Went out to the lease last weekend, shot a coon and a rattlesnake. But those are stories for another time.
Among all the work that needed to get done, I needed to sight in some rifles. Showed up with 4 rifles, nothing zeroed! How's that for prepared....
I gave my dad an old mauser action a while back. It was a Yugo rebuild. Probably cost me $100 or so and I think I sold the stock for almost that much.... so, basically, free. Barrel was lousy so we tossed it. He got a deal on a barrel / stock combo from Midway and had a .25 cal barrel laying around. Amid the combination of reamers, headspace gages, and reloading dies we could come up with, the .250 Savage ended up the winner. Cut the stock off as short as I could for my son and put a recoil pad back on it, easy job.
Anyway, with the military trigger, and a 4x Leupold scope, put 3 Hornady 87gr. softpoints into a group you can cover with a dime at 100 yards. Not too bad for a free gun! It's still in the white, mostly, with remnants of bluing left on the receiver. Need to find some sort of bake-on coating.
A number of years back, I found an old Rem 511 on consignment in a gunshop. Near perfect wood, but the top of the receiver had been badly drilled / tapped. Not more than two of the holes were in line with each other, and none of them pointed up out of the receiver at the same angle. Had my dad solder in some plug screws, and redrill / tap on his mill. Then contour a Weaver base to the receiver.
With a 4x Leupold compact scope, and using a sleeping bag for a rest on a folding table, put 6 rounds of cheap bulk Winchester hollow points in another group you could cover with a dime, at maybe 21 or 22 yards.
Not bad for some cheap guns!