Inherited 220 Swift Ackley Imp.

RODSTRADLEY

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Inherited a very nice 220 Swift Ackley Imp. rifle from my fathers collection. After 3 nights of using Sweets, Butches and even Hoppe's I finally seen the lands and grooves and it doesn't look to good. It has a 1917 Rem receiver but no markings on the barrel other than 220 Swift Ackley Imp. Here are a few photos of the rifle and the bore but the chamber and the last half of the bore are good. Need advice.
 

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david g ranes

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Swifts are notorious barrel burners no expert but the fire cracking doesn’t look as bad as some magnums I’ve seen it looks like a nice old gun I would clean a little more and shoot it if it were mine or don’t shoot it keep it for momento. David
 

RODSTRADLEY

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Swifts are notorious barrel burners no expert but the fire cracking doesn’t look as bad as some magnums I’ve seen it looks like a nice old gun I would clean a little more and shoot it if it were mine or don’t shoot it keep it for momento. David
So David you think run a few light rounds through it an see the results? Rod
 

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I would have shot it without even asking you guys but I bought this Teslomg bore scope and looked at the bore on it. Never seen one with all of the stress cracks like that.
 

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Because of the time the rifle was built I would think the barrel has a 1-14 or maybe a 1-12 rate of twist. If 1-14 55g bullets will be it. If 1-12, you can go up to 60g. I don't normally recommend it, but if the barrel won't shoot, you might try a few of Tubbs Final Finish bullets to try to take the 'rough' off. Good luck, and let us know how it works out for you. I like to see those 'older' builds. Nice, "Tiger Stripped" Maple stock, there!
 

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