Removing brrl dents


November 25, 2007, 12:49 PM
Hi Folks, It's been a long time since I've made my way to THR. Hope some one can help. What is alternate way can you use to remove a small dent(s) in a shot gun barrel. :banghead:

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November 25, 2007, 01:29 PM
I don't know of any alternate way except a hydraulic dent remover as sold by Brownell's.

There used to be a mechanical mandrel that you tighten down like a shoe stretcher, but I haven't seen one in years.

You have to iron them back out from the inside, and that is the only two ways I have ever heard of doing it properly.

For a one-time job, your best bet is a gunsmith who has the proper tool.

November 25, 2007, 01:39 PM
If you can see the dents by looking down the bore,the only devise we use is a hydraulic dent remover.Be advised if you can see the internal dents it is advisable not to use the gun.

November 25, 2007, 01:44 PM
Thanks for the reply. I've heard of a wooden dowl after heating the barrel in a container of hot/warm sand and repeatedly tapping/warming the dowl through barrel. Something I'm not going to try.:eek:


November 25, 2007, 02:39 PM
Can't imagine heating a barrel in hot sand as doing much of anything except make it uncomfortable to handle.

I also can't imagine a wooden dowel rod as providing ANY inside support you would need to tap out dents from the outside!

Sounds like a fignut of some internet experts imagination to me!

Jim K
November 25, 2007, 08:19 PM
I have used one of those screw type dent removers. They work OK, but are a bit tedious.

I can't imagine a wood dowel removing dents - it would just conform itself to the barrel, not vice versa.

Sounds like the advice to use a wood dowel to drive out a stuck bullet. The result is a stuck bullet, plus a splintered dowel. I don't know where the "experts" get that nonsense about wood dowels. I guess they are so afraid of scratching the bore they will recommend anything soft, even if it makes things worse.


November 25, 2007, 09:02 PM
I agree. I do mostly pistol (auto) and AR15 work and don't do or know much about shotguns. It was one of those (range experts), you know the type the kind that talks so loud everyone can hear him and his expert info during rapid fire.
Now I don't feel so bad about telling him he was nuts.

Thanks Guys.

Guns - out:D

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