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#5976525 - 10/13/15 11:08 PM How long can...
68A Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 09/29/12
Posts: 2257
Loc: North Texas
A rifle barrel sit until you start to see pitting? I have two rifles I have neglected to shoot that have been in the safe for 5 yrs and 10 yrs respectively. Both were put away clean and don't show any signs of major exterior issues but is there any opinion short of a bore scope?

#5976607 - 10/14/15 05:46 AM Re: How long can... [Re: 68A]
JCB Online   content
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Registered: 02/06/07
Posts: 22774
Loc: M.I.A.
Tons of variables would come into play here........humidity, where they are stored, how they are stored, oil in bore, etc, etc. There have been countless rifles sit for 50+ years with no pitting though. Its all in how they are kept.

#5977040 - 10/14/15 10:23 AM Re: How long can... [Re: 68A]
Korean Redneck Offline

Registered: 06/24/09
Posts: 2246
Loc: Houston
Obviously nothing will be beat a bore scope. but you'd be surprised how much you can actually see, especially something like pitting, if you get a light small enough that can fit inside the chamber. for years I've had this cheap little light like the one below but from Academy and I use it all the time and when you put it through the open chamber end and look down the muzzle, then you can see alot. You just have to move the light around so you don't always get the full shine power, then you can see alot of the barrel ID. you make a u like in the pic and you can move it around to see different parts of the barrel.

#5987308 - 10/21/15 11:00 AM Re: How long can... [Re: 68A]
11bravo Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 09/03/14
Posts: 8
if they were put away clean and you used quality, non-corrosive ammo you should be OK. if it's a CL barrel even better.

#5987416 - 10/21/15 11:57 AM Re: How long can... [Re: 68A]
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Registered: 11/11/07
Posts: 6100
Loc: Wise Co.
It is my opinion that if reasonable care is taken in storage, a bore will not deteriorate if it is swabbed with Hoppe's No.9 followed by a couple of dry patches before putting the gun away.

Originally Posted By: Cleric
God I am hating caliber threads more and more

#6007904 - 11/03/15 01:47 AM Re: How long can... [Re: 68A]
danmac Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 01/08/11
Posts: 251
Loc: DFW
If I'm going to put one away for a long time I make sure it's pretty wet with Break-Free
and have not had any issues.


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