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Yes , Ruger barrels are hit or miss. And I suspect more attention is paid to exterior appearance than bores and chambers. But , imho they arre a good design, and when manufactured properly produce good results, forr a gun that is designed to feed and fire bulk ammo.My first , blue 1022 18 1/2 carbine barrel was very good. Subsequent 20 inch , blue rifle barrels , not so good. I have a 18 1/2 SS carbine barrel that was ok in the carbine stock, but isvery good in the international stock where it now lives. The only RugerTarget barrel I ever had was a Target Lite Barrel, a tension barrel, and it was abysmal. If you get one that shoots MOA, 1/2 inch groups at 50 yards imho you're a winner.

One thing I do on most new to me barrels is I run a brick or 2 of HV ammo through them . Like 40 graine Blazer, or 40 graiin Aguila Blue Box,
Imho , the hv sand and glass in the powder seems to fire lap the bore. Or maybe just lead up the irregularities? But they seem t hoot the better ammo better after that.

Also , since im not shooting a hand cut 2 line custom barrel , I rarely clean the bore down to the shine. Just the chamber gets scrubbed everytime .
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