Sometimes solving an isolated shooting problem with our rifles will demand all the study and analysis we can put into it.
by Norman E. Johnson
Every once in a while we may be faced with a gunsmith/shooting situation that turns out to be more elusive than we had anticipated. I had built a rifle chambered for the 6x45mm cartridge as one of a quadruple switch-barrel set up. The chosen barrel was a Criterion six groove with a 1:8 twist which would stabilize bullets to just over 100 grains. I went with a Model 700 Remington short action, originally chambered for the 221 Remington Fireball, circa 2008, as my choice in building a super accurate, medium-weight rifle capable of extreme accuracy.
Following my customary diagnostic procedure, the action was precision bedded into a Bell and Carlson Medalist varmint weight stock without floor plate, but a magazine cutout did exist. A bedding pillar/loading ramp was bonded to the magazine cutout as an integral unit replete with central action screw. Sighting equipment left nothing to guess work with a Talley Picatinny mounting system and a well-proven 32X target scope. There were no compromises.
From the outset, including the bore break-in, the rifle displayed ordinarily fine accuracy with a…
Read more in the September 2019 issue.