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I have the bestest most perfect answer... SEND THE DAMN THING TO DON!!!! Thumbs up

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God, I love this forum...so many high-quality responses in so little time.

i tried to take a few pictures of my barrel and my muzzle -- to this layman, both look pretty good. Here's a directory of the pics:

http://www.scopedin.com/images/barrel/

Based on what people are telling me, it sounds like a good plan of action would be:

1. try some handloads to see if I get improved accuracy. (Anyone got a good recipe for accuracy loads for the .240 Weatherby?)

2. if #1 doesn't work, bed the stock.

3. If #2 doesn't work, look into a new barrel.

How does everyone feel about this game plan?

Thanks again for all the help...

mz

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We are all pretty much in agreement that its not your barrel. Unless its the crown. Dont forget headspace in that mix. Definatly try #1 and #2 but before you go into the expence of a new barrel send it to a good reputable gunsmith (or DON) and have headspace, lugs, reciever, All that checked out if the new recipe for loads doesnt cut it or a good bed job.

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I don't know Don other than as a voice here. Is he a gunsmith?

Don, feel free to contact me privately if you're interested in this.

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Don pretty much knows more about rifles than anyone on here from what I have observed and I personally would not be afraid to send him any of my weapons for a checkup if needed. Even my more expencive ones that I wouldnt let God borrow!!!

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mzimmers wrote:
I don't know Don other than as a voice here. Is he a gunsmith?

Don, feel free to contact me privately if you're interested in this.

No I'm not a gunsmith, just fooled with rifles to many years. I spent three years ssouth of Kalispell, Mont and while there spent a good deal of time bothering gunsmiths Joe Dezivi, Harvey Beuhmiller and L.H. Brown. all were willing to tell all they knew, especially Harvey, guy was a character! L.H. Brown prefered to talk about bass fishing so to get him to talk guns, you went fishing with him. His son-in-law managed the local Rosauers store where my wife worked is how I met him. He was suffering professional menopause!

Thank's cam but there are guy;s here that know lots more than I do. You can start with C.G. And the new guy, J Calhoon. I do believe he is a very notable figure in the shooting world. He's just to clear and has to much depth not to be who I think he is. Think wildcatts!

As for the accuracy problem, most can always be traced back to bedding, barrel crown or loose screws on a scope. Some times, not often, a front guard screw will be touching a bolt lug when you close the action. That will cause a problem. It is even possible that the scope itself has something loose inside. I recently had a scope that wouldn't shoot two groups the same size or even the same poi. Different scope and problem solved. Solvents used to clean that are not not dried off wood will cause problems. They might swell the wood at first then soften it. Really most noticeable in the rear tang, not a lot of bearing surface there. Pillars help there but soft wood is still soft wood. It should be removed and replaced with a bedding compound.

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Don;

Thanks for the vote of confidence. Big smile

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There is an interesting article on cleaning / breaking-in new AND USED rifle bores. His story sounds a lot like yours. gunnersden.com look under rifle bore cleaning. Hope this helps.

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Is this the article you were referring to?

http://www.gunnersden.com/index.htm.rifle-bore-cleaning.html

It's interesting, but I don't see anything in there specifically about used rifle barrels.

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About the 8Th. paragraph where it lists steps 1, 2, 3 & 4. New and used. I started cleaning several rifles today as he suggests, and I spent 3 hours on one barrel. I thought I took pretty good care of my rifles but I sure got a bunch of gunk out of them. Both were purchased used in the last year or so. One thing I did was to plug the chamber with a patch on a jag and dripped copper removing solvent into the muzzle. 5 Minutes later I pushed the chamber blocking jag through and out the muzzle (lever action 336 Marlin) , unbelievable how much stuff came out. Let me know if you try this. I will be shooting in the morning to see how it works.

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