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    Default Taking off a stock change zero?

    Does taking off a stock force you to have to sight in your rifle again? I know that a bedded action shouldn't, but I'm talking about a bone stock factory rifle here.

    How many of you separate your action from stock to clean it up every now and again?

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    When you put it back on just recheck zero.

    It can change the zero if the screws are a different tension after reinstalling.

    If your shooting at the range and your stock is not screwed on tight it can mess with your groups.
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    happens every time i take mine apart.

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    Yup-Re zero. Never seems to be off much, but a couple clicks on the scope seems to be normal.

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    It changes. Wood is worse than glass but all will shift a bit. Always recheck. J.

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    Thanks for all the responses guys! Now I know.

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    I pull all my actions out of the stock every single time I clean them. All are wood stocks and they ALWAYS return to the exact same point of impact. Of course mine are glass bedded and I torque the screws the same every time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alangaq View Post
    I pull all my actions out of the stock every single time I clean them. All are wood stocks and they ALWAYS return to the exact same point of impact. Of course mine are glass bedded and I torque the screws the same every time.
    Interesting thread. I take my action out of my synthetic stock about every two or three cleanings (except at the range) and never noticed any POI change. Maybe I will only take it out once a year in the future? Also, never noticed any significant change in POI from first (fouling) shot after cleaning and folow on shots.

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    I imagine you could get around this if you torqued the screws the same every time. Not many people use a torque wrench to attach a stock though. It would be worth looking into.

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