I know how you feel. In April 2002 I purchased a new 1895 Cowboy that the best group I could get at 100 yards was around 12 inches. Upon checking everything out I found that the barrel had the famous " Speed Bumps " in it under the dovetails for the sights and the barrel-magazine holder. Sent the rifle back to Marlin and they replaced the barrel. The rifle should have never left the factory with the bad barrel.