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Old 10-21-2012, 09:30 AM
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rifle inconsistency

OK guys, what would make my rifle act inconsist? One day I would shoot 1/2" groups, the next day those groups are 2". Then it would be back to 1/2" groups. Then again to 1 1/2". The conditions are staying pretty much the same from day to day, and I am only shooting at 100 yds. The rifle is a stock remington LSS with the barrel free floated and trigger job. I use the same shooting technique, and I even make sure the stock sits in the rest at the same place. Would bedding help this, or should I be looking at my reloading equipment?
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:48 AM
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Re: rifle inconsistency

Tighten your action screws. If they are already as tight as you can get them, back them off about 1/8 turn. If this doesn't help, then I would say bed it. Also check to ensure your scope rings and bases are tight. If they are only slightly loose it could cause some inconsistency without necessarily changing your zero.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:50 AM
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Re: rifle inconsistency

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Tighten your action screws. If they are already as tight as you can get them, back them off about 1/8 turn. If this doesn't help, then I would say bed it. Also check to ensure your scope rings and bases are tight. If they are only slightly loose it could cause some inconsistency without necessarily changing your zero.
The scope bases and rings are tight. I have the action screws at 25 in/lbs. Should I go tighter?
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:00 PM
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The scope bases and rings are tight. I have the action screws at 25 in/lbs. Should I go tighter?
If it's glass bedded, I like 40#, plllar bedded, or bedding block, 60#.
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:01 PM
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If it's glass bedded, I like 40#, plllar bedded, or bedding block, 60#.
What if its not bedded?
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:12 PM
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What if its not bedded?
It depends on the stock material. Wood is tricky, you don't want to crush the fibers, I like to stay around 40#. Synthetics would go 40-60# depending on the sturdiness, nd design. If I had had accuracy problems, bedding would be the first place I would go though if the rifle had no bedding or pillars.
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Old 10-21-2012, 01:25 PM
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Re: rifle inconsistency

I have never used a torque driver, I do it by feel. But from what I have read 40+ sounds right. 25 sounds to me a little light. With a laminated stock it will take a little more than regular walnut. Laminate is generally pretty sturdy. I have a 300 win mag LSS and it shoots one hole groups at 100 yards consistently, and it is not bedded. If you get your action screws a little tighter it sounds like that may be the ticket.
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