Other than the longer barrel and cut rifling is there anything different about the xlr compared to any other 336 internally?
That seems to be common practice with old military bolt action rifles dating from 1900- WWI. It works as a way to keep maintenance up to snuff for GI rifles. If your rifle is not cleaned and maintained the first place you see it is the bolt. My old mosin Nagant will rust at the drop of a hat. Just grease it and maintain it and it will stay shiny.Tom, good point on the fluted bolts being "Bare" metal. I never understood why that was done. I do know that they (xlr bolts) will rust pretty dang quick if they aren't protected (clp, etc).
Troy,Tom, good point on the fluted bolts being "Bare" metal. I never understood why that was done. I do know that they (xlr bolts) will rust pretty dang quick if they aren't protected (clp, etc).
I don't know about shooting cast bullets--I only shoot jacketed stuff. The Ballard rifling and long barrel in my '49 336A might have someting to do with the many types of ammo that rifle likes. The old girl can shoot 170 grain Winchester, Hornady (165 grain), and Remington factory loads under an inch at 100 yards. The point of impact for the three different loads ran about 3/4 inch apart from one another. Never had a Marlin be so un-picky about different ammo brands before. This was my one and only Ballard rifled Marlin. I just got another Ballard Marlin but haven't got to squeeze the trigger yet. I can't wait.It's an old myth that the Ballard rifling is supposed to be more accurate shooting cast bullets.