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    Yesterday, 10:16 AM
    . My Remington 1911R1 had stags like that mounted, when I gifted it to my oldest Grandson for his 21st B-Day, 5 or so years ago. The last time he went to my gun club for some shooting practice with me, the stags were nowhere to be found - he...
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    03-22-2018, 07:11 PM
    . If I wanted another .358W, and liked the Long Ranger, I'd obtain one in .243 or .308 & send it to Jess ( ) for a rebore to .358". .
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    03-22-2018, 12:48 PM
    . Your problem's going to be the fact that not many parts (like the hooked breechplug) are barrel thickness (size) specific (the seller may not know from whence it came). .
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    03-22-2018, 12:42 PM
    . Ya never know when one might be frozen in place by whatever. I've removed both floor & butt plates from military Mauser's that were stuck, that had dried blood in there. :shock: I could only imagine how the blood got there. ;) .
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    03-22-2018, 12:39 PM
    I'm unclear about your reply, since not all "Police" model handguns are used/surplus PD equipment ( many were also sold commercially by both Colt and S&W) - were your revolvers actually once PD property, or are they used commercial "police" models ?...
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    03-22-2018, 12:28 PM
    . I would respectfully suggest you pose your question in our handgun (wheelguns, pistols & hand cannons) section, ILO here in the factory rifle section. FWIW, a used PD handgun should NEVER be bought w/o a personal, hands-on inspection....
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    03-21-2018, 12:39 PM
    . Thanks, Waarp8nt ! :) .
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    03-21-2018, 11:11 AM
    Have you tried re-positioning the wrench every 1/8-1/4 turn of the nipple ? . :bigsmyl2: If push comes to shove, the nipple would need to be drilled out with a bit that's smaller in diameter than the threads in the breechplug, then the...
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    03-21-2018, 11:01 AM
    Breech plug size depends upon the barrel size. The Hawken & the Renegade were made with both 15/16" (thick, measured across the flats) & 1" barrels, and those two breechplugs are not interchangeable. Renegade's were made in .50, .54 & .58...
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    03-20-2018, 11:02 PM
    I've liked & used Skinner sights for over 12 years, and found that Skinner's been great to deal with, even after the new ownership/change. I've used the Skinner LoPro peepsight to make a bolt peep sight for more than a few Rossi Model 92's both...
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    03-20-2018, 06:41 PM
    . Talk to Andy @ Skinner (aka: the horse's mouth) about your front sight needs (Skinner also makes/sells front sights also). .
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    03-20-2018, 09:58 AM
    . A fella thought his side lever was a Lone Star accessory. .
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    03-19-2018, 06:16 PM
    If you use the top-mounted Skinner receiver peepsight, you'll need a new front sight blade that's commensurately taller (about .10") than the issue front sight blade, due to the new/higher line-of-sight - for a clean sight picture through the peep,...
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    03-18-2018, 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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    03-18-2018, 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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    03-18-2018, 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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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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