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Old 10-09-2017, 09:10 PM
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Default Did I mess up my Garand barrel?

Back story - I bought my first M1 Garand in 2005. I was running a company at the time and only had 6 days off the entire year (that's out of 365 days ). I didn't know anything about Garands at the time and even less about ammo (and that some of it is corrosive).

The rifle is a 3.08m serial range Springfield. It has an uncut op rod and all original parts (everything reparkerized) except the stock and barrel which is a new Criterion. Anyway, I shot 3 clips through it (24 rounds) then put it away in the back of the safe. Fast forward 10+ years and I finally remembered to check the ammo headstamps. The headstamp on the ammo is "KA72" which a brief internet search showed to be corrosive . Not positive on this though. I cleaned the barrel thoroughly tonight and this is what I am seeing. Please see image links. Did I mess it up?! Thanks for your input.




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Old 10-09-2017, 09:14 PM
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Looks good to go! But the proof of any barrel is at the range...
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Old 10-09-2017, 09:39 PM
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ok, you cleaned the barrel. Now I would strip the rifle and clean the bolt and gas cylinder too and check for corrosion....the oprod end too.
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Old 10-09-2017, 09:42 PM
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ok, you cleaned the barrel. Now I would strip the rifle and clean the bolt and gas cylinder too and check for corrosion....the oprod end too.
I did this also. The gas cylinder and bolt are perfect, looks brand new.
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Old 10-09-2017, 09:47 PM
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Hopefully you are good to go. Nice pics by the way!!
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Old 10-09-2017, 10:01 PM
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Go shoot the tar out of it!!
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Old 10-09-2017, 10:50 PM
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The greenish deposits look to be copper bullet jacket residue. Run a Hoppe's 9 soaked bristle brush through it a couple times. That should help it. Do you know the muzzle wear on this barrel? If 3 or under, you're good to go.
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Old 10-09-2017, 11:23 PM
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Typically you can't get all the copper residue out when you clean...even with a quality copper solvent. Put it away for a long period of time and that green copper corrosion appears. Run a good copper solvent like Sweets through it with a bronze brush you figure on throwing away, followed with Hoppes or other mild solvent followed by a good corrosion preventing oil like CorrosionX. I've forgotten to clean a varmint fifle once and the barrel and especially the muzzle brake was a mess. Cleaned right up with the right chems, a brush snda little elbow grease. You should be fine.
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Old 10-10-2017, 04:11 AM
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Firing KA and no cleaning? You really dodged a bullet! Good for you! Sincerely. bruce.
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Old 10-10-2017, 06:26 AM
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You kept it in a low-RH environment, that is what saved your bore. The potassium chloride deposited by the chlorate primers required humidity to do its damage.

Congrats ... your bore looks to be in very good shape!

Enjoy!
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