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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2005 7:42 am
by BUCK #8
I have a older model remington 742 308 that i can't get to shoot accurate i have cleaned it and shot it several times i just can't get it grouping tight. I wonder if i need to take it to a gunsmith and have the thing totally reworked?

PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2005 8:11 am
by gtk
did it used to shoot accurately ?

have you tried different loads ?

if it used to shoot accruately, and you havent changed anything else, it very well could be a bad case of copper fouling. They make stuff especially to remove the copper fouling.

another thing is, some rods that you used to clean your gun barrel, can actually scratch the inside of the barrel, and if you get enough scratches, it could effect the spin of the bullet....

i've always heard your supposed to use a brass rod.

PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2005 9:20 am
by BUCK #8
it was weird that on opening day i shot at a decent 8 point and missed and no more than 10min later i shot the 7point and he fell in his tracks.

i got some hoppes copper solivent and soaked a patch and a brass rod just running the patch through the barrel a few times and let soak then repeat. also going to try fed preim loads instead of rem core lock, got any load suggestions to try, i shoot 150gr.

PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2005 9:41 am
by bt58
Some guns just flat out will not shoot certain loads. Sometimes it may take a few different loads to find one that the gun will group. I don't know much about a 308, but I'd suggest trying some different loads like gtk said.

PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2005 10:26 am
by iveygun3
try different loads of brands and bullet weight. You didn't say if you had a scope or not b/c the prob may be a scope issue ie... loose or a sheared screw, crosshair not seated. if so try to shoot iron sight 3 shot group from rest ( a good rest not on the hood ) to see if gun is prob or scope. just as info I have a 742 .308 and it prefers 165 gr. the 150s group opens to about 2in at 100yds and the 165s stay at around 1in.

PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2005 11:12 am
by BUCK #8
I have a bushnell scope not a very expensive one but i thouhgt it was the scope but it shoots afew right and then it might be off the next shot . I'm shooting from a solid rest ,the gun was used when i got it so i'm about ready to have it reworked

PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2005 11:42 am
by jksmith
Make sure your scope mounts are tight. Also, make sure the barrell has no contact with the stock. A .308 packs a whop!

PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2005 12:02 pm
by BUCK #8
Thanks guys for the info i'm at work been cleaning and checking it out going to shoot tomorrow. let ya'll know how it turns out.