TinMan
TinMan 16 May 2019
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How NOT to do the Satterlee method...

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Thank you, Tread for the gorgeous bullets! I'm not giving up on chasing a one hole group...

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RobertM
RobertM 2 months ago

The only rifle I have ever got to shoot a one hole group is my Remington 700 BDL .222 and that was from a Benchmaster rifle rest at 100 yards with the right hand load.

I have a budget rifle also like the T/C Compass, a Savage Axis. I have two of them. One in .223 and one in .22-250. They were project rifles for me. I did trigger jobs on both so they are both smoothed out at around three to four pounds. I replaced the ejectors and extractors on the bolt with aftermarket kits. Something I don't normally do but in this case the factory parts were not doing the job they were suppose to do. When it comes the function of a gun I stick with factory parts because the manufacturer designed the gun to function with its original parts and I don't want problems from out of spec aftermarket parts. The biggest thing I did that greatly improved my accuracy in these rifles was to change the factory plastic stock to a wood stock. The plastic stocks have flex and vibration and whip that cause the barrel to shift. I even tried to reinforce and brace the fore stock and also epoxy bed the stock. It only improved my accuracy marginally. I still had whip that was coming from the weak thin grip even though I might have eliminated the flex and vibration. After I got Boyds wood gunstocks on them my accuracy was greatly improved. The .223 Axis is now shooting consistently right around MOA or one inch at 100 yards. I might get it better with more work on my reloads. The last time I had the .22-250 Axis out it was dead on at 100 yards. Most budget rifles today come with plastic stocks and that is fine for hunting accuracy but its not for bench shooting accuracy. As good as the Compass shoots I think you are still going to get fliers with the plastic stock. Budget rifles are not meant to be bench shooting rifles. They are meant to be hunting rifles. So if you want a budget rifle to shoot with bench shooting accuracy then you are going to have to do some work on it to get it there. The Compass I think just needs a good wood stock with maybe a good bedding job unless its already a tight fit. Work up some good hand loads in the chamber sweet spot that it likes. That should get you there. Best of luck.

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RobertM
RobertM 2 months ago

To see what a plastic stock does in slow motion when the rifle fires, watch this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqpYTECGc2I

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RobertM
RobertM 2 months ago

FYI, my .223 load is a 55gr. Hornady SP (not cannelure) using IMR 4198. I pretty much don't shoot any other .22 centerfire bullet but a 55gr. but I might use something else if I am not getting the results I want from a 55gr.

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