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    Best Borescopes (for Christmas) ?

    Several years ago I had an old Enfield at an old-timer-gunsmith for some work. When I picked it up he let me look down its barrel through his bore scope. The detail to see inside the barrel was amazing through this optical device. Could see the sharp corners of the rifling and dirt in the lands. His borescope was a long rod with a magnifying lens/light at one end a viewing eyepiece at the other with the ability to focus near or far from the end of the scope. It also had a kind of a pistol handle to hold/maneuver. Said the thing cost around a thousand bucks years ago.

    Recently I was paging around the internet looking at endoscopic borescopes with camera lenses and various means of viewing the image. For a moderate investment I think it would be worth:
    • knowing how clean the barrels truly are after cleaning
    • knowing the true bore conditions of all my guns
    • having a handy inspection tool to bring to gun shows or to a purchase/sale transaction.

    I bought a cheapo little $20 rig which was basically a little lens and LED tipped wire that plugged straight into my smartphone.

    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...+UVC+Function+

    I didn’t have high expectations but it was a neat proof of concept. You could record pics and take video. While you could see the difference between a bright mirror clean and pitted bore it did not really show the detail I recall seeing through the old-timers optical bore scope. There has to be better out there for more money

    The wife is hounding me for Christmas gift ideas and I thought this would be pretty cool. Not averse to spending a couple/few hundred bucks on a decent product. Anyone have any experience with what’s a good product out there? Maybe you can share some pictures you captured with it?

    Preciate all comments.
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    The endoscope you bought will work with some assistance but not like the Hawkeye scope your gunsmith had. The endoscope has a limitation with focal length, not to mention not being able to focus on a side. I found that attaching a wire to the end of the endoscope to push a piece of white paper in front of the lens about 1" to 1.5" helped the focus issue.




    The Hawkeye's are still very expensive. We use them at work to look into 3mm holes and the tubes are very fragile at that small diameter. I think this time of year you could get a pretty good deal on one of the Lyman borescopes. I haven't really looked into them but I'd buy one if I could connect it to a computer monitor.

    https://www.amazon.com/Lyman-Product.../dp/B00URUE84W

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    Very interesting. Wow. Tuff pitting in that barrel. You can hear the paperclip getting caught in the pitting. What is it? How does it shoot?

    I may give the white paper thing a try although your video demonstrates the issue. Although better than w/o hte white scrap of paper it kinda looks black & white and doesn't really see the nitty gritty detail. I did something similar by shinning a low light back up the bore but that created some reflection and glare sometimes.

    The Lyman seems reasonable. Wonder if i can see any pictorial reviews.

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    The scratching sound isn't the clip, it's the paper being pushed through the bore. After seeing the pits I removed the barrel from the action for replacement. Here's one on a smooth barrel.


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    Been looking at videos online. The Lyman seems to do a great job at 90 degrees but no zero degree view option. Wonder why. The Hawkey is the cats meow especially wi video hook up but definitely could not justify a grand. Those people have military contracts, manufacturers and other industries that can pay those prices. Not for your basic gun collectors.

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    I just have to laugh because now that you've brought it to my attention I've had to get one on the way. Anyway I've several older rifles that I'm curious about, and besides there's always the possibility of using it in an actual work situation.
    The ability to run it through my laptop is what really has my interest up. There's really no substitute for having records to back things up as well as satisfying my curious nature.
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    Make sure the one you purchase has software that works with your system. Usually the cheaper the kit the older the software.

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    Checked that and it'll work okay. Thanks for mentioning that fact though. All I need is to download an app on the laptop.
    When it's all said and done there are times when some very interesting concepts pop up here.
    And this time it's a relatively inexpensive one so there's no guilt to bear.
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    Been looking at videos online. The Lyman seems to do a great job at 90 degrees but there’s no zero degree view option. I wonder why. The Hawkeye is the cat’s meow (for 0 and 90) especially wi video hook up but I definitely could not justify a grand $$$. It’s not for your basic gun owner/collector.

    Why I would like a 0 degree view is because I can see the whole barrel at once as I transit through it. 90 degrees only allows you a look at the 1/4 or 1/3 of the barrel wall at which the camera is aimed at that moment. If initially passing through at zero degrees I can make note of where I'd wanna see something up close at 90 degrees.

    Anything else out there that will do 0 degrees as well as 90 degrees ?

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    I'd check Ebay for options on endoscopes then research the best result. Any scope that gives a forward view will accept a mirror attachment, however the image will loose clarity due to the poor quality of the mirror and focal length required. The better scopes with a quality dedicated mirror attachment are limited to bores >8mm.

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