Budget borescope

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  1. Chris Anderson

    Chris Anderson Active Member

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    Anyone tried out these endoscope / borescope / inspection cameras that use your smart phone as the display / camera? If so any recommendations for a skinny one that will fit a 224 caliber? I've got one that I use for vehicle maintenance and it works pretty good but it's to big to fit down my rifle bore.

    I'm getting ready to super clean my first Sako and it would be nice to look down the bore and see the progress, or lack there of. It would also be really nice to check the bores on firearms I'm considering purchasing.


    Thanks
    ChrisA
     

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    Lyman offers a digital borescope with monitor for 22 and above calibers. I have used mine now for 3 years and find very useful. Do a search for this and you should find one for$200 plus / minus a few bucks. Good articles also about them.
     
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    The Lyman borescope works great!
     
  4. ricksengines

    ricksengines Sako-addicted

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    I need one that can get down to 17 cal and belong enough to do a rifle barrel up to 24"

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    Hawkeye is about all I know about for 17 cal and they are expensive. I been looking for several months for one more affordable.

    The Lyman wand measures .188” OD and 19 3/4” long.
     
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    Thanks for that lead Tomball. I was hoping to find one of those cheap smart phone bore scopes that would work but I'm not seeing anything. That Lyman unit looks like the most workable affordable scope out there.

    Thank
    Chris
     
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    The only other option than Hawkeye for .17 and .20 is the Vividia borescope available on Amazon. Optics are decent and there is both an optical eyepiece and a phone mount. It’s not a Hawkeye but it’s less than half of the price.
     
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    After reading this post i picked up a Lyman borescope. Yes, it does work well, too well. I have found a few surprises :(
     
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    ricksengines Sako-addicted

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    What model on the Vividia borescope did you purchase?

    rick
     
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    That is the risk of having a bore scope. Too much information. I have a Hawkeye but have found that what you see inside a rifle bore does not necessarily reflect the accuracy of any given rifle. Some of my L seriese rifles shoot very well but the bore is scary to view through the Hawkeye.
     
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