I agree w/ most of what you say. It's just that I figured that the barrel should have been broken in *long* ago... It started acting dippy around 700-800rds, and I've probably got over 1k thru it now. I figured that after 200 or so, it should be settled in for good. Ah, well. Guess I'll just have to deal w/ it, at any rate. Think I'm going to cook up some nice hot 155gr J4 / 47.0gr VARGET loads, and test out my new (replacement) Sightron SII6-24x42mm w/ dot reticle scope on Monday or so.