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Old 10-29-2013, 10:10 PM   #11
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A pre '64 Winchester 94 in .30-30. No matter what I did, or what loads i tried, or handloads I tailored, that thing wouldn't keep rounds on a pie plate at 100 yds off a bench and sandbags. Shot my Brother-in-laws Marlin 336 right next to it, and was pissed at how much better it grouped.
I've been a 336 fan ever since. Though I've had friends with fine shooting Winchester 94s, I can't bring myself to buy another.

My Olympic Arms AR15. It was my first AR and I learned a good chunck of what I klnow about ARs from that thing breaking and failing so often. Always had a tight mag well, so mags never just dropped free. The upper to lower fit was extremly tight, to the point that i had to drive the take down pin out with a mallet and a delrin punch. The bolt broke in under 500 rounds. The hammer pin cracked. Teh gas tube retaining pin walked out and left the gas tube floating and made the rifle a singe shot for a while. The gas key bolts started walking out, causing a gas key leak and more feeding issues. The front sight pins were so tight that it took a torch to heat them up to be able to drive them out once I go around to just scraping and parting the rifle out, and the front sight base turns out to be a cast part instead of a forged one. The barrel was the one redeeming quality, becausee it was always accurate. I still have the barrel, and that is the only original part I still have of that rifle.

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My mom's old Jennings J-22, and my Charter Arms AR-7. Could not get either one to cycle properly for the longest time. I wound up cleaning both, adjusting the magazine lips, and beveling the chamber on both to make them work right. Neither one is a tack driver, but at least both are now reliable. The only reason I keep the J 22 is that it belonged to my mother, and she passe away 10 years ago in July. It is one of the few things I have left to remember her by, that little better than unarmed pistol. The AR 7 is one that my wife has adopted, and the last time I fired it was over 2 years ago. Sure, I fix the FTF and FTE issues, and the only time I have fired it since was when I tested it out at the range.

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Kimber has slowly over time gone to cast parts. These casting are big cost cutters but weak links in the chain. Kimber has improved the 40% return rates of ten year ago. Most of the serious shooter have the Kimber sears, disconnectors etc. replaced with milled steel parts.

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