As y´all know I have had problems with this thing. When I switched to 300 Matchkings the weird variations got worse and worse while the best groups got better. The start with this rifle was good but it got bad really fast and since then I´ve been trying to eliminate the possible causes one by one, that includes the shooter.
The downhill started at 200 rounds only, nothing was consistant except every now and then, especially in sub-zero temps things were pretty good. After shooting this five shot group the other day I took the rifle apart. What I found was crap. Pure crap in the real meaning of the word.
Here, 100 meters, bipod and sandbag on cartop, free recoil:
That´s an honest four or five inch group,folks.
You will find more about this job in another thread, anyway I did a careful bedding job including pillars and this is my WORST group of today´s test shooting, the first one after the epoxy dried:
The grid is not one inch, these are just printed targets that are not scaled. This is a 1.2" group having three shots within 0.47" and I didn´t let the rifle cool down at all plus the gun was in room temperature when I started. Low 30´s outside.
I shot five more five shot groups and they all stayed within 1.1 " and the POI drift was 0.4 maximum, logically to the left. That can be the shooter but anyway this is consistant now, as far as I understand.
I really prefer shooting consistant 1.2 " groups with the POI staying there, compared to occasional 0.35" groups somewhere else and then a 4" group every now and then... Within 1.2 MOA I´ll do good up to 500 meters every time when talking about that moose which is my reason to use this rifle in the first place. Whoa.
Do I win money now? Practising got quite motivating all of the suddden. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]