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We have all been beat over the head with how to increase the accuracy of bolt action rifles.  Such things as free-floating barrels, glass-bedding, cryo-treating of barrels, lapping of actions and more.  My question is:
What are the best things to do to lever guns to increase accuracy and how do you do them?
Tight fore-ends, barrel bands and two piece stocks just aren't addressed in most books on tweaking guns for accuracy.  And does anyone know if there is a book or articles addressing this subject?
 

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Lever guns react to the same factors as the others.
Start off glassing the butstock to the receiver, then get your magazine tube running free in it's bands. You can bed the forend at it's rear, but any bands holding it must run fairly free.

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    Sam Fadala has written a book about the '94 in which he covers accurizing. I believe it is called Winchester '94, but I don't remember for sure. Basically, a tight fore end seems to be the worst culprit. My own '94 shot 4" to 6" groups when I first got it, or rather I shot 4" to 6" groups! The only things I have since done to accurize it include tightening the tang screw REALLY tight (and making sure the action was seated back hard against the stock in the process) and installing a reciever sight. This rifle is VERY sensitive to the position of the sandbags, requiring that the front rest be almost back at the action. I discovered this by accident. I found that I was actually getting better groups shooting from a seated position than from the rest so I started messing around with rest positioning. Now I always get under 2" and occasionally 1" if the light is right and I'm "on".
     So basically, for my rifle at least, it was more a matter of me learning to shoot the gun the way it wanted to be shot than really fiddling much with the rifle itself. Hope you get yours shooting the way you would like!  IDShooter
 

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Shot a 2 inch 100 yd group today with my new 1894. I am pleased to say the least. I can shoot that same group offhand at 25 yds. I hope I get better at 50 and 100 yds.
 

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Congrats, Chief! Glad to hear that little gun is shooting well for you. Did you get the regular 1894 or the shorty ported version? You should start another thread and give us the juicy details! (Sorry to get off topic&#33<!--emo&;)--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=';)'><!--endemo-->    IDShooter
 

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Thanks for the tip on the Falda book ID.  Just what I am looking for.  I am currently battling a 356 Big Bore 94.  Best groups so far with a Williams receiver sight are about 2.25" at 50 yards with handloads.  Most loads don't shoot that well and the darn thing seems to show some tendency to "double group" at times.  Every time I think I am getting it to tighten up it goes haywire.  It is really begining to affect my confidence.  Any other suggestions from anyone?
 

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sam fadalas book is titled  "Americas Rifle, Winchester '94"      and it has a wealth of information for model '94 shooters.
 

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I have had Win Mdl94's for ever, the one thing that has been a consistant factor in the achievment of good accuracy is the trigger pull.
All my 94's with good clean trigger pulls will or would do 2" or less at 100 yards.  My current two 94's I have now are both trappers.  One 30-30 and a .45 Colt.
The 30-30 will do 2" consistantly with the Win 748 loads out of the Win manual.
The .45 is kind of fickle, but I haven't really done any 100 load testing for many years on it.
Get your trigger pull down to 3 pounds or thereabouts and as crisp as can be done to it.  That will make a big difference.
Keeping the stock tight is good advise, however  I haven't done much of anything with the forarm and bands except keep them tight.
 

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Thanks gutpile for the title to that book, I must get my hands on a copy.  JMiller, I haven't tried the lower tang swap that we wrote of earlier.  I have to say the existing trigger is not very impressive. The lower tang swap might clean up more than the rebounding hammer, eh?
 
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