not really on the "long range" topic but respect you guys that build those "super" guns.my deal is i bought my daughter one of those ruger markII in a 25-06 for her first gun(went too cheap, never again!) a couple years ago and the darn thing just won't group anything @100grn. bullet or heavier.she's an ok shot off the bench but the gun is a little nose heavy for her to hold freehand for very long.i have a little extra money to work on these problems.she hunts whitetail to elk and i'd feel better if she was shooting a larger bullet as her shot placement is still needing improving.the gun now shoots any 120 grainers no better than 2" off bags @100yds and she shoots it no better then @3".it will shoot 75grainers @1".(all these are 5 shot groups).now the questions.
is this gun worth working on or buy new?
if it is worth working what i can afford is:
bell & calson carblite stock
Montana Rifleman barrel
maybe a little bolt and action work
cal. idea is a 338-06 which i know little about but think it would work good with a short barrel #4 at 22" to keep the front heavy problem lighter.she has shot my 338wm with a break a couple times and her uncles 300 wsm
,so i think the recoil would be managable for her.if i buy new i would probly go with either the 270wsm or the 7wsm in a win. light.i want something that would shoot @1" at 100, be moderate to light recoil,shoot a bigger than 25 cal. bullet(as i have a bitter taste of cal. now) and be anything other than a 30-06 as everyone has this around here.right now she would not be shooting over 300yds but as she improves maybe out to 500 or better.how do you feel about the 338-06 or have any other cal. ideas with a short barrel not kicking to hard.
no muzzle breaks for her ears though.i only want to go @ $700 on this deal.
thanks for any imput,