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proof testing

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by EuroJoe, Jan 24, 2011.

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  1. EuroJoe

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    I've got a bbl. with a bulge in the chamber. Mfr says to replace it. I've owned it since 1965, and I have no idea when it happened, could have been many years ago. Only found it out when shooting very high brass loads, and they had to be pried out of top bbl. Mfr.has offered to replace it with a very generous offer, but I don't use it very often, hate to spend the money, no matter how fair.
    I've had it magnafluxed, no cracks! Who can proof test it, and I don't care if it blows up.
     
  2. kraiza

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    I my self wouldn't play with it. Replace the barrel.
     
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    H.P. White Laboratory, Inc. in Maryland would proof barrels for $420 per Shooting Sportsman March/April 08'
    410-838-6550
     
  4. brownk80

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    I am assuming that you mean you don't care if it blows up when it is being proofed, right? Otherwise please let me know where you shoot and on what days.

    Brownk80
     
  5. goatskin

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    Joe,

    You CAN send the bbl-only to Birmingham and they will prove it. Their website has details.

    You didn't mention the kind of gun, but Briley (among others) can sleeve the chamber & good-to-go. I have a 10bore long-tom that used to be an Eastern Shore market gun that had real issues with chambers & forcing cones, incl rust, pitting & bulges.

    Briley re-newed it for me, with a no-blow assurance.

    Another option.

    Bob
     
  6. Shooting Coach

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    Indeed, Briley has the expertise to sleeve your barrel. If gun is valuable, or has sentimental value, have it checked out there.
     
  7. Pull & Mark

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    Have your gun manufacture give you their offer in writing and put gun back in safe until you want to fix the barrel. Break=em all. Jeff
     
  8. timb99

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    So you're going to spend money to have it proof tested (after saying you hate to spend money) and then if it blows up during testing, you have no barrel and will have to buy a new one anyway?

    And to what end? If it doesn't blow, all you know is you have a barrel with a bulge in it that makes it hard to get hulls out of.

    Why bother? Just get the new barrel from the manufacturer or have the chamber sleeved.
     
  9. EuroJoe

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    Briley had the bbl. & said they would not do the chamber sleeve job on it.
    The only shells that were hard to get out were extremely high brass, heavy pigeon loads in Mexico. For all I know, I may have been shooting it this way for many years, BUT, I'd hate to have it alongside my head when & if it blows!
     
  10. porky

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    To me shooting this gun is like driving a car on Route 1 on the California coast that has tires with the cord on the tread showing through and a tendency to have brake failure. Are you sure that you are willing to chance it? Either get rid of it or fix it.
     
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