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Improving Your Rifle Accuracy (Video)

Improving accuracy is what precision shooting is all about. It is a constant cycle of continual improvement through long hours of practice. But how much affect does your choice of equipment have on consistently hitting the target? Turns out it can play a much larger role than you might think.

MDT’s Ryan Steacy decided to find out just how much by performing a simple in-the-field test shooting and comparing groupings with a Savage Model 11 in .308.

Distance: 100 yards
Zeroing: 10 round maximum scope adjustment prior to each test
Targets: 4 Benchrest paper targets
Groups: 5 rounds per target


Test #1: A stock, off-the-shelf Savage was used to fire standard grade ammunition (.308 FMJ, 147 gr).

Results: While all rounds were on target, the groupings were broad and inconsistently centred on the paper. This is indicative of inconsistent round performance.

Test 1

Test #2: The same stock rifle was then loaded with premium grade ammunition (.308 Match Grade 175 gr)

Results: The groups became noticeably tighter, however the groups wandered around the paper.  This is indicative of the performance associated with a plastic stock that is unable to hold the action firmly for consistent performance.

Test 2

Test #3: The Savage action was taken from it’s plastic stock and placed in an MDT LSS-XL aluminum chassis. This was done on-site at the range in approx. 3 minutes. The same premium ammunition was fired for this test.

Results: The group size and placement became significantly more consistent - illustrating not only the repeatability of quality ammunition but in the capability of an engineered aluminum chassis to hold the action firm and provide consistent performance.

Test 3

Test #4: An International Barrels Inc. barrel replaced the factory Savage barrel. (Twist: 1/10, 20” long) This was also done at the range in approx. 10 minutes. This was a brand new barrel, never been fired. Premium ammunition was again used.  

Results: Group size and group placement was exponentially improved. Combined with the ammunition and LSS-XL chassis, the barrel made the target placement incredibly consistent.

Test 4

Products used:

Rifle: Savage Arms model 11 
Chassis: MDT LSS-XL 
Barrel: International Barrels


  • Jason,

    Unfortunately we are not planning to release the HS3 chassis for the Ruger American. The design of this bolt action rifle is not compatible with the fixed buttstock interface chassis design.

    Julien Garnier
  • Is there an HS3 chassis for a ruger American coming?


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