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    Is it a replacement stock, they are very fussy about loading if the bedding in that area isn't 100% right
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    Yes, its replacement stock!

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    Quote Originally Posted by armageddon View Post
    Yes, its replacement stock!

    There's your culprit (probably)! I can only go by my own experience fitting my A4 clone into a NOS Keystone C stock, It took several attempts and some vary careful bedding work to remove wood from the base.

    As supplied (if yours is the same) the action sits too high in the woodwork, causing feeding and accuracy issues, plus some very unpleasant recoil characteristics.

    Does the trigger feel uncomfortably high in the trigger guard?
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    I can't solve your problem as I have a 1903a3 smith corona doing the very same thing. I have installed a new follower and spring. I can't figure it out. I didn't see the other responses until I had responded. Mine too, is a replacement stock. It would be helpful if someone could tell us how to take a bit of wood and where exactly. thanks in advance
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    The issue appears to be that the Keystone ( perhaps others) replacement stocks arn't finished to a usable standard.

    Could it be that the NOS Keystones available today were rejected examples?

    They certainly seem well made, but the final factory internal cuts seem to vary somewhat.

    My rifle sat to high in the woodwork, I have heard of others where the action sat at a slight angle.

    The point being, I doubt there is a single fix for this issue, your experience may vary!

    I used blue chalk to carfully work out the direct baring surfaces and very slowly and carefully worked these areas until the action sat correctly and the trigger guard/mag well, moved up to the corresponding ridge in the stock when assembled and tightened.

    Great care needs to taken gents, to ensure correct bedding, or as said, it won't feed correctly or shoot well and I certainly had unpleasant recoil characteristics with mine, until it was set up right.

    I'm more of an Enfield bedding man and certainly not an expert, so can one of our resident Milsurps Springfield gurus provide some detailed guidance please....

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    Armageddon,

    Take a look mat this old posting. It might be helpful
    https://www.milsurps.com/showthread.php?t=40200
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    I had the exact same problem and like others said, it is definitely a stock bedding issue. In my case, (with a new Boyd's stock) there was simply too much wood between the bottom of the receiver and the top of the magazine. In other words, the stock was too thick in that area. This caused the receiver and the trigger guard to be slightly farther apart than needed. It wasn't much, but it was enough to keep it from feeding correctly. It's been a long time, but as I recall, the tips of my bullets were catching on the little slot between the forward magazine and the receiver. There shouldn't be a gap there, or if so, mine was too big. I'm betting yours is too.


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