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I have a Ruger M77 MKII that I had rebarreled by ER Shaw to .358, but wanted to put a synthetic stock on it. I bought a used Ruger factory All Weather stock to replace the original.

The stock came off a .350 Rem. Mag., but the barrel channel was still too small for my .358, so I gathered all of my precision stockmaking tools:



After a couple of hours working on the stock blindfolded, I had the barreled action installed. I had intended to completely free float the barrel but it still had a bit of pressure on the end of the forend when I decided to call it good;



Took her to the range yesterday and fired 3 shots at 100 yards after boresighting...250 gr. Hornady RN handloads...everybody knows that Shaw barrels don't shoot:



Well, that 0.585" group must have been a fluke...gave the knobs on the scope a twist and tried it again:



That one came in at 0.79". I think I'll save some chainsaw gas and leave it alone. Did I mention I really like my .358?
 

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too funny! my 300 win mag wears the same stock in factory form no less and it too punches 1/2" groups... in fact the tighter that i reef on the action screws the better the groups get!?!?!
 

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Sure is alot of blood on the head of that hatchet!
 

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so is that an stihl 018.. or have they got newer versions now.:)
at one time ,,if i had an 028 [old type] or 026 i could do most anything i had to do..now for takin old family oak trees.. id pull out the 372 husq..
as far as tools to do a job..i rate those saws right there with my savage 110 06 an my cz452..just good tools.slim
 

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Jealous...that's what I am! The only things missing are the micrometer for measurements and the chalk for marking your lines. Can't make a good stock without those, no matter how good your chainsaw is! By the way, there is a prerequisite when posting pics of groups that good...you HAVE TO post the powder/charge weight. It's state law. It's in the stickies. It's...it's...the right thing to do! :)
 

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Nice rifle and nice groups! I have a .358 Ruger 77 Hawkeye SS that I dropped into a Boyds pepper laminate stock that I'm still working with. I have some 225s and 250s to try along with factory 200s and some Wisconsin Ammo 200s. I'm curious as to what twist your E.R. Shaw barrel has. By the way, I used an E.R. Shaw barrel on a Savage 110, changing it from '06 to .338/06 and it shoots very well too.
 

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.358/250

I'm surprised that your 1/14 twist shoots 250s that well ! I have a Rem. 760 with a 20" 1/12 Remington barrel that shoots like that with 225s , haven't tried 250s . I load the 225 Sierra over 50Gr. of Win. 748 , great Deer medicine . Gotta love the .35 cals. , they aren't the least bit fussy about what you feed them !!
 
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