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Rifle won't shoot... did I get a dud?

I recently aquired an H&R single shot in .25-06, which I was excited about because I've always wanted a gun in that caliber. Before I ever shot it, I had a smith install a muzzle break, and he was kind enough to re-crown it for me while he was at it. The gun was already equipped with the Choate stock and forearm, the forearm having been free-floated already.

Two scopes and four flavors of factory ammo later, I still can't hold a decent group to save my life. From what I've read, those H&R single shots are hit or miss as far as accuracy, and I'm starting to think I may have the latter one.

Is there anything mechanical I can look at that may remedy this? Should I look at having someone whip me up some handloads? Should I keep trying, or should I cut my losses and bury it in the safe?

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What size group are you getting with your best set up?

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What size group are you getting with your best set up?
Honestly, they've all been similar, but the best group I got was with Winchester Silvertips, and it was still around a 5 MOA group. I try to give it 4-5 minutes between each shot to let the barrel cool. The only consistency I'm noticing is they either hit close to where I'm aiming, or they're high left.

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This was my best target at 100 yards. I'm looking to be about 2" high for a 200 yard zero.
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Jim that is a large group There are probably guys on tis site that could shoot better then that with their flintlocks. I think somebody on this site will help you out.

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Does the brake come off? If so did you try the gun without it?
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Does the brake come off? If so did you try the gun without it?
It should, and I was wondering if that might be worth a shot. I haven't tried it yet.

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Does the brake come off? If so did you try the gun without it?
It should, and I was wondering if that might be worth a shot. I haven't tried it yet.
im just taking a stab at a possible problem. I seen recrown jobs give rifles better groups so I suppose a improperly cut crown could easily do the opposite. That is assuming the gun shot well before the work.
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It may be you expanding the groups... Get someone else to shoot it...
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Agree. I'd let someone else try the gun before settling on the gun being the issue. No offense, but your shooting style could be the culprit. It could be something as simple as you're not being used to the trigger pull on that particular gun. I've had times that I could shoot a certain rifle fine, then switch to another one of my rifles and due to the difference in trigger pull required, have totally different results.
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