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    Yesterday, 08:57 PM
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    Yesterday, 08:48 PM
    . Randy, I believe your question would have been better posed in our muzzleloading section, ILO here in military rifles. Track of the Wolf ( ) has an underhammer nipple ($8.99) in stock that...
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    Yesterday, 05:25 PM
    . I would remove the buttstock & drop the lever before slowly manipulating the lever safety to find out where it's binding. Once upon a time, I ran across a Winchester 94 who's issues stemmed from a slightly bent pivot pin - which I replaced...
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    Yesterday, 09:18 AM
    . Unless some guns are operated/cycled with force (hard & fast), the shell's rim isn't brought back fast/hard enough to impact the ejector sharply enough to drive out the empty shell. Work the bolt like it owes you money, and see if ejection...
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    09-24-2018, 03:12 PM
    . If the primer change doesn't work out, I would shim the mainspring for a stronger primer strike, and more force keeping the FP in the fired position to better resist primer flowing. Alternatively, a new/fatter FP tip can be installed in the...
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    09-22-2018, 11:21 PM
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    09-21-2018, 10:57 AM
    . If you cannot obtain a 16ga dent remover, you might want to try to cast a hard round ball & dress it down to .662" (+/-), then roll it down the barrel from the chamber end until it reaches the dent. The ball then could be tapped through the...
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    09-20-2018, 06:43 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Marlin 189? huh in Leverguns
    . I think you're making a mistake by thinking about it, ILO just snapping it up. .
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    09-20-2018, 06:39 PM
    FYI: The various Savage 23's had a single chambering for each model. Model 23A & 23AA = .22LR Model 23B = .25-20 Model 23C = .32-20 Model 23D = .22 Hornet .
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    09-20-2018, 05:08 PM
    . AFAIK, the only Savage Model 24 was a .22LR/.410 (and other chamberings later) over/under combination gun, adapted from the 1939 Stevens Model 22-410 after WWII. A few pics should readily determine exactly what you have. IMHO, you most...
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    09-19-2018, 06:28 PM
    . You're entirely welcome ! . :) .
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    09-18-2018, 11:08 AM
    pietro replied to a thread Cleaning a win 94... in Leverguns
    . It's fairly easy to clean a Winchester 94's barrel from the rear, actually not much more difficult than a Marlin 336 - I just remove the bolt...…. Here's how: * Remove the large-headed screw (the finger lever stop screw) from the LH...
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    09-18-2018, 10:49 AM
    Turn/hold the rifle upside-down & remove both triggerguard/floorplate screws (be careful, as the barreled action will readily come out of the stock). Pull out the broken magazine spring and the follower; remove the upper portion of the old spring...
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    09-17-2018, 10:53 AM
    FWIW, I've been using steel wool for over 45 years to rub down my stocks during refinishing, and have NEVER even had particles embed in the wood, never mind rusting - BUT, I always finger rub each coat of Tru-Oil down to the wood after the oil's...
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    09-16-2018, 02:43 PM
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    09-16-2018, 02:32 PM
    . The Officer's Model wasn't issued with a rear open/iron sight; but the upper rifle below is a non-officer's Model H&R trapdoor with barrel sights for you to judge the correct position.
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    09-16-2018, 02:21 PM
    International letters are not shipped, they are mailed with the appropriate postage - so, maybe $70 for the letter + $0.89 to $1.50 postage, depending if the letter weighs 1, 2, or 3 ounces. :coffee: I would suggest getting a Cody letter for your...
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    09-16-2018, 02:10 PM
    . I would suggest stripping whatever's on the stock with Homer Formby's Furniture Refinisher (HomeCheapo, Lowe's, TrueValue & good hardware stores), let it dry overnight, then apply several coats of TruOil, one coat a day for several days - or...
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    09-12-2018, 09:20 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Taurus 63 in Rimfire Area
    Yeah, but IME the odds are stacked against you if you choose a Taurus. .
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    09-12-2018, 09:18 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Super Single Six in Rimfire Area
    . My current Single-Six is a .22WMR-only RSSM form 1960. Ruger added/fitted a LR cylinder for me, since my SS was made before Ruger made LR/WMR convertibles.
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    09-07-2018, 12:55 PM
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    09-06-2018, 03:40 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Wal-Mart screw up in Rimfire Area
    Are you serious ? ? Walmart, HomeCheapo, Lowe's, etc have virtually put many local business' (gunshops, pharmacies, grocers, for a few) OUT of business just about everywhere they build a retail store. How ? By the greed of "folks" for the...
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    09-06-2018, 02:52 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Going Rock Lock! in Muzzleloading.
    +1 Don't just cave - most reasons have a fix. My A&H (Austin & Halleck) Mountain Rifle .50 flinchlock has much faster ignition than any caplocks I have shot - to the point as being almost comparable to a metallic cartridge rifle. .
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    09-06-2018, 02:34 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Peep sight on Puma 92 in Leverguns
    . My Rossi M-92: I mounted a Williams 5D receiver sight made for the Winchester 94AE (angle-eject, with factory mounting atop the rear receiver sidewalls).
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    09-05-2018, 08:36 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Peep sight on Puma 92 in Leverguns
    . Here's the scoop on Steve's offerings: .
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    09-05-2018, 04:34 PM
    . I use oil, soaked into the tape with a small brush for a day or two, then gently scrape with a wooden popsicle stick or wider tongue depressor (WallyWorld - $3/pack). The sides of the popsicle stick can be used as is; but I much prefer...
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    09-05-2018, 03:37 PM
    . I've found that one of these, used with oil, will remove rust w/o effecting the finish. A 3-pac is $6, ordered direct:
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    09-04-2018, 06:49 PM
    . Most stock finishes (except epoxy types) are readily removed with Homer Formby's Furniture Refinisher, following the directions on the can. (because it evaporates so rapidly, I pour a little bit into a small bowl, quickly re-capping the can.)
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    09-04-2018, 06:39 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Bag and Horn in Muzzleloading.
    . Nice work, Bill ! This is the 1st bag I made, almost 30 years ago.
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    09-03-2018, 11:22 AM
    . The scalloped rear edges of that engraved Martini is very unusual...……. It smacks of Scheutzen rifles made in a very small European (Germany, Austria, Bavaria, etc) shop, and might had even been built from scratch by the gunsmith - which...
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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