Custom barrels and factory ammo

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by winmagman, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. winmagman

    winmagman Well-Known Member

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    A couple of guys I hunt with will each be getting a Stevens in 308 from the jolly fella in red this year. They both plan on gradually turning them into semi customs, starting with triggers then stocks and eventually barrels.

    Originally I thought it was a good plan, since I talked them into it. However I'm having second thoughts on the barrel.

    These gents don't reload and despite my best efforts I doubt they ever will. This means they will be shooting factory stuff, and probably more Remmington/Federal/Winchester than the Black Hills stuff.

    So what I'm wondering is IF these factory rifles will shoot the factory loads into say .75 to 1 moa will rebarreling with a custom improve the groups a noticable amount given its still factory ammo?

    Thanks in advance

    Chris
     
  2. RockZ

    RockZ Well-Known Member

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    I have never owned a Stevens , but own quite a few Savages. The Stevens actions and barrels are the same though.
    The Stevens trigger isn't that good and you would do much better with a Sharpshooter Supply or Rifle Basix.
    My Savages shoot 1/2-3/4 Moa no problem.
    I would try the Federal Gold Medal Match and Black Hills Match Ammo and see how it groups. Then you cango from there. Yo umay be surprised.
    You may need to ensure the barrel is free- floated, otherwise the Savage/Stevens are good shooters..

    I have cusomized some Savages as well with great results.
    Go to savageshooters.com and you can get all of the info you need.
     
  3. goodgrouper

    goodgrouper Writers Guild

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    As a competitive benchrest shooter, I have witnessed a lot of accurate guns and seen what it takes to get a "shooter". From this, I would say the number one biggest contributing factor to accuracy in all of our equipment is the barrel. Customs are flat out more precise and will always make a gun shoot better. By how much is the tricky part. Sometimes it's a bunch and sometimes it isn't much. Every barrel is different and has different quirks.
     
  4. winmagman

    winmagman Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Guys

    I,d have been a little disappointed if I'd have had them rebarrel and not see any improvement, although not a disappointed as them I'm sure.

    Chris
     
  5. RockZ

    RockZ Well-Known Member

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    wingman,
    Let us know how they shoot. It would be great to hear the details.