I would really be interested in a test with a "totally cold bbl" shooting 5 shot groups. As Jeff said this rifle tends to toss the first shot outside of the group, I am wondering if the bbl he was shooting might warp slightly just changing the point of impact once it reached shooting temp after the first shot? (I know how boring it can be to wait for the bbl temp to return to the same temp after each shot using a accurate measuring device, such as a infrared thermometer. So I would take a few other guns to the range with me just for something to do between shots.
As Jeff points out however, it is not a big deal as the groups it fired were still well within hunting needs.
I have owned several long guns over the years that changed point of impact when the bbl was totally cold as opposed to being shot every 10 to 20 min or so on a trip to the range.
I just think it would be an interesting experiment is all. A couple of my rifles were "cured" by having the bbl cryogenically stress relieved. Like this gun, they fired just
outside of the best part of the group. On a couple of others it was a matter of a proper bedding job or free floating the bbl. However one of them I was never able to get to group with the other rounds, no matter what I did to it.
Thanks again for the great
article Jeff. A store near me has these on sale for a very
good price this weekend and I think you helped me make up my mind about buying one. I will tell the wife YOU
talked me into it!!