having recently taken up stalking for roe/red, but having shot on estates for red a few times, I recently acquired my first own rifle, and have a few questions, if you can help, it would be greatly appreciated. I have put this in the 'general' section, as my questions span a few separate topics.
I purchased an almost unused Sako 75 Hunter .243 Win with a Schmidt & Bender 6x42.
1. It had previously only been shot around 10 times, and I have zero'd and test show about 20 rounds - is it time I give it a big clean? can I have damaged the rifle by leaving it uncleaned for 2 weeks after having fired 20 rounds?
2. This will be used for both red and roe, so I thought I best just get one ammo and stick with it - I have bought Norma SP 100 gr and seems to group ok, although not amazing but could be my fault! seems to drop 1" @ 100yds compared to Federal 85gr. any comments on my chosen ammo, suggestions, recommendations?
3. I see myself as a pretty good marksman, and would like to be able to take shots are longer ranges when and IF needed (200-400 yds). Even with plenty of practice, will I simply have to forget about it until I have a scope with BDC? how would my Norma perform at 200-300 yds, any recommendations to improve accuracy/consistency?
4. should I consider any alterations, such as pillar bedding, macmillan stock, etc. etc.?
thanks for any help, comments, advice offered.