Hi folks, having been within a paycheck of dismissing my Midland 308 as a "tomato stake" and chopping it in for a new Howa, I have decided to do a bit of 'smithing to try to sort it out. The problem is that it groups like a 12 bore and detailed inspection has shown that the "recoil pin" (a la Mauser) has been pushed back in the woodwork, so much so that there is visible ovality in the screwholes on the outside of the stock. This has caused the action to move back with it, riding up slightly at the rear and consequently the barrel bears down on the wood at the front.
I have remounted the action with some thin packing and this has regained the clearance between barrel and woodwork, a shooting test should show whether this has save the rifle from the angle grinder in the sky.
My question is, is the packing solution likely to work in the longer term, and if not, what will work? I have considered removing the recoil pin and attempting to stabilise the wood behind it then glass bedding the action properly. Of course this is all subject to the shooting test showing that this was the problem, I suspect it will, the bore looks good and the is no ther obvious problem.