Rifle and ammunition technologies have increased enough that many of today’s rifle offerings pledge Minute of Angle (one-inch) groups right out of the box. By hand-loading ammo and selecting specific ammunition, you’ll more easily shoot sub-MOA groups with these newer rifles. So how do your rifles measure up? Are they printing the kinds of groups you can brag about? Like a beach house, shooting proficiency must be built on a solid foundation. These five tools are critical if you are serious about accuracy. Most can be found at the Caldwell website.
First, a solid gun rest takes the stress (and recoil) out of shooting, particularly with large-caliber rifles, and the Lead Sled is an excellent choice. Next you need a quality shooting table or bench; portable models allow you to shoot more frequently and conveniently. Quality eye and ear protection makes your shoot safer and more enjoyable (young shooters in particular are more afraid of report than recoil). Fourthly, a set of gunsmith-quality screwdrivers is a once-in-a-lifetime investment, tools you’ll use repeatedly on the sub-MOA quest.
Finally, consider a barrel accessory to tame harmonics. Browning offers the BOSS system, which shrinks groups and can double as a muzzle break. Bell & Carlson offers the SmartStock, which has adjustments to barrel vibrations built in the stock. Limbsaver offers the least expensive solution with their De-Resonator, which counteracts harmonic resonance for less than $25.