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Old May 16, 2009, 05:30 AM   #1
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Winchester M1895 barrel

I have a M1895 (rifle, not carbine) in .30 US (.30-40 Krag) with a badly pitted barrel. All else in excellent shape. The pitting also extends into the neck and forward portion of the shoulder in the chamber (is this from corrosive primers/powder of late 19th century?). Any suggestions on how/where to have this barrel replaced?
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Old May 16, 2009, 12:30 PM   #2
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You can have the barrel replaced very easily. Call John Taylor at Taylor Machine at (253)445-4073 M-F 8:00AM-5:00PM. John has a lot of experience working on older Winchesters and has connections for hard-to-get parts (if needed), and does outstanding work in general.
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Old May 17, 2009, 08:46 AM   #3
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[is this from corrosive primers/powder of late 19th century?]

Most likely.

Restoration & collector's issues aside, if you reload, you might consider having it rebored/rifled to the wildcat .35 Krag.
There's an article on the .35 Krag in handloader Magazine #173

Some leads:

Cliff LaBounty,of Maple Falls,VA. (360 599 2047)

J E S Rifle Reboring :

Bob West (was referred by Fred Huntington, unk if still active)

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Old May 17, 2009, 10:02 AM   #4
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Wind River Rifle lists '95 barrels for $425 plus sights plus blue plus installation.

There was an outfit making reproduction barrels right down to a close copy of the Winchester markings, but I cannot find them today.

Cliff LaBounty is out of the reboring business, Clearwater bought his equipment and had him train their people.
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