Off the shelf rifle accuracy

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  1. troy fairweather

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    Mine shoots anything good, hope to bring it out next week to a 300 yard range, have some ppu brass case to try. I should buy some more steel case it's back to being cheaper then some of the 308-310 bullets alone. Have the 2-7 leupold freedom on it now. I need to get some sst, I have some 130 speer I think will be nice on deer.
     
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  2. troy fairweather

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    That's great, what velocity. Would be a nice deer load I bet. Bonus point for the Ford light blue lol.
     
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  3. Airborne77

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    Yes so far the Tikka's seem to be doing really well I'm surprised I haven't seen more remington 700's on here. Here's my m1a loaded with m80 ball rounds and my best handloads.
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    No pics, but about 1/2" groups with my Ruger American Predator in .308 with factory 150 grain Winchester Power-Points. I've had the rifle for quite a while and I still get all giggly when I shoot for groups. It's incredible how accurate it is for the money.
     
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    Left group is from my howa 1500 300wm, 208Elds h1000 ( tinkering with this gun, not sure why but it went to pot on me the last couple times we were out)

    Right side group is my 280 AI Ridgeline with 190 grain A-tips. Pretty representative of what this gun will do.
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    I'm sure I've got pictures of some other groups I've shot with other rifles, including the someone inch 200 yd group in the sub. 2. In 300 yard group shot with the Christiansen....
    But for the most part, I found that a factory rifle shooting decent quality ammunition, hand loaded or not, will usually at least shoot shoot minute of angle or very close.
     
  6. Varminterror

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    The two most precise factory rifles I have ever owned have been safely defensible as sub-MOA rifles, and defensible as sub-half-MOA.

    One of these is my wife’s Savage 12 BVSS in 223rem, which shot stupid small (still largely does, but the barrel’s getting up in age. 26” factory tube is 1:9”, so it has enough speed to get things done with 69 and 77grn SMK’s, and holds on pretty well out to 600-800 yards with 75 A-max/ELD’s.
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    Breaking in the barrel, this was the first group the rifle above ever fired - using cheap Remington UMC 50grn JHP’s, of all things…
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    The other of my two most precise factory rifles I have owned has been a Seekins Precision Havak in 6 Creedmoor. These groups were from load development at 100 yards, including long range BC confirmation at 875 yards - two groups, one of 3 shots, then the other after correcting the waterline.
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  7. Turkeytider

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    I need to quit looking at this thread. For all I know, my guns might be capable of some of this. We`ll never know with me shooting them!
     
  8. Bayou52

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    Thanks. These cast loads are pushing 2400 FPS.

    All the Best-

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  9. horsemen61

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    My savage model 10 FCP-SR is one of
    The top 2 or 3 most accurate rifles I own. Of course the other Two are savages as well, the best group of my life I shot with it.

    It seems to shoot under an inch no matter what ammo I put through it.

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  10. Slamfire

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    I do not consider three shot groups any measure of accuracy or consistency. I still shoot ten shot groups, and if truth be told, I should be shooting 40 shot groups. There is an excellent article at the end of the Oct 2014 Shooting Sports USA on group size and accuracy: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201410/ This foundational article was written by small bore prone competitors who wanted to shoot perfect scores. In small bore prone a Match is a 40 shot event of two twenty shot targets. The typical 1600 round Smallbore bore prone tournament is 160 rounds fired for record, divided up into four 40 round Matches. Therefore the referenced article assumes that a 40 round group is the baseline.

    As anyone can see in table six, at least at 100 yards, a five shot group is 59% of the size of a 40 shot group, a 10 shot 74%, and a twenty shot 88%. A three shot group is below contempt, but three shot groups are the current standard for the shooting community because the leaders of the shooting community, that is in print Gunwriters, have convinced the shooting community that three shot groups are an exact measure of accuracy and consistency.

    This is another good article on the limitations of five shot groups

    Accuracy Testing: Shortcomings Of The Five-Shot Group

    by Brad Miller, Ph.D. - Wednesday, September 25, 2019

    https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2019/9/25/accuracy-testing-shortcomings-of-the-five-shot-group

    one that addresses statistics for accuracy.

    Shot Group Statistics for Small Arms Applications

    https://apps.dtic.mil/sti/pdfs/AD1034885.pdf

    The inprint crowd gets paid a flat fee for an article, Dpris said $400, and it only makes economic sense to spend as little time at the range, and shoot as little as possible, and even at that, the in print writers can't be making much money. Luckily for them people love symmetry, and equilateral triangles are symmetrical, and you can tell humans find triangle shapes pleasing as they are all over ancient and modern designs and architecture. Would you prefer your eternal megalomaniac monument to be a pyramid, or an irregular polygon? I find somewhere around five sides, the irregular polygon is a bit jarring, but highly representative of actual groups.

    Based on my experience, the older wood stocked factory rifles shot poorly unless glass bedded.

    this Remington Classic is typical

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    flyers and the action slide around in the stock, causing this lateral dispersion.

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    Remington put a wood pressure point at the tip of the stock, the barrel touched the barrel channel, in several places. Once I bedded the action and free floated the barrel, it shot well. This is a zeroing group.

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    It really liked SMK bullets, and this is the best of the ten shot groups I shot that day,

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    It has been my experience that factory rifles require tinkering to make the buggers shoot consistently. And then I purchased a M70 in a tupperware stock.

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    Did nothing but stick a cheap scope on top, and it shoots well. Makes me wonder, if tupperware stocks are the way to go, since wood has to be worked for best results.

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    this is not bad with cheap FMJBT bullets

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    If you pay more, you will get more

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    BSA made a good rifle:

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    this BSA was discontinued in the middle 1950's, for the MKIII version. Still shoots well

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    When rifles get this old, it takes time to find the right parts, if they can be found, and till I found a BSA handstop, this one worked.

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  11. Airborne77

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    Seems like these 40 shot groups would be more of a test of the shooter. I usually dry fire 2 or 3 times to get use to that particular rifles feel again then shoot my 1 or 2 5 shot groups. I notice I don't do everything right after that and start getting sloppy especially on heavier recoiling rifles. Yet those rifles seem to always do the same 5 shot groups even years apart once I find my load. Now if that rifle was in a rest clamped in more shots the better.
     
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  12. Jonny2guns

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    Not everyone can afford to shoot 40-160 rounds, some of us have family that depend on us financially. When I've had to pull the trigger be it on game for the table or to take care of a pest problem with livestock, I don't get 40 times to shoot, it's one maybe two on a cold bore. No warm up, no practice. Just a quick short window to get the job done.
     
  13. Airborne77

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    Absolutely correct!!! I try to explain this to my friends. That cold bore shot is where it's at. I get going out to shoot and have fun but practice and take note that first shot. When your hunting that's usually the only one you get. Lately I've been pushing further and further out and trying to get that first round hit everytime. I love the challenge of a new range of unknown distance and direction.
     
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  14. KansasTrapper77

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    My father picked up a Ruger American Predator in .243 LH and he printed a 3 shot group you could cover with a nickel. This was in the process of sighting in the scope so warm bore. But I was impressed for a rifle under $500
     
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  15. troy fairweather

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    3 round is good for hunting/plinking, 5 is more for dialing in a load/showing off and 10 only if your in a comp at you will be shooting 10 in one string.
     
  16. Airborne77

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    I usually use 3 shots to find a load then 5 shots on different days and longer distance to prove and settle on them. The last rifle I dialed in took around 100 some shots using this method. Which is alot of time and $. Couldn't imagine using 10 or 40 round strings. Also wish they had some sample packs of powder and bullets. It's sucks to shoot 18 shots out of a 100 round pack of bullets to know they don't work in your rifle.
     
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  17. Airborne77

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    Sounds like these American predator rifles might be something to look at.
     
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  18. Frulk

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    Sounds like you need to try traditional muzzleloader hunting :thumbup:
     
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  19. Varminterror

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    It’s bad science to put a discrete number on sample size - the set variability determines the sample size necessary to draw statistically valid conclusions.

    When I shoot for groups, I generally shoot 10-15+. The analysis performed on the 3 shot groups pictured above has no dependency upon group size, so shooting 1 or 3 or 30 only impacts how much barrel life, components, and money is spent, not how much confidence is achieved in the result.
     
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    … for hunting - and almost nothing else.
     
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  21. troy fairweather

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    There was company that used to sell sample bullets, think 15. They were 50%-100% more then retail but better then buying 50- or a 100 of a bullet you don't like.
     
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  22. Airborne77

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    I think it's a true judge of the shooters ability. I shoot with alot of people that can hit at distance once they fire several times and walk it in. But that first round eludes them.
     
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  23. Airborne77

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    Yeah I thought I saw some noslers like that years ago. But not on the market very long
     
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    15 seems like a good number for a sample pack.

    9 shots for the ladder, and two 3-shot groups to verify a node.
     
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  25. Airborne77

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    Been there still doing it. Along with archery. But squirrels with a rimfire is still my favorite. .22 mag at 60 to 70 yards waiting on the perfect shot. Well long range hunting to. Ah he'll I like it all.....lol
     
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