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Old January 25, 2013, 07:44 PM   #26
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My Model 7 custom KS in 350 Rem mag with custom loads is a tack driver. I have not changed the scope setting in ten or more years, probably more...
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Old January 25, 2013, 08:11 PM   #27
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wpsdlrg- I am teeter tottering on the fence of whether or not to float the barrel. I am afraid of making things worse but if it will make even the first two shots from a cold barrel group better, I believe it is worth doing for a hunting rifle. How did your M7 do on the first two shots when it was floated?
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Old January 25, 2013, 08:50 PM   #28
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Measure the amount of pressure before you float. That way if floating does make it worse you can re create the pressure point.
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Old January 25, 2013, 09:19 PM   #29
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Steven.....OK you live in a single wide with little room for reloading or so you think. I used to C clamp a RCBS press to a $10.00 table I bought at a yard sale after I got caught by the wife using her table. I kept everything in their org boxes and it took up little storage space. It’s gratifying when you find the fodder your grumpy rifle likes.
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Old January 25, 2013, 10:00 PM   #30
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I free floated my model 7 6mm Rem and it made a huge difference. Mine has an 18" pencil barrel. It was shooting 3-4" at 100 yards with all ammos, even with reloads. I then free floated the barrel and it will sometimes do 1" at 100 yards.

I am not saying you should free float yours. I would try at least 6 different ammos before trying it. If all 6 shoot bad, I doubt free floating will make it worse. If it will shoot 1-2", then that may be all she will do.
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Old January 25, 2013, 10:24 PM   #31
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Some weren't reading, so here it is again:

Pillar bedding and free-floating a model 7 can shoot fantastically, as noted in my previous post. The one I did was shooting 3/8 groups at 100 yards with factory Rem Loc-tites!!!!! Put that in your pencil-piped 7 and smoke it!!!
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Old January 25, 2013, 10:36 PM   #32
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big al- I wish I couldve found one chambered 6mm instead of .243. One of the best calibers ever to be killed.

Picher- I read it, and I believe it. I just hope if I float mine it will turn out as well as yours did.
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Old January 25, 2013, 10:47 PM   #33
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Picher, every rifle is different.
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Old January 26, 2013, 12:20 AM   #34
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My 6mm model seven has always been a 1-2" gun. It does have a bit of a stiff trigger and I'm sure lightening it up would help. I've used 100 grain Core lokt and 95 grain Hornady SST, both group about the same, SST just hits higher.
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Old January 26, 2013, 07:25 AM   #35
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Floating without good action bedding can make accuracy worse. Actions must be bedded correctly, preferably pillar-bedded, to achieve consistency.

Two of the "musts": 1. masking tape under, both sides, and ahead of the recoil shield. Remove it after hardening/removal. This prevents the action from "rocking" on the epoxy.

2. After hardening/removal, be sure that any blind receiver screw holes aren't filled with epoxy, preventing the action from being adequately tightened into the bedding.

Done right, I've never seen a bolt-action rifle shoot worse after bedding.
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