- Apr 27, 2017
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- USA, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana
The steel marking is important because the early guns (which were all conversions) had iron barrels. Din Collins RIP, a friend of mine, went through old Petone Rifle Club records and found that the accuracy life of those barrels with the paper patched bullets was only about 700 rounds, if I recall our conversation correctly. This was due to abrasion from the paper.
I've also heard that about the accelerated wear from paper patching. The surprising data is that it can be measurable and severe in as few as 700 rounds- thanks for sharing that information! And, I believe some types of paper are more abrasive than others due to the clay used during processing. I don't paper patch for this rifle but have done quite a lot loading for Sharps rifles. My paper is the all cotton variety which I believe has a very low abrasive quality. I assume this Snider, being a later model with an approximate manufacture date of 1872 based on the lock date, would have a barrel of better steel. It appears the lock, barrel and stock are all original with each other and the rifle is not a "parts gun".
I couldn't guess the major source of bore wear from the components I'm shooting now.
I think the largest potential for degradation would be corrosion, due to improper cleaning or lack of cleaning.