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Non-shooter-related tips include: tuning the trigger to a light and clean letoff; keeping the action dry with no oil on the action parts; using a proven, fool-proof scope/mount system, particularly if using a potent cartridge. Don't scrimp on optics or mounts - you'll eventually be sorry you did.
 

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...free float the barrel....
Free-floating the barrel might help, but my most accurate bull barreled Contenders shoot almost as well with the Pachmayer forend screwed down tight as they do with wooden forends touching only to the barrel hanger. This trick might buy you a little more accuracy on the bench. The better forend trick is to get a wooden forend with a wide, flat bottom so it rides the bags well - this can help turn 0.9 moa groups into 0.5 moa groups. As stated above, gun handling is critical to small groups with a handgun.

For a hunting pistol the practical advantages of the frimly attached rubber forend outweigh any tiny accuracy advantage on the bench, IMO anyway. :D
 

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Re: To Oil or Not to Oil

I don't get keeping the action dry.Could please explain why I should keep it dry.
I've shot Contenders for 31 years, and for the last 25 of those years I've used a dry action. Why? Initially because the factory recommended not to use oil in the action. Now it is in the owner's manuals too. The manual which came with my last frame says this on page 13: "Never use any oils or grease on any internal parts." RTFM.

Oil attracts dirt and grit which can get behind the action parts and tie them up. The Contender is finicky about the interlock safety, and anything which interfers with those parts can result in the action not firing when the trigger is pulled. I suppose if you only used the handgun indoors with filtered air it wouldn't matter much, but I've used mine hunting in wet Southeastern and sub-zero Interior Alaska, dry dusty Arizona, sticky East Texas, the sunny and sandy California desert, etc. and never had a problem with action function after I kept the action dry.

Another negative to the oil is gumming as it sits in place over time. The result is similar to the dirt - an action which may not fire. I used my three frames for IHMSA competition setting the triggers to about 22 ounces and they functioned perfectly from -25F to +95F. I periodically blast out the action with degreaser if I've been in dusty conditions as a precaution. Can't remember the last time the interlock safety failed to release the hammer.
 
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