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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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
    . http://www.fega.com/MemberWebPages/MasterPage1.asp .
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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: https://store.stevesgunz.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3&products_id=10&zenid=buqq26tce4vnnrrpaod9utg5i3 .
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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: http://www.big45metalcleaner.com/
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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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    09-01-2018, 08:41 PM
    pietro replied to a thread 92 loading gate in Leverguns
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    09-01-2018, 01:54 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Savage 99 30-30 in Leverguns
    No disrespect, David - but the Model 1899A was a solid frame; the takedown version was the Model 1899B. My 1899A was so stamped on the LH side of the front receiver ring, and I've seen 1899B's marked in the same location (as B's). .
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    08-31-2018, 01:27 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Marlin 189? huh in Leverguns
    . Curious, but insignificant - unless you're a buyer for it. I would think it very heavy for a .22, but YMMV. .
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    08-30-2018, 06:54 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Marlin 189? huh in Leverguns
    . Obviously a conversion of a RF barrel to CF, which might have been the only early Marlin bbl available to the converter at the time. The upper rear tang of all Marlin rifles were, AFAIK, clearly stamped with the model number during...
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    08-30-2018, 06:41 PM
    Forgetabout power tools - handwork with round emery stone flushed with cutting oil, then 400-600 grit emery paper, soaked in oil. Tie the lever open (or remove the bolt), and work beneath the inverted rifle to access/polish only the top edge of...
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    08-30-2018, 11:41 AM
    . Feeding may also profit from polishing the upper portion/edge of the rear of the chamber, slightly rounding the sharp edge there. .
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    08-30-2018, 11:36 AM
    . And it shouldn't be shot when grasping the forend, w/o protection (leather) on the human forearm to protect the arm against the debris that's sure to exit the gun at the cylinder/barrel juncture. .
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    08-28-2018, 11:31 AM
    pietro replied to a thread Sears Lever Action Rifles in Leverguns
    . All Sears/Winchester leverguns are post-64's, with roll pins, and a stamped steel lifter until 1970, when Winchester made revisions to their post-64 economy dreams. At that time, the roll pins & stamped lifter were changed to solid pins & a...
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    08-27-2018, 11:04 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Powder Flask in Muzzleloading.
    ' Is this what you need ? https://www.crazycrow.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=SRCH
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    08-26-2018, 01:05 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Cloth patch cutter in Muzzleloading.
    FWIW, cut round patches should be a minimum 1-1/2 times bore diameter. I found that manually cutting cloth patches to be aa Royal PITA. YMMV) .
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    08-26-2018, 12:58 PM
    You might have been a little off in your measurement, since all Rossi Model 92's, in every chambering, were issued with a factory stated 1:30" barrel twist rate. .
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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