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weatherby vanguard with another stock issue.

my Bell and Carlson Medalist stock arrived today for my weatherby vanguard. i noticed one i torqued the stock down, that the barrel channel appears to be floated, however there is contact bewteen the side of the stock and the barrel at the very muzzle end of the stock.

 

i wasn't aware the barrel channel should be oversized for a "floated barrel", so i was wondering what some of you would do?

my options are basically:

1) sand the contacted part away leaving a uniform gap

 

2) leave as-is and shoot the thing the way it is.

 

option number 2 is what i had originally planned to do, but knowing that the channel isn't uniform will tear me up inside until i do something about it.

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I would say sand away. I've

I would say sand away. I've had to do the same before as no matter how much the stock cost or how good it's supposed to be they never seem to be quite uniform and touch somewhere.

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i did some test firing

i did some test firing yesterday, (pre-modification).

this is what i came up with. three shots. the first was low at 100 yds, so i adjusted the scope and fired 2 more rounds. the second two rounds just about made one perfect hole. i'd say i will leave the stock as is until i have a reason to modify it.

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stock fit

ndemiter wrote:

i did some test firing yesterday, (pre-modification).

this is what i came up with. three shots. the first was low at 100 yds, so i adjusted the scope and fired 2 more rounds. the second two rounds just about made one perfect hole. i'd say i will leave the stock as is until i have a reason to modify it.

 

I'd agree that there's no reason to "mess with success". I bought a Ruger Hawkeye SS in .358 Win a while back. Not being a big fan of the plain black Synthetic stock, I replaced it with a Boyds pepper laminate. The barrel either touches slightly or is at least somewhat off-center looking in the barrel channel. However, it shoots lights out. I'm not messing with it! Thumbs up

Great shooter you have there!! Yes

 

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Thanks!   To be brutally

Thanks!

 

To be brutally honest, this gun wasn't even a one MOA kind of gun. I've owned vanguards that shot better, but what can i say, the economy was tough, and now i don't have them.

i suspected all a long that the action was sound, so i held on to this one since i didn't have anything to lose.

now i think it's going to be my favorite BIG game rifle. (my .243 will still be at my side for everything up to mule deer sized)

 

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I believe I'd shoot a few

I believe I'd shoot a few more group's and see how it does. If it makes you happy after that, I wouldn't touch it. If it doesn't I call Bell & Carlson and ask them about opening the barrel channel. Only because I suspect there should be a warenty and you don't want to void that. I love free floated barrels but have seen some pretty sloppy barrel bedding shoot pertty darn good!

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you're absolutely right don.

you're absolutely right don. i've only had the chance to put 5 rounds through it. it's spring time and i'm busy with young horses and calves. once july rolls around, it's all free time from then on.

i will get a few more rounds through it and report back. but from what i've seen with those 5 rounds, i just turned this gun into a sub moa instrument of big game death. it think i'm using 64.5 grains of R19 behind a 150 gr barnes tsx if i remember correctly. i think i'd be pretty hard pressed to change this combo any further. might have some time to shoot later and post more pictures.

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I'm pretty anal on stuff like

I'm pretty anal on stuff like that, but I'd also have to look the other way and leave as is if it keeps shooting groups anywhere near like the picture!

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i had some time and got to

i had some time and got to put about 20 rounds through my gun. here's my first five shot group. to the outside edge of the farthest two holes, it measures 15/16ths of an inch.

while i know that there is nothing drastically wrong with my setup, the fact that the barrel is actually contacting the stock still kind of bothers me... but it can bother me all the way to the gut pile. i'm not changing a thing!

these were 150 grain hornady interloks with 59.5 grains of R19.

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Yea, I could live with that!

Yea, I could live with that! I have a Win Ft Wt in 6.5x55. Never have had it out of the stock, shoots fine just as it came. I think it's the only rifle I've ever had I didn't pull out and bed! I like to think I'm getting smarter in my old age but I'm probably just getting lazy!

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