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Old September 9, 2012, 11:36 PM   #1
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chamber pitted with rust

I have an old Stevens 311 I am cleaning up with one barrel that has a spot about 2" long that was really rusty and is now pitted. Is it safe to shoot? I hope to use it in cas.
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Old September 10, 2012, 12:13 AM   #2
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If you want to be competitive with it, you might consider taking it to a smith (someone in your posse probably can recommend one) who works on doubles for CAS. They can polish the chambers and make it easier to kick out the empties by jerking the gun backward. If you have to pull them out by hand, your times will be too slow to win much, all else being equal.

At the same time, and before you commit yourself to paying for any work, you can get the gunsmith's opinion about the pitting.
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Old September 11, 2012, 05:58 PM   #3
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I just meant some kind of protective oil.
Whatever you meant you wrote

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Well, if the rusting is only on the outside, and there was enough lube/grease in the bore and working parts, that rust doesn't mean much regardless even if pitted.
Speaking for myself, I do not consider lube/grease to be some kind of protective oil.
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Old September 11, 2012, 11:21 PM   #4
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Can't we all just get along?

I polished the chambers and the bores with 0000 steel wool wrapped around a bronze brush. All the surface rust is gone and shells chamber well so I think I will be fine. For cowboy shooting it shouldn't make much difference.

And newbie.....if you ever want any good advice on here I wouldn't tick off the old timers that know their stuff
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Old September 11, 2012, 11:26 PM   #5
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you should have called in the jaws of life to pry that %$%%@ng response out.

Final message prior to mine, ( using 0000-BT ) would have been my advice. GL
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Old September 14, 2012, 09:14 PM   #6
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If you really want to polish the chambers get a cleaning rod, stick a cleaning patch on it that will just go into the chamber. Chuck the rod in a drill. Smear valve polishing compound on the rag. Now run the rod in and out of the chamber with the drill running. This will slick the chamber up better than anything I know of and no need for a gunsmith. Remington Shells are the easiest to shuck out of a SXS.
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Old September 14, 2012, 10:22 PM   #7
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If its pitted really bad, im pretty sure they can turn it out on a lath and sleeve it. Then it literally as good as new.
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Old September 16, 2012, 04:00 PM   #8
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Update

Well I cleaned her up best I could and took her out to the range to test fire.

Performed like a champ. Fun to bring an old rust bucket back to life.
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Old September 17, 2012, 05:28 AM   #9
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Great. I love happy endings...
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Old September 17, 2012, 11:18 AM   #10
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Break Free works for rust

I use break free oil and cleaner works great for me.
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