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Old 04-07-2011, 02:56 PM
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Re: Custom barrel - accuracy expectations

Am I positive its the rifle...no. However, I am reloading with premium bullets and shooting on calm days with "professional" rests. I am NOT an expert shooter, but have shot other guns (including others I own) to well 1MOA. So, anything is possible, but most other bases are largely covered.

My one hesitancy is reloading. I have tried five bullets with typical magnum powders (4831, RL17, RL19...) with tight spacing (0.005 off the lands) which works best in all other guns I shoot.

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Kenn
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Old 04-07-2011, 04:47 PM
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Re: Custom barrel - accuracy expectations

Kenn,

Like I said, I didn't mean to be insulting. But, I had to ask.

Some guys are experts and some don't know how to set paralax.

-- richard
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Old 04-07-2011, 04:52 PM
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Re: Custom barrel - accuracy expectations

When I get a custom barrel and set a rifle up I expect .5moa accuracy or better.
I've rarely if ever been dissappointed.
Have you tried different seating depths and powder charges in trying to find a load that will work?

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Old 04-07-2011, 04:52 PM
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Re: Custom barrel - accuracy expectations

It sounds to me like it could be the barrel or a combination of things. First thing to do that will be very easy ans inexpensive is to shim your barrel in the forearm of the stock so there is a little positive pressure on it and see what happens. You might be surprised.

Next, if you still have the cheap factory XCR stock I would replace that first with a B&C Medalist or better quality stock. Then devcon bed it instead of glass bedding. Then if you want to rebarrel it, get it the action trued and blue printed.

Most custom barrel makers advertise 1/2 MOA accuracy or better if properly smithed, and most quality smith's guarantee 1/2 MOA accuracy on their work, if you use quality materials.
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Old 04-07-2011, 05:29 PM
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Re: Custom barrel - accuracy expectations

If the rifle had been a great shooter and the barrel was worn out, maybe skip the action true/blue.

But in this case, I wouldn't skip it and I'd sure want to try the things MR suggested before rebarreling.

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Old 04-07-2011, 09:51 PM
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Re: Custom barrel - accuracy expectations

I would suggest trying a target bullet from Sierra or Hornady and see how that shoots, that was suggested to me by some target shooters at the range about my .308 Win. If you can get good groups with that then your barrel has the potential of being a good shooter, I would try that first.
Tarey
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:01 PM
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Re: Custom barrel - accuracy expectations

Sometimes it is what it is. And you also get what you pay for. There are some factory guns that will shoot and i do own a few of them but most of us wouldnt of spent the big bucks for custom barrel job, etc if it wasent for a reason.
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