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Can you shoot with a bulged barrel?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Sentry, Dec 18, 2003.

  1. Sentry

    Sentry member

    I have my first gun that my dad gave me with a bulged barrel now, and since I refuse to deal with Savage anymore I cannot get a new one. It shoots Colibri'[\s just fine, but can I shoot standard velocity or high velocity ammo through it still? On the outside, it's only been bulged about 1mm or so, so not a severe one I beleive. Inside you can see the ring, though. Federal Classic ammo did it, by the way. Ruined 2 other barrels the same way, unknowing.
  2. mtnbkr

    mtnbkr Well-Known Member

    I've never done it, but I've known of several others who did and even had good results.

    Couldn't a gunsmith rebarrel it for you?

  3. MicroBalrog

    MicroBalrog member

    According to what they taught me - NO. VERY unsafe.
  4. Sentry

    Sentry member

    Cash isn't flowing lately, so a rebarrel isn't possible. Plus there are no smiths in my area, I'd have to ship it and it wouldn't be cost effective. That and Savage demands the receiver back along with the barrel which they would destroy, and they're not destroying my first gun, that's for sure. 50% say yes, 50% say no, need more opinions on if this is ok to do...
  5. ojibweindian

    ojibweindian Well-Known Member

    I've known a few to do it. Personally, I wouldn't.
  6. bogie

    bogie Well-Known Member

    This doesn't sound right. Did you talk to Effie?

    Is the receiver unsafe? If it is unsafe, then don't shoot it.

  7. Matt G

    Matt G Moderator Emeritus

    What kind of firearm? With a 1911, a bulged barrel won't cycle through the barrel bushing, and locks up. With a bolt action rifle with low-pressure loads, it'd probably work okay, I guess. What caliber? .22 LR? (You mentioned Colibri ammo.)

    Just out of curiosity, why did you (or whoever was operating the firearms in question) fire again when you had a bullet stop in the bore? Was the lack of recoil and noise not apparent? :confused:
  8. Quartus

    Quartus Well-Known Member

    Sure you can!

    You can ride a motorcyle on an iced over freeway, too, and you might even make it to work and back.

    But I wouldn't recommend it.
  9. Nathanael_Greene

    Nathanael_Greene Well-Known Member

    I'm no gunsmith or metallurgist, but this seems to be in the category of "asking for it."
  10. Azrael256

    Azrael256 Well-Known Member

    Every firearm manual I have ever read says that you should only shoot guns that are properly maintained and in good condition. Also, if you look on most any ammo box, you'll see a warning that says the same. If it's not factory spec, don't shoot it.
  11. repsychler

    repsychler Well-Known Member

    I have to agree, this is asking for it. Since this gun has sentimental value, I'd retire it for now, and later on when finances allow it, consider re-barreling.
  12. Car Knocker

    Car Knocker Well-Known Member

    OK, edumicate me, please. Exactly why and how is a bulged .22 barrel unsafe to shoot. What are the physics that make it unsafe?
  13. dischord

    dischord Well-Known Member

    In order for metal to deform (bulging), it must be stressed, which means it's probably weakened, which means it could blow out.

    Think of how you can weaken and break a wire coat hanger by bending it repeatedly (stressing) -- the bulged part of the barrel is weakened like the spot where you've bent the hanger.

    I'd retire the gun or get a new barrel.
  14. VictorLouis

    VictorLouis Guest

    Yes, and ....well., no

    Yes, you can. Particularly with .22s. You run the risk of leading or fouling building up in the ringed area, which may cause yet another stoppage and worsen the bulge. Worse yet, a catastrophic failure, since that area is already weakened to some extent.

    Bolt-gun, or revolver? You're likely not firing it fast enough to miss a 'miss' on the target. Semi? I'd avoid it altogether.
  15. Bart Noir

    Bart Noir Well-Known Member

    Yeah, but how do you keep your mind on the shooting instead of the girl who caused the bulged barrel?

    Bart Noir
  16. cracked butt

    cracked butt Well-Known Member

    Where is the bulge in the barrel? If its near the muzzle on a rifle, you should be able to cut the bad part off and recrown.
  17. standingbear

    standingbear Well-Known Member

    where is the bulge and what model is it?
  18. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    I'd shoot it anyway and see what happened, and would be very surpised if anything happened but slightly decreased accuracy.
  19. NRA Instructor

    NRA Instructor Well-Known Member

    Why take a chance. Don't try it.
  20. Archie

    Archie Well-Known Member

    Not a major worry.

    As cracked butt said, cutting off the bulged part of a barrel is the standard manner to fix it. (Be sure you have 16 or 18 inches of barrel left after surgery.)

    I have a Model 10 revolver that I fixed in this manner. Had a bulge right under the front sight (6 inch barrel gun). It's now just in front of the extractor lug. No discernable damage to the cylinder or frame.

    A .22 lr rifle or shotgun can be fixed the same way, unless that would be too short.

    The only real problem with shooting a rifle with bulged barrel is the loss of accuracy. A shotgun won't suffer that, even.

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