December 29th, 2016, 03:38 PM
Join Date: May 2007
If it were mine, I would place another scope of known reliability on the rifle and shoot it again. If the accuracy improved, I would place a better grade of glass on the rifle.
Redfield used to make good scopes right here in the USA, and I have a few of them, but they were shut down by the EPA back in the nineties IIRC, and had to declare BK. The newer Redfield scopes are a division of Leupold, and just like the lower end Leupold's, are made in China or the Philippines. Not saying that they can't make decent scopes, but the construction and QC are not up to scratch with more expensive glass. Even the vaunted Vortex, which is also made in China, has problems, and the only thing that saves them is their lightning fast customer service and replacement policy.
Another thing that I would check is the distance off of the lands for your particular bullet. Hornady makes a good gauge to check this. It used to be Stony Point, but Hornady bought them awhile back. I have a Winchester M70 in 6.5x55, and it wouldn't shoot for beans. I glass bedded the stock, and that helped a little, but going from 6" groups to 4" groups isn't a great improvement. I bought one of these gauges, and found that the distance from the lands to the ogive on the Hornady 129 gr IL that I was using was almost a tenth of an inch. Yikes! I seated the 129 gr IL out to just off the lands and accuracy settled into 1.5" consistently.
Good luck figuring it out. Kinks with new rifles/cartridges is very frustrating, especially when they have reputations for accuracy, but it is what makes this hobby interesting.