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Damaged Rifling does it matter?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by DeLo, May 19, 2012.

  1. DeLo


    Nov 10, 2011
    I shot a used SKS the other day and when I returned home to clean it I noticed a scratch in the barrel perpendicular to the rifling about 2 inches from the crown of the barrel. I cleaned it well when I first got it and never noticed the scar in the bore before. It does look like it is through the chrome lined and to the actual barrel. I don't use steel cleaning rods and I figured it was done by the previous owner.
    I just plan on shooting it more but can this have a serious affect on combat accuracy? I just planned on having the rifle as something fun to shot and not a DMR or anything like that.
  2. I'm not sure what a DMR is but I doubt if a scratch will hamper use/combat accuracy.tom.

  3. Sks?,

    You won't notice the difference.

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  4. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    I cant imagine it will make any difference. Especially inside of 150yds. I have shot some SKS's with pretty awful bores and they still hit minute of paper plate at 100yds.
  5. DeLo


    Nov 10, 2011
    Yes, this was truly a MOPP shooter yesterday.
  6. Markasaurus


    Dec 13, 2009
    Shoot it again and check accuracy. If it's unacceptable, then the scratch matters. If accuracy is adequate, forget the scratch is there. And give a few extra strokes of the brush when cleaning the bore.
    The alternative is to rebarrel it of course. If you can return it, i'd do that now.
  7. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank Glock4Life

    Oct 11, 2004
    Avondale, AZ.
    The crown of the barrel is the most important part, don't think a scratch will effect things much. Are you sure it's not the gas port, they can look like a defect in the bore if you get caught by surprise by it when you're looking down the bore.
    Anyway, I think you'll be ok, not like it's a Camp Perry Match Rifle.
  8. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

    Mar 25, 2008
    North East Ohio
    It isn't going to matter one bit if your able to hit what your aiming at.

    In any gun that I don't expect to drive tacks with (such as a SKS) I wouldn't even worry about it so as long as it's accuracy is useable. If your that worried about it, there are plenty surplus barrels to be had and they aren't all that hard to install. (just make sure it's headspaced correctly!)

    Personally, I wouldn't worry about it.
    Last edited: May 19, 2012
  9. Berto

    Berto woo woo

    Sep 15, 2003
    I've seen guns with frosted and even some pitted bores that shot to the typical standard of their types, accuracy wise. I wouldn't worry about a scratch.