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38-55 barrel reline?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Catpop, Mar 19, 2013.

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  1. Catpop

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    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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    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
     
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    I thought I had heard this some where before. Thanks for keeping me straight.
     
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    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.

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    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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