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Last minute problems #14543266 02/05/20
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Interested in people's take on this issue.

You've heading off for an out of state deer hunt. Its a big deal.

A couple of days before you head off you check zero and shot is 4" low. You check and the action screws aren't tight - nearly a 1/4 turn on both to correct tightness. Reshoot, adjust and all is good.

No time for anything else. How long till you trust it? Do you use it (you shoot it best of all) or take your back up which is great, reliable but which you shoot a tiny bit worse.

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Re: Last minute problems [Re: OttoG] #14543284 02/05/20
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Hopefully I only need it to be good for one more shot...

Having said that choices abound in the safe capable of taking a deer on a moments notice so it wouldn’t be a big deal.


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Re: Last minute problems [Re: OttoG] #14543332 02/05/20
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Pick whichever but for the next hunt, upgrade your mounting system and get a better back up. Then shoot them both more so the bugs are worked out well ahead of time.

Re: Last minute problems [Re: OttoG] #14543689 02/05/20
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Now that the screws are all tight I re zero and go hunting.

Re: Last minute problems [Re: OttoG] #14543815 02/05/20
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It sounds like you want to take it. Take it and the spare, just in case. Shoot it again when you get there and have fun.

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Re: Last minute problems [Re: OttoG] #14543928 02/05/20
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If you shot after correcting the zero go hunting.

Re: Last minute problems [Re: OttoG] #14544310 02/05/20
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I’d tighten the action screws with a torque wrench to a good spec and write down the number so I could check it in the future. I’d reverie the rifle then check zero on the backup. Bring them both.

Re: Last minute problems [Re: OttoG] #14544369 02/05/20
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And pack your torque driver...

Re: Last minute problems [Re: OttoG] #14544595 02/05/20
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Thanks - I'll take it. It was built for the place I hunt in 2007. Every time I take something else I regret it.

M700 ss 7-08 20"
ASE suppressor
Jewell
McMillan Game Hunter Edge
Williams stainless BDL floorplate
Zeiss Victory HT 3-12x56i asv+
120gr ballistic tip 2,850fps

Back up

M700ss 30-06 23"
Reflex suppressor
Jewell
McMillan Remington Sporter
Sunny hill floorplate
Zeiss Victory 2.5-10x50i asv+
150gr AB, 2,950fps

Vertical pistol grip, higher comb, better balance, better optics, and quieter 7-08 are just easier

Re: Last minute problems [Re: OttoG] #14545302 02/06/20
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For me, last minute problems is an immediate swap to a backup that is trouble-free. Happened to me in WY this fall. Got to camp, confirmed POI/POA on primary and backup rifle. Go to stuff ammo into the mag-box of the primary and either something happened to the seating die, OR, there's too little neck tension and my handloads "grew". No matter the cause, the problem is that I now have a bolt action single-shot. No big deal, swapped to the backup and never gave the issue a 2nd thought until I got home and could diagnose and correct the problem.


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Re: Last minute problems [Re: OttoG] #14563027 02/11/20
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Took the primary after rezero. 3.5 days hard hunting in appalling weather. No trophy but hard earned meat calf in thick cover where the handy 7-08 made it possible.

Re: Last minute problems [Re: OttoG] #14569343 02/13/20
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i'd definitely say swap to the known good to go back-up rifle. if i didn't all i would think about would be is the gun gonna perform when the time comes. that just me personally. might not bother most folk but a known issue w/o time to check it out thoroughly would not make for a good time outdoors especially if i had a backup of equal quality.
good luck,
Big Ed

Last edited by whitearrow; 02/13/20.

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