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Old July 19, 2008, 04:13 PM   #1
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bore scope ?

Has anyone here ever seen a home made bore scope?
I would like to be able to see the chamber and lead
on my AR barrel. I know I could just take off the barrel,
put it up next to my eye and look, but I would like to not
have to go to all that work.
Any thoughts?
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Old July 19, 2008, 08:22 PM   #2
Harry Bonar
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bore scope

Never saw a homemade one but Doc brought one up two years ago and we used it.
Now, a word of advice - if you have a "favorite gun don't look at the barrel and chamber with a bore-scope. That thing will show EVERY imperfection and simply scare you to death.
They are a nice tool for pitted spots etc., but really show what a bore looks like.

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Old July 20, 2008, 11:19 AM   #3
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I have wondered about buying one for the "fun of it". I see this as a choice between another gun and a toy. They both cost about the same, but the bore scope would be useful for cleaning and the like.

If you were not a smith and just an interested shooter, do you see much value in them?

Any advice or general comments?

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Old July 20, 2008, 11:45 AM   #4
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I think I'd buy another gun! The scope is a fine tool to have and would really show what the inside of your favorite piece looks like but the striations of buttoning or "cut rifling" to me are of no consequence - you don't even need a "straight" barrel to shoot well.
We had a Sako AII in 22-250 and at 200 yards would shoot dime size groups at that distance (as hard as that is to believe) but I sold it and we rebarreled it to 308. The old Sako bbl? It ran out in the lathe at least .035 O.D. and looked like a snake wiggling when looking through it turning! Yet it really shot!
Buy a surplus military rifle (Mauser 98 - VZ24) and try your hand at sporterizing it. I like Mr. Kunhausens book on them. Good shooting.
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