Hmmm well I finally got the .280 back, proofed and now blacked , now I just have to assemble it and fit it up. I had the barrel removed for blacking so the threads and tenon is totally blacked too as is the front face of the receiver. There should be no horrors of salts growing out of the threaded joint as can sometimes happen.
Out of interest I took a look at the bore after all it was proofed before Christmas but was stuck in limbo at the proof house until the third week of January. To my surprise I saw that the bore had not been cleaned at all. I sent it to them clean too.
Now how can they really do a proper inspection if the bore is not cleaned after the proof firing?
In an article on proofing of revolvers in the old Guns Review, it was a custom built PPC revolver, they fired a round in each chamber then cleaned and inspected each one and the bore for any faults. I now wonder if this was done as there was a camera present.
Oh well I have now cleaned the bore once and will give it a going over with Forest Bore Foam tomorrow when I can let it sit and work. It was 10 pm when I got it back home so too late for more than a quick cleaning tonight. Meanwhile I have screwed the barrel in hand tight and put it into the stock to see how it looks. With the 6x42 Karl Kaps scope in a P-H alloy one piece mount the rifle weighs 7lbs 10ozs which I thought quite reasonable. Once I can get the barrel fitted properly and then the foresight fitted, need to drill and tap for that, a slight modification to the Lyman 57 SME will see that matching the countour of the rear bridge the the final fitting into the stock can be done ready for fire forming some brass. Oh yes and I need to make a thread protector for the barrel.