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Old 11-10-2014, 02:41 AM   #1
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Well today I discovered the bore is pretty pitted and the rifling is worn. I can see from chamber end the barrel is shiny; from the muzzle end, well you get the idea. So basically some of the barrel looks good and the rest is crap.

So now Id like to know my options. If enough of the barrel is intact I can counter bore, but that's a shot in the dark. If enough of the barrel is good then I could cut it down and sporterize it. Then there's getting another barrel, but that's too much to keep a not so common caliber. Another is to re-barrel to .308, which is something Id love to do.

Now Im nothing more than a mechanically inclined individual; far from being a smith. That said, as far as I know, all that needs be done to convert to .308 is change the barrel. From what reading Ive done, some Turk receivers are large ring type with small ring threads. This in turn makes the barrel harder to find?

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The logical first step would be to shoot it and see if it shoots OK. This unless you DO want to re-barrel it. It could shoot just fine the way it is- - or not. There is only one way to find out.

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Barreling a mauser is a job for your gunsmith. The barrels are mostly sold short chambered and will need to be finished up in a lathe to insure proper headspace. That said there are LOTS of options to rebarrel other calibers. Take a look at http://www.brownells.com/
check under "Mauser Barrel", hope this helps.

Also check:
http://www.gunpartscorp.com/ &
http://www.e-sarcoinc.com/

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i have to agree about re-barreling the rifle. not a DIYer type job at the house without the skills and the equipment to do the job. also depends on the current value of the rifle in it's present condition whether re-barreling would be a good option either. might be better to sell it and buy one with a better bore to begin with. re-barreling that rifle is not going to be cheap, whether you buy an older barrel in good condition or buying a new one. two things could happen, either you would be destroying it's value by re-barreling, or the cost would far exceed the value of the rifle to begin with.

my suggestion would be to sell it and buy another one with a good bore, or buy a rifle in a caliber you like.

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Well today I discovered the bore is pretty pitted and the rifling is worn. I can see from chamber end the barrel is shiny; from the muzzle end, well you get the idea. So basically some of the barrel looks good and the rest is crap.

So now Id like to know my options. If enough of the barrel is intact I can counter bore, but that's a shot in the dark. If enough of the barrel is good then I could cut it down and sporterize it. Then there's getting another barrel, but that's too much to keep a not so common caliber. Another is to re-barrel to .308, which is something Id love to do.

Now Im nothing more than a mechanically inclined individual; far from being a smith. That said, as far as I know, all that needs be done to convert to .308 is change the barrel. From what reading Ive done, some Turk receivers are large ring type with small ring threads. This in turn makes the barrel harder to find?

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I would check the head space & if OK then I would shoot a box of shells through it & go from there !................
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http://www.troupsystems.com/mauser%20308%20barrels.htm

I was checking out this.
If I need a smith I'd rather sell it for parts really. I was hoping I could do it myself. I honestly cannot remember the last time I paid for service for anything other than food...
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I would try to clean the barrel thoroughly

first. Try Janitor's ammonia 1:3 with water

to break free any cppper and lead fouling.

Then Dawn dish detergent. Finally some

automatic transmission fluid, in a couple

of overnight barrel (inside the barrel only)

soaks.

Then try to see if you can shoot any accurate

groups. Decide if the accuracy is acceptable then.

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I would try to clean the barrel thoroughly

first. Try Janitor's ammonia 1:3 with water

to break free any cppper and lead fouling.

Then Dawn dish detergent. Finally some

automatic transmission fluid, in a couple

of overnight barrel (inside the barrel only)

soaks.

Then try to see if you can shoot any accurate

groups. Decide if the accuracy is acceptable then.
This, ^^

If you find it is a good shooter, keep it as is. If nothing else, truck gun.

If you find that it should be nicknamed "Lightning", (never hits the same spot twice) strip it down, and part it out. I would keep the action to do a sporter build if that was the case, but, un the end, the choice is yours.
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