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I had to send my 15 inch 243 winchester barrel back to T/C on 6-01-05 I because it was leaving marks on the brass when I fried it.

I just got the replacement barrel off the UPS truck. I looked at the note that came with it, it told me the returned barrel "head space way to deep"
then I took out the replacement barrel and looked it over well and
I found rust on the lug in no less the 3 places. I used a little wd-40 and cleaning patch to try and remove the rust I found the blueing was damaged. then I looked in the chamber and it was splotchy bare metal and blued metal then deep in the chamber it was bare metal and didn't look right. I called T/C as soon as I found this (about 4:15 and they close at 4:30) I was then transfered to some one and got a voice mail. I have yet to get a call back if I ever will.

The million $ question is: Why would T/C let these barrels out of the shop like this. I already had to spend $10.50 to ship the first barrel back now I may have to spend another $10.50 for another bad barrel YEAH RIHT
 

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As soon as I can talk to someone I am goning to ask them to pay the shipping as this barrel should have not been sent back.

I thing it is strange that the chamber has almost no blueing in it. kind of like they tried to fix a mistake
 

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I just got off the phone with Dave from the "gun line"
he told me the missing blueing may have been from someone doing some polishing after test firing, and what looks to be rust around the lug because it is different metal and heat treated not rust.
he told me to shoot it and see how it shoots and not worry about the blueing missing from the chamber and to just wipe down the lug well.

I will give it a try .
 

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I have seen other Contender barrels that did not have a blued chamber. I only paid attention for a while because I had a 375 Winchester that did not have bluing in the chamber and I was looking at others to see how rare this was. My 375 shot fine.
 
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