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Winchester F'wt accuracy problem

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Old 10-13-2008, 10:25 PM
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Winchester F'wt accuracy problem

I need help. I purchased a Win. F'wt 7mm-08 on Gunbroker.com. It's a beautiful rifle, controlled feed, original and in excellent shape. I had trigger job done down to about 2 lbs and free floated the barrel after disappointing accuracy. After all of this, the best I can do at 100 yds is about 3.5" to 4" groups with a Leupold Vari X III 2.5X8 in Leupold bases and rings. All is tight, bore has been cleaned and copper fouling removed. The muzzle is clean, no nicks. However, the bolt jumps a little when dry fired. A friend says that shouldn't affect accuracy but other than that, I can find nothing that would cause this lack of accuracy. By the way, I can never get adjust the scope to dead on. All shots are flyers at 100 yds. Somewhat like a half moon over the bullseye of the target. I'm very disappointed because I have been looking for a rifle just like this for some time. I found a 308 without controlled feed before I found this on and sold it to my son without shooting it. Recently, I sighted it in for him and obtained 1.5 inch groups at 100 yds. Is the bolt looseness on my 7mm-08 my problem and can anything be done about it or am I just screwed?

I have used Remington soft point Corelokt 140 grain, Winchester soft point 140 grain, and Hornady ballistic tip 140 grain. All ammo shoots badly.

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Old 10-14-2008, 06:14 AM
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Re: Winchester F'wt accuracy problem

I have had great results by pillar bedding the Featherweights. Especially the walnut stocks.
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Old 10-14-2008, 12:52 PM
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Re: Winchester F'wt accuracy problem

Many thanks. I'll be seeing my gunsmith soon and I'll see what he says.
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