This Schmidt-Rubin model 1896/11 came from a friend of mine who purchased this years prior at an auction. The rifle had been converted to a hunting rifle by replacing the original stock with a “sporter” stock. The Schmidt-Rubin rifles are lauded as some of the most accurate rifles ever made – even by today’s standards. We found that this rifle was originally manufactured in 1902 and, as you can see from some of the before pictures, still had quite a bit of cosmoline throughout the action and bolt.
Here is a video of the bore post cleaning but before final lubrication.
Unfortunately I don’t have a “before” video but this does a good job of showing that the lands and groves are still in excellent condition and that the bore is free of any bad pitting or rust.
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You may think that in some of the picture the “after” actually looks worse than the “before” photo, until you realize that the gun had an overall layer of rust which was eating away at the finish. Cleaning the rust off exposed the true state of the rifle.