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I just got my small action mauser put together with a short chambered barrel. I am about to rent a reamer and would like to hear some advice from someone who has done this before. I think my son will like his christmas present.
 

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OK, first, use lots and lots of oil, second go very slow, cut a couple of turns in, then clean and use the GO gage until the bolt will just close on it. Remember to remove the extractor from the bolt for these tests.

Just remember you can always take it out, but it is very hard to put metal back in!

Slow and lots of oil.

Let us know how you do with it.

Greg
 

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Be very cleanly.. If any metal shavings remain in the chamber a head space check will be bogus and inserting a reamer with metal shavings can lead to a damaged chamber.. When the reamer is removed, clean and clean the chamber too. Also as I'm sure you've heard... NEVER EVER turn a reamer backward!!!!EVER!. Also I prefer to do this with the barreled action vertical. No side pressure is exerted on the reamer...
 

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Thanks for the replys guys.
 

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What caliber is the youngster getting this Xmas?? I built my lovely daughter a 280 on her 16th Xmas. She's 25 now and had to shoot a deer the second time this year.. Actually the doe was down but paralyzed and she simply put it out of it's pain.. Her boyfriend killed a real monster..likely over 200 inches gross and very old. He had a lot of character points (dagger,spurs, etc) but will be scored most likely as a main frame 10 point.,.
 

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6.5 X 55 swede. I figure it will be perfect for anything from coyote to elk.
 

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JMO

But unless you are a trained machinist - with YEARS of experience.

Do not do this job yourself!

Pay someone that is a trained gunsmith or machinist to do it for you!

First off, using a hand reamer is not a precision way of doing a job. It is a hack job at best.

There is no way to keep the OD and ID consistent when you are holding the work in a vise and the tool in your hand.

Second off, like others has said, you can actually do more damage than good trying to do it yourself.

If you had to ask for advise, chances are that you do not know what you are doing.

I have seen fist hand, guns manufactured by Browning and Winchester that were not machined properly and had to be JUNKED because the price of the barrel - action was more than the value of the gun.

I'm sure that you are going to say - how is that possible?

Well if you ever done any work to a BLR - Browning Lever Rifle - you will know that there are no aftermarket barrels sold for that model and even if there was, the cost would be terrific.

A man with such a gun and with knowledge that it isn't according to spec's cannot sell that firearm in good faith to someone for what they paid for it. Or sell it without some liability risk.

Browning refused to take it back after a 90 day grace period.

I'm sure that you have good intentions, but as my grandma said - the road to **** was paved with good intentions.
 
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