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The barrel on my 1967 Model 1894 30 30 is turned to 11:58.
How do I get it back to 12:00.
Sorry, but I couldn't think of any different terminology.
I may have turned it some trying to adjust the windage on the front sight by trying to drift it in the dovetail but it was already off the zero mark by 5" left of sight picture.
This is a rifle I bought 20 years ago from a guy that needed $100 to get his truck out of the shop and I haven't shot it until now.
I didn't realize the barrel was turned until I installed a new rear sight that is adjustable for windage and elevation.
I was using a Lazerlyte bore sighting tool to sight it in at home before going to the range to fine tune it when I realized I wouldn't be able to do it with the barrel not square to the chassis.
I don't have any problem with taking it to a gunsmith but I don't seem to be able to get anybody locally to give me a good reference for one other than the retail stores that don't make feel like my business is wanted.
Thanks for any advice.
 

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Gunsmith time....

Several comments on your situation....
First, there is nothing that you could have done to cause the barrel to be out of orientation to the receiver....the fit is tight....extremely tight. Only a barrel vice can correct the situation without having marks on the barrel. Avoid the temptation of vice grips or pipe wrench !!
Secondly, as long as the extractor properly sits in the groove cutout in the barrel, why change it ??
If the sights are on the barrel, and not the receiver, the gun doesn't know the difference between 11:58 and 12:00, unless it's hungry !! If the rear sight is on the receiver, then you will probably want to correct the situation..
 

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I have shot it with the barrel turned because as you say the barrel doesn't care about orientation.
I have the rear sight moved as far as it will go and I'm about 2" away from zero on the target. I have to move the front sight to get it perfect.
The gun shoots accurately at 50 yards when I compensate for the 2". At 100 yards my eyes aren't as good as they use to be.
I would like to be able to get it zero'd in without compensating for the 2" left of center.
This is a shooter not a collector and I just broke it out for the first time in a very long time when my son in law said it probably wasn't powerful enough for what he wanted.
I guess he wanted a bruise on his shoulder and after making him shoot 20 rounds he got it.
I just want to make it as good as can be.
I like it to much to let him have it though.
 

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I ran into this condition on a friends Marlin not that very long ago. Was able to get it reasonably close, but it sure left much to be desired. There is a possibility that the barrel may have been bent or distorted before you got it. If you can't find someone close by to repair it, send it to me. That's mostly all i work on. Even may have several good condition used 20" barrels that could be swapped out if necessary.
 

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I had a similar post 64 94 30 years ago, the barrel/mag tube was twisted slightly, but drifting the front sight corrected the POI at 100 yards.
 
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