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Old 11-13-2005, 05:24 PM
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Smoothing the Barrel

I was in a local gunshop and had a conversation with a group about smoothing the barrel of my savage 12fvss 223. I had it suggested that I use flitz paste on a patch wrapped around a smaller bore brush. (204 or 17 cal.) Has any one here tried this or heard of it?
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Old 11-13-2005, 06:30 PM
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Re: Smoothing the Barrel

Not no, but heck no.

That is basically lapping the barrel and it will cause a belling at the muzzle. The master lappers at barrel makers cannot do that without causing that belling. That is why you always cut off 3/4-1" off the muzzle of a blank.

If you have a rough bore, then order David Tubbs fire lapping kit ($25) and proceed slowly. It has already lubed bullets with different grade grits. I would use only half (5)of the largest grit at first and then proceed to the smaller grits. Even then, that will erode the throat a little but smooth out the bore.

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Old 11-13-2005, 08:33 PM
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Re: Smoothing the Barrel

What kind of groups are you getting? If it is shooting well don't mess with it. Are you concerned about the copper in the barrel? Or do you think it is rough enough that it is damaging the bullet? Just clean with wipe out and keep shooting it will get better.
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Re: Smoothing the Barrel

It is fairly new and the groups are .3 to .5 depending on the shooter. My concerns are with the copper. It takes for ever to clean but eventually I get it with butches bore shine and kroil. I have heard of the process described by Bountyhunter (thanks BountyHunter) but I don't know of anyone who have tried it. So I should probably wait to see if it will affect accuracy in the long run and try the Wipe Out. Thanks
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Old 11-13-2005, 11:57 PM
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Re: Smoothing the Barrel

Run a search on Final Finish. I have an ongoing (hopefully soon to be completed when I find time) thread on this stuff.

I have seen the effects of it on probably more than 2 dozen barrels including two of my own custom barrels and can testify to the effectiveness of it. I have not seen any throat erosion effects as BH mentions, but I have seen it enlarge the throat a touch so that it looks like the throat has eroded forward. THis has had no detrimental effects on accuracy. In fact, I was just out to the range last week with my 6.5-.284 that has had FF run through it and it shot a 3 shot group at 100 yards in the low .2"s. This barrel has had about 1100 rounds through it and was becoming a nightmare to clean. It was taking about 12-14 patches of Coppermelt to come clean and now it takes about 3-4. FF works!
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Shoot the dang rifle!! That....will "smooth" it as you say!!
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Re: Smoothing the Barrel

If it is copper you are after, then buy Montana Extreme 50 BMG. Read the test results for this on www.6mmbr.com. came out the best in copper cleaners.

use a ME or Kleen Bore nylon bristle brush and watch copper roll out. Nothing beats it.

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