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Old 11-23-2020, 05:10 PM
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About 3 1/2 years ago I bought a 15-22. It never did shoot good. 2" groups at 25, 3-4" groups at 50. I tried everything to no avail. I never looked too hard down the barrel, just cleaned it till the patches came clean. One day I was looking at the crown with a magnifying glass again. The crown looked ok. I started looking down the barrel. Something didn't look right. About 3" down from the muzzle, the rifling didn't look right. It still had rifling, but it wasn't as deep as the rest of the barrel. I ran a patch on a jag real slow, and it got hard to push for about 2" then got easy. I started looking for a replacement barrel, but all I could find was vq for over 300.00. No thanks. I called S&W and asked if they would sell me a barrel. They said no, and just send it in. They emailed me a return label, and a month later I get the gun back with a new barrel. I put a Mueller speed shot on it, and shot a bunch of 1 1/4" groups at 50 yards with aguila sv! The speed shot is a 1-4 power illuminated 4 min dot 100 yard parallax. Today I put a 2-7 Leupold rimfire on it and shot some 1" groups at 50 yards with SK pistol match! Today it was 34 degrees with a 15 mph wind and gusty at my 8 o'clock. I'm really happy with that! Stock gun, stock trigger, plastic thing still in the end of the forearm. I have a wheeler .5" riser bridging the receiver and forearm. I think i'll keep it!
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Old 11-23-2020, 05:29 PM
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Now everyone is going to have a look down their barrels.

I have better accuracy than you had before the barrel change. But mine shoots some ammo poorly. Best ammo I've found for it is cc std velocity. But always felt it should do better. Have a CZ that puts it to shame.
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Old 11-23-2020, 07:43 PM
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Now everyone is going to have a look down their barrels.

I have better accuracy than you had before the barrel change. But mine shoots some ammo poorly. Best ammo I've found for it is cc std velocity. But always felt it should do better. Have a CZ that puts it to shame.
The good thing is S&W will replace the barrel for free.
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Old 11-24-2020, 07:46 AM
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Every manufacturer eventually turns out a bad product. How they handle it is what matters. S&W seems to have first rate customer service.

Nice groups OP.

Mine shoots a little over an inch at 50 yards with CCI SV.
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Old 11-24-2020, 10:25 AM
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I have had a few 15/22 and they have all been fairly accurate for what they are. It's nice to know that they took care of you and they stand behind their products.
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Old 11-24-2020, 01:54 PM
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if you didn't have your cantilever rings on backwards, you wouldn't need to bridge the forearm......
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Old 11-24-2020, 02:13 PM
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I bridged the forearm to stiffen things up. I admit it looks dumb, but it seem to be working. If I put them the right way, the scope is too far ahead.
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Changed the mounts today. Here it is; the good, the bad, & the ugly. Shot at 50 yards. Good as I could do today. Still happy. Better than the 4" groups I got before the new barrel. Scope is 2x7 leo freedom. Stock trigger, plastic thing still on the end of the forearm. I wish I knew why these pictures come out sideways.
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What ammo was you using?
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Old 12-09-2020, 05:39 PM
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Aguila sv, and SK pistol match.
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