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cottontop 08-19-2012 03:35 AM

Should I Quit While I'm Ahead?
 
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Trying to get my custom 6.5x55 zeroed in. It was made on a 1909 Argentine M98 action w/ a 24" fairly heavy barrel. I just got it back from the GS last week. Started out w/ 100 grain Hornadys and it was all over the paper. Went to 120 grain Speers and a little better, but not much. I was down to my last 5 rounds. All of a sudden and I can't explain why but the thing just settled in and started to shoot. The next 3 shots: in the same hole. Now I'm so excited I can't hold the gun steady. 4th shot, a flier. 5th shot, a worse flier. But hey, I don't care. I know now that it is capable of very good accuracy. I have a feeling that 140 grains will shoot even better.
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primer1 08-20-2012 09:14 PM

Possibles: barrel break in/fouling, inconsistent ammo, excitedness, getting used to trigger. I'd shoot some more, find someone to make up some handloads. You like it otherwise?

cottontop 08-20-2012 10:53 PM

Yeah, I love it. The handloads are mine. I'm going to try some 140 grain handloads w/ some various powders. I think you nailed it with barrel break in. The military trigger is not great. It's not bad, but not great. My being excited over the 3 shot one hole group probably didn't help w/shot #4 and 5. It will be a great rifle and it is settleing in just fine. I put an old Redfield Widefield 2-7 variable on it and it seems to be a great combination. I will post a picture of the gun in the near future.
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primer1 08-21-2012 01:02 AM

Could be the scope, especially if its older. If its proven to be good on another gun then not.

I've heard stories of brand new scopes being bad. They put the old scope back on and it shoots better.

USEBOTHHANDS 08-21-2012 02:56 PM

check your scope. make sure all your screws are tweaked tight enough, and then check your stock screw(s).

your barrel might also be rubbin on the stock somewhere. just make sure all the screws are tight.

let a couple more ppl shoot it before doing anything but tightenin screws. if there is still a problem, try a different scope on it.

cottontop 08-21-2012 07:57 PM

But guys, I am trying to tell you that there is no problem. The gun shoots fine and those first three shots all in the same hole. What I was trying to say and it somehow got lost in the writing is that those next two shots were off because of me being too excited to hold the rifle steady enough. I was trying a little humor by saying that maybe I should have quit with those first three shots. I do appreciate everybody's advice and concern though.
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Longrange 09-01-2012 12:13 PM

Rehab is for quitters Cotton. Keep shooting, nice 3 shot group :)

therewolf 09-01-2012 12:22 PM

I've found that it helps, after dragging all the gear to the range, to

take a couple minutes to quiet down, before shooting.

Considerably.


The jump in accuracy is large percentages,

no matter how you measure it.

I'm willing to bet on the next trip you'll have a

nice 5-shot grouping.

primer1 09-01-2012 03:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by therewolf
I've found that it helps, after dragging all the gear to the range, to

take a couple minutes to quiet down, before shooting.

Considerably.

The jump in accuracy is large percentages,

no matter how you measure it.

I'm willing to bet on the next trip you'll have a

nice 5-shot grouping.

Heartbeat raised from moving around do much?


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