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Ten points that affect rifle accuracy

  1. Scope Quality – capable of withstanding the recoil of the caliber.
  2. Scope mounts – strong components kept tight
  3. Barrel cleanliness – free of fouling, copper and lead deposits
  4. Barrel wear – numerous rounds fired and hot loads
  5. Barrel float – clearance of fore end to the breech
  6. Type of action – actions other than bolt action may have accuracy issues
  7. Trigger – needs to be light, crisp, no creep and predictable
  8. Ammunition/reloads to suit the rifle
  9. Sighted in at the optimum distance for the caliber
  10. The shooter understanding the ballistics of the calibre and wind effect