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Old April 14, 2014, 10:14 PM   #1
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Inspecting Used Rifles

I have a wandering eye, and I am interested in a used Sako.

I also would like to improve my skills inspecting used rifles. I am particularly interested in signs of wear to the rifling (avoiding "shot a lot and shot hot" guns).

Any input or tips on inspecting used rifles? Better yet, any pictures of subtle signs you can get burned on?
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Old April 15, 2014, 08:30 AM   #2
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It's hard to see if the bore is washed out without a bore scope. I would check the bolt face for pitting, crown should be sharp, with no dings. Check the basic operation, safety check on the trigger & overall condition of the rifle will give you a good idea how the owner took care of the rifle. Hope I helped in some way, Good luck. Chris
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Old April 15, 2014, 10:32 AM   #3
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As far as "shot out", shine a light from the muzzle and look at the barrel immediately in front of the chamber. If the barrel is shiny but the leade is gray for over maybe 1/16th of an inch, it might be on the verge of losing tight-group accuracy.

But I'll defer to anybody who's seen more "burn jobs" than I.
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Old April 15, 2014, 01:50 PM   #4
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I doubt if you'll ever see any "hunting" rifles that have been shot enough to worry about the barrel being shot out, especially in big game calibers. On a rifle that has been used for a lot of varmint or target shooting it is more likely.
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Old April 15, 2014, 02:04 PM   #5
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Remove the bolt and look through the bore. If it's clean you may be able to see wear or damage.

If the shop does not have a rod you might get yours in the car.

For guns without a removable bolt a bright piece of paper or cloth in the action will shine some.

There is a handy little borescope that was made. It has a brass tube. Shop for one.

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Old April 15, 2014, 02:13 PM   #6
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Barrel-Rings

I have always thought I was pretty savvy about my inspection of used rifles until I got bit by not one, but two barrel-rings. ....

For starters, look from breech to muzzle, along the outside of barrel with muzzle pointed at a light or sky. If you can see what looks like a bulge, rotate the barrel and see is you can still make it out. You can also dab a little oil on the barrel and lightly pinch and slide your fingers, along the barrel. Again, from breech to muzzle, look down the bore and see if you can see a dark band or ring. ....

No one likes surprises, especially one that you find when you run a firm cleaning patch down the bore and it gets loose in a particular area. ....

Be Safe !!!
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Old April 15, 2014, 06:51 PM   #7
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As far as "shot out", shine a light from the muzzle and look at the barrel immediately in front of the chamber. If the barrel is shiny but the leade is gray for over maybe 1/16th of an inch, it might be on the verge of losing tight-group accuracy.
Leade?

Forgive me, I should probably know this.
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Old April 15, 2014, 06:53 PM   #8
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I doubt if you'll ever see any "hunting" rifles that have been shot enough to worry about the barrel being shot out, especially in big game calibers. On a rifle that has been used for a lot of varmint or target shooting it is more likely.
Agree, as far as playing the odds.

What worries me is that I would like a 243 or 308 in a Sako Forester, and I've heard some of the 243s especially that are on the used market have been shot out (thus, the reason to sell them).
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Old April 15, 2014, 07:39 PM   #9
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Leade = the freebore/forcing cone at the beginning of the rifling. It's subject to the highest temperatures. Burning = erosion, eventually allowing a bullet to enter the main part of the barrel sorta catty-wampus.

To use a scientifically precise term...
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Old April 15, 2014, 07:44 PM   #10
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Got it, Art, thanks!

Nice use of catty-wampus! Not easy to do!
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