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relining 32 long barrel to 22 long rifle
Mar 13th, 2018 at 6:23pm
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I have an old stevens favorite that was originally a 32 long caliber I would like to reline to 22 long rifle, I am wondering about the existing barrel inside diameter it appears to be just a few thousandths undersize for the liner except for the chamber area which is oversize of the liner, any suggestions on how to deal with this oversize area. thanks Jay
  
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Re: relining 32 long barrel to 22 long rifle
Reply #1 - Mar 13th, 2018 at 7:40pm
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I've done a couple of these-  I started with a 7/16" drill ground a couple of steps,  one is a short length existing chamber size another length at bore size long enough to reach past the chamber... Having a tool and cutter grinder available makes this easy.  Not sure what tooling you have?  A lathe? tool post grinder? more? I happen to have a few scrapped 6.5 barrels around so that became my material for another sleeve.  The chamber end was drilled about 3-1/2" deep and I made the sleeve fit this fairly close, metal to metal  maybe a .0005" loose.   For this short section I did use tin and solder it in.  Following this I set the barrel up and drilled it like any other liner job.  I've used both Accraglass and Locktite install the liners and don't really have a preference. 
The 32 long groove diameter is right at the liner size, add some rust and corrosion and it's oversize.  I finished drilling one once and didn't like what I saw, I etched the bore with a little muratic acid then rinsed it real well and let it dry.  I then scrubbed with some contraband, (trichl. 1,1,1) and proceeded.  May be a little excessive precaution but the rifle has probably had 20K rounds through it and there's no signs of giving up ground.
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Reply #2 - Mar 13th, 2018 at 8:04pm
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thanks for the info, just what I needed, I do have a small machine shop and should be able to accomplish this. Jay
  
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Reply #3 - Mar 13th, 2018 at 8:09pm
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Just buy a TJ's liner. He offers them in various outside diameters and I know he has one that is 1/2" OD that will be plenty large and save doing two liners to get there.
  

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Reply #4 - Mar 13th, 2018 at 8:44pm
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Forget the TJ liner and boring the barrel out to 1/2". The Brownell/Redman liner is top quality for 1/3 the price and Greg's installation advise is right on.

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Re: relining 32 long barrel to 22 long rifle
Reply #5 - Mar 13th, 2018 at 8:46pm
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Both suggestions are valid. I've done them both ways. You can sleeve the chamber area first then drill out for a 5/16" liner. Not all 32 caliber barrels will clean up for the liner. The rimfire barrels generally will unless deeply pitted. TJ's makes 22 liners in 5/16", 3/8" and 1/2" diameters. If drilling it is a challenge you can send it to Bobby Hoyt and he will drill it for about $50. I've had him do several for me and then I install the liner and finish them up. I've only got a 5/16" diameter drill and this option lets me do more liners.
  
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Re: relining 32 long barrel to 22 long rifle
Reply #6 - Mar 13th, 2018 at 9:27pm
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Yes, the 3/8" OD TJ's liner will be large enough to clean up the .32 bore.
  

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Reply #7 - Mar 13th, 2018 at 10:21pm
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Jay, would you want to consider this instead putting in a liner...
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Re: relining 32 long barrel to 22 long rifle
Reply #8 - Mar 13th, 2018 at 10:39pm
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TJ's larger ones are an option and his liners are exceptional, I have used several with great success.  My issue with going to a larger liner throughout is the amount of material removed from the entire barrel - if you go with a 3/8 or 1/2 od. 
The method I described is considerably more work but it leaves more material in the original.  The Favorite's I've done recently, one octagon and one half and half  -had muzzle diameters of .550 and .650 respectively, makes a thin tube to work with.   
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Re: relining 32 long barrel to 22 long rifle
Reply #9 - Mar 14th, 2018 at 7:38am
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Look on GunBroker for 32RF adapters that are made from drawn brass instead of bar stock and at half the price.
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Going with a 22 reline is a lot less hassle in the long run though.
  
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Reply #10 - Mar 14th, 2018 at 11:28am
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thanks for all the advice, the inside of the barrel does show rifling but does not look real shiny I doubt it would be a good shooter with 32 ammo, I have completely replaced the barrel on another favorite that I have and that was fairly straightforward but this old 32 barrel is in real nice shape on the outside so a reline is my  plan moving forward, thanks again for all the info and advice Jay
  
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Re: relining 32 long barrel to 22 long rifle
Reply #11 - Mar 15th, 2018 at 12:32am
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I did a 32 to 22 for myself a while back. The bore was very close so I ran a 5/16" drill ( no pilot ) bit through it an the liner went in just fine. I soldered a sleeve on the end of the liner and turn it to fit the chamber. A little Loctite and it was in to stay.  This was done on a Frank Wesson with a 30" barrel and hand ejector. I like the liners from T.J.'s and have used them for almost 20 years.
  

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Re: relining 32 long barrel to 22 long rifle
Reply #12 - Mar 28th, 2018 at 2:20am
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got the barrel relined and the rifle ready to shoot, everything worked out nice, thanks for all the good advice.  Jay
  
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Reply #13 - Mar 28th, 2018 at 10:43am
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I will never ever use a Redman service or product again  1 time was enough Ken
  
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Re: relining 32 long barrel to 22 long rifle
Reply #14 - Mar 28th, 2018 at 11:57am
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kensmachine wrote on Mar 28th, 2018 at 10:43am:
I will never ever use a Redman service or product again  1 time was enough Ken 


For me too!  Especially after he told me, when I expressed disappointment over the accuracy, that I'd probably have to fire 1000 rounds or more before its full accuracy was achieved.  On a .22RF?  Installed by him?

This was 25 yrs ago, so maybe he's improved, but it's not a thing I'd be eager to do again.
  
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