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Accurizing Winchester Lever Guns
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September 14, 2013 - 9:35 am
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The one thing we have in common is our obsession with Winchesters. And many of us have a slightly diversified focus, The most common is the experts dissection of info to deduct originality of a feature. My obsession is more in the shooting and refining accuracy, and handloads, and just generally getting the best groups I can at longer ranges such as 200 – 300 Meters.
One pleasant surprise came lately with a 94 OBFM DST in 32-40, DOM 1905
I was doing some work to it and had the forearm and mag tube off and decided to take a few shots off the rest. It shows incredible potential, that I hadnt quite realized. I now know that there is really something to the mag tube and forend touching the barrel interferring with the natural oscillation of the barrel
Somewhere I have seen mention of a book giving details of accurizing lever guns . I think one tip involved filing the dovetail in the barrel, for the front mag tube holder, and generally relieving forces that are touching the barrel. Im just wondering if any have some accuracy tips to share?

I am also looking forward to more participation with pics, once the site is changed to allow pics to be added as an attachment directly from my files in my computer , as even I (computerly challenged) have managed to do that on another site. (I also need a new camera)

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Paco Kelly has an article on accurizing lever guns here http://www.leverguns.com/articles/paco/chapter23.htm I’ve not tried his recipe but might with my 1954 Model 94 carbine, which is my ‘shooter’.

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I’ll start off by saying I don’t know a lot about the mechanics behind the oscillation of barrels and accuracy. I do know that guys mess with rubber washers and stuff to change the forearm wood pressure on/off the barrels of some Savage 1899/99s. Maybe a guy could test a 1885 or 1895 Winchester in some way if there was an accuracy issue? I haven’t had an issue yet because 100 yards seems like far enough to me Laugh

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Thanks Kirk for providing the link to the thought provoking article. The issues are very real, its just that the up-front mention of power tools will dissuade most from experimenting, and I agree that I DONT WANT TO DO ANYTHING TO "MODIFY" AN ORIGIONAL EVEN IF IN A HIDDEN SPOT, but I iwill be giving these stress areas some thought, and perhaps a little plastic shim here and there as Brad mentions. I just will think of things a little different now , and possibly remove the mag tube and/or fore-end. To check the extent that the stress points are fighting me on various levers.
Also for instance it will not hurt anything to experiment a bit with a 26 in Oct barrel Commemmerative, with no box , or a replica, or even a re-finished gun, that shows good potential

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