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New SPS 25-06.. not shooting very well..?s inside

 
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Old 10-02-2010, 10:47 PM
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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?
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Old 10-03-2010, 07:27 PM
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Re: New SPS 25-06.. not shooting very well..?s inside

To shoot for groups to really see what a rifle will do you need to shoot off a bench rest with the rifle rested at the forearm and at the butt. Those "fliers" are most often shooter era.
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Re: New SPS 25-06.. not shooting very well..?s inside

I have the exact same gun. I have tried a ton of different loads with mine with some groups being 5/8" - 7/8" 3 shots. I put on a Sims barrel resonator and it has helped some but its just not consistant! I too think its the stock ,i am thinking about a Houge piller beded stock, they are only $110 at Midways.
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Old 10-03-2010, 10:18 PM
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Re: New SPS 25-06.. not shooting very well..?s inside

I've thrown 2 700s into H-S precision stocks, they improved the accuracy of both rifles. One is a Bdl 7 mag and the other is a sps 22-250. They have aluminum bedding blocks and are pretty nice for about $300. Bell and Carlson makes a similar stock for a little less but, i don't have any experience with them. My other 700 is a 25-06 sendero, it came with a h-s stock. If you buy something without an aluminum bedding block, I'd plan on bedding it. Those sps stocks are junk, I'd replace it. You got a decent scope, that sps will probably shoot with a decent stock properly bedded.
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Old 10-03-2010, 10:39 PM
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Re: New SPS 25-06.. not shooting very well..?s inside

Rubbermaids either shoot or they don't. I bedded two of them before tossing them
out. Didn't bother to even try on the last one I acquired.
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Re: New SPS 25-06.. not shooting very well..?s inside

+1 on the stock have it recrowned also maybe?? its comon for them to be uneven from the factory
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Old 10-03-2010, 11:36 PM
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Re: New SPS 25-06.. not shooting very well..?s inside

I have a sps in .257Weatherby.

Get a new stock have it beded a trigger job and some hand loads and she will shoot.

Well mine dose.
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