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Mossberg 144 LS

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I recently acquired a Mossberg 144 LS with the Lyman peep site. I got it because I would like to try my hand at target shooting with a peep site. All my rimfire target rifles are scoped. This should be challenging. I was a bit disappointed that when I inspected the bore I found quite a bit of rust and some pitting. I am guessing it was not cleaned regularly probably due to having to remove the rear site to get the bolt out. I have been trying to get it out with some limited success. I am hopeful that the accuracy is unaffected. If someone who reads this post has a copy of the illustrated parts diagram for this rifle I would sure like to get an electronic copy. The rifle seems to be complete except for the rear swivel which is missing. I am looking for one if anyone has a spare. Still need to remove the stock so I can inspect the trigger and play around with adjusting the trigger pull. I would be interestedf in hearing from others who own and shoot this old rimfire rifle.
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I put a scope on my 144LS so I could attempt more precision shooting to possibly determine if the barrel as is performs acceptably. I do not really know what to expect. I shot at 50 yds with CCI Std Velocity ammo and I would say that my 5 shot groups were mostly around 1". I know there are lots of variables but does this seem to be similar to what one would expect with a good barrel. To LarDaBear I appreciate your concern about who should get your extra barrel. Your friend of 50 years deserves it before this yahoo from Colorado. Besides I am not ready yet to admit it needs a new barrel.
I would expect 1" groups from what you have said.(y)

I have shot many better than 1" groups with my 44US models, but I was using 12-16 power scope, Federal 711B ammo and a Buds Bull bag.
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