I could use a little help in diagnosing an accuracy problem with my rifle....
I have a M70 Stainless Classic in 300 WSM. This is the one that comes with the 'plastic fantastic' stock. I bought the gun new, set it up with a Leupy 3 X 9 and set off for the range with a variety of handloads I worked up. None of my handloads grouped well. The loads were 180 grain TSXs and Accubonds. Thinking the flimsey stock was likely the problem, I bedded the stock, which stiffend everything up. I free floated the barrel. I then bought a box of Winchester factory ammo to see if for some reason the gun just didn't like the TSXs or Accubonds. I went to the range Saturday morning and it only took 5 shots to tell me that I haven't fixed the problem. I got about a 3 inch group at 100 yards from the bench. I do not believe the scope is moving, and I have the trigger set at about 3.5 pounds. I'm running out of ideas.... I still suspect the stock may be part of the problem, but I was pleased with my bedding job and I just don't believe that is the primary reason. The bolt does seem a little hard to open after I fire, so I starting thinking that might be a clue...but it's not stuck by any means it's just a little stiff.
A couple of other theories I've entertained:
Internal parts of the scope defective
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated... I was planning to take this gun on an Oct PWS hunt, but if I don't get this figured out by then I'll be leaving it at home.