Re: Trying to reload for the .223 WSSM????
Even though there was no interest in this post, I thought I would post the findings in case someone would become interested.
The Winchester rifle got worse the more rounds we put through it. We began thinking it might be a bad scope, so of course we put a known good scope on with the same results, and the scope in question performed well on the donor rifle, which, BTW is a Browning A-Bolt .223 WSSM.
After trying many loads, we concentrated on 55 gr. factory ammo which would shoot .5" groups or better all day long out of the Browning, as would most of the reloaded ammo tried.
My brother nor I have ever had a rifle that would not shoot at least consistent groups if not small. This rifle would sometimes put two rounds .250" apart then the next one would be 6" high or maybe low. Then other times it would shoot a 3 shot 1.5-2.0" group. Then the next shot might not be on the paper.
We were doubting the bullets, the powder, the cases, even made us set back and eyeball our whole process, from loading to shooting. Very frustrating indeed. If we had not had the Browning A-Bolt of the same caliber that shoots very well, we would still be searching for the cause.
We finally determined it must be a bad barrel on the winchester. We are going to contact Winchester, with hopes of some sort of resolution to this ordeal.
It is a shame as the Winchester Model 70 is such a nice looking rifle.
Has anyone had any experience with Winchester service?
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