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    Yesterday, 01:44 PM
    Button isn't centered in the neck.
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    Yesterday, 01:31 PM
    Lovell Max rifles are very rare. Aren't you the guy who had a Springfield, too? I have only 2R Lovell, one is on a Ballard (!) action. Only one I've tried cast in. Partly because I've never been good at casting those tiny bullets. If I...
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    10-11-2018, 03:00 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Brownie Bits in Single Shot Guns
    Yeah. You want the bottom to be as wide as possible so the top end won't rock side-to-side. BTW that lever is probably malleable iron, so don't try to weld on it. Braze, or make a new one. There are high strength brazing alloys that will be...
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    10-11-2018, 12:46 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Brownie Bits in Single Shot Guns
    Y'know, that got me to thinking. I took apart my Hopkins & Allen 932, which this Davenport very closely resembles, and kludged up closeups of its' extractor. It is not the L-shaped thing that deHaas shows. Just a rather straight flat bar that is...
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    10-11-2018, 08:50 AM
    Look into www.McMaster.com for brass tubing. McMaster-Carr = if they don't have it, you don't need it. No minimum, but shipping can be pricey. Even better - https://www.onlinemetals.com/merchant.cfm?id=84&step=2&top_cat=79
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    10-09-2018, 07:43 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Savage 99 303 Opinions in Leverguns
    The tang sight alone is worth at least $100.
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    10-09-2018, 01:54 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Savage 99 303 Opinions in Leverguns
    The .303 was throated for heavier bullet than the .30-30, otherwise it's the ballistically same. Savage even sold ammo with a paper-patched cast bullet which weighed around 200 grains. DO slug the bore. Some ran pretty large. My .303 is .3095. ...
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    10-08-2018, 09:54 PM
    Yes, that's the way. To rotate the bullet, drill a small hole in it and press in a Torx bit. this gives a positive drive that won't loosen up. You can usually make the lap expand a thou or two by pressing the bit in deeper. Rinse the excess...
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    10-04-2018, 02:13 AM
    It does indeed, and it takes some serious smarts to keep the process in tune so that it makes GOOD brass. And it would be simple economics for any of the big loaders to buy cases in the marketplace from time to time. Machinery has to be taken...
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    10-03-2018, 06:42 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Brownie Bits in Single Shot Guns
    One key thing is whether the extractor pivots on the lever screw, or on a separate screw thru the side of the frame, forward of the lever pivot screw. The deHass drawing shows the latter, and I see the screw in your photo. I think that screw will...
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    10-03-2018, 02:54 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Brownie Bits in Single Shot Guns
    And:
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    10-03-2018, 02:51 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Brownie Bits in Single Shot Guns
    OK, lets see if this works. This one is from deHaas
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    10-03-2018, 02:07 PM
    Right around 2011 Jameson got caught shipping some piddling order of brass to Canada without getting an export license. Feds nailed the owner. That killed the company the first time. A while later (year or two) a group of investors restarted the...
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    10-03-2018, 11:37 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Brownie Bits in Single Shot Guns
    There are patent drawings to consider. Search Google Patent for patents by W. H. Davenport. I see one reproduced in Jim Perkins' book "Boys Single Shot Rifles". Out of brint and the very devil to find, and when you do the seller wants the...
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    10-03-2018, 07:54 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Brownie Bits in Single Shot Guns
    Wish I could help, but all I can do is commiserate, as a fellow collector of mistreated orphans. If it were mine, I'd be making pattern parts out of cardboard, sheet plastic, or whatever comes to hand. Here's one that was for sale on...
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    10-03-2018, 07:26 AM
    I have to assume that Lake City brass is made at the Arsenal. Starline makes brass, and I've read that they do contract runs for the big names. It doesn't take such a huge investment. For a while we had a small business called Jamison...
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    09-21-2018, 07:58 PM
    Yes, I do. We had just that sort of elitism going on the vintage motorcycle racing scene that I was involved with in the 1980s. The AMA-sanctioned Vintage rulebook was carefully crafted to keep the lower-cost two-strokes from ever competing with...
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    09-21-2018, 04:39 PM
    AMEN. IMHO prohibiting the Henry to a novice shooter smacks of an elitist attitude that no small-time sport like ours can survive for long. Building or buying even a marginally competitive High Wall, Stevens or Ballard will cost three to five...
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    09-21-2018, 12:31 PM
    If a competitive break-open is what is needed, Henry should start making replica Maynards.
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    09-19-2018, 10:10 PM
    Agree that what is needed is a "boys' rifle" size single shot in .22 LR, not a fullsize. Admittedly my collection of these delightful little rifles is overflowing the safe, so I'm hardly unbiased, but even for adults, that size and weight rifle is...
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    09-18-2018, 10:35 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Who likes 22 Short? in Rimfire Area
    Those were the days. I spent a summer with a cousin in rural Maine, about 1956 or so. If we had 50 cents between us we'd walk to the little crossroads store to buy .22 ammo (probably shorts) for his flimsy little single-shot rifle. We were all of...
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    09-18-2018, 10:19 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread stevens in Single Shot Guns
    I've made a 1915 Favorite with two breecblock/lever/link assemblies, one the original .32 Long rimfire, the other .32 Long Colt centerfire. Same barrel, of course. Stevens used to tout the easily-swappable barrels and breechblock/lever...
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    09-18-2018, 09:10 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread stevens in Single Shot Guns
    In your case you can make a second barrel out of a cast-off Marlin 60 .22 barrel. I have bought good Model 60 barrels off Gunbroker for as little as $50. Needs a lathe and a reamer of course. The firing pin usually requires no alteration.
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    09-18-2018, 07:29 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread stevens in Single Shot Guns
    It is possible, but a lot of work, to make .25 RF ammo from .17 WSM. I've done it, but the brass is so much thicker that the Favorite's puny hammer-blow will not fire it. If you find a .32 RF Favorite with a good barrel, the components are...
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    09-18-2018, 06:48 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread stevens in Single Shot Guns
    A side plate Favorite is rare as frog fur. Even in .25 it's a SERIOUS collector's gun. Do NOT mess with it on any excuse! Pictures ASAP of course, please. Noone really knows how many were made or when. Some claim 1889 to 1893. Judging by...
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    09-17-2018, 03:29 PM
    OK, I understand how they did it, even if I don't approve. I have to assume that they've engineered the firing pin retention well enough to take the back-pressure by itself. The feature may make reading pressure from primers a little different,...
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
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