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I have a Weatherby Vanguard Synthetic (bought new) in 7MMRM. It has an injection molded stock that I understand was manufactured by Butler Creek. Are these stocks usually any better, any worse in terms of influencing accuracy than synthetics found on Remington, Winchester, Savage and other other high volume rifle manufacturers. The factory target shows a 7/8", 3-shot group with 150 gr. Remington PSP-CL ammo. I can't seem to get much better than 2" groups with that or several other factory brands ranging from 139-162 grains, eventhough shooting off a Caldwell Lead Sled. The trigger has been adjusted to 3 1/2 lbs. The barrel fits snugly into the stock all the way to end of the forearm--can't insert a dollar bill at any point on either side of the barrel or the end. Any suggestions, insights? I have other rifles that shoot close to 1" off the same sled.
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  Those stocks are as functional as any other you mention and maybe a bit better than some.  Since you've mentioned having the trigger adjusted I'm going with the probability that the action screws got torqued more than the factory had them when your rifle was reassembled creating a forend to bbl clearance/stress problem.  No big deal.  What I would do first is put a proper fitting piece of business card BEHIND the recoil lug and reassemble the rifle.  Check for bbl clearance.  Usually one piece is enough to raise the bbl out of the channel enough to free float it.  If it does and it shoots to your satisfaction you can permanently fix something of that thickness to the stock.  That would be the cheapest route to go.  It works as I've done it on a few friends rifles and my own.
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Thanks, S&W. Will give the business card shim a try. Likewise, will check action screws as they haven't been touched since trigger was adjusted. Typically, I tighten them , then back off 1/4 turn. Any advice on action screw torque?
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   Once you have them tight don't back them off.  As far as tightness goes make the front action screw REAL TIGHT and the rear one TIGHT,by hand.  I've fixed cracks in two synthetic stocks in the past yr just in front of the trigger guard for guys who used torque wrenches so I tighten by hand. I need to add that before tightening the screws you should make sure that the recoil lug is seated all the way to the back (towards the butt) in it's slot. To do this first lightly start the action screws then,while holding with one hand around both the bbl and forend loosely,bump the butt on the floor a few times while holding the rifle straight up. On your last bump grip tightly as the rifle hits the floor and tighten firmly the front screw.  After this you can finish up your tigtening as I described in the beginning.  HOPE it works out for ya! 



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