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Old May 29, 2007, 02:54 PM   #1
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Lever action accuracy?

Due to the fact that the forearm on the lever gun is attached to the barrel, is a lever gun "inherently" less accurate than a bolt action?

I have a Model 9422M, .22 Magnum Winchester lever gun and I was wondering what kind of accuracy to expect. At present,I'm not getting great accuracy, but then it has a relatively cheap scope on it.

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Old May 29, 2007, 03:07 PM   #2
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I would give it a very good cleaning and try a few differant types of ammo and see what happens ,you should be able to get under 2 inches at 50 yards with no problem with just the iron sights alone .
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Old May 29, 2007, 03:32 PM   #3
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The first time I tried my Rossi 92, I bullseyed the target at 50 yards. So I don't think they have any problem with accuracy if it's a good, clean gun with the barrel grooves in good shape, using decent ammo.
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Old May 29, 2007, 05:21 PM   #4
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The only lever gun I owned was a 94 winny with a 16" trapper barrel. Using 125 gr. Sierra Hp's and a williams receiver sight I could shoot 1" groups @100 yards in good light. I don't know if that helps since you are thinkin about a rimfire.

I would say that any of the lever guns I've shot, rimfire or centerfire, were all accurate enough for general shooting/hunting at ranges that they are intended for. What more do you need?

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Old May 30, 2007, 09:57 PM   #5
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I've found Lever Action rifles to be very accurate. Some even outshoot some of my bolt guns.

Marlin 336, 30-30, 100 yard target

Marlin 1895GS, 45-70 misc loads

Marlin 1894CB, 45 Colt, 300gr cast from wheel weights

Marlin 1894 44 Mag, 240gr / max load of 2400

Marlin 39A, 50 yards, Bulk Federal 22lr ammo

My Bro-in-law has a Winchester 1894 that shoots the Remington Corelokts sub 1" regularly at 100 yards.

None of my autos can do this. Of my bolts, only a CZ 452 and a Remington 700 in 30-06 can better these groups. Neither is as much fun to hunt with.
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Old May 31, 2007, 12:13 AM   #6
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Marlin 1894CS 357 Mag - Same caliber as my Ruger wheelgun. Very accurate and a great Bush Gun!
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Old May 31, 2007, 11:49 AM   #7
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My BL22 is a tack driver and so are my Winchester 94 & 95 rifles. I wouldn't expect any less from a 9422, Might be worth a trip to a good gunsmith - things like some damage to the crown of the barrel can do bad things for accuracy.

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Old May 31, 2007, 12:39 PM   #8
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Might help to know too if the scope that's on it is a centerfire scope. If it is you won't get great accuracy out of it because of the paralax setting on a centerfire, it's usually set around 150 yds I think. Way more than neccessary on a rimfire.
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Old May 31, 2007, 02:56 PM   #9
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To answer your question, yes. The bolt gun is on average a more accurate rifle.

This is not saying that the lever is not accurate. Heck my Marlin 1895M (.450) shoots almost as well as my Savage .30-06. It shoots 1.5 MOA at 100 yards with factory ammo.
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Old June 1, 2007, 10:19 AM   #10
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The lever action rifle was never made to be a tack driver,but rather a meat for the pot/self defence implement.Never clean the bore on a 22 RF,chamber yes.
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