Originally Posted by callmaster64
I have a 50 cal traditions pursuit ambush and its giving me fits its brand new I dont know if its the scope that came with it or the loads im using. I was sighting it in with Hodgdon triple seven and 250 grain t/c shockwaves. And its all over the place. Any suggestions on loads that work well for you all.
I helped a guy yesterday with a new Traditions but, the Vortek. A very long story shorter about his day. His Nikon Pro Staff scope requires sending back to Nikon for repair or replacement, which Nikon will do for free.
First thing that you should do, is to spend about 30 to 40 minutes bore brushing and cleaning it out. Not kidding......
Although his rifle will group very well, when he adjusted the scope, the first shot would follow the adjustment, then every shot after would hit "who knows where" on the target. Then hold a group at that point, until you made an adjustment to correct and the process would repeated.
When he didn't adjust, his would hold a 1.5" group easily and one 3/4" group. But when the group is 7" off the bull and you can't correct, its time for a repair or new scope.
He shoots BH209, CCI209M primers, Barnes 250gr T-EZ bullets. After shooting BH209 yesterday, he said that when he got home, he was throwing out his T7 and wouldn't even give them to a friend.
For your specific rifle....... check the mounting of the scope and make sure that its tight and secure. Shoot it again but DO NOT adjust your scope. Shoot it at least three times, shooting at the same spot. Then, check the target to see if the bullets group. If the bullets all group, then make an adjustment and repeat the process. If they're flying all over, consider the scope (you didn't mention the kind or who mounted it), change your propellant charge or, possibly try another bullet.