I do this so that my rifles will print 10 shots into one ragged hole off a bench.Holy smokes….I don’t foresee myself ever being this committed…but if you derive some satisfaction from this degree of meticulous attention all the power to ya! That’s what it’s all about, finding satisfaction in the work you’re doing (Ecclesiastes talks a lot about that ).
I’m probably a heretic here but I stopped trying to seat anything right up to the lands a long time ago when I realized that with my hunting accurate but not usually target accurate rifles, combined with my not bad but not at all professional level of shooting ability, it didn’t make enough difference to count. That and discovering some bullets like jumping.
I want an AVERAGE 1/4MoA or better @ 100mtr when I am working up my loads.
If it cannot do this, the barrel goes bye bye.
I shoot Hunter class and F-class, this is from prone where shooting technique makes or breaks the outcome….bench shooting is easier than prone.
I don’t do this on every rifle I own, there’s no point doing this on a rifle that shoots on average 3/4-1MoA, it will most likely not improve the outcome if you have already found the sweet spot on seating depth.
My custom Ruger M77 MKII was a learning curve to see what outcome all the tricks in gunsmithing BR guns could bring, bar sleeving the bolt.
It shoots to an average of 3/8MoA with non target bullets, the 110g Accubond for instance. The 115g Berger will print less than .2’s on an average of 10 shots.
Rugers are not known for that sort of precision out of the box, but this 25-06 proves that ANY action can be made to shoot.