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 Post subject: Mosin Barrel Pitting
PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 12:27 pm 
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My friend has had this Mosin for two years and has never shot it. He asked me to clean it up for him and get it ready for next summer. So I started to take it apart to clean up the cosmoline and in the barrel channel I found all kinds of dust and dirt, upon closer inspection I realized it was rust. When I looked at the barrel I was mortified to find deep pitting and rusting on the underside of the barrel. I am wondering about the rifles safety, he is a good friend (he married my wife and I) and I am concerned for his well being. I welcome any opinions.

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 Post subject: Re: Mosin Barrel Pitting
PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:44 pm 
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My friend has had this Mosin for two years and has never shot it. He asked me to clean it up for him and get it ready for next summer. So I started to take it apart to clean up the cosmoline and in the barrel channel I found all kinds of dust and dirt, upon closer inspection I realized it was rust. When I looked at the barrel I was mortified to find deep pitting and rusting on the underside of the barrel. I am wondering about the rifles safety, he is a good friend (he married my wife and I) and I am concerned for his well being. I welcome any opinions.

Thanks!!


The middle pic LOOKS enough like a crack that I wouldn't chance it. The action can always be re-barreled, as long as it doesn't look like the barrel itself! It's pretty bad, if you're looking for a gunsmith's opinion, there's mine. Safety first, always. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Mosin Barrel Pitting
PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 2:20 pm 
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I'm not even a gunsmith and I'd say hang it on the wall with a concrete plug. They're cheap, tell him to buy another one. Or just buy him one for Christmas. :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Mosin Barrel Pitting
PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 11:23 pm 
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Thanks guys exactly what I was thinking, his roommate told him different but I have him believe me. It's pretty bad and as stated there cheap, especially compared to any hospital bill!

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 Post subject: Re: Mosin Barrel Pitting
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Is this all the way down the length of the barrel or just the last 10 inches? Could be converted to a carbine.


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 Post subject: Re: Mosin Barrel Pitting
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Unfortunately not, it's closer to the receiver. The shame is that it's an ex sniper and the bore is amazing!

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 Post subject: Re: Mosin Barrel Pitting
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Wow! That is a shame. Ironic that the barrel could sustain that much damage and the bore remain so nice.


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b32dominator wrote:
Unfortunately not, it's closer to the receiver. The shame is that it's an ex sniper and the bore is amazing!

That IS a shame :doh: What condition is the rest of the rifle in? Stock, receiver, bolt?

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 Post subject: Re: Mosin Barrel Pitting
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Everything else is magnificent, that's what sucks so much about the pitting. I had just gotten the bolt cycling great and was going clean up the stock, that's when I found the pitting.

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 Post subject: Re: Mosin Barrel Pitting
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Everything else is magnificent, that's what sucks so much about the pitting. I had just gotten the bolt cycling great and was going clean up the stock, that's when I found the pitting.

I worked at the hospital here in Salina for 20 years; several of my friends there were radiology tech.'s. If I was still there, and could sneak it in, I'd love to x-ray that barrel to try and determine the integrity and wall thickness of it, to see if it truly is beyond use. But I'm guessing, because of the proximity to the receiver, it would be too dangerous to fire. Still, it definitely would make an awesome showpiece; does he have the PU scope for it? I'm guessing not being labeled as "ex-sniper". Oh well, I'll just cry myself to sleep now! :violin:

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 Post subject: Re: Mosin Barrel Pitting
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I just got one in almost like it. I'm fixing it up to give to a friend as a wallhanger.

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 Post subject: Re: Mosin Barrel Pitting
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:50 am 
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If he really wants to shoot it and has deep pockets (or a good, well stocked shop) he could always re-barrel it. It won't match but it would be a usable rifle again.


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 Post subject: Re: Mosin Barrel Pitting
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Too bad, and I agree with the crowd, not a shooter with full steam loads. But while I wouldn't push full tilt loads, I might reload some cast bullets with trail boss or something if I wanted to keep it and shoot it as is. YMMV.

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 Post subject: Re: Mosin Barrel Pitting
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He could Jeff, but what load would be just a little too much? I don't think I'd want to be the experimenter. #-o


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 Post subject: Re: Mosin Barrel Pitting
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Well, any lead bullet loads around 1500 -1900 fps have 1/4th to 1/3 the pressure of military loads. And I've shot plenty of rifles with pitting - maybe not quite that deep, but substantial pitting nonetheless, and with mil-spec loads. As I said, that's what I'd do - others may elect to not to.

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