3 Steps To Increased Rifle Accuracy!

I have to say that I’m impressed with the stable of off-the-shelf products that rifle manufacturers are offering these days.

It’s pretty hard to find a factory rifle that won’t shoot at least a 1.5-inch group at 100 yards and truthfully, with a little load tinkering, most will shoot right around One MOAWhile this is a high-end custom rifle, there is a lot that the hunter with an off-the-shelf rifle can do to make that rifle shoot better than ever imagined.

1 Break In & Cleaning:
I would bet that less than 10 per cent of rifles are properly broken in, yet how you deal with those first few shots out of a rifle can indeed determine the accuracy of that rifle for life. No matter how well machined the barrel and throat are, they are never going to be machined identically and you can expect some major copper deposits as the bullet passes from one to the other and, if there are any rough spots in the riflings, this is also a great place for copper to deposit. If broken in properly, these rough spots will quickly smooth out, but only if you keep the copper from building up on them.

2 Proper Scope Mounting:
When an otherwise accurate rifle suddenly loses accuracy, the first place to look is at the scope or more often, the rings and bases. Poor quality or improperly mounted rings and bases can cause a rifle to shoot some very erratic patterns. If a rifle seems to be all over the paper with so real pattern, you can just about always trace it back to the scope or mounts.

There’s no doubt that you get what you pay for with rings and bases and this is no place to go bargain shopping. For lightweight applications, I’m a real fan of the Talley one-piece alloy mounts. These mounts incorporate the rings right into them so their light weight does not compromise strength. For a mountain rifle where weight is a consideration, these are definitely the best option. When weight is less of an issue, then there are a number of quality rings and bases out there. If you are shooting one of the larger magnums, be certain to select a base and ring that’s up to the task.

3 Fine Tuning the Rig
Once the basics have been covered, there are a couple more inexpensive fixes that benefit most off-the-shelf rifles. Rod at Corlane Sporting Goods in Dawson Creek is an accuracy guru and he says that a basic trigger job and pillar bedding. For around $200, this could be the cheapest custom rifle you’ll ever shoot.

While many triggers can be consumer adjusted for weight of pull, that’s only part of improving the function of a factory trigger. With many factory triggers, a small amount of honing by a qualified gunsmith can pretty well eliminate it. Pull weight is a matter of personal choice and I like my triggers set at 2.5 pounds. Only experience will tell you what works best for you but anything over three pounds is likely to impair accuracy.

Pillar bedding is another must for accuracy in my books. Pillar bedding is a fairly simple process that sees adjustable aluminium pillars epoxied into the stock where the receiver screws attach the stock to the receiver.

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