Thursday, February 9, 2012

Now, the question is....

Does the rifle have an issue, or is it just a 2 MOA gun?

Rifle is a CZ-527 Carbine in 7.62x39 with a Burris 2-7x32 Timberline compact scope.  Ammo is Hornady 123Gr ZMAX .  (pics of the setup coming soon)

So I have run EVERY soft point 'hunting' ammo that I could find, and this is the best I could get.  From a solid rest, with the set trigger, I could put 2 rounds close, and the 3rd shot would open it up to right at 2 inches.  And it was always the 3rd shot that opened the group.

So, do I just call it good?  The problem is, sometimes, there is that long shot...  Do I put on my Captain Ahab hat and start chasing 1MOA?

1) Call it good.  Keep it for short range hunting.
2) The 2 close shots, with one spread out makes me think it could be barrel bedding.  As the barrel gets a bit of heat, it opens the group.  Float the barrel and see what happens.
3) See if a smith can crown the muzzle a hair and calm the groups down.
4) Rebarrel to .50 Beowulf :D

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  1. Man, damn. Maybe bring it down and we can put it through a ringer of test shooting. I'm disappointed. I wanted the Zombie Max to be the golden bullet.

  2. This is the 'golden bullet' so far. Best groupings with any of the factory rounds I have found.

    I just REALLY believe it can do better.

  3. Have a buddy try it out, to see whether it's consistent with him. I can't get too upset about 2 MOA, but that's just me. In my defense, however, I get plenty of venison.