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    Yesterday, 02:14 AM
    I had a Mosin that the barrel was pitted real bad near the Muzzle. I had to cut the barrel back to 17.5" to get rid of the pitted part of the barrel. It ended up shooting great. The only bad point was it kicked like a mule. And guys shooting 300...
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    12-10-2019, 06:31 PM
    I had issues with 7mm brass , 6mm Remington , and 257 Roberts brass. One brand took one she'll holder , and the others took a different she'll holder. All cases are based on the 7x57 Mauser casing
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    12-10-2019, 04:38 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Turner kirkland rifle in Muzzleloading.
    From the picture he sent , it looks like someone swapped out the lock for one off another rifle.
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    12-09-2019, 09:48 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Rebarrel K98? in Military Rifles
    That is the Weaver Style mount I was talking about. They work great.. I have a similar military stock , I think from Boyd's to put on a K98 with good metal , and I am leaving it in 8mm. Now , ? What about your bolt Handle. Who is going to Forge...
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    12-08-2019, 04:31 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Rebarrel K98? in Military Rifles
    Then I would recommend the Leupold one piece base for the military Mauser. But the one piece Weaver Rail is good enough for a hunting rifle and cheaper. The two piece bases are even cheaper and still work good. But the Leupold has windage...
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    12-08-2019, 03:33 PM
    One other thing I have noticed. Everyone I know that does Steam Conversion , uses Tap water to make their steam. Tap water can contain Minerals that can promote rust starting again. Depending on where you live and your water. Also , hanging my...
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    12-08-2019, 03:00 PM
    I believe that the Oxygen releasing from the water is what does the conversion. That would be at whatever temperature that the water Boils. But in the high altitude , your range of temperature is much closer and like you said cooler. But Steam is...
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    12-08-2019, 11:19 AM
    LAGS replied to a thread Rebarrel K98? in Military Rifles
    Hylander. Check your PM. I have some barrels I am willing to part with at a good price. For scope mounts , I prefer the Leupold one piece base. But I do use a lot of Weaver two piece bases and I can't remember the name , but several rifles I...
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    12-07-2019, 07:16 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Rebarrel K98? in Military Rifles
    The A I in the Whelen does give the round a little more Boot. Same as the 257 A I In the Whelen ,I actually prefer it over the standard 35 Whelen , because it gives you a sharper Shoulder to headspace the round on.
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    12-07-2019, 06:10 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Rebarrel K98? in Military Rifles
    The 6mm is a very good round and often overlooked. I had a Ruger 77 in that caliber years ago. And you are correct , that would make a fine caliber for the Mauser. Got to put that one on my list too. I like it way better than the .243
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    12-07-2019, 04:29 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Rebarrel K98? in Military Rifles
    I too prefer the 257 Roberts except for super long range stuff , that is why I went with 25-06 on my first two. I also prefer the 1909 action. Built a friend one in .35 Whelen also. I still have Two Bob barrels to be installed on Yugo 24/47...
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    12-07-2019, 04:21 PM
    That is true Steaming the parts to convert the red oxidation to blue or black is way faster and cheaper. But I have noticed that the finish converts more evenly if is Boiled properly. The submersion in the water while boiling eliminates all the...
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    12-07-2019, 03:09 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Rebarrel K98? in Military Rifles
    There is a market for a 8mm barrel in good condition. There are lots of us that have surplus Mausers with really bad bores , that wish to keep them in almost original condition. There ain't much collector value , but the surplus value still holds...
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    12-07-2019, 11:19 AM
    LAGS replied to a thread Rebarrel K98? in Military Rifles
    So far I have not had issues with feeding a .308 in the standard Mauser 98 magazine. But do modify the magazine box to fit a 30-06 length cartridge in that caliber. But I like The Yugo 24/47 or 48 for doing rifles in .308 or shorter cartridges...
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    12-07-2019, 01:09 AM
    LAGS replied to a thread Rebarrel K98? in Military Rifles
    What do you intend to use the rifle for. All the calibers you listed are great. I have done several in .308 , two in 30-06 , a couple in 25-06 , one in .35 Whelen. I have more barrels in .308 and I think 257 Roberts I think most of my barrels...
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    12-06-2019, 12:19 PM
    To me, Steam bluing is fine. But that is not Slow Rust Bluing. It is like Hot Bluing Vs Cold Bluing. Slow rust seems to last longer. But Steam bluing does get the job DONE. My guns , get Slow Rusted. Flip guns get steam blued
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    12-06-2019, 10:36 AM
    Lug Set back can be deceiving. If you check headspace on a rifle that has Set Back. The headspace may read that it is within limits. But that is because the bolt has not rotated all the way closed Thus, the headspace gets Greater when the bolt...
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    12-05-2019, 11:15 PM
    I have no idea on the Humidity level. Since I was single for the past 18 years , I just hung my parts in the second bathroom , turned on the shower and let the room steam up. Then every couple of hours I would steam up the room again. But the...
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    12-05-2019, 09:32 PM
    There is a cam on the front of the shaft that locks the bolt on Some Models. It locks into the bolt Sleeve to make it non operable to open the bolt on Safe Mode. Which, I M O , I think is StupidI would like to be able to open the bolt when the...
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    12-05-2019, 01:06 PM
    Glad that you got it working. Now have you checked all the functions and make sure it works properly. First you cock the rifle. Then make sure that when the safety is engaged that the Cocking Piece is Moved to the rear at least 1/16" in the safe...
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    12-03-2019, 01:43 PM
    The spring guide should not be that hard to make. You can use Drill Rod spun in a Mini Lathe or a Poor Man's lathe to make one. Springs shouldn't be that hard to find from Wolfe or possibly made yourself out of music wire.
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    12-02-2019, 12:12 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread 7.62x53R in Military Rifles
    I too reload for Specific Rifles in all my Mil Surps. It not only helps the accuracy , but greatly extends the case life. Now that I am down to only 6 MN's that is getting easier. The biggest difference in the rifles are the bores. But all other...
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    11-28-2019, 04:33 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Cabela's Kansas City in Rimfire Area
    A couple years back I picked up a Winchester 67 and a 67a plus a Springfield 15 , and a Sears Ranger single shot. I originally got them to test fire my 22 lr reloads. But after testing the ammo , I fully restored the rifles. Some of these come in...
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    11-28-2019, 01:36 PM
    Well said Fly. And a Happy Thanksgiving to all. Lags
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    11-27-2019, 06:22 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread 7.62x53R in Military Rifles
    I still have 5 new boxes of Norma loaded ammo that I haven't fired. I bought these over the years about 30 years ago. I don't know why I am saving them except for the fact I want to use them in one rifle only. And I have gone thru about 50 MN's...
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    11-27-2019, 12:56 PM
    A friend found an Anschutz single shot in the trash at his apartment complex. It was in pieces and missing the firing pin and springs. I made a new firing pin just from pictures off the web. I used a drill rod spun in my Poor Man's Lathe ( drill...
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    11-25-2019, 10:27 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread 7.62x53R in Military Rifles
    I have a 300 round Spam Can of Chinese 7.62x54 brass berdan primed cases plus another 100 cases that are brass from a previous spam can. I got them before they banned the Chinese imports. I am going to convert them to boxer primed cases for...
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    11-25-2019, 08:45 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread 7.62x53R in Military Rifles
    With the PPU or Hanson , I had to neck size only to extend the case life more than 5 loads. But I have a box of Norma cases purchases in 1976 that I am still reloading with cast loads. I did 10 loadings with jacketed. , Then switched to cast for...
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    11-25-2019, 07:58 PM
    If you can post pictures , I might be able to walk you thru fitting of the safety
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    11-25-2019, 07:55 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread 7.62x53R in Military Rifles
    Both my Finnish M 28/30's are .310
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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