Originally Posted by Sapphire
Alright, in about 67' my dad had an old springfield sporterized. It was a sweet shooting gun, custom barrel and beautiful custom stock, great trigger.... My dad shot many thousands of rounds through it... well... maybe 15 yrs ago he had it to a smith to boresight a scope and the smith looked at it and said, "this gun isn't safet to shoot anymore, this gun is "wore out"... And he put the gun away...
I dont think my dad knows too much about gun building and such, nor do I, but now I am questioning this gun being "wore out"... isn't it most likely that the chamber or barrel is shot out and a new barrel would pretty much solve the whole issue? Or are there other parts, like the bolt face and such that could wear out? What about the action? Can it become fatigued or something?? Its a 30-06...
Thanks for any info. I love the gun too, as I grew up coveting it and watching my dad kill chit loads of stuff with it.... I'd LOVE to get it rebarreled and have a shooter again....
As suggested, Have a competent gunsmith look at it but do not tell him you want to re barrel it,
just that you want him to check it out because it is an old rifle and you just want to be sure that
it is OK. (Later you can make the decision to re-barrel if needed).
Clean the bore back to bare metal before you take it to the smith so he can have a good look
It is very unusual for a hunting rifle to be worn out unless it was not cleaned and cared for, then pitting and wear can be accelerated.
After a good evaluation,If it is safe then go out and shoot it to see how it performs. If it it not
up to your standards then have it blueprinted and a new barrel installed in a fresh bedding job.
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