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3drahthaars
PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2021 7:24 am  Reply with quote



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So, I have a low grade Sauer SxS with some pitting in the barrels. I've shot it for a few years with off the shelf ammo, and I've all of my fingers.

It's a nice little beater right at 6#, too.

But, it has some pitting, and depending upon the light it can look worse some days.

I'm pretty much set up for reloading low pressure loads6500 psig max... about 66% of SAMMI max.

But, I'd like a good gun smith to give me an honest evaluation of the barrels before I retire it for good.

Please any suggestions on some one who can inspect and take thickness measurements?

Thanks,
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PatrickB
PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2021 7:41 am  Reply with quote
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Where are you located...might help with suggestions from members
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3drahthaars
PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2021 7:48 am  Reply with quote



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Raleigh, NC


Thanks
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GF1
PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2021 4:24 am  Reply with quote
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Iíd consider Jim Kelly, Darlington Gun Works, Darlington SC.
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Dave in Maine
PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2021 7:58 am  Reply with quote



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I'd say the most objective result you could possibly hope for from any responsible gunsmith would be measuring he barrels for minimum wall thickness. No one is going to say "this gun is safe for you to shoot" because of liability concerns. Going through his mind would be things like "He says he shoots only 6500psi shells through this, but does he really? And will whomever he loans it to also shoot light shells?" and "Will this guy have an obstruction, blow up a barrel and then blame me for saying it was safe?" and "Just how many shells is he really running through this?"

Face to face if you ask "is it safe to shoot?" you might get a queasy or other unpleasant facial expression but surely no words saying "yes".

What it boils down to is: if you feel it's possibly unsafe to shoot or there's a question in your mind about its safety, then it's unsafe to shoot.

Besides, if you feel it might be unsafe to shoot you'll likely not shoot it well, if only because in your mind you won't be confident in it.

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nj gsp
PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2021 5:22 pm  Reply with quote



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Depending on the barrel wall thickness, you can have the barrels back bored. It will clean up the pitting and you'll have a usable gun.
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16'er
PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2021 4:03 am  Reply with quote
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Ive got a Sauer on the way to Pfrommer Gunworks, rocky mount va to be evaluated by Gunther. Iíve seen some of his work, including a complete restoration of a Fox A grade 16. Amazing work.
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Swampy16
PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2021 4:52 pm  Reply with quote



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If it were my gun I only trust Dean Harris at Skeets Gun Shop in Ok. Heís a barrel magician and very pleasant to deal with. He can measure it, and hone/polish the bores (if possible, if thereís enough meat). Heís worked on several barrels for me including a Sauer 16 (dent removal). I donít like to leave pits in a barrel, I prefer to have them polished out. I feel they can cause unnecessary stresses.
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PeeDeeSetters
PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2021 6:25 pm  Reply with quote



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I 2nd Jim Kelly, Darlington Gun Works, Darlington SC.
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3drahthaars
PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2022 8:33 am  Reply with quote



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To everyone, thanks for the responses... I don't have much money in the gun but I'd like to keep it on the bench for a bad weather beater.

Happy New Year and thanks,

3d
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