I started building my own rifles back in 1973 and was never satisfied until a rifle consistently printed half-MOA groups. My goal was -- and still is -- the One Hole Group, because I hunted the Western North Carolina mountains and during deer season I sometimes had to make extraordinarily long shots.
Back then, my friends and I did everything we knew how to make a rifle accurate -- from free-floating and/or bedding to truing the bolt face to the breech to lapping the action and barrel to careful handloads. We'd work on rifles all year long trying to get them to shoot to our standards.
Even after all that effort, there was never an absolute guarantee.
I've taken the liberty of sending you a photo copy of a group I shot yesterday out at our gun club range with a T/C Pro Hunter in .308.
I've owned an Omega for several years and wouldn't part with it but, to tell the truth, I was hesitant to buy an Encore because I couldn't imagine that guns assembled with off-the-shelf parts would be accurate enough to suit a man as particular as I am about accuracy.
Well, it's never too late to get an education and yesterday this Grandpa got his Graduate Degree in Out-of-the-Box/Off -the-Shelf Rifle Accuracy.
I don't know how you folks do it but a rifle that shoots like that is no Out-of-the-0Box or Off-the-Shelf rifle.
This rifle might have been computer-designed but it has all the earmarks of being hand-crafted.
I had two witnesses confirm the group so that my friends in the gun club couldn't claim that I'd used a paper punch.