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Old 12-16-2013, 01:29 PM   #11
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Own a BSA model 12 martini 22LR. Once belonged to an shooting club in England. Hard to date how old the rifle is, but production of the model 12 began in 1910s. With its peep sights, can outshoot any of my scoped 22 rifles.

Also own a Stevens model 44, probably made prior to 1900. Rifle has British proof marks on barrel. Bore has been relined by A.G. Parker, in England. When relined? Suspect sometime in the 1930s. Chuckle, bore of this rifle looks more worn than one on my BSA. Even with its buckhorn rear sight, which I can't seem to get the hang of using, rifle shoots well.

I can only imagine how many rounds have been fired in these two rifles.

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.22s get damaged by excessive and improper bore cleaning not by getting shot out. A barrel lasts many tens of thousands of rounds. The best rim fire manufacturers in the world recommend cleaning the bore every two thousand rounds. It takes at least 20 rounds to season a bore with bullet lube before best accuracy is obtained. Some high level shooters want more than a hundred rounds down the bore before they shoot for record.

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Old 12-23-2013, 12:38 AM   #13
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I have a friend who has a Savage that would shoot an oval 1.5" group at 50 yds. He had a cryogenic treatment at 300 below. Groups dropped to 1/4" consistently. I was impressed

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Old 12-23-2013, 12:43 AM   #14
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Also had a friend that competed with a a Ruger MKIII and never cleaned it. It started spitting out lead. The barrel had a solid tube of lead in the barrel.

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It should also be noted that rimfire primers use silica for friction. Running a rod through grinds all of that glass against the rifling. Do not over clean the bore.

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Old 01-01-2014, 07:34 PM   #16
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Also had a friend that competed with a a Ruger MKIII and never cleaned it. It started spitting out lead. The barrel had a solid tube of lead in the barrel.
He probably has a bad bore.
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My boss has a Remington from 1962 that still shoots eggs at 100 yds! He only uses patches to clean the barrel. The most wear you can get in your 22 barrel is from CLEANING! The bore brush is a LAST resort...only if you have crazy lead build up that you can't see the rifling. Like it was said earlier, only blatant abuse and corrosion will ruin the barrel.

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