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Old 11-13-2005, 06:59 PM   #1
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Teaching an old dog a new trick

I meant to post this a few months ago when I officially tested the gun out.

I have a Pre-64 Winchester Model 70-30/06 that my Uncle gave to me a few years ago. I got the trigger down to 4lbs and I've usually gotten 1.5 MOA to 2MOA with most Factory and handloads. Art Eatman gave me a suggestion on "stock tweakin" and it worked out very well. I now have a Pre-64 that shoots MOA with the originally wood stock.

My Uncle claims he's never put more than 300rds through this gun and he got it new in (I think) 1958.

Some IMR 4064 and Sierra 175gr Matchkings produced this:
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Old 11-14-2005, 10:12 AM   #2
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1st: Nice groups.

2nd: What were the "tweaks" you did?

3rd: I have a couple of Pre-64's and both shoot under an inch with factory ammo.
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Old 11-14-2005, 04:40 PM   #3
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I took a fine piece of sandpaper and took enough off the stock so that a business card could move freely under the barrel. I then took a piece of wax paper and folded it as small as I could and placed it under the barrel, about 1inch away from the end of the forearm. Supposedly, this acts as somewhat of a shock absorber.

I used the same reloads for the before and after tests. Since this rifle has sentimental value, I wanted to do the least amount of work to it.
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Old 11-15-2005, 07:10 AM   #4
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The old standby's...They work well. The newer generation doesn't hear much about free floating and forend pressure in the popular gun press much. I always say, free float first and regardless of the results, put the wax paper under the forend just to give it a try. I free floated a barrel once and brought groups from 1.75" down to under 1.0". Just for giggles I added some forend pressure with a folded business card and groups were cut in half again. I then mixed up some Acraglass and made the forend pressure permanent.

What started off as a not very accurate Ruger M-77 (which by the way, I bought rather cheap for the simple reason it was an inaccurate rifle) turned out to be the best shooting 7-Mag I've ever owned. I finally let it go because I'm a sissy when it comes to rifle recoil. I will only tolerate what is needed, and for deer, a 7-Mag was most certainly not needed.
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Old 11-15-2005, 01:55 PM   #5
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I have a Marlin model - 882 22mag that I might do this to. But the stock on it is very nice and I have to be very careful with it. My Winchester was already pretty beat up (the stock that is) so I didn't mind a few observable scrapes.
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