38-55 barrel reline?


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Catpop
March 19, 2013, 01:25 PM
I have a nice old 38-55 1893 Marlin oct barrel, but with a poor bore. Is it safe to install a liner in a 38-55 or is the pressure too great? Might just have to hang one wall.

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rcmodel
March 19, 2013, 01:36 PM
Wouldn't be prudent.

Although the 38-55 is not a truly high-pressure round, it is higher pressure then a thin chamber & bore liner should be expected to withstand.

rc

Catpop
March 19, 2013, 02:08 PM
I thought I had heard this some where before. Thanks for keeping me straight.

Jim K
March 20, 2013, 12:06 AM
Plus, I don't know anyone who makes a liner for that caliber.

They make one for .38-40, but the .38-40 is actually .40 caliber, while the .38-55 is a true .38, with a bullet diameter of .379-380".

You might be able to rebarrel that rifle, but it could end up costing more than the gun is worth.

Jim

buttrap
March 22, 2013, 02:13 AM
Very common deal there as people have it done all the time. A new liner will have much more strength than the original barrel due to better quality steels in them. If gun shy just go to a 32-40 liner. You need to google up some black powder cartridge rifle forums and get a of who and where to get the work done buts its not that expensive.

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