I feel like a pet just died Yesterday My buddy and I went shooting and I brought my 2 old Bolt action rifles (Mosin 91/30 and 8mm turkish mauser) neither of which have been shot in a dogs age and today as I was cleaning the corrosive crap out of them i happened to remove the bolt on the 8mm turkish mauser and notice that the darn bore was bent slightly off to the left and up and man was I mad. Years ago I bought both the turkish mauser and m91 from a sporting goods store for 49.99 each so its not a big loss but its wierd because as best as I can figure the mauser had that bent barrel as long as I had it because its always shot High left scary knowing ive put about 800 rounds thru a bent barrel. Anyone ever have this happen to them? Both rifles were so cheap and sold in "fair" to "good" condition But i was just taken aback by this whole thing. Guess im gonna have to retire the ole mauser.. Maybe ill just jam the barrel in a vise and un-bend it...(J/K) Its more like a warp not a bend its noticeable when looking down the bore but not down the exterior of the barrel. I was wondering what the restrictions are on cutting barrels on rifles.. is it the same as shotguns? Do you have to stick within the parameters of 18 3/4" or what? Im thinking maybe if i cut a little of the barrel off & re-crown it might remove the bent section or maybe make a short barreled bolt action mauser 8mm pistol?.. or would I go to jail? Im not too sad because it seems like 8mm surplus ammo is going the way of the dodo bird.... I remember when J&G sold that for $79.99 for a case of 1,440 rounds. Just a quick tidbit... The old Milsurp lead core turkish 8mm ammo that was uber cheap... That stuff will nearly penetrate a .625" thick steel plate.. I shot one once and it left a big crater about .75" diameter about 85% of the way thru the plate and domed the back side out about 3/8ths of an inch.. Whereas the newer production romanian steel core stuff.. Fuhgeddaboutit ... doesnt even come close... Strange when lead nearly penetrates steel.