I bought a browning xbolt in .243 last year (I've had a lot of problems with it!) - the latest was an inability to shoot a decent group... which I eventually worked out was due to the rifle being clean!!!
I was told to always clean my .243 after shooting - I'm a deer stalker so it's all about the first shot being through a clean and cold barrel... trouble is it doesn't group 3 shots when it's clean and cold!!! My .17hmr won't shoot straight unless it's clean, and my .22 won't shoot straight unless it's dirty (so I never clean it).
It settles down after about 6 shots, and I'm able to shoot very good groups when I zero at 100yds... but by then the barrel is warm, and being a fluted barrel the zero seems to shift!!!
So my questions are:
- Should I bother cleaning it if it doesn't like it? - Once zeroed I'll only use it for the odd deer.
- Does anyone else have an issue with fluted barrel's moving zero when warming up?
- Does anyone know a magic trick that will swap my xbolt for something more sensible free of charge and without having to wait 4 months for a variation?!