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Rob’s Reloading Ramblings - Ye Olde and Ye Not So Olde...

By Rob Bedingfield
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I do not think that there can be anything dirtier than a neglected .303 barrel. Probably all Enfield .303’s have, at some stage, been fired with early military ammo containing corrosive primers.

 

The fulminate of mercury priming compound left salt deposits in the barrel and being hygroscopic these salts attracted water which rusted within five hours. Standard procedure was to boil a jug of water and pour it down the barrel after a day at the range (or a day shooting the enemy). The hot barrel was then cleaned and oiled.

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