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Is it possible to reline a shotgun?

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by Mannywatz, May 13, 2014.

  1. Mannywatz

    Mannywatz Vancouver wa Member

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    Hello there, this may be a really stupid question, but I am wondering if it is possible to reline an old Ithaca flues shotgun. It seems pretty solid mechanically but the bores are pitted very badly. I considered backboring it but those old doubles have pretty thin walls as it is. Would it be possible to run the reamer all the way down the length and then turn a blank and line it as you would a rim fire? Another thought was to see if I couldn't have it fitted for 20 ya barrels. Is that even possible? Thanks for your help!
     
  2. jonn5335

    jonn5335 Longview Active Member

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    It is possible to sleeve it for a smaller gauge/caliber but it would not be cost effective.
     
  3. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    It can even be rebuilt with new modern barrels, but the cost...
    May be time to make it a wall hanger.
     
  4. Mannywatz

    Mannywatz Vancouver wa Member

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    Hey thanks you guys for your replies. I was afraid of this but had hopes for a different answer... Oh we'll...
     
  5. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    A few years ago I had a rolling block that was a .38 rimfire converted to .357 Mag with a barrel liner from TJ's. The liner provides enough reinforcement that the rifle has held up very well shooting modern magnum pistol cartridges in an antique black powder rifle. The gunsmith drilled out the old octagon barrel to .625" to accommodate the .357" liner. The same could be done for an old shotgun if you can find a liner for it. I would call TJ's and ask.
     
  6. Mannywatz

    Mannywatz Vancouver wa Member

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    Wow I bet that turned out pretty cool! Thanks for the tip maybe I'll check it out when I finish up some if these other projects. I'd love to see a picture to see how that turned out! Thanks again!
     
  7. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    How hard was moving the firing pin from rim fire to center fire on the rolling block?
     
  8. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    He welded up all the holes in the breech block, and then he drilled a new hole for the firing pin and made a new, small diameter firing pin for the center fire cartridges. I say "all the holes" because someone somewhere along the way had re-drilled the firing pin hole so it came out in the center fire position, then bent the original firing pin to follow the new hole. I think they were shooting .38 spc cartridges in it about 1930 or so. Here's a picture of it with the block open. You can't tell there's a liner there.

    RRBRestore-ChamberOpensm.jpg
     
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  9. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Here's the restored rifle:

    RRBRestore-LeftFullsm.jpg
    RRBRestore-RtFullsm.jpg
     
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  10. Simonpie

    Simonpie Portland Active Member

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    If your only concern is pitting, I'd test the pattern before I did anything. For a lot of shotguns a cruddy bore doesn't matter a bit. If your concern is strength (cast steel or Damascus-twist) then that's a different story.

    On the other hand, if you can find someone to make your Ithaca look like that rolling block, do it.
     
  11. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Jim Dubell, Colville, WA
    Delta Gun Shop
    http://www.deltagunshop.com