New gun! Help!

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by tommyc279, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. tommyc279

    tommyc279 Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2007
    I recently have started a new project rifle and need some help! I bought a stevens 200 in .223 and I am looking for a extremely accurate rifle out to 400 yards. I started by placing a nikon 6-18X on top using burris zee rings. Step two involved a complete trigger overhaul resulting in a sub two pound, very crisp trigger. Third came the stock, I sanded out the channel and the outside and painted it camo (first time came out awesome). I am now stuck with my lack of knowledge and ability, I am getting 1.5-2" groups with factory loads and I really am hoping for better. My funds are limited and I really want to make the best improvements I can. And if I rebarrel I was wondering the best bang for my buck, or should I be more worried about other areas of the gun first. Please I need help, i think i need to pointed in the right direction. thank you in advance everyone here has always been so helpful, it means alot to me. p.s. I live in michigan and if there is a great place to go for help,please let me know!!!
  2. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

    Jan 20, 2004
    Sounds like you are on a roll. I doubt that its time to be thinking about switching barrels. There is too much to be learned from tweaking what you have.

    First I'd consider a proper barrel break in. Read this: Lilja Precision Rifle Barrels - Centerfire Maintenance

    If you never get to a point where copper doesn't show on the patch then do this: Tubb Final Finish Bore Polishing System : Cabela's

    After your over your tennis elbow from all of the above then take a look at the bedding.

    My way of doing this is to first see if the mounting screws tighten up "all at once" or is the action being squeezed into the stock. Ya don't want it squeezed. Optimum is for the screws to cinch up all at once then torque to the proper amount. Most sensible folks use something like 65 inch/lbs of torque. I just hawq 'em down to something that "feels like" the right amount.:rolleyes:

    Next step in bedding status check, is to stand the gun on its butt holding it around the forearm and barrel with one hand and alternately loosening and tightening the mounting screws with the proper tool in the other hand. Your hand is quite sensitive and will feel any movement of the barrel as the screws are adjusted. Movement should be very close to zero. A dial indicator mounted with a magnetic holder fixed to the barrel with the indicator on the end of the fore arm will tell you much. My spec is a couple of thousands of an inch of movement.

    I am not familiar with the 200s bedding method. read this: Pillar bedding on new savage? - Benchrest Central Forums

    You may want to look here also: Sharp Shooter Supply - The Savage Specialists

    Once you get all that you can get out of it with the above stuff and different factory fodder you may wish to try reloading.

    After all of the above the barrel should be shot out, then get a new one.:D (humor, I hope)

  3. RockyMtnMT

    RockyMtnMT Official LRH Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2007
    I would bet that hand loading would give you the fastest and most noticeable results, as long as there is nothing wrong with the stock rifle. The work on the rifle will take it the remainder of the way to it's full potential. jmho

    Good luck, Steve