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Old 09-02-2012, 08:02 AM   #1
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Anyone Here Burnish or Polish Handgun Bores?

I'm new here, but have been shooting and reloading for 5 years and own quite a few firearms.

Lately, I've become interested in trying for extreme (for me, anyway) accuracy and thinking about the idea of burnish or polishing bore of my handguns...pistols and revolvers to that end.
I Am Not talking about lapping...especially, God forbid, fire lapping....only polishing or burnishing.

Has anybody here done that?
(All answers will be sincerely appreciated)

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Old 09-02-2012, 10:23 AM   #2
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Nope .


Old 09-02-2012, 05:20 PM   #3
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Burnishing or polishing a pistol bore adds nothing to accuracy.

Short of lapping or fire lapping, there's really no way to give a bore a uniform polish once it's made.
Running a patch or something with a polishing compound down the barrel will usually DECREASE accuracy by rounding off the edges of the rifling.
The best way to smooth up a bore is to shoot it. This won't make it shiny, just smoother.

Where you get the bang for your buck on accuracy is in mechanical accurizing techniques.
As example, in automatics, tightening the fit of the barrel to the slide and the slide to the frame is where you get increased accuracy.

In revolvers working on the forcing cone and making sure the cylinder aligns with the bore correctly increases accuracy.
Old 09-02-2012, 07:11 PM   #4
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May I ask, politely, why you are against fire polishing?

George M.

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