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Unread 01-11-2011, 10:06 AM
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horizonal stringing

I was shooting a new m700 in 243 with handloaded100 sierra bullets at 100 yrd, i couldn't of got a straiter line with a chalk line. five shots in a row in a perfect line about half an inch in lenght. cooled down the barrel and shot another five same result.just wondering what is the culprit.

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    Unread 01-11-2011, 10:15 AM
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    Re: horizonal stringing

    Is your barrel free floated? As your barrel warms up it may be receiving enough pressure to string your shots in a row.
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    Unread 01-11-2011, 10:28 AM
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    Re: horizonal stringing

    This has helped me out a great deal

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    Unread 01-11-2011, 10:55 AM
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    Re: horizonal stringing

    in long range shooting horizontal is "mostly" the wind ; vertical is "mostly" the load, rifle and shooter. horizontal in 100 yard groups still could be wind. 1/2 inch is a pretty good group with factory barrel no matter which way it strings.
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    Unread 01-11-2011, 06:39 PM
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    Re: horizonal stringing

    Thanks for the info Guys.
    I have removed the factory stock and replaced it with a b&c stock. The barrel is floated but the action isn't bedded I will likely bed it after hunting season is over.

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    Unread 01-11-2011, 07:56 PM
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    Re: horizonal stringing

    I just shot today and noticed the same thing.

    These are my thoughts in no particular order:

    check actions screws for proper tightness
    check scope for axial slide, loose screws etc
    wind
    free recoil with unstable rest (bipod?)
    parallax adjusted properly
    barrel flex with increasing temp

    I attributed my horizontal to a 10-15 mph switching wind and free recoil. After I switched to a forearm grip, it was immediately reduced.

    Any other suggestions, I'm listening!
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    Unread 01-12-2011, 06:02 AM
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    Re: horizonal stringing

    drop down in bullet weight, i have a 700 sps buckmaster 243 same twist as yours 9.25 and it does well with 95s .300-.550" but it stays under .300 with 80s. i have often found that the remingtons and the h&rs like lighter bullets, rugers and savages do a little better with the heavier ones. plus if it is new you will want to shoot it until it stops copper fouling, run some copper solvent through it, and a dose of J&B compound. thats the best i can tell you, good luck!
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