I'm trying to make a decision. I called Ruger and they would fit a new barrel blue 22" factory barrel for around $350.00 I didnt ask about bluing. Eye balling the crown and rifling at the muzzle and the way it shoots .7" to 1.25" moa Im thinking its had a lot of rounds fired thru it. But worth doing something with. Ive considered shortening the 22" barrel on it now by an inch and re-crowning it.
One of the reasons I'm reluctant to put a Ruger barrel on it is that the barrel would have the latter warning on it and I don't want that. If I can just freshen up the grooves at the muzzel by cutting it back and re-crowning it and I haven't looked at the chamber with a bore scope it may be eroded. I wont do anything until I do,
If I do put another barrel on it. I'm questioning the logic of putting on like a Douglas Barrel which is going to be $450 or so. I don't care to shoot . 3 or .5's but really like a gun that shoots .7's to 1.00 MOA.... but then its been modified.
Has anyone noticed improved groups by simply focusing on the muzzle. I going to look at more of the bore when I can get to a bore scope and see just what both ends look like and do something.
I have only shot about 15 factory 100gr korelock rounds thru it and and am loading some 90 grains Noslers up right now. I'll take it to the range in a few days shoot it again with about 20 rounds and see what it looks like. Maybe four groups of five and see what it does. I have since I first shot it have bedded the recoil lug and floated the barrel so it may or may not look any different. I'm hoping maybe I don't need to do anything.
No matter how I clean it I still find copper. I bought the gun a while back to mess with. It's a M77 .243 flat bolt, a nice rifle and I bought it off Gunbroker knowing the gun may have been fired a lot and not cleaned very well which seems to be the case. Not complaining just deciding what to do with it. I hate the idea of modifying it with an aftermarket marked barrel or a new model Ruger barrel but cutting an inch off would have about the same asthestics.... modified. I'll shoot it and have someone look at it at the same time and see whats going on. The loads Im makng have a .010" jump so it might look different than the factory ammo.
Just thinking out loud. I don't plan on shooting it a lot but would like to shoot some fun matches 100 - 200 - 300 yd BR locally infrequently then .5 - .7 MOA might take more than just recrowing. Decisions Decisions.