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    05-20-2018, 11:42 PM
    What have I made from a 30-06 case? A file cleaner. An inside thread cleaner. Didn't have a dental pick handy.
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    05-20-2018, 11:04 PM
    broken arrow, You caught me! Yes, I'm cheating and using some factory parts instead of making all of them. Thanks for the info. Figured I'd get better response here but should have known I could have asked over at home gunsmith. Jedmen,...
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    05-20-2018, 12:36 AM
    I'm building a Remington Model 6 from a few original parts and would like to know how thick the side plates are and the outside diameter of the barrel at the breach is. I'm starting with a frame, breach block, hammer and trigger. Everything else...
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    05-17-2018, 11:28 AM
    gpidaho, I understand you consternation about steel case ammo but the 527 was designed for it so that’s what I shoot. I’m working through a case of Wolf FMJ and another of soft point. My 527 is mostly for plinking and coyote hunting.
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    05-17-2018, 10:58 AM
    Mauser, My response is to your first post and premise to this thread, that is 7.62x39 Wolf ammo is one of the main contributing factors to the SKS and AKs poor accuracy. You are blaming the ammo for the rifle’s inherent inaccuracy. Because when...
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    05-15-2018, 11:15 PM
    So the poor accuracy of the SKS and AK is because of the ammo? Well... I can take that cheap Wolf FMJ ammo and shoot it in my CZ 527 Carbine and group just fine. 1.5-2” at 100 yards with iron sights all day long. I installed a Skinner peep sight...
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    05-08-2018, 01:20 AM
    Thanks Larry for the clarification on the pressure. I have a bunch of 158gr cast already to go but only a single stage press... well two single stage presses. I'm making use of what I have on hand. It's all fun. Further progress. Had to...
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    05-05-2018, 02:03 PM
    vzeron, Yes, there were Trapdoors made for 30-40 Krag. They experimented with different barrels but the receivers were not noted for being any different than 45-70. Now, I could be wrong so if anyone knows any better please chime in....
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    05-05-2018, 01:33 PM
    My Lyman reloading manual has the Trapdoor loads rated at 18000 psi too but SAMMI rates 45-70 Gov at 28000 psi. I’ve also seen 25000 psi quoted. Now modern 45-70 Gov. is supposed to be equivalent to the original 45-70-405 load for the Trapdoor......
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    04-30-2018, 11:38 PM
    I'd like to find someone who has a Trapdoor trigger guard with no swivel lug. Prefer one that is ground off and polished. Doesn't have to be an original carbine trigger guard. I will buy outright or trade for Trapdoor trigger guard with lug and...
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    04-30-2018, 11:15 PM
    woodbutcher, I was thinking JB Weld. Larry, I was referring to the riser, how to attach it to the tang. Sorry for not being clear. Yes, the sight will be screwed down. Here's what I got done today The muzzle of the barrel had a step for...
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    04-29-2018, 10:15 PM
    Aww shucks, you guys are too nice with all the comments! :oops: :) Here's a little more progress. I was going to make a tang mounted sight but why reinvent the wheel? Not one of the older folding ladder sights but just a small peep sight. I've...
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    04-27-2018, 06:54 PM
    oldred, I need to get some needle nose vice grips. That would sure help. For some of the filing I have an old Palmgren angle vice but for the fine work it was all by hand. Larry, I tried a lighter spring but it didn’t work any better than no...
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    04-26-2018, 09:44 AM
    Thanks Dutch, Sometimes things just fall together like there were ment to. You all are seeing this in a time compressed manner but there’s obviously more details and planning than I’m showing. Some thought went into how to perform certain...
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    04-23-2018, 10:35 PM
    Guys, thanks for the kind comments! Nueces, I’d like to say that a lathe is essential but I never owned one till now. And hadn’t used one since vo-tech school in 1974. Bought my first drill press 7-8 years ago. What metal working I’ve done has...
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    04-23-2018, 05:41 PM
    If the extractor was a little longer it might work with the spring but then I'd have to chase the shell as it flies out. With no spring I can just tip up the barrel and let it fall out or flick the rim with my finger and it's in my hand. May...
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    04-23-2018, 05:32 PM
    Cut the relief for the extractor and went out back and tried it out. Seems the extractor spring is too stiff to work with the narrow rim of the .357. Tried a softer spring but it worked just as good with out a spring. My apologies for the blurry...
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    04-23-2018, 11:35 AM
    Ordered a .357 reamer and cut the chamber. Before I cut the relief for the extractor, but with the chamber cut, I put it all together and went out back and shot some .38 sp through it. Sound like a quite .22 with about same recoil. Tried some...
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    04-23-2018, 11:22 AM
    After filing the relief for the hinge I marked location for extractor. Trial fit to receiver. Found that the extractor is offset to the outside, if I made one a mirror image that is offset to the inside it will engage the .357 rim. I just...
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    04-23-2018, 11:08 AM
    Well, I'm pursuing the .357 Trapdoor project but I forgot about this thread so I'll up dated it. After getting the Numrich barrel I needed a a little tool to make this happen... a lathe. So I started looking on craigslist but didn't see anything...
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    04-23-2018, 10:43 AM
    Uh... that’s a thread I started back in February. I forgot I started it.... well I have something to add to it so I'll abandon this thread.
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    04-23-2018, 12:57 AM
    I see a lot of old single shot actions being rebarreld for various calibers but has anyone rebarreld a Trapdoor for something other than 45-70? Anyone done a .357 mag conversion?
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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
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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