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03-13-2012, 02:56 PM
i have a euroarms enfield minus the barrel. those barrels are few and far between and exspensive. i was wondering what my options would be for a replacement. i gpt this musket cheap because the barrel had been fired and not cleaned and set up for a year. not sure if it can be repaired. any suggestions or info let me know.
03-13-2012, 05:33 PM
You might try Winchester Sutler. They used to sell parts for rifle muskets and may have a barrel in stock. But first, I'd take the old barrel to a good gunsmith to see if it is beyond repair. A new barrel isn't cheap and may require some fitting to the stock.
I had to replace a barrel some years ago but ordered it directly from Euroarms.
03-13-2012, 05:55 PM
There are two options, neither being "cheap."
1. Replacement reproduction barrel. IMHO, replacement parts are pricey. Sometimes one can find a whole new gun for what the Italians or importers charge for a new barrel. And will get worse now that Pedersoli has eliminated one competitor.
IMHO, new barrels are problematical as there are several "Generations" of EuroArms and Armi Sport every so often since the 1980's. As a result, a current production EA barrel may not fit into the older EA Enfields, or will not fit without cosmetic work especially around the breech and tang areas.
2. The other "line" of replacement barrels are those made for N-SSA competitve shooters. These are NUG high end "target grade" replacments and tend to be priced accordingly higher than the massed produced commercial Italian stuff.
IMHO, look into your options and tally up the costs and effort are in each option. Then decide.
You may just find that a new used gun can be cheaper.
03-13-2012, 05:59 PM
What will work also depends on if you are going to shoot live or just blanks. Shooting blanks only requires the barrel you have is safe and a good smith should be able to tell you that. If the breech is still good and and it hasn't rusted to the point it is a pipe bomb waiting to happen then you might consider having it sleeved. I think Blair would refer you to the NSSA board for more help.
03-13-2012, 06:31 PM
"i have a euroarms enfield minus the barrel. those barrels are few and far between and exspensive. i was wondering what my options would be for a replacement."
I am reading that as he has no barrel at all.
But, yes, Option 3 might be getting a "bad' barrel and have the breech used if good enough to add a new barrel in front of it. Or, having a barrel sleeved. IMHO, either one might be more than he is willing to invest versus the price range of used guns.
03-13-2012, 06:45 PM
He could sell what he has by the part and get enough to buy a used gun that is functional, in some cases the sum of the parts can be greater than the whole. Or even get a good price on a musket that has problems with the pieces that he has but still has good barrel.
03-13-2012, 09:40 PM
Well I thank you all for your opinion. Like I said im trying to keep my otions open. I would like to get a new rifle but they are very costly I may consider parting out the rifle but not sure of the costs parts are going for. Thank you all again keep the suggestions and info coming
03-13-2012, 11:36 PM
As I read the post, the gentleman has the barrel, but feels it is not fuctional/safe because it was not cleaned and left that way for a year.
All may not be lost. I just cleaned and repaired an old Euroarms Enfield, that will be used as a loaner gun. I doubt this weapon had ever been disassembled. The barrel had a half inch of strange gray stuff in the breach and was black as the Ace of Spades. The bolster and fire channel were almost completely blocked. After a careful cleaning, I was amazed how well this barrel turned out. There was little, or no pitting and the rifling was still good. (Or, as good as Euroarms rifling ever is.)
Since this is a family friendly forum, we won't discuss all the fun I had getting the cone out of this barrel, or the language used during the process! Needless to say, it helps to have a vice and a BIG cone wrench! :)
03-14-2012, 10:55 AM
Thanks, upon rereading it thrice...I read it wrongly. :(
03-14-2012, 10:56 AM
I just traded a Euroarms barrel for some merchandise with Cody Mobley over at The Company Tailor, so I know he's got one. Be forewarned, it has an oversized bore at about .584 inches and I could never get it to group well, which is why I replaced it with a Whitacre competition barrel. But if you are just shooting blanks it won't matter to you.
Assuming you still have the original barrel, another option besides replacing it is to have it sleeved. Places like Hoyt and Whitacre can do that.
Whitacre has a web site, Hoyt does not.
Robert Hoyt, 717-642-6696 at Freischutz Gun Shop 700 Fairfield Station Rd. Fairfield, PA 17320
The advantage of repairing the old barrel is that it should drop right back into the stock with no fitting.
03-18-2012, 12:58 PM
If I decided to part out my musket what I could get for it. Like I said its complete except for barrel.
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