Originally Posted by suzychapstick
OK, I didn't think the FLV came in 308. Was your barrel factory new. I'm not doubting you at all. I'm just not understanding how the 24" barrel is more accurate than the 26". You say you have the stock off a BVSS, do you have the 12BVSS rifle also? I'm thinking the barrel on the bvss is the exact same as my vlp. Someone else told me there 10 outshot there 12. I just don't understand it. What or where is the difference. How much more accurate is your 10 over 12. wHAT MOA please? I'm kicking myself for getting this 12vlp.
The 12FLV was used,but I doubt it had a box of ammo shot out of it.With the entry level stock that comes on it,the rifle kicked like a mule.That's the reason I changed the stock,and I found a factory LH BVSS stock at Numrich gun parts.Savage discontinued the LH version of the BVSS several years ago.
There's nothing wrong with the model 12's,but most of the 24" heavy barreled model 10's just shoot better.I handload for all of my guns,and my 10FCP shoots really good.I have several loads that have shot under .250" 5 shot groups at 100 yards on a regular basis.Most groups range from .400-.800" with that rifle,when I do my part.
Shooting the same bullet's with loads worked up for the 12FLV,I rarely had any shoot under .400",and most would group .750-1.0" or larger.That's still a good shooting rifle.
I'm sure I could find a load for the 12FLV that would shoot as good as the 10FCP,but just didn't want to waste the time/money on it when I had a rifle that I already had loads worked up in .308 caliber.
Don't give up on your 12VLP,it will shoot great when you find out what it likes to shoot.
1.Are you just shooting factory ammo out of yours,or do you handload?
2.What bullet weights are you trying to shoot?
Most rifles will never shoot their best with factory ammo,you need to fine tune the ammo to each rifle.
3.Also check the action screws and make sure they're torqued correctly,make sure the barrel is free floated all the way to the barrel nut,make sure the tang at the rear of the action is free floated and not touching the stock.
If any of the above aren't right,it will affect the guns accuracy,and repeatability when shot.
I have an older 12FLVSS 223,and it's the best shooting rifle that I've ever owned.You have to screw up not to shoot under .500" with this gun,and my best 5 shot group at 100 yards with it is .168",and that was with a 60gr Hornady Vmax varmint bullet,not a match bullet.