Somewhat subjective, but this is how I interpret those terms:
Originally Posted by Orion61
Bright= "very good" to "excellent", little or no pitting. Sharp and distinct lands and grooves, mirror-like in appearance.
Shiney= "good" to "very good", similar to "Bright" but maybe with some very light pitting. A bore can have rounded lands and still be "shiney".
Frosty= "fair". The "frost" is caused by millions of tiny pits on the surface of the bore. Frosty bores look "fuzzy".
Dark="poor". Possibly rusted and/or deeply pitted. "Dark" is the classic importer/shady dealer way to avoid saying "poor condition".
Sometimes a rifle is described as "dark with clear rifling" or some such; to me that says "poor to fair" overall.
Last edited by FGD135; 03-19-2009 at 08:13 PM.
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