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    Today, 04:58 AM
    . The .357/.38 Special 16" Rossi Big Loop Model 92 I had shot like a house afire - but I liked it even more after I swapped another forum member for his standard loop lever (the levers are interchangeable). .
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    Today, 04:52 AM
    . Husqvarna produces excellent rifles, both military & commercial - I had a Large Ring Mauser 98 exactly like yours in .30-06, and also a couple of the later Small Ring Mauser 98"'s they branded for S&W in the 1970's. They were all well-made,...
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    02-24-2017, 12:27 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Ruger #3 22 hornet in Single Shot Guns
    . The factory-stated twist rate is 1:16" http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?235414-Common-Cartridge-Rifle-Twist-Rate-Reference-List .
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    02-23-2017, 11:41 PM
    There are only 4 different models, the 219, the 219B, the 219C & the 219L. The earliest Model 219's receiver was marked "Model 219" The Model 219B's receiver was marked "Model 219B" The Model 219L had a side-mounted opening lever. The...
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    02-21-2017, 09:32 AM
    . If your intent is to shoot @ 300yds, you would be best served by forgetting about a Guide Gun & it's short barrel. A longer-barreled rifle will allow a longer sighting radius for iron sights, and will afford steadier holding for shooting...
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    02-20-2017, 07:12 PM
    . You apparently obtained a later model, made after the DST's (double-set triggers) were discontinued and when production ended with the factory building where all the small-frame frontstuffers were made burnt to the ground.( including all spare...
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    02-20-2017, 02:56 PM
    . FWIW, the max OAL for cycling a cartridge in a Miroku/Winchester 1886/86 is around 2.65/2.66", w/o modification - and they have NO throat, and so are sensitive to boolit profile/design. Although they can be modified to cycle a cartridge...
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    02-20-2017, 02:45 PM
    . IMO, besides a reline or re-barrel, the best option would be to have it re-bored to .38-55 - as there would be no other work needed. I would suggest contacting Jesse Ocumpaugh ( www.35caliber.com ), as he is highly recommended, charges...
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    02-20-2017, 02:20 PM
    . I'm glad you were able to git 'er done ! .
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    02-20-2017, 02:19 PM
    . In over 45 years, I've yet to see the TG housing fixed effectively/permanently, but the suggestion to build up a new tab via heliarc welding & filing it to shape sounds promising. AFAIK, the only other option would be to scrounge the TG...
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    02-17-2017, 12:34 PM
    . Yes, a used grip frame if you can find one will in fact "bolt" right up (meaning the hole patterns are identical) - but, it's the fitter who ultimately determines the final fit of the gripframe to the main/cylinder frame, on the outside...
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    02-16-2017, 11:59 AM
    . FWIW, I sold my .45 Cherokee (I kept a .36 & a .45 Seneca) a few months ago online for $500, and it wasn't NIB - but it also was in excellent condition. .45 Cherokee's don't bring the big $$$ that it takes to own a .32/.36 Cherokee - and...
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    02-14-2017, 12:55 PM
    . FWIW: IME, sometimes what looks like a good clearance when viewed statically, can change under spring-driven dynamics. Given the persistent light strikes, IMO the FP fall is being retarded. I would shorten the strut an additional .10" and...
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    02-13-2017, 04:03 PM
    . I would suggest blasting the firing pin channel to get rid of the white lube & replace it with (powdered) graphite. Additionally, I suspect that your FP strikes are still too light because not enough material was removed from the...
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    02-12-2017, 06:55 PM
    . I was most impressed by both the outstanding results the rifle builders of the day got with the simple tools of the day, AND by the very small groups shot at tremendous distances. .
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    02-12-2017, 06:40 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Knives in Muzzleloading.
    . Chalk it up to unrequited love, Ron..... Have you ever asked him if he liked it ? (besides at the time of the gifting) .
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    02-12-2017, 05:49 PM
    . It looks to me like a British flintlock's rifle lock was replaced with a percussion lock about a million years ago, the vent (hole) upgraded with a percussion drum. Wilson/William Minories made long & hand guns in London, ca. 1760-70 ...
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    02-11-2017, 01:55 PM
    . Those actions are plenty strong enough for the Zipper, the Wasp, & the .256 - I've shot a .30-30 that was rechambered to .30-40 (Krag). I just wouldn't recommend doing one in a higher-pressure cartridge, like the .308 0r .30-06 family of...
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    02-11-2017, 01:49 PM
    FWIW, Jes' (www.35caliber.com) turnaround is only a few weeks, the last time I had him do a barrel for me. .
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    02-11-2017, 01:23 PM
    That Husqvarna appears to be an earlier (small ring) cock-on-closing Mauser 1896/96 that has a modified cocking piece (no vertical tail on the rear). IMO, it's only appropriate for the early cartridges it was designed for (6.5x55, 7x57, 8x57),...
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    02-10-2017, 11:42 PM
    . The .375 Win is a rimmed cartridge, a non-starter for feeding through Mauser 98 actions. Jes does excellent rebore/rerifle work, and the easiest cartridge (rework-wise) would be a re-bore from 323" to .338", using necked-up 8x57 Mauser brass...
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    02-10-2017, 10:58 PM
    . If it's this rifle ( http://www.gunbroker.com/item/620416846 ), it is made on the Small Ring Mauser 98 (cock-on-opening) action, and NOT the cock-on-closing Mauser 96 action. FWIW, the Mauser 98 has been the Gold Standard for building...
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    02-07-2017, 11:14 AM
    . Instead of ordering a package of the Lewis Lead Remover brass patches from Brownells at $3.99 per 10, you can order some brass pipe screens from a smoking supply shop for $7.84 per 100 with free shipping. (1" diameter) They can be ordered in...
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    02-07-2017, 11:12 AM
    . Instead of ordering a package of the Lewis Lead Remover brass patches from Brownells at $3.99 per 10, you can order some brass pipe screens from a smoking supply shop for $7.84 per 100 with free shipping. (1" diameter) They can be ordered in...
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    02-04-2017, 05:08 PM
    . Here's the skinny: The double headed screw right below the peep adjusts windage. The little screw just in front of the peep is a set screw that locks the elevation spring in place. The screw closest to the big elevation knob is the...
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    02-03-2017, 10:52 PM
    . Relined to what caliber ? If you plan on a re-lining to .45-70 in a smaller groove diameter, I think that I'd first try casting softer lead boolits, to see if they'll bump up to the current groove diameter successfully upon firing. (If...
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    02-01-2017, 07:38 PM
    . Not quite the same as these
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    01-30-2017, 07:34 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Scope mount for Win M95" in Leverguns
    In a word, no - not w/o drilling & tapping. This is the proper #3 side mount base - as you can readily see, the 4 mounting holes do not match the pattern of holes in your receiver for the receiver sight & the lever pin stop screw. .
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    01-30-2017, 07:24 PM
    . IDK how familiar you are with autoloading CF handguns, so at the risk of preaching to the choir, check: 1) If the empty magazine (follower) has activated the slide stop, as normally when shot empty. (remove the magazine, the slide should...
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    01-29-2017, 12:12 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Value of Marlin Model 444 in Leverguns
    Not really............ The .444 was introduced in 1965. I bought my 1st .444 (new/used) in 1966 for a little less than $100. IIRC, Woolco was selling new ones for $109 at the time - those were the days (sigh). .
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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