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Reply #15 - Feb 25th, 2014 at 5:55pm
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While I have a high level of cynicism over NZ retail prices, that last statement is probably unjustified in this context.
There are no outfits geared up to do this on a regular basis and there will thus be no economies of scale.
  
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Reply #16 - Feb 25th, 2014 at 7:53pm
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Chris those who already make barrels can do it.
  
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Reply #17 - Feb 25th, 2014 at 10:14pm
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I was talking to Dave Ward today and he is slowly getting the gear together to do it.  It requires a slightly different approach to a fresh barrel I.e. different drill and although you can re-rifle a barrel produced by most methods, the "new" rifling can only be done by cutting.

Dave is a dammed fine smith but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for him to get going.
  
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Reply #18 - Feb 26th, 2014 at 8:19am
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Only those that use the "cut " rifling process can do it, and I'm not sure who even does that here, I thought most use the button method.
Even then its not a simple matter of just "doing "it.

I did a bit of a Google search,$350 to $400 USD to rebore,recut and rechamber a barrel, as opposed to around the same for something like a new match grade chambered and threaded Shilen.

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Reply #19 - Feb 26th, 2014 at 10:18am
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I was quoted $300 - $350 from different places. (US) That price compared with a $700 (NZ) rebarrel sounds reasonable to me.
The shipping to and from the states isn't even that big a deal either. The trouble is dealing with the State department with getting your barrel back out of the United States and convincing them you are not exporting a firearm. (Which your not, obviously, but they class a barrel as part of a firearm action and are a bit leery of foreign nationals.)

(Interestingly if it was for a muzzleloader, no problem, just drop in in the post - muzzleloaders are not considered to be firearms. Yes, friends and neighbours, you can mail order a flintlock rifle out of the United States, if you have a NZ import permit.) 
  
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Reply #20 - Feb 26th, 2014 at 12:13pm
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Really they are nothing more than cap guns Grin

  
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Reply #21 - May 14th, 2019 at 8:52pm
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Bumping this thread up. Has there been any progress by the people mentioned regarding offering this service? Like the original poster I would like to bore out a 308 to 338 federal.
  
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Reply #22 - May 15th, 2019 at 11:19pm
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No, nothing new on this front.

If you really want it done, you should look into sending your barrel to the USA and have it done there, and what it would take to get it back out.
If you are not exporting anything - ie its the same barrel you sent over and are just having some work done on it, you should not need an export permit to get it back out of the States.
I would start by querying the US State Department.
  
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Reply #23 - May 15th, 2019 at 11:44pm
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I had a couple of barrels rebored years ago by Sprinter Arms in South Australia, I don't think they do it now but before I sent them off, I got them registered (?) with NZ Customs so I wouldn't have any hassles getting them back into the country or have to pay duty on them, yup, it was that long ago.  Smiley
  
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Reply #24 - May 16th, 2019 at 2:29pm
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Interested in this.

I have an old .303 I inherited that was based on an early SMLE and customised by Greener. So it has a neat engraved flat topped barrel with express sights. Bolt shroud is similarly engraved. Did manage to shoot my first deer with it, but it was only 30 yards away!

Barrel is had-it from use of ammo with corrosive primers years ago, and I'd really like to get it going again, ideally as a .303. No idea if that's possible, how to make that happen,or who i should go to in NZ who may be able to at least initiate and coordinate the restoration? Had wondered about starting with Dean Maisey?

Any suggestions appreciated.
  
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Reply #25 - May 16th, 2019 at 3:23pm
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Thanks for the reply's. Shame this service is not offered locally.
  
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Re: Reboring
Reply #26 - May 16th, 2019 at 5:18pm
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Max wrote on May 16th, 2019 at 2:29pm:
Interested in this.

I have an old .303 I inherited that was based on an early SMLE and customised by Greener. So it has a neat engraved flat topped barrel with express sights. Bolt shroud is similarly engraved. Did manage to shoot my first deer with it, but it was only 30 yards away!

Barrel is had-it from use of ammo with corrosive primers years ago, and I'd really like to get it going again, ideally as a .303. No idea if that's possible, how to make that happen,or who i should go to in NZ who may be able to at least initiate and coordinate the restoration? Had wondered about starting with Dean Maisey?

Any suggestions appreciated.

The only way to keep the original barrel exterior would be to get it rebored, sleeving in centre fire calibers is not possible afaik. Being 303, you're limited to some sort of .303 wildcat as in 8mm-303 or 338-303, even bore diameters go up in bigger steps over 30 cal. All of this is doable of course, it just depends on if you can be bothered or not. .303 wildcats were big in Canada & to a lesser extent Australia so info is out there. It looks like sending to the USA is you only option for reboring but again, probably doable. Going on one of the US based forums, is 24hourcampfire or The High road, might be a way to find out about who to approach for reboring.
  
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