Well, it's a TACK DRIVER....
AS long as the tack is at 25 yds!
I shot it first to sight it in at 25 yds, with the "new" Polish surplus ammo I bought Saturday.
It sighted in REALLY quickly, then put a 3 shot group into essentially one HOLE in the very CENTER of the 1" circle at the center of the Leupold site in target.
Then I tried it at the other virgin target, and SAME result, two rounds touching, (one hole,) and the third SLIGHTLY above it, in a perfect triangle, just a wisp of paper beteen it and the other two...
I was so happy, I put it down and tried the Russian Scout with the Polish stuff, and with a few teaks, it TOO was punching out the center circle! I was so happy I put BOTH of them in the rack and decided to sight in my .22 rifle, since I had it, the targets, and the spotting scope set up.
Then I put the .22 awy, and confidently marched to the 100 yd range...set up, SQUEEZED a "perfect" five shot group hilding dead on, then leaned over to the scope expecting a 1 1/2: or 2" group aboput 2 oinches or so high...
And I see about a FIVE inch group, roughly about 6 inches high and to the LEFT!!!
What the HE!!???
I check the mount, TIGHT. Check my settings from 25, nothing different. I reload, make NO adjustments, take my time with the SAME hold....SAME results! MAYBE a little tighter group, MAYBE an inch or so CLOSER To center, but still effectively "high, left, and LARGE..."
Now I decide maybe the Polish ain't too good AFTER all. So I dedide with NO adjustments to try a 3 shot group with the Winchester stuff (I only had 11 rounds!) I shot slowly, at a clean target...and I see ONE hole, about 3 inches LOW and to the RIGHT. ONE hole. I ask to go down, everyone else shuts down, I go down, and only ONE hit on the whole TARGET!!!!!!
Now I'm REALLY confused. I tried a group from the Russian, and it only gave about a 3 inch group, again to the left and high.
Now I switch to the Russian surplus with both, and no difference.
So I "adjusted" the scopes, and the "amorphous" 3-6" groups "roughly moved over in line with the center of the target, about 3 inches high.
The same thing happened with the Russian.
So I quit. I'm KICKING myself that I didn't go BACK to 25 and see what if it would repeat the "one hole groups, dead on."
I'm now on a QUEST. NO WAY both these decent barrels should be doing THIS.
I'm going to shave the inside of the stocks to completely "free float" the barrels. (I feel a LITTLE "pressure" when I put the Pole into it's stock and tighten the screws, the Russian cranks down smoothly when I tighten the tang and mag screws...)
Then I think I'm going to cut the barrel on the Pole a little and recrown the bore, to get rid of any rifling damage I may have at the muzzle from improper cleaning (Soviets and Pact troops were taught to clean from the MUZZLE...)
Then finally I MAY switch the scopes around if I don't get any better results. He!!, I can even use the Blazer 1" 4x32 I have on my .22 to see if there is any difference.
THEN I'm going to fire up the press and my new dies....
I WILL get them BOTH shooting into 2" or less at 100 yds or die trying!