tradewater, did you guys get this "straightened" out? If I did my figuring right 4 feet at forty yards would require almost 1 inch of correction on a 26 inch barrel. You should be able to see that bend!
I was wondering if this may be a case of shooting with both eyes open and having a crossed master eye. Like left eye master on a right handed shooter.
Then You actually bend the barrel at the receiver and not the barrel itself.
No they bend the whole barrel.
There is a story about an old time Hoosier gunsmith that a customer brought a gun to him that shot low. The gunsmith examined the gun, pulled the barrel and whacked it across a piece of firewood. He replaced the barrel and handed the gun back to the customer. He asked $.50 for this service. The customer complained he could have done that. The gunsmith asked to see the gun again and restored the barrel to where it was and handed it back and said no charge. LOL