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    The OP said he is shooting .22lr. not a centerfire.
    To be able to do 1” groups at 100 yrds needs to use the highest quality Eley ammo on a bench rest type rifle.
    Maybe the 4”-5” groups OP is getting at 100 yrds is excellent for his rifle.
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    Update. Just had rifle on bench to begin the process of bedding the barrel and noticed that the scope mount was loose. It looks like the screws were stripped. That's what could be causing the bad groupings. I re tapped the screws and tightened with Loctite high temp. Solid as a rock now. Finished the bedding and giving it 24 hrs. then will clean and re assemble. If I an unable to get at least 2 inch groups at 100 going to get rid of it.
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    Good on you for finding those loose screws. Let us know how it does.
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    Got barrel bedded and put all together, everything looks pretty snug. Soon as ranges open going to see how it does.Name:  IMG_4005.JPG
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    Sorry I didn't see this sooner. My first suggestion is always, check screws. Stock, base and scope.

    22's are not known for accuracy much beyond 50 yards.... Having said that, 22's can be made to shoot very well out well beyond 100 yards.

    Bedding the action usually helps keep the action from moving around under recoil. 22lr doesn't really have recoil enough to move around.

    As suggested above, if the accuracy isn't to your liking, try shimming the barrel at the end of the stock (business card). Just something temporary to see if it helps. If it does, you can do a more permanent solution (epoxy). You can move the shim forward or back to see if there's any improvement... find the sweet spot.

    Ammo. I've seen $100 guns shoot 1-1/2" groups at 100 yards with cheap ammo. Seen the same gun shoot 3" groups with good ammo. Seen $500 guns shoot 3" groups with great ammo and sub 1" groups with good ammo. There is no rhyme or reason behind it, you just have to try different ammo until you find a few good combinations.

    If you have it available, try subsonic or low velocity ammo.

    Nice looking set-up you have there.
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    My 597 shoots 1.5 moa at 100 yards and I've done nothing to it. I'd try the simple stuff like ammo preferences, floating the barrel. I might bed it if floating it didn't work, but I'd think selling it and getting something else a more productive move if all else failed.
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    BTW, what optic are you running?

    And, yeppers, loose screws in the mounts/rings is something that has happened to me.
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    In for a penny, in for a pound.

    You're not going to get much on resale or trade in. Might as well work with it, makes a nice project.
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    Try free floating first, if that doesn't help then glass bed it. It that doesn't work, then sell it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melanikoko View Post
    Try free floating first, if that doesn't help then glass bed it. It that doesn't work, then sell it.
    Where have I heard that before?
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