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Old 03-09-2018, 11:18 PM   #1
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Is it just my k6s that looks like this?

It looked just like this when I purchased it last November......I've put about 300 rounds through it. Im 100% sure the barrel is clean and the only solvent i use is hoppes #9.
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Old 03-09-2018, 11:43 PM   #2
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I am referring to the groves in the rifling. ....Every other gun I've ever owned either cheap or high end has been SMOOTH.
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Old 03-10-2018, 04:12 AM   #3
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No, I've seen worse.

I used to shoot a lot of cast bullets in an SW 29 and 629, and I dreaded using the abrasive Lewis Lead Remover.

When I cleaned the revolvers, I would get out as much as I could, and then put a little Mothers on a tight jag and a patch. Over time there was less leading until finally all I had was soot from the Alcan AL-8.
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Nothing to worry about as long as the lands are smooth (which they look great) should shoot fine. Depending on bullet size (357) it won't touch the groove bottom. Some over sized bullets (358- 359) will but won't make a difference. Crown is the important part. Most grooves are .002 to .005 deep. Mandrel could have been a little dry when pushed through the barrel (lack of lube) shoot a bunch of FMJ's through it and see if it polish's up, I doubt it will change as they probably won't contact the bottom of the grooves.
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Thanks for the reply, fmj's is all i have shot......so you believe that the marks are lead fouling? I've cleaned and cleaned with hoppes and brass brush. Patches are clean. Oh yeah, and its dead acurate, well.......2" barrel acurate!
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Thanks for the reply, fmj's is all i have shot......so you believe that the marks are lead fouling? I've cleaned and cleaned with hoppes and brass brush. Patches are clean. Oh yeah, and its dead acurate, well.......2" barrel acurate!
The marks in the grooves are from the mandrel (Button die) used to make the grooves. Like I said, probably lack of lube when machined in. Not a problem, most bullets will never touch the deepest part of the grooves. As you've said it's very accurate, that's all that counts.
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Old 03-14-2018, 05:47 AM   #7
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It will eventually "lap in " shooting jacketed bullets. My K6 and my 2 Kimber 1911's all suffered this. Nothing to worry about.
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Old 04-28-2018, 05:25 AM   #8
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Looks pretty much like mine. Gotta go with Albert on this. Mine shoots accurate and since I don't use it as a target gun I know it will do what I want if (God forbid) the time comes.
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