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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Axis II, Jul 21, 2016.

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  1. Axis II

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    I have a cva optima that's about 13-14yo and last year I used it then let someone else use it so didn't clean it when I gave it to them. well when I got it back I forgot to clean it and its been in the basement since January.

    I use hodgdons 777. I know its dirty but im wondering is this barrel now ruined? im playing with the idea of buying a new version of mine but money is tight and part of me says just deal with the things I don't like about mine but if the barrel is shot then I will have to buy the new one Saturday.
     
  2. badkarmamib

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    I would try removing the breech plug, sticking the muzzle in a 5-gallon bucket of HOT soapy water, and alternate pulling the water up with a copper brush and a mop. I would expect it to come clean within 50 passes of each. Then, if it is pitted, shoot it to remove burrs and smooth the bore.
     
  3. Axis II

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    wont shooting it pitted cause danger issues?
     
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    If it is minor pitting relieved into the barrel steel, it would have very little affect one way or the other, a couple of shots of lead or sabots should smooth everything out.
     
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    It will reduce accuracy if the bore is badly pitted. There should be no safety issues though. Well, unless it is BADLY pitted. Like I can poke through it with a pen type of pitted.
     
  6. Freedom_fighter_in_IL

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    Clean it as usual then get yourself some JB http://www.brownells.com/gun-cleaning-chemicals/solvents-degreasers/bore-cleaning-paste/j-b-non-embedding-bore-cleaning-compound-prod1160.aspx

    After around 50-100 strokes of JB, if you still have pitting I would trash that barrel and get another one. YOUR problem may be your Breech Plug being frozen on. May be time to break out the WD-40 and a good long handled ratchet and probably a vast amount of cursing! That BP is probably corroded on like it's welded. Good luck.
     
  7. Jwilson904

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    Hot water is the trick with 777 i had to do it with mine to get the breech plug out.
     
  8. X-Rap

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    Use some antisieze on the plug. Pump hot soapy water through the bore and if it still shoots you're good to go.

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