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Hi all.

I inspected my 30-30 336's barrel last night. I used a small bright LED from the bolt side of the barrel and a 4X Opti viser to look at the first inch or so of the barrels inside.
What I saw did not please me :( :( There are small chatter/machine marks in the barrel, more prominent on the bore(small hole) section of the bore but also in the rifling. Is that normal for the Marlin guns or should it shine like a mirror. Gun shot less than 250 metal jackets and less than 100 casts.

What made me do this was the fact that after oiling the barrel it has a slight "matt" finish and does not seen as smooth as my .22 or .303's barrels. Does this sound like a problem or am I being over sensitive?

If you guys would suggest I go to a gunsmith I will do so but I don't want to make a mountain out off a moles heap.

Please help.

Peet in SA
 

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Not for anything, if the rifle shoots well, I would'nt fix what isn't broke!
 

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How does it shoot? Also, barrel leading can take on the appearance of what you are seeing.
Give the bore a thorough cleaning before you decide what to do.
 

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Hi shooter69 and trapper-xx.

Thanks for your input.

I am not completely happy with the way it groups at this time but I have only been developing a load for the last month, so it could be the gun or the load or maybe the shooter himself ;D ;D

trapper-xx you are half way right. The marks was/is part leading. I think the lead only pronounced the marks a bit. I cleaned the barrel with mercury today and the marks is mush finer but still there.

Will see how it performs with Sierra 170FN this coming Saturday.

Peet in SA
 
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