Written By - Greg Dykstra, 5/8/2016
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Precision rifles are only one part of a much larger system.
You can have the most precise and accurate rifle in the world, and it will be for not without everything else being on point. The shooter must do their job by accounting for environmental conditions, breaking the shot correctly, and driving the rifle properly. The optic must allow trustworthy zero and repeatably accept firing solutions. Range finders, Kestrel's, and ballistic computers must be able to provide accurate data. The ammunition you are firing must be consistent and uniform. That last one is harder to come by than you might think. Depending on your rifle and the cartridge it is chambered for, you may not even be able to buy ammo that performs respectably. In order to achieve maximum precision and accuracy from your rifle, you must load your own ammo and you must know how to tune those loads to your specific rifle barrel. Each individual rifle barrel has its own specific behavior. Some clean up quickly while others take a lot of work. Some are fast while others are slow. Some are very finicky regarding bullet selection while others will shoot nearly anything well. It is this unpredictable behavior that dictates that we must tune our ammo to the specific barrel we are working with if we want to experience the most the rifle has to offer.