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Unread 05-11-2011, 12:31 PM
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Re: Least accurate gun

Kimber 8400 Montana. Although I've never owned one (and I never intend to), I've seen several that just wouldn't shoot. They were the hip factory sheep rifle when I lived in Alaska. I saw guys with them at the range and had a couple close friends that had them in various calibers. The 100 yard groups were frustrating to say the least. These guys went to great lengths to make hits at 300 yards and never did it consistently. Handloads, factory loads, it didn't matter.

One guy I know sent one out for a Lilja rebarrel and action work. After another $750 into his rifle, it came back shooting the way a $1200 box rifle should have shot in the first place.
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Unread 05-11-2011, 12:43 PM
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I had a Weatherby Mark V 240WM.
3 shot groups hovered around 1.5" @100yds.
I tried everything from handloads to floating the barrel before I got rid of it.

My dad has a Weatherby Mark V 270WM.
It's about a 1.5 MOA rifle.
It just sits in the safe and nobody's ever looked at why it won't do better.
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Unread 05-11-2011, 03:28 PM
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Two Ruger .44-40 Vaqueros, hands down no comparison. Wouldn't stay on an 8.5x11" sheet of paper at 25 yards out of a Ransom Rest. Turns out that Ruger did something sensible in barreling these guns, using the .429" barrels that have long since become standard for the 44 Special, 44 Mag, etc., instead of the .425"-.427" barrels originally found in the .44-40s. Problem is, they didn't modify the chamber mouths; they left them at .425". So, you have a .429" diameter bullet, swaging down into a .425" chamber mouth, and then rattling down a .429" barrel. When I checked the dimensions and found this, I called Ruger about the problem and suggested they change the chamber mouths to match the barrels. Got told repeatedly by their reps that "it was within specs." Yeah, I know, but the specs need to be changed. "I'm sorry, but they're within spec."

Bill Atkinson of their AZ plant was kind enough to ream the chamber mouths out to bullet diameter, and they shot fine after that. Ironically enough, when I told him what was going on, he just shook his head and said "I told them that, over and over."

Sold them not too long after that, and have never bought a Ruger since.
Kevin Thomas
Lapua USA
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Unread 05-11-2011, 05:34 PM
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My worst is a Ruger Mini-14. It's like shooting a shotgun one pellet at a time...
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Unread 05-11-2011, 06:04 PM
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Mine is a ruger no. 1 in 270win with a short barrel. Shoots a consistent 3-4" 100yrd groups. It is getting rebuilt to a 7-08ai. Hopefully it will shoot significantly better.
"I'm interested in rifles, but only accurate rifles are interesting". Col. Townsend Whelen
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Unread 05-11-2011, 11:44 PM
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I have had the worst luck with several Ruger bolt actions. No more Rugers for me.

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Unread 05-12-2011, 02:48 AM
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One of my friends were buying a 38 pistol and took it out to try it for accuracy. We all took turns trying to shoot a can at 50 feet or so and kept missing... To make a long story short, I finally tried shooting the ground a few feet in front of me and noticed the bullet hit downrange. It was probably shooting 30' high at 50 '.
I couldn't see anything wrong with the barrel but it surely had something wrong with it.

My most inaccurate firearm is my 22 derringer. The furthest I can hit my 8x8" target is 30 yards. It has a 25lbs. trigger pull.
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