Took the 'new' .38-55 Model 94 to the range over last weekend, three shots, and a nice round four inch group, with all three shots going through the target sideways.
Load was 220 Hornady flat points with 'about' 27 grains H4198.
The bore has a 'nasty' spot that extends back from the muzzle about 3/16's of an inch, the remainder of the bore is bright and sharp....
My first inclination, considering the age of this rifle, and the era in which it was manufactured, has me thinking that the bore is perhaps a bit oversized for my chosen bullet and the velocity is down,though I can't get the Hornady bullet to enter the muzzle, not meaning much,of course, but makes me wish it was still tight 'enough'.
I ordered in a box of the Barnes 'Originals' 255 gr. 377 diameter bullets on Tuesday from their website, and they were sitting on the porch this afternoon (Thursday)!!! Then I discovered I have no data for this bullet and my new WW cases.
Update later on how this one performs.
If it doesn't, I still can fall back on my Lyman bullet mold that throws a 260 gr. flatpoint right at .380, leaving enough meat to size where I need to....and I can talk to the local gunsmith about back-boring the muzzle to get rid of the pits and a fresh crown.
I REALLY want this rifle to shoot this year!