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    Yesterday, 10:58 AM
    . I would have a conversation with customer service at Malcolm/Leatherwood (google) - they might be able to hook you up. .
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    Yesterday, 10:49 AM
    . IDK if he still is, but Steve Rhoades at Arizona Sharps Shooters might still be making the Hepburn-style side lever conversion of RB's. .
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    Yesterday, 10:27 AM
    . Unless your Spanish Mauser is a cock-on-opening Model 98 pattern, there is no cocking cam at the rear of the bolt. The forward portion of a cock-on-closing Model 93/95 Spanish Mauser needs to be wrapped tightly with a good heat sink (like a...
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    03-17-2018, 11:00 AM
    The Winchester Model 94 Antique was made from 1964 to 1983, had a gold plated saddle ring & loading gate, scrolling rolled onto a faux case colored receiver made of sintered metal that cannot be refinished if the CCH colors wear off. (a leather...
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    03-13-2018, 04:50 PM
    . That's definitely a plan....... Please let us know how it shoots. .
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    03-13-2018, 11:27 AM
    That, right there, is the straight of it - thanks, 2152hq ! .
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    03-11-2018, 10:10 PM
    . Since I'm sticking with hunting the USA, my autoloaders (Browning BAR, Rem 7400 & .44 Ruger Carbine) will still get used anywhere stateside, except Pennsy ( & other states ?) .
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    03-11-2018, 09:39 PM
    . Sad news :sad: ....... John Kort's Son-in-Law posted this elsewhere today: With regrets I am here to let you members know that John “Jack” Kort passed away last night in his sleep peacefully. I am Jack’s son-in-law and on behalf...
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    03-10-2018, 07:37 PM
    . FWIW I converted a petite solid-frame .32RF Remington #4 RB to CF one evening, which enabled me to shoot it with readily available .32 Short Colt ammo (Winchester makes a couple of runs each year). I did it via first dropping a Sharpie...
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    03-09-2018, 07:22 PM
    . IMHO, if the weight of a heavy barrel bends actions, there would be millions of bent rifles out there - and there's not. .
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    03-07-2018, 07:29 PM
    . Once the Lyman tang sight is zeroed for windage via shimming the base, faghettaboutit having to further adjust for windage; and when more elevation is required (as for a long shot) the tang sight stem is easily adjusted up/down as req'd in a...
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    03-07-2018, 07:17 PM
    The only difference between the original Model 1898 and the Model 16 (PG stock) & 17 (straight grip stock) was to offer additional chambering (like 16ga). The factory upgrades (internal safety features) didn't come until after the introduction of...
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    03-07-2018, 01:35 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Marlin M1894 barrel swap in Leverguns
    .44-40 & .38-40 Marlin 1894's used the same magazines, lifter & cartridge guides. I would suggest a call to Marlin's Customer Service Dept, with your question: Would a current production M1894 barrel in .44-40 or other caliber fit my original...
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    03-06-2018, 11:49 AM
    . "Note: Marlin has declared this and other slide action Marlin hammer shotguns unsafe to fire due to lock up and design problems." Given the statement from the horse's mouth, I would be loathe to restore, much less shoot, one - after all,...
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    03-05-2018, 10:28 PM
    . IME, curiosity killed the cat - Charter revolvers don't have a removeable sideplate like DA Colt and S&W revolvers, and are more complicated to work on. A new Charter should need no disassembly - just remove the grips & give the metal parts...
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    03-05-2018, 10:20 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Remington 141 in Factory Rifles
    The Model 14 was issued with a 22" bbl; the Model 141 with a 24" bbl. I've had both models, both in .35 Rem - They're accurate, and the workmanship in them is second to none, but I found them relatively heavy to tote around the woods, and noisy...
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    03-03-2018, 05:22 PM
    . Well done ! :drinks: .
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    03-03-2018, 12:05 PM
    pietro replied to a thread 1873? in Leverguns
    . IMO, if the OP's M-1873 is actually made by Uberti, the quality should be close to a Miroku. .
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    03-03-2018, 12:02 PM
    pietro replied to a thread School me on the .444 in Leverguns
    . I've had several different Marlin .444's (and 2 different Winchester 94's in .444), and every one of them really liked the 265gr Hornady JSP. AFAIK, the following are the barrel twist rates for the .444: 1 in 12"...Win 94 BigBore Black...
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    03-02-2018, 09:11 PM
    pietro replied to a thread 1873? in Leverguns
    . Cimarron 1873's are AFAIK made by Chiappa, which have plenty of bling; but IME Miroku (new Winchester 1873) is much better in material & workmanship. FWIW: Chiappa has only been making Winchester clones for about 10-15 years; Miroku has...
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    02-27-2018, 05:47 PM
    . FWIW - all of my rifles with receiver sights also carry fiber-optic front sight blades, and have done so ever since FO sights were first introduced. The nice thing about FO front sights is that they can be ordered from various/sundry makers...
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    02-26-2018, 07:47 PM
    . Brownell's carries barrel liners, AND has a UK outlet: https://www.brownells.co.uk/ .
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    02-26-2018, 12:36 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Beautiful M38 in Military Rifles
    It sold @ $1500, after 32 bids with no reserve. .
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    02-26-2018, 12:30 PM
    . If you google "united kingdom rifle barrel lining services", you might find some rifle barrel re-lining specialists there, like https://www.vintageguns.co.uk/articles/barrel-lining/ Also, while http://border-barrels.com/ makes replacement...
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    02-25-2018, 12:37 PM
    . Keep in mind that, today, side hammer frontstuffers are in very much lesser demand among the general muzzleloading buying public than the latest/greatest plastic/fantastic inlines are.:cry: Although YMMV, I would be loathe to pay more than...
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    02-23-2018, 06:49 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Marlin 1894 44 Mag in Leverguns
    Once upon a time, I ran across much the same situation - but instead, I bought both rifles, swapped the stocks, then sold the unwanted (caliber) rifle. .
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    02-23-2018, 06:45 PM
    If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and shoots like a duck - It's most likely an older/saved Pope barrel. AFAIK, nobody was copying the Pope rifling in the last quarter of the 20th Century. .
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    02-22-2018, 02:44 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Packing squirrel rifle in Rimfire Area
    The Bicycle Rifle pictured is not mine - as you might be able to tell by the buttstock, the builder was an excellent machinist, a skill I don't have. I did, however, build a similar example in .22 Magnum after I saw his - but with a folding...
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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