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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-10-2012, 05:16 AM Thread Starter
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Shotgun bore polishing?

I picked up a nice 1934 dated Winchester Model 12 pump (16 Gauge) last year. It has a nasty chunk taken out of the pistol grip (so I need to get a new buttstock for it) but more worrisome to me is the presence of light/moderate pitting in the chamber and bore.

I know that bore polishing is fairly common and is done often.

Has anyone done it or had it done to their shotgun? How did it turn out and how bad is it for the gun and the safety of the gun? Any suggestions?

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Re: Shotgun bore polishing?

If it already has "light/moderate pitting", I wouldn't hold much hope of anything resembling a fix. You may want to try polishing it (especially the chamber, for ease of extraction), but I would probably just shoot it as-is, expect it to foul, and enjoy the heck out of it.
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Re: Shotgun bore polishing?

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Originally Posted by Cold Bore
If it already has "light/moderate pitting", I wouldn't hold much hope of anything resembling a fix. You may want to try polishing it (especially the chamber, for ease of extraction), but I would probably just shoot it as-is, expect it to foul, and enjoy the heck out of it.
I'd agree. Once pitting is present, polishing it will only make the pits stand out more. You could polish it yourself with a wooden dowel and a piece of fine emery cloth. Put the dowel in a drill chuck and make a slot in the other end to hold the emery cloth. Add a little oil and go to town.

Having it done by a gunsmith would probably cost some but I would be hesitant to put much money into the gun in the condition you describe.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-10-2012, 11:14 PM
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Re: Shotgun bore polishing?

Polishing a bore is easy..lots of ways...i use my flilock ramrod with a smaller gauge brush and scotchbrite soaked in gun oil...green lightly then blue will give a mirror finish...steel wool made a mess for me...

Patterns improve nicely...wont do much for pitting but will remove rust and built up fouling etc....
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