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New to the forum, glad to be part of what seems like a great community and forum for casuals and enthusiasts alike.

Onto my question: I recently purchased an arsenal refinished and laminated 91/30 Mosin Nagant, after cleaning out the cosmoline for 3 days I discovered what appears to be pitting on both the bolt head and in the chamber.

I want to know if the pitting is severe enough to affect performance or even worse make the gun unsafe, If the consensus here is that the damage is too great I won't even bother taking it to a gunsmith and wasting more money on the gun. If it seems that it's alright I'll take it to a gunsmith for professional evaluation and head spacing.0

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The pitting I see in the first image is not in the chamber but around the feed ramp area. The second image shows pitting to a small degree on the bolt face. Personally, and just my thinking is I would not worry about a gunsmith. I would continue to clean those areas up real well and maybe use a little polishing compound on a felt bob with a dremmel tool and buff it out a little. I would also try to get a good look at the inside of the chamber but with what you provided I don't see anything that would render the rifle unserviceable.

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^^^ this. Try some R17 also with a cloth, if nothing then try the R17 again but this time with very light / light steel wool.
 

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Agreed... Not really bad pitting mainly feed ramp and bolt face clean areas as previously described...And enjoy
 

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The pitting I see in the first image is not in the chamber but around the feed ramp area. The second image shows pitting to a small degree on the bolt face. Personally, and just my thinking is I would not worry about a gunsmith. I would continue to clean those areas up real well and maybe use a little polishing compound on a felt bob with a dremmel tool and buff it out a little. I would also try to get a good look at the inside of the chamber but with what you provided I don't see anything that would render the rifle unserviceable.

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I agree. I don`t see anything that alarms me with what I see.
 

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I'd shoot it, no problem.
 

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The clear ramp is my Mosin M44 carbine and the pitted one is the gun in question. Thanks for the feedback, the actual chamber looks clear when I shine a light down it as far as I can tell but I still think I'm going to take it in for a head spacing and evaluation.

It's just kinda unsettling to have the one gun that I've been shooting lacking this kind of pitting so close to the chamber.
 

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The clear ramp is my Mosin M44 carbine and the pitted one is the gun in question. Thanks for the feedback, the actual chamber looks clear when I shine a light down it as far as I can tell but I still think I'm going to take it in for a head spacing and evaluation.

It's just kinda unsettling to have the one gun that I've been shooting lacking this kind of pitting so close to the chamber.
 
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