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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-06-2013, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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contender with 35 rem. barrel.

I bought a contender with 410 barrel for rabbit hunting and got a 35 rem. Barrel with a red dot scope as part of the deal. 410 works great. 35 rem barrel with red dot will not group at all, atleast not rifle accuracy. Is there something I'm missing? I can barely keep 3 shots in a pie plate at 25 yrds off sand bags. HELP PLEASE
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 01:33 AM
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Re: contender with 35 rem. barrel.

Dan, I've got a 35 barrel for mine too and I have the exact same problem. I know that isn't much help to you, but I can't figure it out. I had 2 different people besides myself shoot it and no one can get a decent group with it.

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Re: contender with 35 rem. barrel.

I wonder if wood on your forend is making contact with the barrel. May have to check your barrel channel. Try sliding a dollar bill under it to see if there is contact where there shouldn't be. I suppose it could be a worn hinge pin too that giving you some play.

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Re: contender with 35 rem. barrel.

That barrel should be shooting a nickel group at 25 yards. Forearm can cause issues, but I can't see it causing a pie plate group at that range.

I would remove your red dot and try a different scope or even the open sites from a good solid rest. At least make sure your base and rings are tight.
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Re: contender with 35 rem. barrel.

Mine shoots awesome. I think I would try a good crosshair scope. I have some red dots and find some are great while others are not. I recomend good crosshair scope,shoot 25 yds from good solid rest. set trigger lite. squeeze slow. Is barrel Clean?
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Re: contender with 35 rem. barrel.

Check our hinge pin to see if you have any wobble or any kind of play in it with the forearm off. Then, check to see if the forearm is making contact with the barrel. If its wood, it's and easy fix by just carefully sanding the trough until you get good clearance, then hit the sanded portion with some wood sealer. Also be sure your forearm screws are tightened to the same tension if at all possible. If that doesn't fix it, then go to your optica and/or mount and check for tightness. Good luck.

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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-09-2013, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Re: contender with 35 rem. barrel.

Hinge pin is good. I did have significant contact with the barrel from the forend. I sanded the crap out of it and I think I got it. I will find out in a couple days when I shoot it again. Also wondering about putting something in between the forend and barrel, always heard about using a "match book"... but was thinking of either cuting a rubber band and laying it in the channel or or finding small rubber washers to on the screws that attach the forend to create more space?
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Re: contender with 35 rem. barrel.

I have put one or two stainless steel washers over the mount screws to one; keep the stock material from compressing and two; to bascially free float the forearm. It has never not helped with accuracy in my Encore frames.

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Re: contender with 35 rem. barrel.

" It has never not helped with accuracy in my Encore frames." ???

So it has always improved accuracy?
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Re: contender with 35 rem. barrel.

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" It has never not helped with accuracy in my Encore frames." ???

So it has always improved accuracy?
Yep. I wrote it that way on purpose. Some guys do it, some guys don't. Some guys swear BY doing it, some guys swear AT doing it. lol

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