Was just wondering about the rifling in the Marlins, I have a 1894SS and it's awesome in every way, I got very lucky, fit and finish is superb, feeds everything I put in it, specials, magnums...it has never jammed...i've shot thousands through it...not a single jam of any sort.....it's extremely accurate with everything I've ever tried including magnums up to 300 grains (never tried more, don't see the point) and down to 180 grain specials......so I guess there is nothing wrong with the gun but I always think the rifling looks so extremely shallow in it when I clean it....but it can't bee too shallow if the guns shoot so well....or can it? Anyone else think the rifling is shallow or is it just my gun? Is this a problem or something I should worry about?
Micro-grooves are shallow, but there are a lot of them-no worry, it works!!!!!! Enjoy, Jack
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No this is an 1894SS from 2006, it has ballard rifling.Originally Posted by jack therwhanger
It doesn't take much rifling to spin a bullet. ;o) Flinch
The ballard rifling is about as shallow as the Micro groove, not much difference.
Don't worry about it.
So they're supposed to look like that? super shallow...when you cleaned it and it's all shiny mirrorlike you can barely notice it...it's like someone took a little needle or something and just scratched the rifling at the very surface...I mean..you CAN see it but just very faint...I always though there should be some real scores twisting around in there. It almost looks so shallow that you're afraid a few to many bullets and cleanings and it will be smooth bored. I mean because it shoots well I figure it should be like this but it's just weird to me. Maybe also because the 44 mag is 1:38" rifled it looks EVEN shallower than one with faster twist?Originally Posted by Flinch
Yep.. shoot it and enjoy it. don't think about it.. unless you use grit on your bullets it's very unlikely in the next three lifetimes that the rifling will wear out.
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Alright...just me then I suppose...thanks a lot guys!
I have an old Winchester 63 (22LR Auto) rifle whose rifling makes me feel the same way as your 1894SS rifling makes you feel, but the darn thing is WAY older than I am and it shoots like a dream.
That's good to hear, makes me feel a bit better about my gun. I mean I feel my gun is AWESOME, i just have nightmares that one day after I clean it it will be a smooth bore LOLOriginally Posted by Blazin