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Got it!

I had it professionally mounted and bore-sighted by a local gunsmith.

I put 10 rounds through it at 25 yards and got it darn close to zero. The first 3 shots were 2 inches down and 2 inches right. I clicked it 16 up and 16 left. the next group of 3 were 1 inch down and about 1 inch right. I then clicked up 8 and 4 left. The third group of 3 had 2 shots on and 1/2 right, with the 3rd shot 2 inches low and 1/2 inch right. So I got it pretty close. I had 1 shell left and put it 1 inch low and 1 1/4 left. I must have flinched. Anyway, I only had 10 shells and had to check out the scope and rifle combo.

I probably will buy some shells and head back out this weekend to get it on.

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I got my rifle sighted in with about 12 rounds. The groups looked solid, but as I shot more they started going all over the target. When I say all over, I mean 4 or 5 inches from center. Could this be from barrel heat?

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I doubt a warm barrel would make it that bad unless it was really hot but you never know. Make sure the mounts/ bases didn't loosen up on you while you were shooting it.

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Everything seems tight. I'm going to go out and shoot some more and see what happens.

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A couple of questions:
Have you shot this rifle before and if so how accurate is it normally?

Does it have the "BOSS" system on the barrel?

Is the forearm tight/ too tight against the receiver?

How fast did you shoot all of your shots when sighting in?

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ratltrap wrote:
I see that Leupold's new "tactical" 6x42 addresses the close focus problem with an AO.

Where did you see that? I can't find it on Leupold's web-site. Very interested in such a scope.

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ChesterGolf wrote:
A couple of questions:
Have you shot this rifle before and if so how accurate is it normally?
It was accurate with open sights only, but I only put about 10 rounds through it because I had never shot it. It had only been fired a few times since My dad bought it new in the late 70's.

Does it have the "BOSS" system on the barrel?
No.

Is the forearm tight/ too tight against the receiver?
Seems to fight just right. I took it apart to inspect and clean before and after I fired it. Little buffer plate cracked, so I replaced it.

How fast did you shoot all of your shots when sighting in?
Fast. Plus I don't have a proper rest. I use an old rolled up sleeping bag on a metal table that's cemented into the ground at a local piece of BLM land.

The bottom line is I blame those "flyers" on my haste.

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starfish wrote:
ChesterGolf wrote:
How fast did you shoot all of your shots when sighting in?
Fast. Plus I don't have a proper rest. I use an old rolled up sleeping bag on a metal table that's cemented into the ground at a local piece of BLM land.

The bottom line is I blame those "flyers" on my haste.

Maybe, but shooting fast also heats the barrel up fast so you may have rushed your shots or the hot barrel was to blame. Just take your time and let the barrel cool off between shots to see if it improves the accuracy.

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Seeing You are from Nevada, I assume the sun is bright and hot ?? A rifle lying on a bench with the hot sun beating on the barrel doesn't cool down all that quickly. I've seen me put the firearm under the bench out of the bright sun to assist in it cooling down before shooting again.
Just something for consideration Think

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Took my time...

I slowed down a little today, and used some pillow cases full of sand, instead of a sleeping bag, and got my BAR/Luppy dialed in! 3 inches high at 100 yards with 150 grain. I will try the high dollar 160 grain, that I will be hunting with, next week.

I'm looking for about 2-2.5 inches high at 100 with the Federal Vital shock 160 grain Nosler Partition. Thoughts?

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