Rebore a barrel

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by truck driver, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. truck driver

    truck driver Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking to having a barrel rebored to .358 and would like some input from those who have had a barrel rebored.
    I plan on having JES do the work and he likes the 3 groove design but also offers 4 and 5 groove. I understand the 3 groove is least expensive to do but have read that for larger calibers it's not recommended. Lija uses a 3 groove on barrels .30 and under.
    What are your thoughts or experience with rebored barrels?lightbulb
     
  2. 4bycamper

    4bycamper Well-Known Member

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    Rebore a barrel aint cheap. I looked into reboring my shot out 270 wsm and was left with the question: why?

    I think barrel making is as much art as science. And to me a brand new, hand lapped bore is worth the $150 more than a rebored hand lapped surface.

    You do understand that $150 is all you're going to save over a new barrel?
    And with a little careful shopping you could spend even less, cutting that savings to less than $100.

    So I'm back to my original question: why?

    All in all, its your decision, you pays your money and you takes your choice. :D
     

  3. shortgrass

    shortgrass Well-Known Member

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    I have had Danny, at Classic Barrel Works, bore and rifle several for me, and, I will have him do more in the future. The only ones I have had done have been those originally made by one of the custom makers (Krieger, Hart, Shilen, etc.). I would not bother to send a 'factory' barrel to have it rebored and rifled unless it was to restore a valuable piece that I wanted to keep in original configuration.
     
  4. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Sort of like an original Sendero SF barrel... :D

    I can't wait to get my .25-06 A.I. off the ground, but I really would love to convert it to a 6.5 Sherman with that barrel...Unfortunately, the 0.007" difference in caliber diameter might not be enough to bore the barrel and re-rifle it. LOL
     
  5. shortgrass

    shortgrass Well-Known Member

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    I was thinking more in the line of an original pre '64 Winchester 70 or a custom wood stocked rifle made by a long passed gunsmith of notoriety from days gone by. I would do the Winchester just to make it useable again, not to try to turn it into a 'tack driver', although it could well be. Other than that, I'd not bother to send a hammer forged barrel for re-boring and rifling.
     
  6. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Well, my Sendero SF's mean alot to me, so I guess when I burn out the .25-06 A.I. barrel, I'll have it rebored and 5R rifled as a .284 1:9 barrel for my .280 A.I.
     
  7. beretzs

    beretzs Well-Known Member

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    I had a 338 Win Mag rebored/rechambered to 35 Newton. Cost 250.00 from doorstep to doorstep by JES. Pretty tough to beat that price for any barrel, let alone getting a smith to put it on.

    Not saying it is better than a full custom job, but it is 3 groove, cut rifling and it is shooting very well for me so far.

    If you have question, give JES a call. Very user friendly and great work from what I can tell.
     
  8. truck driver

    truck driver Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, that's on my list of things to do.
     
  9. roninflag

    roninflag Well-Known Member

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    yes- a pre garcia sako or a pre 64 model 70 . or the others shotgrass mentioned. the barrel makers i know say it is easier and better to just get a new barrel .
     
  10. AZShooter

    AZShooter Well-Known Member

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    It may not always be cheaper to buy a new custom barrel vs re-boring/re-rifling the existing barrel.

    I have two #5 fluted SS liljas that cost quite a bit of money. One is longer than standard offering the other has a brake. They will be re-rifled when they wear out fitting the rifle perfectly and will cost far less than installing a new barrel with same characteristics.

    I have had Dan Pederson do a 30" #7 lilja SS from 7mm to .338 a few years ago and am very happy with the accuracy and low cost.