Best group with hunting rifle


March 10, 2011, 02:35 PM
Let's see your best group with your main hunting rifle, (big game). Here's mine. It still brings a big smile to my face everytime I look at it. Model 700 SPS .270 with an Elite 4200. Shot at 100 yds. But, here's the kicker...This is the very first load I tried !!! Honest.

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March 10, 2011, 03:54 PM
Nice! My best five shot group with a .308 FNH A4 was .370". I however misplaced the Ace of hearts playing card target, so, I can't prove my claim. My rifle may not be considered to be a hunting rifle to some. It also took over one hundred rounds of hand loading to find the rifle's sweet spot. Hope your groups tighten up with practise.


March 10, 2011, 04:09 PM
My main rifle is a Remington 700 BDL .30-06. Best 3 shot group I can remember was about 2 inches. Take it to 5 shots and it is about 2.5-3 inches....good enough for deer hunting.

Just changed scopes on my dad's 8x57 Mauser and Savage 340 .30-30. Mauser got a new Simmons 44 Mag 3-10x and the Savage 340 got the old Bushnell 4x from the Mauser.

3 shot groups on both were about half an inch or less. Open it up to 5 shots and they were about 1.5"-2". All of those guns are 30+ years old though.

March 10, 2011, 04:42 PM
I don't have pictures, but I have two targets on my wall that are marked "Ruger M77 308...hand loads....5 to center-.77" All shots were in the bull. For some reason, I can't shoot any better than that. I haven't had a chance to try a precision rifle, but for the purposes of this Ruger, that .77" is more than I need.

March 10, 2011, 05:30 PM
My best group with a hunting rifle was .185 for 3 shots out of a .300 Jarrett. Load was a 165 Barnes X (original) over 82.0 gr of RL22. It had a MV of 3,400 fps.

I recently shot a .215 with a custom 6.5x55 using Nosler 140 Partitions over 47.5 of RL22.

Neither of these guns will average that, but sometimes everything goes right.

I did shoot a .298 with a .223 Contender pistol once.

March 10, 2011, 05:33 PM
Very good shooting, This is my M700 7mmRemMag at 100 yards and 200yards with a load of 62.5 grns of IMR7828 and Nosler 160 grn Accubond and federal 215m gold medal primers with rem brass. The rifle like's 160 Sierra's and 168 Bergers as well.

March 10, 2011, 05:37 PM
Skyshot nice shootin!

IF you don't mind me asking were you shooting off bags, bipod or lead slead?

March 10, 2011, 06:23 PM

Ruger RSM in 375H&H, 5 shots @100 yards off sandbags.
Hornady 300gr DGX

Flier is from a cold bore.

March 10, 2011, 09:11 PM
Frankl03 I use the caldwell Rock front rest and a caldwell rear butt bag

March 10, 2011, 09:34 PM
i also have an sps in 270 and my best with it was just under 3/4 of an in, it'll do that with 3 or 4 shot groups but if you shoot five quickly it'll push the 5th shot about 1 1/2" high and slightly left. it got me 2 deer last year

i have a rem 700 in 223 and it'll do 1/4 in all day long, but it's never gone hunting

March 10, 2011, 09:49 PM
I have pulled off several 0.20 MOA groups with my Rem 700 .243 at 100yds, but I haven't figured out how to get the pictures off my phone, I guess they will just stay there.

Ohio Gun Guy
March 10, 2011, 09:51 PM
skiking, can you text them to your e-mail...then post?

March 10, 2011, 10:24 PM
Great shooting! The .270 is my favorite cartridge. I bought mine in the summer of 1966 in between my Jr. and Sr. year of high school. It will be 45 this August. It's a Model 70 Push feed 1966 model. When I bought it I put a Redfield straight 4x scope on it. I later, in 1980 put a Weaver K-6 on it that I had had on a Rem.788 .223. I bought two Weaver T-6 Hunter BR scopes from a guy that had them about a year and put one on the .223 and put the K-6 on the .270. I put that Redfield 4x on my 94 AE 30-30 where it still resides as clear as ever. I now put a Leupold Rifleman on the .270 and put the K-6 on my 1988 vintage Ruger 77 where it too still resides.

That .270 has killed over 70 deer, I myself having killed about 40 of them, and my dad, my BIL, my Nephews, and my kids have all killed the balance of the 70. It kills bang flop usually with a 130 grain Rem. Core Lokt for factory ammo, but mostly a 130 Grain Sierra Game King over 56.7 Grains IMR 4831 at Approx. 3050 FPS. This is a killer load and very accurate too.

I have several good deer rifles. I have the .270 Win., A Remington 700 ADL Sythetic 22-250, A Remington 700 SPS 30-06, a Ruger 77 30-06 made in 1988 BTW, a 250 Savage custom made on a Howa 1500 Short Action with a 25.5 injch SS Krieger Barrel, a Mauser Custom in a B&C Stock with a 26 inch Shaw barrel in .280 Rem., a Stevens Mod. 200 .223 Rem., a 94 AE 30-30, and I'm having a Yugo Mauser chambered to a .257 Roberts AI, with a 26 inch Shilen ss medium sporter contour barrel with a Timney sporter trigger and a 3 position Model 70 style safety in a Boyd's classic pepper laminate stock. That's the one I'm putting the high dollar Leupold scope on. But the .270 takes no back seat to any of these. It is still and always will be my go to rifle in a pinch.
Here's a crapy pic of my .270 Win. 1966 Model Model 70 Push Feed I bought nearly 45 years ago when in High School.

I don't have any pics of targets for this beast because it's been a couple of years since i shot it for group. I take it hunting, but it's in that routine of take it to the range and shoot it three times to make sure it's still on, which it usually is. That's a Leupold Rifleman 3-9x40 on it in Weaver mounts. I love this rifle.

March 10, 2011, 10:28 PM
skiking, can you text them to your e-mail...then post?

I don't have a clue, I know how to dial a number and take a picture, but that is about it.

451 Detonics
March 10, 2011, 10:36 PM in Indiana my deer hunting is done with a handgun...

For everything else...coyotes, woodchucks, and other varmints I use my 22 CHeetah. It use to do groups half this size but it has been due for a new barrel for the past couple years.

March 10, 2011, 11:13 PM (

My old deer hunter Mini-30 using Hornady 123 gr. SN
50 yard target--Most of my deer here in MI taken in brush country 50-75 yds.

March 10, 2011, 11:25 PM
5-shot group at 100 yards shown below using my Remington 700 Ti "Alaskan" chambered in .300 WSM. I admit that I didn't shoot that group using a typical hunting bullet, but the OP specified hunting rifle which the Alaskan definitely is.

March 11, 2011, 08:21 AM
My 30 year old Rem 7400 30-06 looks new, but it doesn't shoot tight groups. 2 to 2-1/2 MOA It has never failed to bring home dinner. I have been lucky with this rifle, all of the deer i have harvested with it have been within a couple hundred yards. So grouping really hasn't mattered. In the woods of TN and AR, i don't hunt many open fields. In the last 15 years, I have made longer kill shots with my 1964 Win mod 94 30/30. That rifle has tighter groups. Under 2 MOA at 100 yards. It's serial number says 1964, but it is built like a pre '64.

March 11, 2011, 09:50 AM
It takes a combination of things to shoot well..... shooter, firearm,optics, ammo, conditions etc.. I have hunting rifles that have shot itty bitty groups, down in the .1's but here is one target that I am quite proud of.
For those that have'nt done it, shooting big bores off the bench isnt all that pleasant. Shot at the end of the day after getting battered around a bit, this made me smile. 70+lbs of recoil and 6000lbs KE per shot.

March 11, 2011, 11:27 AM
I love combination guns... Here's how the 12/30-06 i hunted with for quite a while shoots,

Then i switched over to this 30-06 drilling,

But my "keeper" combo that i will have untill i take my eternal dirt nap, is this one in 8x57jrs,

Noslers are amazingly accurate!


March 11, 2011, 11:51 AM
Best group with hunting rifle


Let's see your best group with your main hunting rifle, (big game). Here's mine. It still brings a big smile to my face everytime I look at it. Model 700 SPS .270 with an Elite 4200. Shot at 100 yds. But, here's the kicker...This is the very first load I tried !!! Honest.
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Awsome..something to be proud of..! Now step to a 5 -10 shot and repeat it a few times to really confirm the accuracy.If u have no flyers and still have tiny clusters u will really have a big :D on your face.congrats again.

March 11, 2011, 12:04 PM
I varmint hunt mostly so my "main" rifle for that is my DPMS 16" Heavy Barreled AR-15. My best groups so far are here in this report on it. Post #6.

March 11, 2011, 05:16 PM
Not quite my big game rifle, but both these 3 shot groups were fired at a 100 yards with my CZ 452 .22 LR

Pretty happy with the results

March 12, 2011, 06:32 AM
I was looking through my pile of old targets last night and found some pretty good groups. The best with a hunting rifle at 100 yards were 5/16", as were three consecutive .223 groups.

I also shot a 3 1/2" 3-shot group at 450 yards with my Rem 700, .270 Win sporter, using 130 Nosler BT handloads. It's bedded into an HS Sendero stock.

The biggest surprise was a perfect cloverleaf, all holes touching, from a neighbor's Rem 7, after pillar-bedding to repair a cracked stock. The best part was that it was shot with Remington Core-Loct factory ammo!!! My un-tuned handloads couldn't beat it!

March 12, 2011, 06:54 AM
off a front sand bag on the hood of my truck. still using this load works great on goats out to 300yds (

March 14, 2011, 07:55 AM
Most all my varmint and big game rifles have ben given a tune up. The actions with about one inch of the barrel has ben glass bedded, The rest of the barrel is free floated. The trigger pull is adjusted to three pounds. The bolt locking lugs were lapped on two of the rifles and the muzzle was lapped on one rifle. I work up reloaded ammo untill I get one inch or less 100 Yd five shot groups from the big game rifles and .75 inch or less size 100 Yd groups from the varmint rifles . At times there were some sub 1/2 inch groups from the big game and varmint rifles but it could have ben luck helping me.

March 15, 2011, 01:26 PM
I found an old target hanging in my building a couple of days ago. This was a case of pure luck if I remember correctly. I know that my Savage 110 in .30-06 didn't normally shoot this well. It certainly doesn't shoot bad but this target was an exception. It's 5 shots of Remington Core-Lokt 165 gr. from 100 yards.
Nice group, there is always a bit of luck involed, but you can also make your own luck. If that 06 printed that group once it will do it again. Next time you go to the range and you shoot a great group, write everything down that you did to make it happen. Like where did yo have your rest positioned on the forearm,the load data used, the temperature and humidity on that day. How tight you have your action screws, did shoot from a clean or fould barrel, every varible you can think of counts to the method of the madness. And last but not least, you! Some days your in a "zone" and some days you can't get the mechanics right. But when your in the zone you know it. Good shooting

March 16, 2011, 01:37 AM
5 shots at one hundred yards

The rifle that shoots fair to midland and shot the group above, a Cooper M22 in 6.5x284.

March 16, 2011, 01:45 AM
6 shots 150 yards off of a shakey card table. T/C encore .243 winchester 95 gr SST with a 28" bergara barrel.

March 16, 2011, 01:29 PM
243 BDL Sporter


March 16, 2011, 01:59 PM
102 degrees in October? I'd be on the first train out of there....

March 16, 2011, 02:11 PM
102 degrees in October? I'd be on the first train out of there....

It had cooled down so I figured the range time was just right. I've got some shot at , I believe, 114 or so around here somewhere in my note books.


March 16, 2011, 04:08 PM
Heres one that I work with for PD's. Not big game but a challenge none the less.

It was tad cooler for these that day.


April 16, 2011, 05:34 PM
thought I'd post up some recent groups

223 55gr VMax at 100 yards factory ammo almost factory Remington 700 VLS

270 130gr CoreLokts at 200 yards factory ammo almost factory Remington 700 SPS

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