I have almost lost faith in my rifle. I love the stainless rifle in a duratouch camo stock. 2 years ago I shot a deer from the prone position at 275 yds. The first shot eveidently missed and he made a 30 foot circle and stood at almost the same spot. I fired again and the deer ran almost the same circle and fell over. Tuesday of this week I was at the range and decided to shoot the .270. Much to my surprise the first shot was 6” high while the next 2 shots were touching 2” high. Horizontal was perfect on all 3 shots.
The miss on the deer has always been perplexing because I feel competent in my abilities as a shooter and handloader to handle with ease any shot I take.
I’ve never had an issue like this. Does anyone have any ideas?
Factory rifle free floated and no worries about the scope, rings, bases, torque settings.
The 2 shots in question are the only 2 shots that I have had issues. Clean, fouled or dirty doesn’t seem to be an issue with accuracy or consistency. Since it purely a deer rifle that gets an average of 10 rounds a year now, it only gets cleaned every other year or so.
I’ll disassemble, clean and start fresh in January. Hopefully be ready again with it next Thanksgiving. If not, then I have a SML that has my full confidence!