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  • uscra112's Avatar
    07-01-2020, 10:42 AM
    Most owners aren't machinists or gunsmiths, and don't know how to fit a part, even one as simple as that cover. If it's done right, it works fine, so long as you don't expect the SKS to be something it's not.
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    07-01-2020, 06:53 AM
    Also factor in the million or so new gun owners in just the last few months. How many .22s did they buy along with their plastic pistols?
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    06-30-2020, 09:25 PM
    Haven't heard about that one. I do have an old boy's rifle that has a "forward peep"; a ring about 1/4" diameter instead of the traditional vee-notch rear. It's a safe queen, (princess?) but I remember liking the idea when I did the...
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    06-30-2020, 09:13 PM
    I reckon I can use it for collateral if I ever need a loan. :bigsmyl2:
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    06-30-2020, 06:59 PM
    I gloat. My investments in .22 ammo alone have risen in $$ value, percentage-wise, more than any investment in gold.
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    06-30-2020, 04:10 AM
    If you mean this: https://www.leapers.com/index.php?act=prod_detail&itemno=MTU017&midx=2144&allids=2142_2131_2144 No surprise. Too much mass on a long lever, and apparently it takes impact from the fired cases, too ! They gotta lotta gall...
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    06-29-2020, 10:52 PM
    So the gears run dry? Or maybe with some sort of tenacious grease? (Come to think about it, my old Pratt & Whitney with the flat belt drive was like that.)
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    06-29-2020, 07:03 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Fixed My Action in Single Shot Guns
    Hunting with a peep is futile. The wiser heads used to take the aperture right out of their Lyman tang sights, leaving a 3/16" hole. The eye naturally wants to center the front sight in the fuzzy hole, so it's actually accurate enough at woods...
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    06-29-2020, 01:04 AM
    Sounds like you've got it under control. Whoa! Do I see a vee-belt that's running in oil? Say it ain't so, bro!
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    06-28-2020, 11:57 PM
    Shotgunners know (or should know) of the "12-20" blowup. A 20 gage shell will drop into a 12 gage chamber far enough that a 12 gage shell can be chambered behind it.
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    06-28-2020, 11:52 PM
    That's them. Couldn't remember the name. https://www.mcmaster.com/speedi-sleeves/ Pity the don't have 'em in metric sizes.
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    06-28-2020, 10:37 PM
    Elmer would have said "Hell, I did that half a dozen times!"
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    06-28-2020, 02:20 AM
    Smokeless powder with corrosive priming killed millions of low-end .22s. And quite a few expensive target .22s, too. On another thread there's a discussion about a pitted chamber in a .50-70 rifle. One fix suggested is to fill the pit with...
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    06-28-2020, 02:02 AM
    There are thin steel sleeves made for repair of damaged rear main bearing seal journals in engines, without having to take the engine apart. The metal is only about .015 thick, so the original dimension seal can be used. Where you get 'em I don't...
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    06-27-2020, 09:06 PM
    Exactly. The idea that some powders "burn hot" causing erosion needs to be put to rest. Boyle's Law alone should convince any skeptics.
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    06-27-2020, 08:54 PM
    If it's just a ring on the case, you've got a rust ring in the chamber. The case is expanding into it which makes it drag on the way out. A borescope would be mighty handy about now.
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    06-27-2020, 05:20 AM
    Favorites are hard to date. But the first 2-3 years after the 1894 model was introduced (in 1894, duh), they had real serial numbers, up to five digits. Sometime around 1897 (we think) they hit #99999, and instead of adding a sixth digit they...
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    06-27-2020, 01:49 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Fixed My Action in Single Shot Guns
    Breakopen actions are notorious for this. Experienced users of the Savage 219 were always telling newbies to close the gun exactly the same way every time.
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    06-27-2020, 01:41 AM
    If the little gun has been used with shorts for any length of time, there will be a hard, hard ring of primer residue where the short case ends. Look at your extracted LR cases; you'll see a lot of scratches toward the mouth where the empty case...
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    06-27-2020, 01:31 AM
    Sort by headstamp hoping for consistent temper and hence consistent crimp. Trim to consistent length, same reason. In single shots, seat cast bullet out so it engages rifling. Casting good bullets, of course. Best of all, though, was buying a...
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    06-24-2020, 12:53 AM
    I'd make a tight-fitting wooden plug to fill that chamber, to make it impossible to forget which one to not load. :smile:
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    06-24-2020, 12:37 AM
    The SKS irons are good until you get old and can't see 'em. A ghost ring is a partial solution to that problem.
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    06-23-2020, 11:45 PM
    Now that you mention it, it would be very simple to mount a ghost ring to the back of that receiver.
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    06-23-2020, 04:58 PM
    Lead flooring in a battery room! I never knew that, but it makes all kinds of sense.
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    06-23-2020, 10:46 AM
    @Remial: Minute of red dot, at least. Even the best SKS, (and mine would be near mint if the previous owner hadn't cut the bayonet lug off), isn't an MOA rifle. I've never adjusted the zero since first setting it up, despite the usual post range...
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    06-23-2020, 05:07 AM
    It looks to me like you'd get the back end of the thing in the bridge of your nose when you fired the gun! Unless of course if you're a lefty.
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    06-23-2020, 04:53 AM
    Best SKS mount I have is one I made by welding steel rings to a spare bolt cover, and adding a bit of braze to the fingers at the front to make it fit TIGHT. Offset the scope axis a bit to the left so it lines up with my eye properly with the...
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    06-23-2020, 04:43 AM
    X-ray room shielding, (sheet). Tested the ingots I made from it, got about 6.5 Brinnell. Close enough to pure for my purposes. That was the luckiest find of my life. Was at the yard to drop a load of steel junk from the farm, and they had...
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    06-22-2020, 11:04 AM
    Would cleaning with an acid not be best? That would pull any rust out of the pits and present a cleaner surface for the epoxy to bond to than any solvent. Just thinkin' out loud here..... I suppose Evaporust would do the same thing, or close...
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    06-22-2020, 10:57 AM
    Interesting thought about chroming the chamber. Flash chroming, like they do with AR barrels, won't fill in pits. It might even make the problem worse, because of the way plating builds up preferentially on edges. (e.g. the perimeter of the...
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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
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