Here's the scoop. I have a 243 WSSM. I bought it when old Winchester announced they were going under. It has sat in a safe or been cased sice I got it and is in pristine condition on the outside. I have tried sighting it in several times w/ different scopes and loads. Copper fouling is also not an issue. At 25yds some of the bullets will key hole. It has never shot well and I finally took it to the gunsmith to see if there was anything they could do.
They told me that there was severe pitting in the last 5 or so inches inside the barrel and this was likely causing the accuracy issues. Beucase it was from the Old Winchester there was nothing that New Winchester would do even though it clearly looks like a factory issue.
I was told I could rebarrel it.
Could try and cut and recrown the barrel but not much barrel would be left
I could sell it, but would not get much for it.
Basically the gun is useless as it is now. Does anyone have some economical alternatives so I can at least get it to shoot some kind of a group at 100yds so it could function as a deer gun of sorts? I don't expect it to be a match grade gun nor do I want to spend more money on what seems like a money pit.