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A Bolt for long range?

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Unread 05-14-2013, 09:04 PM
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Re: A Bolt for long range?

Any shouldered barrel (basically anything but a Savage) will need installing by a gunsmith. It will either be chambered long, so that to fit it requires removing material at the breach and shoulder, or it will be chambered short and then the chamber will need to be reamed to the final depth by the gunsmith.

This is not typically something you would be doing at home since most of us don't have a suitable lathe, nor the $100 reamer nor the skill to do this job 100% without screwing up and having a $600 paperweight. That is the big advantage of the Savage system, they basically eliminated the precision fitting by using the nut. Shilens website will tell you that the barrels need to be fitted by gunsmiths.
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    Unread 05-16-2013, 08:26 PM
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    Re: A Bolt for long range?

    A bolts are fair rifles to begin with. They are built for hunting not accuracy. The twist rate used is sometimes for more of hunting bullet design and not very compatible with VLD target designs. IE the 7mm barrels have a 1 in 9.5 twist. the Berger and amax, Sierra etc 162 to 180 gr shoot better with 1 in 8.5 twist. The 1 in 9.5 might do fine at 100yds but stretch out to long range and they will shoot like a shotgun. If you have a a bolt use it for hunting. if you want a accurate hunting or shooting rifle without a custom price a Weatherby Accumark or Savage with a little tuning and the right combination in the reloading department ALWAYS gives half inch groups. Weatherbys are criticized by big name gunsmiths that do not know them but they do shoot the best if you understand them and know how to load for them. They are the best out of box factory produced rifle.
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    Unread 09-07-2013, 12:13 PM
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    Re: A Bolt for long range?

    I own a stainless stalker with Boss brake. Have it shooting 0.33 " 5 shot groups and have shot deer out past 600. Just received a McMillan stock for it and had the barrel and action cerakoted. Would not do the Cerakote again. But the stock is amazing. Haven't **** it yet but I will surely get it to be a quarter inch gun.
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    Unread 09-09-2013, 06:42 PM
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    Re: A Bolt for long range?

    I like savage i got a palma 308 shoots 155 grain awesome groups right out of the box with scope bipod have about 3,300 in the set up.plan on taking it on next elk hunt.
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