Hello TTAG. Well, no matter what I did, I couldn’t get the Volquartsen to shoot as well as it should. I dirtied it up with rounds (sometimes barrels shoot better that way), but that didn’t help. I cleaned it gently with a pull through (always breech to muzzle, of course). Still didn’t shoot well. I checked for loose parts, cleaned any gunk out of the feeder…you name it. It still was off (1-2 inch groups at 50 yards). I shot other rifles to make sure it wasn’t me (too much coffee maybe?) but those rifles shot MOA or better. Compared to the sub-MOA groups Volquartsen expects from their rifles, I knew something had to be wrong . . .
So, Scott from Volquartsen, (great customer service btw, he answered calls and e-mails promptly) sent me a return label and told me to ship the rifle on back to him. The verdict? The crown was damaged. If you’re not familiar with rifle terms, that’s the end of the barrel, the very last point the bullet touches before exiting the gun. It also has a big impact on accuracy. Just a tiny bit of damage can go a long way, so be vigilant about protecting those crowns.
The question was how. Neither of us can figure it out. The gun shot poorly right out of the box, so it had to have happened before it arrived at my FFL. But the biggest mystery? The crown is protected by a blow compensator, that can’t even be removed. So it’s quite a feat to damage the crown on this particular Volquartsen. So, my friends, we’re left with this: was it Professor Plum in the kitchen with the pipe wrench? Or maybe Colonel Mustard in the parlor with the candlestick….
We may never figure out exactly what happened, (my bet’s on the butler…its always the butler) but Volquartsen has repaired the rifle, included a test target and, along with sincere apologies, they’ve sent the rifle back to test once again. Stay tuned.