Point of impact drift

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by lightfoot, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. lightfoot

    lightfoot New Member

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    I have a 260, shooting 140 gr berger, shoots pretty good .5 moa at 500. The problem I am having is the poa is drifting to the right. At 500 3 to 4 in, 750 is 5 to 7 in and 1000 it gets out to about 20 in to the right. Everything seems to be level, am even going to try to cant my scope tomorrow. Just wondering if anyone has had this problem.
     

  2. SBruce

    SBruce Well-Known Member

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    Shooting the 140 Hunting VLD in my 6.5-284. I purposely canted my scope so when I dial 22 minutes my poi is off to the left of Top Dead Center by ~ 3/4" at 100 yds. Since doing that, I haven't noticed any excessive spin drift at LR. Everything seems to dial in fine out to 1000 yds anyway. I believe we're shooting the same bullet.

    Just for record, I didn't do this because of problems, did it to counteract normal spin drift and coriolis effects. I had heard that it's normal to get 9-12" of right drift @ 1000 yds depending on the bullet and the rifling twist and coriolis is supposed to be another 3" ??
     
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  3. Gunpoor

    Gunpoor Well-Known Member

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    With the 140 grain bullet from a 260Rem you are getting somewhat low muzzle velocity compared to some of the bigger cased 6.5 cartridges and therefore the bullets are slowing quicker also, so I think spin drift is more the culprit than scope cant. You didn't say what rifle/barrel you are using but if it is an off the shelf rifle the rate of twist may be too slow to keep the RPMs high enough at longer ranges. I bought a rifle for my daughter some years back and wanted a 260 but shied away from it because of the slow twist and opted for a 7mm08 instead. I like the cartridge but I think the rifles should be made with 1/8" ROT barrel. If you are using a custom barrel with a faster ROT disregard my ramblings.
     
  4. lightfoot

    lightfoot New Member

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    My 260 has a kreiger 1/8 twist and have thought of spin drift but only considered 3 to 3.5 in. at 1000. Thank you for the info.
     
  5. Scot E

    Scot E Well-Known Member

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    azsugarbear Well-Known Member

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    I think there may be a couple of things going on here at the same time. I don't believe spin drift could account for all 20" to the right of center @ 1000 yds. Possible that scope not being perpendicular could account for some as well.

    Take a blank target and set it out at 100 yards Take a plumb line and draw a verticle line on the target. Now fire a couple shots at the line (POI should be touching or cluster the line. Now dial up 30 or 40 MOA (whatever your scope will allow), and shoot another couple of shots. You should have the same cluster around the verticle line, but the second cluster should be 10 inches higher than the first. If the second cluster favors one side of the line, then your scope is canted in the rings.
     
  7. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    +1. Do you have a scope level mounted on your rifle?
     
  8. rick523

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    Plus 2, but with 30-40 moa you are gonna be higher than 10" so give yourself plenty of room. I found 20 moa was enough dial in when doing a T test at 100yds. And it took care of the same problem for me. Just my 2cents.