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Blued barrels

19 Sep 2015
@ 08:45 pm (GMT)

Peter Bjerregaard

Blued barrels and a little story.

Blued barrels are nice, classic, and good looking.

I bought a used target rifle redone by a gunsmith. Nice k98 action, barrel docked and fluted. Action bedded. And rather cheap.

Couldn't really get the barrel clean. Looked like this

Talked to Nathan and with his good advice I got it to look like this

What the...

And finally clean

Must have lived a sad life without love and caring. Probably been a shared club rifle stored with light oils only at the club in a moist gun locker.

Now you would think I returned it with no problems, right? The "problem" is, it shoots like this (with my limited talent) prone from a bipod and rear bag. Norma factory ammunition.

Most groups between .7 and .9 MOA with Norma 9 gram target rounds, 800 m/s. Some reloaded SST's have done a little better, but I couldn't find a picture to post.

Good enough for the smith. And maybe good enough for a cheap rifle with factory rounds. I don't know. Still, Nathan has concerns accuracy will wane, and maybe quite suddenly, when pitting gets further eroded with use. Solution? A new barrel. Not chrome molly this time.

And the bedding?

Maybe a bedding kit as well....

Sometimes you get what you pay for. And you pay for lack of knowledge and/or failure to use your eyes.
I have learned a lot from Nathan and his books and I'm trying to get around the mindset that you buy an action - the rest is consumables.
Oh, come to think of it, I would have been happy with the rifle if I didn't know as much as I do. Ignorance has it's uses.


21 Sep 2015
@ 10:19 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Blued barrels
Yes, the good old days when as long as it went bang, all was well.

Not to worry, we will work through this Peter. You'll be off to Norway Troll hunting in no time.

Yes, my consern is that it will keep deteriorating. It won't take much before groups seem to suddenly open up.


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