. I had a friend look at the bore friday with a borescope and it was obvious that the lands had been flattened in the areea of the loose spot, although only on one side of the barrel, there was also a gouge full of copper in one of the grooves.
I decided to shoot the rifle before I sent it back to the smith (Gordy Gritters) to haved a new barrel put on. I shot the rifle today and before the damage the rifle shot a consistent 3 tenths three shot group with the load I took to africa. Today I shot the rifle and it shot just as well as it did before. I would have bet anyone a new barrel that it would not shoot at all. It is amazing that a rifle can shoot with this kind of damage to the bore. You can actually push the patch into the loose spot and pust it back and fourth without it makning the cleaning rod turn, like it is not even engaged in the lands...
Here is the group shot today. The shot on the right is the fouler or cold bore shot and the three shot group is the load I shot in Africa. The group size is the same as before the damage. I do not know how the barel can shoot with this kind of damage to the bore. I actually saw the flattened lands with my own eyes in the bore scope.
I am very happy with the results I just do not understand how the rifle can shoot just as well with the damage to the bore.......\