Dan Wesson


Savage Shooter
September 11, 2008, 08:39 PM
I recently got a dan wesson .22lr http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm80/Johndeereman19/100_0375.jpg I had read they are supposed to be very accurate but when I took it out to shoot( Federal bulk pack) I was getting horrible groups. It's got a 6" heavy barrel a nice light trigger. I was using a two handed grip and was only at about 10yards yet I was getting in 5"-6" groups. (granted I'm not a world class shooter but I'm not that bad) Also I read that the barrels are intercangable with a barrel wrench are barrels still avaliable for this gun and where do the I get the barrel wrench.

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September 11, 2008, 08:50 PM


Rio Laxas
September 11, 2008, 08:52 PM
Call the factory. They still make new barrels and shrouds and the prices aren't too bad. Often they are lower than what you will find on ebay or gunbroker. They also make the wrenches. They will still work on them too. Is yours made in Monson, Mass? I have heard some of the ones not made there have quality control problems.

Have you checked the cylinder gap? I am not sure if that will affect accuracy, but since it is an interchangeable barrel, you need to make sure that the barrel is screwed in enough before the nut is screwed on to lock the shroud in place.

September 11, 2008, 09:04 PM
I have been looking for the 722 HV 8" model (stainless Steel) to match my 744. Maybe the barrel is leaded up. I believe the factory gap is supposed to be .006". Also check to see if there is excess movement in the rear sight. All the Dan Wessons I have owned have been very accurate.

September 11, 2008, 09:11 PM
Here is the contact information for Dan Wesson:

For parts contact Genny at 607.336.1174 and for service or repairs try 607.336.1174 ext 24. Genny's email address is genny@cz-usa.com

Some of my 22s are picky about ammo so you might want to try something else. I have a Monson made stainless 22 and love it.

Good Luck...

Savage Shooter
September 11, 2008, 10:54 PM
It's made in monson,mass the rear sight is moved all the way to the left so that would explain why it is shooting off the target but not the bad groups. I'll try rem golden bullets I read they shoot good in this gun. I usually shoot them anyway not the federal just ran out of the rem so I got the federal because it was cheaper. get what ya pay for I guess.

September 11, 2008, 11:23 PM
I have three Dan Wesson revolvers and all are wonderfully accurate. When properly assembled, the barrel is put under tension inside of the shroud as yout tighten the barrel nut. This tension is what lends itself to the Dan Wesson accuracy. If the nut is never tightened, or becomes loose for whatever reason, the barrel can turn in the threads as the bullet grabs the rifling, changing the cylinder gap and creating a sloppy barrel/frame/shroud fit. If you don't own the wrench it will be impossible for you to tell if it is tightened enough. I suspect that this might be the problem. Get youself a wrench and a gap gauge to check the cylinder gap as suggested above. Both are frequent items on ebay.

September 11, 2008, 11:39 PM
First try several different choices of ammo to find what gives the tightest groups. Then play with the B/C gap to tune the barrel to that load. It's time consuming but that's how you wring the most accuracy out of a DW.

Savage Shooter
September 11, 2008, 11:40 PM
Does dan wesson have a website or does anther company make them?

September 12, 2008, 12:02 AM
The Dan Wesson line is now owned by CZ. I think they still support the old firearms.

Dan Wesson History (http://www.danwessonforum.com/?page_id=24)

September 12, 2008, 09:11 AM
Yeah, I would definitely try some other ammo. With most guns, if it shoots federal bulk well then you're all set, but try some mini mags or other quality ammo before you decide it's the gun. If other ammo doesn't do the trick then I would call dan wesson. CZ recently stopped all revolver production, but they might still produce or have available older parts. I'm very jealous of you though, and in the end I'm sure you'll have it figured out.

Rio Laxas
September 12, 2008, 09:52 AM
The Dan Wesson line is now owned by CZ. I think they still support the old firearms.

They do support the old firearms, but they might charge you for fixing it. I have a Model 44 that is at the factory right now. They said they would give me an estimate to fix it. Dan Wesson's customer support has been very good since CZ took over. I have no experience with them prior to that, so nothing to compare it to.

Savage Shooter
September 12, 2008, 04:40 PM
I would like to get a 8" barrel for it. does anyone know where to get one I tried e gun parts but there out of stock.

Rio Laxas
September 12, 2008, 09:08 PM
I am pretty sure you can still order one from Dan Wesson. I recently bought a 6" barrel for my Model 44. This wasn't an item listed on their website either. They machine the new ones by request and do not have a stock of them sitting around. I think I paid around $150. You should probably expect to pay about the same. It seems like the longer the length the more they charge.

Email genny@cz-usa.com to order one.

September 12, 2008, 09:17 PM
Absolutly, get your self the proper barrel wrench and a set of feeler gauges.

Some .22's are real picky about ammo, and I wouldn't count on it shooting .010 groups with any kind of bulk pack stuff, but 6" groups are a little hard to swallow.

If it won't do any better with different ammo try to move the B/C gap around a few thousands at a time.

September 21, 2008, 01:23 AM
I never had a DW 22, but a friend had three, and all were as accurate as could possibly be. I would think your problem is the barrel is loose or the gap is way too big. I've never seen a DW period with a grouping problem, even the junkers I've shot were accurate.

September 21, 2008, 07:02 AM
You got yourself a good gun there. I've had two. Traded the first one off like a numbskull, then this spring found another one. This one I'm keeping.

Looks almost exactly like the one you have but yours is a bit nicer it seems to me.

Hope you get it figured out. Mine shoots like a laser beam.

September 21, 2008, 08:06 AM
You can also get more info on DW's at the Dan Wesson Forum (http://www.danwessonforum.com).

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