bore could shoot 3 inches the next day. I called Remington, again, this time talking to a different employee. this guy said that my gun definitely should be shooting better, and to send it in. I received an update about 10 days after I shipped the rifle back to Remington, and they said the barrel needed to be replaced. a few weeks later I received my rifle back, well, my original trigger and stock anyway! Remington supplied me their before replacement barrel target, 3.02" at 100 yds, Remington premier accutip 180 gr ammo. they also sent me the re-barreled target, 1.22" at 100 yds w/Remington core-lokt 180 gr. I was hoping for a little better than that, but I have plenty of different ammo to try, thanks to the original barrel.. wish I could have talked to the last guy right off the bat.
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Unread 01-05-2014, 09:38 AM
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Re: advice for an ill-shooting remington xcr tactical l/r

Had the exact same problem with a 2010 300 win mag sendaro. Sent back to Remington and would extract but groups where horrible. Went through load development with 2 different powders and 3 bullet manf. and was lucky to keep a 3" group on the best day with no repeatability. I have several pre 1980 rem 700's in factory setup and shoot lights out with factory ammo! Some said sell it but I am not the kind of person to sell my problems to others and chose to send it to a reputable smith and have never been more happy. This is what I had done:

Lilja 3 groove in sendaro taper
PTG over size bolt w/m-16 extractor and tac bolt knob
jewel trigger
CSR muzzle break
700 action blue printed and epoxy pillar bedded in H-S Precision stock
No turn throated for the 210 berger .005ths of the lands
Satisfaction Priceless!
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Unread 01-06-2014, 01:52 PM
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Re: advice for an ill-shooting remington xcr tactical l/r

that is a good report.
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Unread 01-06-2014, 11:59 PM
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Re: advice for an ill-shooting remington xcr tactical l/r

I Agree with Angus- 5024 Everything he said is exactly what you need to do. If all of that fails then I would rebarrel it.
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Unread 01-07-2014, 03:26 PM
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Re: advice for an ill-shooting remington xcr tactical l/r

I have the exact same rifle that you have. I tried several different powders and the Berger 190 and 210 gr. VLD bullets. It started out shooting about like yours. I did see that it liked the 190 gr. VLDs better than the 210s. Then I tried Reloader 22 powder. The groups closed up like bug holes. You might want to try my load.

This is the load:
73 gr. RL22
Fed. GMM215M Primer
W-W Brass
3.602" COAL which gives
.010 Jam Bullet Seating

This load chronographs 2976 fps in my gun. Of course you'll want to back off this load and ease back up to be safe. You'll also want to measure your chamber to see where the bullet needs to be seated to just touch the lands, then make it .010" longer for the jam. Shoots great and works well for long range hunting.
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Unread 01-07-2014, 11:02 PM
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Re: advice for an ill-shooting remington xcr tactical l/r

Last year I bought a 700 xlr tactical,in 300 win mag. Could not get it to shoot very well so I sent it back to remington. They worked on it and sent it back to me with a target. Their target was 4 shots at 100 yards that measured 1.8 inches. I was disgusted and decided I had enough of Remingtons (this was my second new 700 in 2 months that would not shoot). I had both actions trued, put a Kreiger on one and a Brux on the other, put Jewell triggers on both and had them bedded. Now I have two excellent rifles in 7 STW.
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Unread 01-10-2014, 05:23 PM
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Re: advice for an ill-shooting remington xcr tactical l/r

There is light at the end of the tunnel. mounted the original nightforce 5.5-22x50 and talley rings, a few boxes of factory ammo and went to the range tues. since this was a new barrel, it was cleaned before every shot. each ammo was tested by 3 rounds, three times. results are so much better!!
hornady custom 165 btsp 1 1/16" 1.0" 1 1/8"
hornady sst superformance 180 1 3/4" 1 1/4" 1 3/4"
Barnes vor-tex 180 ttsx 13/16" 3/4" 15/16"

really liking the barnes factory ammo. I have a sendero 300 win that shoots this exact ammo 1/2" to 11/16"!!! no need to reload there!!!!!

Nimrodmar10, thanks for the load. i'll try it soon. I have everything but the bergers

once again, thanks to all that make this site so great.
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