Re: poor grouping
What "reputable barrel maker" are you referring to that fitted one of their barrels that may be a sour one in your rifle?
I've heard folks say things about ER Shaw and McGowen barrels that if put in print, they would burn holes in the paper (or screen if you read it on a computer). Other barrel makers such as Kreiger, Hart, Brux, Border, Shilen, Schneider, Chanlynn, Lilja and Obermeyer do a decent job of fitting one of their own.
40 to 45 inch pounds of torque on the front and back Rem. 7XX action screws is usually about right. Folks have split factory stocks with 60+ inch pounds pulling that round Remmy receiver down into the wood; it works like a splitting wedge in a fire place log. Metal pillars prevent this.
I'd check two things; irregular rifling around the throat and see if the barrel touches the stock anywhere. Rifling should look even and perfect and at least 1/16th inch clearance all around the barrel to the stock.
Last edited by Bart B; 06-18-2011 at 02:39 PM..