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Old March 8th, 2017, 01:09 PM   #76
 
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Rec'd the RAR .243 back with the bolt cleaned up. N/Charge



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Old March 8th, 2017, 02:59 PM   #77
 
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This has been an interesting thread to read. The OP never commented on whether the stock was touching the barrel or not. Mine was. I didn't wait to find out how it would affect accuracy, as I already knew it would. I cut the stock down away from the barrel completely and it's shooting under 1" @ 100 yards.

I haven't spoken to anyone with a Predator who hasn't been happy with it. Granted the Predator has a heavier barrel, but that's what I wanted.

Here's a pic of my "modified" Predator

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Old March 8th, 2017, 04:02 PM   #78
 
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Glad to hear you have her dialed in. Thanks for the update

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So believe it or not, both the 150 grain and 180 grain .30-06 Federal blue box power shock ammo shot overlapping cloverleafs at 50 yards. Plus, my stringing problems are non existent too. Fusion 180 grains were pretty decent as well. I posted what I did in another thread, but basically put a new scope on and loosened the stock/action allen screws into the receiver. I think it was a very bad scope that caused the problems, but I know I over torqued the screws holding the stock to the action too. I just backed them off a 1/2 turn. Super happy, and can confidently hunt with the 180 grain federals now.
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I had an American Predator in 223 once that did the same thing. I tried everything mentioned and finally got it to hold 3" at 100 yards with Hornady factory ammo. It didn't stick around long. The 2 American Ranch Rifles I've had...actually 3, 2 in 223/5.56 and one 300 BLK were tack drivers with about any ammo you would want to shoot. I only have the one 223/5.56 now, but it will shoot 1/2 in all day long with my hand loads as long as I do my part, as would the other one. Even the Blackout would hold under an inch, and would shoot less than 2 inches with the Fiocchi 150 grain fmj I used to break in the barrel. The 233/5.56 rifles really, really, really liked the Fiocchi 50 grain vmax, which leads to another question. What is the twist rate on your barrel, and are you shooting ammunition within its capabilities? Even with the 1:8 on my Ranch rifle, groups open up to about 1 1/2 inches with the 75 grain Hornady.
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Well dang it Rumble Phish...now I have to do that to my stock. It doesn't touch, but I am REALLY digging on the look!!!!!!!
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I had a 308 RAR compact that shot under an inch with hornady American hunter 150 grainers. The full size 30-06 I gave my son will easily group a touch over 1" with about any thing you put through it. Except for my bad luck with the 223 predator I had, I honestly cannot find any fault with any of these rifles. They are exactly what I want...light, fairly inexpensive, accurate, and everything I've shot with them has not gotten back up. I did get pissed once when the bolt opened on me, and I did not realize it until I had a coyote in the crosshairs. That's why I liked the 77s, but it is what it is...my fault.
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Well dang it Rumble Phish...now I have to do that to my stock. It doesn't touch, but I am REALLY digging on the look!!!!!!!
I'm really happy with how it turned out. I'm just a paper puncher, not a hunter but I think this would do nicely in the field. The newer stocks with the criss-cross bracing seem to be much more rigid than the early stocks. This one flexes no more after I cut it than it did before I cut it, even on the bipod. And the barrel is completely free floated now.

And yeah, I dig the look too All it took was a hacksaw blade, a couple of flat files and a can of spray paint.
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Looks like I'll be busy this weekend.
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Looks like I'll be busy this weekend.
Be sure to post pics of how it turns out. FYI, the paint I used was DupliColor's OEM "Trunk" paint in Gray & Black.
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Sitting for an X-ray so read this entire thread and my first thought was a dinged crown. Could have saved him a lot of headache had someone brought that up. A reason why it would be beneficial for us to read threads in a timely manner. If only we all had more time to do so. What cracks me up is that Ruger said they just grabbed what they could find to test this OP's accuaracy complaint - Blackhill in 308. Yah, right. I can't blame Ruger for using expensive and accurate ammo to prove accuracy. But it's not what's easily available on hand for most people or companies. That's just too funny. I also keep reading complaints about the noise the machine pattern makes on these bolts and some equating that to a bad, cheap or defective bolt. I imagine this was a result of a cost-saving machine process. Poor man's engine turning. Maybe it was intentional. I don't mind it and will wait for the high ridges to get burnished down. Has anyone actually spooked game with the bolt noise? I have yet to do so.
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