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    Hoyt relined Smith bore size

    A friend recently acquired a Hoyt relined Smith that, after being gauged, appears to have a bore size of .500.

    Why so small? Is this the common size for a reline? And, what bullet and size would you guys recommend?
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    Hello:

    Before the experts chime, is .500" the land or groove diameter, please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by B P Shooter View Post
    A friend recently acquired a Hoyt relined Smith that, after being gauged, appears to have a bore size of .500.

    Why so small? Is this the common size for a reline? And, what bullet and size would you guys recommend?
    I have a pietta smith that has a Hoyt lined barrel and it shoots a .515-.517 smith bullet from Lodgewood better than I can hold it.
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    The original Smith bore diameter is 0.50". Most are very close to this. Groove diameter runs 0.512" to 0.515". The repros generally have a tighter groove diameter. Bobby will do whatever you ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PapaRob View Post
    I have a pietta smith that has a Hoyt lined barrel and it shoots a .515-.517 smith bullet from Lodgewood better than I can hold it.
    Bobby relined my Erma Gallagher to .500/.515 for the Smith bullet. I got the same results as you did.

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    A .500 plug gauge will barely enter the bore from either end.

    So... the rifling is .010 to .015 deep and a .515 smith bullet will not lead the barrel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by B P Shooter View Post
    A .500 plug gauge will barely enter the bore from either end.

    So... the rifling is .010 to .015 deep and a .515 smith bullet will not lead the barrel?
    Was that a .500 plus or minus gauge?

    No the rifling would be between .0075 to .0050 deep.
    So it should work great with a .515 to .517 bullet.
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    Why so small?

    What size did you expect? It is not too small. Like any black powder gun, the lubricant, lead type and charge all can have an effect on leading.
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    Like Bruce Cobb Said.

    Get a mold and a sizer for the Barrel.

    Some folks I know have had the same issue with relined Maynards where the bullets need to be size to .515 or .516, I think guys shooting originals are around .518. I did but I am shooting a Romano and a Teammate shots that gun, very well in fact.

    Don't try to size a bullet to large for it because you will loose the ability to put enough lube on it, The issue I almost have with mine, but it still works.

    Also, I know few people that actually have a problem with leading if they size and lube their bullets properly.

    THEN AGAIN: seeing who has already replied If I was you I would ignore my post... HA!

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    Quote Originally Posted by B P Shooter View Post
    A friend recently acquired a Hoyt relined Smith that, after being gauged, appears to have a bore size of .500.

    Why so small? Is this the common size for a reline? And, what bullet and size would you guys recommend?
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    Quote Originally Posted by B P Shooter View Post
    Thanks for your reply sir. Some apparently don't know what plug gauges are and therefore, I doubt they know the difference between lands and grooves. Nor, do they understand the difference between .015 and .0015.

    It just seemed to me that .515 would be a lot to "squeeze" through this .500 barrel without a leading problem.

    Thanks again.
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    Don't know who your jab is at or why, but people are trying to help you.

    If you need more help or pictures to understand I'm sure we can help you.
    I have a full set of plug gauges 0, plus and minus if you need also.
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