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Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Cumberland Co. Pa.
Quite a few years ago,when TC first started to counter bore their barrels to make starting a round ball easier,I thought that was the coolest thing I had ever heard of, so I had a 54cal. renegade barrel counter bored by a machinist ???, not sure what went wrong but that barrel never did shoot worth a darn after that.
So being the experimenter that I am, I welded an extension on a drill bit,not sure what size,and I drilled the rifle out of that barrel with a battery drill and hours of frustration,got the bit tight several times. Finally success with the drilling,but then the job was so rough that more work was needed. So after some consideration I found a brake cylinder hone small enough,and I honed for hours using up many replacement stones. Finally success, it was smooth enough that it could be loaded ,and I worked up a load that shot an acceptable pattern. By the way this was flintlock barrel.
That fall I took a few bushy tails with the barrel,and one day while sitting quietly waiting for a squirrel, a flock of turkeys snuck in to about 25-30 yds (they can be real dumb sometimes). Then a dumb jake extended his neck and looked straight at me, the gun was already shouldered and the trigger set, I touched off the charge and he folded right there.
Now I am not recommending you try this approach unless you have junk barrel you don't care about,but it worked for me. That barrel is around here somewhere,haven't played with it for years.