Sell it to me.Here's the deal. My buddy's dad got a Rem 700 6mmRem from his father-in-law and said it doesn't shoot. He asked me to try messing with it. I cleaned it up and shot a few rounds of the old factory ammo at 100 yards and shot a 5-6" group. It was ugly.
I took the gun back to the guy and he said, "keep it, does no good for me."
I reluctantly took it and called my buddy. Told him what his dad said and he agreed. (I asked 3 times)
I now have a Rem 700 bull barrel 6mmRem that is from at least the 1980s at my house and I don't know what to do with it.
I don't have a need for it due to the heavy barrel/cal and I don't want to have any drama with a buddy over a gun.
So here are my options:
1-return it to my buddy
2-keep it and try making it shoot (from there give it back)
3-replace the barrel with something more practical
What would you do?
Exactly what I was thinking. Redo the bases and rings and try a different scope before giving up. My father in law has one just like you are describing (Varmint Special) and I load 100 grain partitions for him and he has killed quite a few deer with it. Before that he used 100 grain factory loads that were plenty accurate.You didn't mention anything about the optics on the rifle. Could be a cheapo scope that doesn't hold adjustment or loose rings or mounts.
Could be the rifle just doesn't like that particular ammo.