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Old November 14th, 2018, 03:57 PM   #1
 
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Sighting in my new rifle using Hornady 150gr interlock American whitetail factory ammo. Group started the stringing that seems to follow alot of #1ís. I donít reload and was wondering if I someone could recommend a different factory ammo before I try any of the accurizing tips that I have read on the forum. Hope different ammo will help as Iím not a gunsmith and Iíve never glass bedded or pressure pointed a barrel. Was hoping I would have a shooter out of the box without having to do a lot to the gun. I could do the o-ring trick and possibly a hicks accurizer. Rifle will strictly be for hunting and not expecting a cloverleaf accurate gun. Also would you suggest adjusting scope with cold bore 2 shot group. Iím mainly interested in first shot hitting close to same poi each time.



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Old November 14th, 2018, 05:10 PM   #2
 
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What caliber and twist rate are you shooting? My hunting rifle is .308 at 1:10 and prefers a bullet weight between 170-220. You may just need to try a heavier bullet.
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30-06. Not sure about rate of twist. Whatever factory barrel is.
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Don't do anything to the rifle yet. Have you just tried one kind of ammo? I have a rifle that doesn't like American Whitetail but groups Federal Non Typical well. I have two rifles that group Remington CorLokt so well I don't bother reloading for them. Winchester Super X is another inexpensive load that often shoots well. Buy one of these brands in 150gr, and a different brand in 165gr weights. If after shooting multiple weights /brands you haven't found what your rifle prefers, then begin with the accuracy mods. Shooting one type of ammo tells you nothing.
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Try different ammo, but if you are shooting a #1, it sounds like you have run straight into the stringing issue that many seem to exhibit. As we are right in hunting season, keep in mind how many shots you get before the stringing occurs. Chances are the number of shots will be more than adequate for hunting. Also, for all the accuracy tips, quick and easy one is try putting a rubber o-ring between the hanger and the forend. That is easy trick to try. Also, its a #1, so watch how you are resting it on the bench. Rest it like you will shoot it and make sure the rest is on the same point on the forend for each shot. That can lead to stringing too.
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30-06. Not sure about rate of twist. Whatever factory barrel is.
According to Ruger's site, your barrel is 1:10. As others have said, do not do anything to the rifle until you try different ammo. I would recommend trying a bullet weight of 180gr for your barrel.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Will purchase different ammo Friday. All I’m really looking for is for first 2 shots to be closer together so I can adjust scope if needed and feel confident shooting a big buck out to 250 yds.
Thanks again will update after I try a different ammo.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Will purchase different ammo Friday. All I’m really looking for is for first 2 shots to be closer together so I can adjust scope if needed and feel confident shooting a big buck out to 250 yds.
Thanks again will update after I try a different ammo.
Are you starting with a clean bore, or just a cold bore? With a clean bore it will take a couple of fouling shots before the rifle settles down to a consistent point of impact. Clean the bore between different ammo types. Fire two fouling shots with the new load, then set the rifle aside. Shoot something else while the barrel cools. Fire a two or three shot group then adjust the scope. Good quality scopes will track accurately with the adjustment, but lesser glass may require a shot to be fired before the reticle "jumps" to the new setting.
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My scope is a Meopta meostar 3-12x56. Just bought 3 boxes of ammo. Hornady 178gr ELD-X. Barnes 150 gr TTSX. And Hornady 165 gr SST. I hope I get better results with at least one of these.
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Got it

I finally found a round that would hold a 1Ē group @ 100 yds. 150 gr Barnes ttsx. Group on left Barnes. Right was hornady 178gr precision ammo. Thanks for all the help.
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