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hoovco 12-02-2012 02:09 AM

Cold bore vertical stringing
I just got a new Rem 700 and it likes to string shots vertically on a cold bore. When it gets a little bit of heat to it the groups shrink. Can anybody explain this to me?

primer1 12-02-2012 02:54 AM

Is the barrel free floated? The pressure against a stock increases as a barrel heats up, leading to the stringing.

hoovco 12-02-2012 03:51 AM

The barrel is free floated. The stringing is only on a cold bore.

JTJ 12-02-2012 04:17 AM

Check the bedding and the torque on the action screws. A slightly loose or improperly torqued action screw can cause stringing. I had a Ruger which uses pressure on the barrel that was stringing. I had it bedded, action screws torqued and the barrel floated which stopped the stringing. Go up in small increments on the torque until you get to the proper setting. Remington should provide you with the proper settings.

nitestalker 12-02-2012 04:20 AM

I would slug the bore. The bore is most likely under sized or has a tight spot. This causes a higher pressure when cold throwing high. A very small amount of linal expansion allows the barrel to correct. I would try pushing a tight patch down the barrel feeling for a tight spot. The other problem could be set in the barrel from correction bending at the factory. I would return to the maker.:)

TLuker 12-02-2012 01:47 PM

There are a lot of possibilities here. Depending on your cleaning routine it could be the amount of fouling in your barrel, i.e. it gets more fouling and then shoots better? It could also be the load you're shooting? Some loads shoot better with a cold bore and some with a warm bore.

One other thing is to check your barrel while its hot make sure that it is still free floating. The expansion from heat could be causing it to touch a pressure point that is stabilizing it rather than throwing it further off?

Just throwing out a few more ideas? :)

locutus 12-02-2012 08:36 PM

Many possibilities. But 3 out of 4 times this is a bedding problem.

Push a match book cover under the barrel at the end of the stock and see f it still does it. If the problem is "cured" ya got a bedding problem.

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