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Old 11-22-2013, 11:54 PM
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My Walmart .30-06

Hello all, just now getting started from Sylva, NC and wanted to introduce my rifle to you more than myself!

About 5 years ago my parents bought me a rifle for Christmas. Ah I was ecstatic. Remington 700 ADL from Walmart, .30-06. For the first year I hunted with the scope that it came with (Mmmm so much quality there!!) After that I replaced it with a Leupold VXI 3-9X40. It didnt take long to find out that Hornady SST's were what my rifle liked. BUT my problem was with consistency. 4-5 shots and then I held a tighter pattern with a shotgun. I was kind of depressed. After much flipping through forums I found just the inspiration I needed through Trebark's Nephew's Rifle. I knew then that I wanted a rifle that was capable of shooting close to that consistently!

I went straight to Boyd's and ordered a Classic stock in Pepper Laminate. Upon arrival and much searching I found some Acraglas gel to glass bed the stock. (Already very much free floated but wanted to tighten the recoil lug up while at it). An elderly friend of mine who is very well experienced helped me with this project ( I was terrified after reading the one piece guns that people had after forgetting release agent, but everything went flawlessly).

Brought it home and set it up for a few days, and then decided to go to the gunsmith and grab a set of Leupold mounts and bases while I was at it! This is where I am now, hoping to get to sight in tomorrow and see how it does with the modifications!

Also lowered the trigger pull to the vicinity of 2 pounds, factory Remington X Mark but very crisp and no over travel. With my limited amount of experience behind the trigger it is plenty for me!

Tossing around the idea of sending the VX-I to the custom shop to have turrets changed, at the moment it has friction adjust ( I'm not a fan) is there any turrets I could go to that I can set and put a cap over, but still be able to take the caps off and target shoot with if given the opportunity?

Right now I am a student at WCU so I am not being able to really spend the time hunting that I want, but I know this rifle is going to be with me for a lifetime. Why not make it right the first time, right?
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:19 AM
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Re: My Walmart .30-06

Your rifle is a great platform to begin with. Welcome to an addiction that will drill a big hole in your wallet! It will be really fun though.

Your VX1 is a good scope. If you decide to send it to the Leupold custom shop, you might consider just changing the elevation knob. This will help keep costs to a minimum.

Alternatively, you may be better off just changing the scope all together. Bushnell makes a couple of affordable options:

Bushnell 5-15x40 Elite Tactical Rifle Scope

Bushnell 10x40 Elite Tactical Rifle Scope

The 10x is a good scope and I've had several and loved them all. My cousin has the 5-15 on one of his rifles and likes it.

As for the consistency issue, you may find that when the barrel heats up, your accuracy will begin to open up. My nephew's rifle will shoot .5moa or better all day...provided you let the barrel cool ever couple of shots. Those factory sporter barrels have a pretty light profile and heat up fairly quickly.
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:44 AM
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Re: My Walmart .30-06

Congratulations on catching the diy rifle modification bug ! You are off to a good start on a collection half finished projects and some fine shooting rifles. As soon as you get this rifle close to being what you want you will look for another one.
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Old 11-23-2013, 11:10 AM
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I would definitely agree that the barrels heat up exceptionally fast. How long should I wait? 5-7 minutes? 10?

Oh I know how the addiction is... But at least this is a hobby that you can keep and use for years to come!!
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Old 11-23-2013, 11:27 AM
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Just run your bare hand down the barrel after each shot and note how warm it feels when it starts to open up. When the barrel is cooler than that temperature you should be good. Thats my low tech way to know when to shoot again. On a really cold day it could be just a couple minutes and on a really hot day it could be 10 minutes or more.
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:51 PM
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Re: My Walmart .30-06

Shot today after work! Brought it in with relative ease, everything went according to plan with no fliers. I love this stock, I have so much more confidence in it than the synthetic. In my opinion your shooting ability is directly related with your confidence in your rifle.

Brought it into bullseye and was very happy, went back to fire another and I got in a hurry and pulled the shot exactly an inch. 3rd shot was touching the first. I have no doubts they would all be touching had I taken my time. Loving the rifle and I just received the oppurtunity to take it hunting with me Tuesday. With the Good Lord above willing I will have a safe trip, whether I kill anything or not, any day in the woods is a blessing.
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Old 11-23-2013, 11:48 PM
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Seems as though you have a real shooter on your hands! Congrats.

At what distance were you shooting? details on ammo?
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