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The problem with bulges is that it requires much peening to bring the metal back into place. This peening is more than likely to pop the rib solder joints loose. I have sworn off trying to repair ring bulges because of this. However, a minor bulge, as mentioned by Bill, I might try again. In the case of a ring bulge you cannot get the part of the bulge that is under the ribs anyway, without removing the ribs and relaying them. Now, you're really getting into an expensive repair. Better be some valuable barrels.

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plus, according to old ed, the bulge will soon return when the gun is fired a few times, as the metal has been make weak by "working it".


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A damaged 20-gauge DS-Grade Lefever is a good platform for liberal application of dollars --







Now a 28-gauge.

I had a CE-Grade Ansley H. Fox with a ring bulge in the left barrel, probably from a stuck wad, about 18-inches from the breech. Shot a lot of Southern California Doves with that gun in the 1970s, and that bulge never changed from Bill English's pounding it down. Eventually sold the gun to the Hartmann Brothers.

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A small bulge in a low pressure area won't return under normal use. You just need to find a gunsmith that will address the situation. My situation was a DH grade Parker with two sets of Titanic barrels, one with vent rib, one 32", both severely dented . For a $400 purchase price, I figured I had a good project. I was right.

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I've never seen a bulge return. Not to say it can't happen, but if anything the metal in that area has been work hardened, not made more soft. A ring bulge I would tend to agree cannot be removed completely without removing the ribs. However, to my mind the same holds true. It's been brought out to a level which requires even more pressure to take further. Take out what you can see, test your rib, and keep an eye on it for a little while to see if the ribs starts getting loose. While I have not done a ton of them, none got worse or came back. If the gun's not yours, warn the owner of the slight potential that there may be future issues, but I don't believe things are inherently more dangerous. If you repeat the cause of the first bulge, it will bulge again, but so will a new barrel.
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Oh, Jon, I would need to look more closely perhaps, but I think I could safely get that barrel back to normal. It would require a re-blue, but would look and work fine as far as I can tell from the pic. Price for the gun is WAY too high, I agree.

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