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Old October 1, 2012, 11:17 AM   #1
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Barrel Pitting?

I have definitely gotten AR fever - I want one!

I had a look at one the other day that seemed pretty reasonably priced, but when I looked down the barrel, it didn't look as shiny as I was thinking it should.

Toward the muzzle at least, there seemed to be some speckling? I really couldn't tell what it was.

I shot it, seemed accurate enough, to nail a 20oz bottle at 100 feet or so, that is.

So, how would one recognize barrel pitting? Can it be fixed?
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Old October 1, 2012, 12:38 PM   #2
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Usually a regular "Joe" like you and I would go to the Smith and get him to borescope this barrel..

And if there are pits in it, keep shooting it, it really doesn't matter that much in a hunter/plinker rifle anyway.
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Old October 1, 2012, 01:10 PM   #3
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Usually a regular "Joe" like you and I would go to the Smith and get him to borescope this barrel
And I would too if A) I could afford one and B) If there was a decent one in my area without a 2 hour drive

I know the barrel was clean, because I had just finished scrubbing it myself. But the "specks" were still pretty apparent.

The rifle does do a lot of sitting around with it's current owner and doesn't get fired much.
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Old October 1, 2012, 01:28 PM   #4
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Are the spots about where the gas block sits on the barrel?
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Old October 1, 2012, 02:03 PM   #5
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Are the spots about where the gas block sits on the barrel?
That's about the location, give or take an inch or 2
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Old October 2, 2012, 08:40 PM   #6
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Not desirable, but a little pitting won't matter.
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Old October 3, 2012, 07:13 AM   #7
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Could be carbon, powder fouling, I had some build up in an ar right at the gas block, it was a pain to scrub out, is your bore chrome lined?
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Old October 3, 2012, 01:32 PM   #8
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is your bore chrome lined?
It should be, but under light it doesn't look as shiny as I think it should - at least, not compared to my pistol barrels - which, granted are larger and allow more light it.
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