I took the stock off my Sako 85 last week. It has a 22 inch barrel and medium length action. The scope extends over the back of the action and increases the overall length of the barrel / action / scope unit by about 2 inches.
I was struck by how short the barrel / action / scope unit seems to be when seperated from the stock. If I took the scope off it would be even shorter. I haven't re-zeroed the rifle yet but need to do so in the next week or so.
I was prompted to think about the practicalities of taking the stock off a regular bolt action rifle for travelling and how much less convienient this would be than using a proper "take down" rifle.
I understand that the amount of torque applied to the action screws when refitting the stock will make a difference to zero. However, there are small, affordable, torque wrenchs available for rifles. I guess that using one of these, combined with pillar bedding in the stock, could achieve something close to the original zero. I appreciate also that taking the scope off would also potentially alter zero, but using picatinny blocks and rings instead of optilocs would minimise the impact of removing and re-attaching optics.
Given that most estates or PH's require their shooters to fire some shots to demonstrate zero and competance regardless of whether the shooter brings a bolt action or take down rifle, I wonder how much additional faff there would be in taking apart and reassembling a bolt action. Assuming a relatively short barreled / action bolt action was used the bits would fit in quite a small attache case, especially if the barrel / action was fitted in diagonally.
Does anybody regularly take their bolt action apart as above and if so, what effect does it have on zero ?