Handi Basics 101
1. Trigger pull must be all the way to the rear, don't release it at the break, or the transfer bar will drop out of place and inconsistent pin strikes will occur. See Misfires here
2. Close the action with some force, when new this is extremely important, the latch and latch shelf need to mate and that doesn't happen real fast, takes some open and close cycles for the parts to get used to each other.
3. Place the front rest just ahead of the trigger guard under the hinge, if you push the guard right into the front rest, it will be in the same position each time. On my rest, the rear sling stud is also against the rear rest.
4. Even after polishing the bore, it may take well over 60-80 rounds to start shooting well, my 223 Ultra started shooting real well after 80 rounds after polishing.
5. If you want to find out if the forend is affecting accuracy, remove the forend and shoot it, just slip it back on to reload and remove it again to shoot. If the forend needs work, it will shoot good without it.
6. Take your time shooting, most Handis don't shoot the best groups when the barrel is hot, specially without some forend work.
7. Always make sure the latch and latch shelf are dry, this is especially important if you clean at the range, it's real easy to get solvent on the latch shelf since it's directly below the chamber.
8. Make sure the brass and chamber are clean and dry, any lube left on the brass will make em stick, oil or solvent in the chamber will do the same.
9. With a barrel locked up good, the barrel release lever will likely be loose to the point of rattling if you shake the firearm, this is normal and not indicative of a problem
. The release should be snug with no or little looseness with the action open, although there may not be much difference between the release lever position between open and locked up on some firearms.