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Old August 11, 2012, 04:20 PM   #10
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There's wear from shooting it, and then there's wear from ignoring it. My dad had a Marlin 30-30 for many years and he was not ever in the mode of cleaning the barrel (or any other part of it). I guess the barrel lasted about 25 years of rust and rain and shooting and dirt before it finally gave out. We were sighting it in for Dad just prior to deer season and at 50 yards you couldn't hit a washtub. It had worked fine 10 months prior to that, so I guess the last few molecules of steel on the lands must have disappeared over that 10 months. I suppose that my point is that a barrel will last a long time, and the life depends on how many rounds you put through it and what kind of care you give it.
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