EMERY POWDER IN RIFLE—Will not the use of very fine emery powder spoil the bore of a rifle?
It certainly will and I am not sure whether its use should ever be advised, even when used very carefully by one who understands what he is doing. Sometimes a rough spot in a barrel, caused by rust or the action of powder residue may be smoothed up and brightened by the use of emery dust. The emery cuts down the surface of the bore, and it is doubtful whether this is really better than having the rough spot—both are bad enough—and then unless great care is used the emery will also cut the bore on the other side, and elsewhere. The best by far is to so care for your rifle that it will never get any spots in the barrel and if all rifle owners realized the value of a perfect bore, and the care necessary to keep it so, rifles would be better cared for and there would be few with rusted or pitted barrels.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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