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swifter...
August 16, 1999, 07:29 PM
I found the forearm hanger on my TC carbine was cockeyed. The forward dovetail screw had slipped to one side. The rear was solid.
Can some one: a) Confirm my suspicion that this is a major cause of the poor groups I've been getting lately. & b) Make some suggestions as to what - epoxy, Loc-Tite, etc. - is most likely to hold it firmly?
TIA

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George Stringer
August 16, 1999, 09:39 PM
Swifter, I would "dimple" the dovetail. Use a center punch and make several dimples inside it. This will tighten it. George

Cheapo
August 17, 1999, 02:27 PM
Contact Bullberry Barrel Works out west somewhere. They do have a web site, but I haven't been to it and don't have the URL.

Sorry 'bout that part.

The fore-end hanging element is a known trouble spot in the TC series. Fix that and put a good barrel on it, and you're looking at .5 MOA or better with most calibers.

slabsides
August 17, 1999, 03:43 PM
I have three factory Contender carbine barrels: A blued .223, a stainless 7-30 Waters, and a .44 Mag Super 16. All three of them have loose forearm screw bushings. I took one of them out with my fingers, because my old-style forend only has one screw hole. The .223 will group well under moa with its 4x Burris compact scope. The Waters has the same scope and groups 1 to 1 1/2 inches with Federal factory loads. The .44 Magum has the original factory patridge sights, and shoots Winchester factory hollowpoints into 1 1/2 three-shot groups at 100 yards. My feeling is that screw bushing looseness isn't a factor in accuracy. Contact of the 'cheeks' of the forend with the action, and proper contact of the forend inletting with the barrel, now...that's another matter... slabsides

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