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Unread 07-13-2011, 09:16 AM
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Re: poor grouping

Torque the front and back actions screws to the same. I like 45 inch lbs. My rifles wouldn't group either if I torqued them so differently. There is a good chance this is the issue.
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Unread 07-13-2011, 06:18 PM
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Re: poor grouping

Originally Posted by ralfus View Post
I have a rifle that shot .4"-.5" that went to 1.5"-2" after not being shot for a few months. Drove me nuts until I remembered replacing the action screws with allen heads just before putting it away. The new front screw was touching the bolt's locking lug just slightly. Worth checking out. Sometimes the little things get overlooked. Now that was on a Win 70 but maybe your front screw might be bottoming out on the receiver with an imperceptible amount of movement.
This happens more than folks realize. Especially when the receiver's bedded against plain wood. Not so bad with flat bottom recievers (Win. 70) but round ones sometimes split the stock between the magazine cutout and recoil lug (any round receiver).

Decades ago before epoxy bedding came about, smart competitive shooters would loosen their stock screws after a day's shooting. Then torque 'em up to the desired amount when back at the shooting place. I've known a few varmint hunters who did this but few other do it at all.
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Unread 07-13-2011, 09:20 PM
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Re: poor grouping

steelshooter, send it to my shop, if I can't get that to shoot any better than what it does now it won't cost you a dime, I would even pay for the shipping that it cost to send it to me.
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Unread 07-14-2011, 08:25 AM
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Re: poor grouping

There is so much more to accuraqcy than just a barrel! The Smith who does the work is very important however, there are so many other things that have a bearing on accuracy that it would take me an hour or two to type it all out.

The shooter and ammunition are as important as equipment you are shooting.
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