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A Browning .45-70 BPCR, serial # 07544NR2B7, listed on GunBroker by Texas Guns & Ammo (BROWNING 1885 45-70 GOVERNMENT CASE HARDENED TANG PEEP SIGHT - Lever Action Rifles at : 988725086) has a badly pitted bore. I very recently purchased the rifle, then returned it the next day. Upon initial inspection it was obvious the bore was badly rusted to about 8” in front of the chamber with some spotty rust further forward. I should have returned it immediately but spent a couple of hours cleaning the bore with Rem. 40X & JB Paste. At first, there was so much rust it resisted inserting a cleaning patch into the bore. After cleaning the bore & checking it with a borescope I returned the rifle due to the resulting pitting. After the rust was removed the pitting cannot be seen with the naked eye but is very obvious when viewed with a borescope. I informed the seller about the rust & pitting. He subsequently relisted the rifle & indicated it was professionally cleaned by me & the bore is fine. I feel sorry for the person that ends up buying it, figuring he/she is getting a good deal. I will guarantee, due to the significant pitting, any accuracy will fall off quickly due to bore leading & increased fouling.

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I feel horrible for the rifle.
It was really nice of you to render aid like you did. There are a lot of folks that would have just walked away.
I'm kinda of an old "softy" myself.
Good on you.
Thanks Wayne. I hope you posted this on some other sites….like ASSRA, etc. It’s a shame that Gunbroker is letting the rifle be resisted. This guy should be banned from posting on there.
you bought a rifle that had a bore so rusty you had trouble getting a patch in it and your first thought was to try to clean it instead of returning it? Sounds odd, if I got a sewer pipe gun online I would take pictures for proof and demand a return on the spot, I wouldn't spend time cleaning it. Did you get your money back?
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