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  • pietro's Avatar
    08-16-2019, 06:16 PM
    . I've had both a Marlin 1894 & a Rossi Model 92, and the differences I've found are: * The Marlin is waaay more easily scoped and/or have a peepsight added than the Rossi. * The Marlin is also waaay more expensive to buy than the Rossi. ...
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    08-16-2019, 06:07 PM
    . The sides of the slides can also be slightly peened, to create enough friction to keep the slide from moving freely. .
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    08-16-2019, 10:28 AM
    . I would respectfully suggest trying T/C's recommended accuracy load for a Hawken with a.50cal PRB (80gr FFg). .
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    08-16-2019, 10:18 AM
    The screws holding the barrel to the stock look like a modern "build" to me. Traditionally, long rifles (as noted by Kevin) are built with the barrel pinned to the stock. That puppy looks like it's worth waaay more than you paid for it -...
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    08-16-2019, 10:03 AM
    Welcome to the board ! FWIW, there's no "correct" slug..... Since pure lead is soft, just locate a fishing sinker that's about bore size, support it from one end of the barrel with a cleaning rod, then upset/expand the lead with a...
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    08-15-2019, 10:30 PM
    I apologize for being late to this party, but would like to remind you that Savage once made .32-20 (32WCF) Model 219's - so you might want to try to find a bbl from one.... .
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    08-14-2019, 03:29 PM
    pietro replied to a thread M99 in 250-3000 in Leverguns
    I heartily agree... I owned a couple of 1950's Model 99's, and found them cumbersome; but when I picked up/handled this ca. 1914 Model 1899-H Lightweight Carbine (20" slim bbl), I bought it in a New York Minute. :D The fact that Cabela's had...
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    08-14-2019, 11:09 AM
    . I can think of a couple of scenarios about how it got into pawn. The gun may have been built, but the ignition channel got overlooked/undrilled, so the owner pawned it. If the trigger's adjustable, someone who didn't know what they were...
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    08-14-2019, 11:00 AM
    . Dreams CAN come true ! :D Congrats ! .
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    08-13-2019, 07:57 PM
    pietro replied to a thread M99 in 250-3000 in Leverguns
    It's a D/T'd (for scope bases) gun that IIRC didn't leave the factory that way; but it's a .250-3000 - I'm thinking it's worth about $750, so maybe some dickering can git 'er done. .
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    08-12-2019, 03:10 PM
    . Sounds good to me ! . :) We need pics, pics & more pics ! :bigsmyl2: .
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    08-12-2019, 03:02 PM
    +1 I've long discovered that buying lower quality tools can over the years lead to extras - unneeded replacement cost, extra work (if not poorer work), and some frustration. Yes, the better quality tools cost more, but are actually more...
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    08-11-2019, 10:55 AM
    . The weight of the scope and it's inertia under recoil is what's problematic. IMO, a slug gun is a short-range (under 100yds) proposition, so what worked best for me was an unlimited eye relief reflex sight (I use a Weaver Micro from...
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    08-10-2019, 06:41 PM
    I've been using this on EVERY long gun (rifle/shotgun) w/o sling studs for over 30 years. I normally carry it in a pocket or haversack while hunting (when the gun should be in the hands and not on the shoulder).
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    08-10-2019, 12:41 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Shape of buttstock in Muzzleloading.
    . A lot of old time firearms were a lot heaver (longer/thicker barrels) than those made today...……….. :coffeecom My .45cal T/C Seneca, with it's 27" bbl, shoots a lot milder than my 24" barreled T/C Cherokee - with the same loads. ...
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    08-10-2019, 12:37 PM
    . Didn't CVA use Bergara barrels from Spain ? If so, they were pretty good barrels...……. :) .
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    08-10-2019, 12:34 PM
    All "new" barrels are not created equal...…………… ;) .
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    08-10-2019, 12:32 PM
    . I would suggest washing the large section of ticking (patch material) BEFORE cutting into strips and/or patches. . :D .
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    08-09-2019, 02:17 PM
    . YMMV, but I wouldn't trade the accuracy of a PRB in a 60" twist barrel, for the slightly better oomph of a conical in the same barrel, for all the tea in China. .
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    08-09-2019, 02:12 PM
    A polishing is indicated for very minor bore smoothness issues; full-length lapping (with a lead lap) is for bores with more serious issues of smoothness (chatter marks from the rifling head during manufacture, corrosion, minor pitting, etc, etc). ...
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    08-09-2019, 02:01 PM
    . I would urge you to perform the test...……….. it'll only take a few seconds to find out - and your issue could well be something else. At first, my son also found shooting from a different shoulder difficult, but with some practice, came to...
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    08-08-2019, 06:24 PM
    You sound like you're not sighting with your master eye. When my right-handed son had difficulty aiming/shooting as a youth (he's over 50 Y.O. now), I tested him right there @ the range and found that he has a left master eye. He's been...
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    08-08-2019, 12:17 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Barrel Twist ??? in Muzzleloading.
    . Some muzzleloading barrel makers stamp the twist rate into the barrel somewhere - usually in the underside of the barrel, where it isn't visible when the barrel's seated in the stock. (K.I.S.S. principle :drinks: ) .
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    08-07-2019, 01:12 PM
    Experienced peepsight hunters usually unscrew the aperture from the sight and shoot very fast using the resultant "ghost ring". It slows shooters down when they attempt to consciously center the front sight in the aperture ILO the proper method...
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    08-07-2019, 01:04 PM
    . Lancaster Arms was an American retailer based in Lancaster Penn from about 1908 to 1922 or so, importing some of their guns from Belgium like many other retailers/hardware stores of the time. Provided a real gunsmith (not some...
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    08-06-2019, 11:24 AM
    . IME Any rifle with two-piece stocks, leverguns included, can be shot with it's best accuracy by utilizing a shooting method peculiar to the type. For that type of rifle, the best shooting technique involves not letting ANY portion of the...
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    08-06-2019, 11:09 AM
    . For cartridges similar to the .50 cal , usually either a German Pzb38/39 or GrB41 sized receiver will be needed to take the strain ( pre WW II AT rifles, drop block action, converted to AT Grenade Lauchers by 1941.) Another appropriate...
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    08-04-2019, 09:28 PM
    pietro replied to a thread ROA Base Pin in Muzzleloading.
    . You did them a favor, and gave them an empty bin they can use for something else...… ;) .
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    08-04-2019, 09:20 PM
    . T/C used mostly 1:48' twist barrels, and their loading manual show their maximum suggested PRB load for different bore sizes with a MAXIMUM label.
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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
GC Gas Check