- Oct 8, 2010
I did go with a 4 groins barrel,
I had a barrel rebored by JES. Maybe my standards are different than some, but I would never do it again. I wasn’t expecting perfect, but the bore was really really rough. The finish on my barrel was scrapped off where a wrench or vise slipped. I started cutting it down myself trying to cut off the worst of the barrel, but there was no fixing it. The rifle now is at a barrel maker waiting to get rebarreled.
There is more to this than what we are being told, I'm sure. Especially since the member joined just to post this complaint about JES.
More attention should be placed on the discussion between the barrel owner and company doing the work and on the metal quality of the barrels being re-bored. Not all barrels and the steel they are made from lend themselves to be re-bored. Modern barrel steel (where quality has been considered) usually re-bore nicely. Even some of the older, shot out antique barrels were made from quality steel and are good candidates for re-bores. The problem is some were made from a type of steel which does not lend itself to being re-bored.
Be sure to ask your expert on re-bores about this, it is paramount to be sure you will be happy with what you receive.
There are a very few shops which can handle re-bores properly. As a result some are pretty backed up just like the rest of the industry.