Have tried shooting every conceivable bullet and weight with terrible results. Will not group. The caliber is 257 Roberts. Just put new trigger and free floated barrel. Still no groups. Anyone have any ideas?
thanks,have done all mentioned. the barrel had tip pressure and shot worse (or just as bad) before free floating. my next step and maybe final attempt is to take the scope off and put a leupold on. this is the only rifle i have that doesn't have a leupold. after that maybe back to ruger?
There's only so much you can do to get good grouping out of an ultralight rifle. Shoot it when the barrel is cold and see how it performs. Light barrels can behave kinda weird when they get hot. Normally you'd only take one, maybe two shots when hunting anyway. The scope might be a small problem, but I'm sure it would only be part of the solution. If it does the same with a Loopy, it wasn't the scope. Good luck finding the rest of the solution. With so many variables, it's hard to tack it down to just one or two things.
Ruger is a good choice for bolt actions. The M77 is a solid performer. I love mine, and most other people that have them do too. I've heard a lot of good things about the .257, but I have not used one myself. If you typically hunt from a stand or any other stationary place, I would normally recommend a heavier rifle with a thicker barrel. If you're like me and you like to move around and enjoy a walk in the woods with your rifle, you chose a very fine rifle. Get the kinks worked out, and you'll love that thing.
What bullets are ya loading? The reason I asked this is, recently while reading one of my Reloading Manuals,I saw where they said that the 25-06 was heads above the 257 roberts because the heavier bullets(115 and 120Gr.)worked better in it(the 25/06). Try the lighter ones.
Like others said above,check your mounts. Let it cool between shots. Also clean the CRAP out of it. If the bore was rough to begin with,you may need to smooth it out.