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Model 700 Mountain Rifle problem

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Unread 03-17-2013, 03:54 PM
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Model 700 Mountain Rifle problem

I'm having problems getting my Remington 700 BDL mountain rifle to group 180 grain bullets. The rifle does a nice job grouping the 150's. I've floated the barrel and pillared and bedded the action without the desired result. I've re-torqued my scope mounts and they seem to be tight. I've tried several different loads also without any luck. Seems to be very inconsistent, it might be the first one that is the flyer or the third one next time. I'm shooting off of a lead sled...so the platform is secure. Anyone have any ideas?

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    Unread 03-17-2013, 07:44 PM
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    Re: Model 700 Mountain Rifle problem

    What caliber are u shooting? I had some of that happening when i was jamming bullets .What twist is your barrel?
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    Unread 03-17-2013, 07:52 PM
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    Re: Model 700 Mountain Rifle problem

    Some rifles simply don't like certain bullet weights, period. My father has a ruger hawkeye 300 win that shoots 150 grain pills well, but by 180 is grouping pretty poorly.
    With the mountain rifle you have a rather thin and whippy tube. Any pill you can get under moa with should be seriously considered, even if it is a bit light for longer range.
    My longest kill at present is over 700 yards out with a 140 grain 7mm sierra flatbase; hardly a heavyweight but the shot came up with a good rifle in hand and the critter went down well.
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    Unread 03-17-2013, 08:04 PM
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    Re: Model 700 Mountain Rifle problem

    Thanks for the replies. My rifle is in 30-06. Seems to love the 150g but not the 180's. I'm planning an elk hunt for this Oct and would prefer to use the 180's. Any help would be great. Has anyone tried those limb saver things for their barrrel? Do I need to un-float the barrel?
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    Unread 03-17-2013, 08:13 PM
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    Re: Model 700 Mountain Rifle problem

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    Thanks for the replies. My rifle is in 30-06. Seems to love the 150g but not the 180's. I'm planning an elk hunt for this Oct and would prefer to use the 180's. Any help would be great. Has anyone tried those limb saver things for their barrrel? Do I need to un-float the barrel?
    What make are your 150's??? some would be just fine but I'd want to be shooting a monolithic if I were you.
    90% of accuracy is the bullet and bbl. getting along. You can band-aid things into working but it's a heck of a lot simpler when you can use ammo that fits the rifle and you don't have to dance a jig first to get it to shoot.
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    Re: Model 700 Mountain Rifle problem

    Im loading 165 sierra for my friends 06 mountain rifle it touches holes all day. We tried the 180s it would not do any better than 1.25" at 100. I also own one in 280 it gets a little tempermental with the heavy bullets. In my opinion everything you have done to your rifle is good. If u want to shoot the 180s keep experimenting with it. They r great rifles
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    Unread 03-17-2013, 08:31 PM
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    Re: Model 700 Mountain Rifle problem

    My buddy has worked up 6 different loads of 180's. We haven't gone thru all of them yet but so far we haven't been encouraged by what we have seen. The barrel is a 1:10... I guess we'll try pushing them faster then slower. I hate to go buy a new rifle just to get rid of my problem!
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