New SPS 25-06.. not shooting very well..?s inside
ok guys I went wednesday and picked up a new 26-06, i put a bushnell 4-16x50 4200 elite on it. I picked up a box of fed premiums w/ 100 gr tsx's for sighting in. Brought the rifle home and shot it a few times. I couldnt get the rifle to shoot very well. I did get a group of 1.391" @ 100 out of 5 shots 3 landed in this area.
well i was thinking its just the factory ammo producing the flyers. so I went inside and loaded up some 100gr nosler e-tips, starting w. 48.0 grs of imr4350. went up in .5gr increments to 50.0 grs. all loaded to 3.182" length. I took her back out and layed out a blanket and dropped down to the prone position(first time to ever try the prone position, which I really did find to be much more steady on the target). Started shooting. The first 5 of 48 shot ok with some flyers and 2 landing about 1" from each other. moved up to the 48.5s and had 2 come on it to about 3/4" still having some random fliers. moved to the 49.0, had 2 land in between the 2 previous rounds that were close(had them marked). then moved to the 49.5gr and they opened up a little but not much. went to the 50 and most of them were fliers and didnt group at all.
So I'm HOPING my problem is in the factory stock. I called a local gunsmith and asked him about bedding the stock, I was just looking for some pointers(never done it). and he starts telling me its more of a waste on a plastic stock. he tells me he would do a pillar bed but thats all he would even recommend. He did say that he would look into buying a aftermarket stock, which was weird b/c he said to give cabelas or midway a call.
I did check the torque on the bolts, checked em to 55in lbs and 27in lbs.
after looking @ the stock I was thinking that I'de be much better off to go ahead and buy a decent stock than even bothering with this factory stock.
what you guys think I should do?
Bat Model M
33" Broughton Heavy Contour w/ v-brake