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You want what everyone wants. How perfectly your desires are realised is a direct reflection of how well you built the rifles.

For instance, you want 1moa? Depending on how you define that, you could get anything to shoot. Here, we insist on 10 shot groups and only a rifle that produces results on several range sessions is accepted.

However, if youre willing to bang away at the target for two hours, and hold up three shots as proof positive your rifle rocks, and the rest were “fliers”, that’s a different story.

Ill be real candid for a minute here. I build custom rifles for a living, and the truth is that people spend large on their rifles because that’s what it takes to get the results. The barrel is paramount. A typical factory barrel will start life attempting to copper itself into smooth average. Once this is done, precision will get better and better untill its hovering at just over MOA, then it will gradually walk back out to 1.6ish, then walk back down to just over MOA. That’s as good as it gets.

Cheap aftermarket barrels will do the same, but to a lesser degree. The transitions are less violent, and the overall consistency is better.

Finally, we come to premium hand lapped barrels. These come out of the gate strong delivering .5-.6 inch groups for ten shots on demand. They hold this performance like a tuning fork holds a note, and they do it till the barrel is shot out. The lovely thing about this is that it’s so consistent, and predictable that you as the shooter have absolute confidence about what you are seeing down range, and you can learn at an accelerated rate. This incessant blaming of ourselves to explain the rifles performance is horse manure. The human behind the rifle is only able to be as good as the rifle allows, and the skill with which the rifle is built bears responsibility for how well the shooter knows his weapon. A true custom rifle works with the shooter, and the shooter naturally falls into a pattern of letting the rifle do what it was designed to do.

This starts with the barrel, flows through the stock, is manipulated by the trigger, is directed by the scope, and repeated by and through the reciever design.

The harder it is to repeat yourself exactly through these components, the less often you will hit your mark.

The scope, and how it is attached is one way people regularly defeat themselves. It’s a parellel system that carries its own capability for precision. Most scopes will not allow you to shoot ten shots into less than an inch, no matter what rifle you’ve screwed them to. You simply have precision glass or you have not. Period. There is simply no way to improve your scope quality by any means other than your wallet.

So, to sum it all up, if you want precision, you have to get a system together that is capable of it. If you don’t, what you wish you had, and what you actually have, will always be distinctly separate things.

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