American Rifleman - August 2017 - 75

A SILK PURSE

As they say, you can't turn a sow's ear into a silk
purse. No matter what you try, a given barrel can only
shoot as well as it will. Gains in accuracy are rarely
dramatic. So understand your goals, your actual needs
and what you'll settle for. A rifle that starts out shooting
2" groups is unlikely to become a sub-m.o.a. rifle. The
rare rifle that starts out shooting m.o.a. groups may well
become a half-m.o.a. rifle, but is unlikely to become the

(much rarer) quarter-m.o.a. rifle. With some luck and a
lot of work, it's not impossible to cut your group sizes in
half, but any more than that is unlikely. Reality is that,
eventually, you must learn to live with what you have
or invest in a better barrel and start over-or pass the
rifle off and start over with something else. Sometimes,
unfortunately, the only solution to accuracy is cutting
your losses.

THE ACCURATE RIFLE ... AND RIFLEMAN

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positions, too, are demonstrative and well-reasoned. A guest chapter written by
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