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Old 11-09-2010, 01:35 AM
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Borescoping service.

A borescope is a huge investment and takes time to use.

Who all does it?

Do you provide video or pictures?

What do you charge for it?

On a new build has anyone ever asked for photos of your chamber or throat quality?

Other than for checking to see if the barrel is clean talk about how you use one as a gunsmith.

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Old 11-09-2010, 10:11 AM
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Re: Borescoping service.

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A borescope is a huge investment and takes time to use.

Who all does it?

Do you provide video or pictures?

What do you charge for it?

On a new build has anyone ever asked for photos of your chamber or throat quality?

Other than for checking to see if the barrel is clean talk about how you use one as a gunsmith.

Thanks
Shawn
Shawn---will say this I love mine and could not do without it! This was the first thing my Smith told me to get! Will say that any Smith that does not use one is not a person that I would consider to do any work for me.
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Old 11-16-2010, 06:53 PM
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Re: Borescoping service.

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A borescope is a huge investment and takes time to use.

Who all does it?

Do you provide video or pictures?

What do you charge for it?

On a new build has anyone ever asked for photos of your chamber or throat quality?

Other than for checking to see if the barrel is clean talk about how you use one as a gunsmith.

Thanks
Shawn

Shawn. at one time Lilja had a bore scope that he used to inspect the bore of his barrels and
if requested he would supply a video of your barrel for $25.00 extra.

I'm not sure but I think he does not tape the inspection any more for sale.

They are very expensive but can tell you a lot if you are trying to figure out a problem with
a rifle because you can inspect the crown, bore,rifling,grooves, leade, freebore, chamber quality,
breach end of barrel and other things that could be a problem .

I used to make chamber cast using cerrosafe but once I bought a bore scope it made
everything else obsolete except for dimensioning a chamber.

If you suspect a problem with the chamber and cant afford a bore scope you can buy the cerrosafe
from Brownells for less than $30.00 and do a casting of your chamber and throat.

It melts in hot water and can be re used many times.

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Old 11-16-2010, 07:20 PM
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Re: Borescoping service.

I figured it would be invaluable and after playing with it for a few days it has already earned a sweet spot in my tool box. So far I have learned the following. I am pleased with the quality of the Sendero barrels. The finish is much nicer than what Remington is putting on the SPS rifles. The Accumark barrels are even nicer. Now I have a Kreiger here for inpection that is supposed to be around 200 rounds and it is a disaster. Looks like he fired gravel through it and it had the 1 1/4" freebore throat cut with a very dull drill bit. I can't figure out what the story is how it got so scratched up. Has anyone else noticed that cut rifled barrels look much rougher than a button rifled barrel? The original owner has not responded to my PM. We haven't shot it yet but will in the next couple weeks. I hope it shoots better than it looks. Once I get photographic capability I will post a few pictures or maybe a video for peer review.

Weather anyone will ever pay for an inspection or not I feel it was worth it for the business use.
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Old 11-16-2010, 09:31 PM
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Re: Borescoping service.

Take a look at a new Krieger barrel, they're slicker than greezed owl @#$%! I charge a few bucks extra for scoping, other wise you get the guys who want you to look at their bore so they can decide if they want to take it to the pawn shop or gun show. If work is involved I forgo the extra charge. I don't borrow tools and I don't lend them. If they want to scope so they can decide if they want rid of the gun or not, they should buy a bore scope themselves. Might sound 'cold', but, business is business.
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Old 11-17-2010, 01:29 AM
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Re: Borescoping service.

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I figured it would be invaluable and after playing with it for a few days it has already earned a sweet spot in my tool box. So far I have learned the following. I am pleased with the quality of the Sendero barrels. The finish is much nicer than what Remington is putting on the SPS rifles. The Accumark barrels are even nicer. Now I have a Kreiger here for inpection that is supposed to be around 200 rounds and it is a disaster. Looks like he fired gravel through it and it had the 1 1/4" freebore throat cut with a very dull drill bit. I can't figure out what the story is how it got so scratched up. Has anyone else noticed that cut rifled barrels look much rougher than a button rifled barrel? The original owner has not responded to my PM. We haven't shot it yet but will in the next couple weeks. I hope it shoots better than it looks. Once I get photographic capability I will post a few pictures or maybe a video for peer review.

Weather anyone will ever pay for an inspection or not I feel it was worth it for the business use.
Some of the cut rifling will have tool marks but most of the newer cut rifling barrels are hand
lapped and look better.

The process of buttoned rifling normally is smoother but they still hand lap the high end barrels
to aid in break in.

Some factory barrels and chambers are terrible and look like they were drilled with a masonry
bit.

The bore scopes are well worth the money.

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Old 11-17-2010, 01:40 AM
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Re: Borescoping service.

I have not had a chance to see a new Kreiger yet. I was really surprised at the condition of my early 80's vintage Ruger M77V rifles. both have seen well over 6000 rounds and the leading edge of the first rifling still look to be fully intact. Only the very leading edge of the barrel had any throat erosion and it didn't go anywhere near 1/8" I know they are worn as the "jam length" is now well over what will fit in the mag box. They both still shoot 3/8" groups or better so I guess the factory barrels on those get to stay for awhile. Mines getting a muzzle brake though as I'm like watch squirrels blow up as much as I like blowing them up. I will have a camera here this weekend so brace yourselves for some crazy Kreiger pics. I hope you all have strong stomachs.
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