Double Groups Are A Worry

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Loose scope bases or rings arec a classic cause of split groups on target. Torque them to approporiate tension and then re-shoot.
Loose scope bases or rings are a classic cause of split groups on target. Torque them to approporiate tension and then re-shoot. Image-Wheeler.

Q: My rifle which has been very accurate from new has started to shoot
double groups. Can you suggest a reason for this, as I am at a loss to know
what to do?
Bob Barker
A classic double or split group. What mechanical factors can cause it?
A classic double or split group. What mechanical factors can cause it?
A: A double group is usually a sign that something is loose. That could be the 
scope mounts, rings or a loose screw securing the barrelled
action to the stock.
It is a sure sign that there's a mechanical problem
with the firearm. Check all these
things then take it out to the range a
nd see if the problem is gone.

 

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