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    03-23-2017, 01:02 PM
    . Except for the friend thing, IDK why you're hesitating - IMO, that gun's easily worth $500, with the quality of workmansip/adornment like that one has. Maybe the GS owner (not some clerk) will accept a cash-on-the-table (not a spoken offer)...
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    03-23-2017, 12:45 PM
    The FP should still be able to ignite the primers, provided that the hammer impact isn't being lessened. In a rebounding hammer action, there are two things that can retard hammer fall, resulting in light strikes. 1) The top (driving)...
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    03-21-2017, 10:02 AM
    Define "inexpensive" for your situation. There are plenty of excellent/used Marlin 336's out there in .35 Remington for sale in the $300-$500 range. While a Handi might cost less, he might be better off with a repeater. FWIW, there's a...
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    03-19-2017, 12:10 PM
    . What about a 9mm Colt AR6951 ?
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    03-18-2017, 01:15 PM
    Once upon a time, I did much the same thing with a .22LR Winchester 121 single-shot rifle. I opted for a California custom, stripping the stained Birch stock down to blond, adding both a Rosewood grip cap & a like-angled Rosewood forend cap to...
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    03-18-2017, 12:57 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Henry .45-70 in Leverguns
    . I wouldn't load the Henry .45-70 Brassie as strong as I would the all-steel .45-70. .
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    03-18-2017, 12:48 PM
    I like the way you think, waksupi ! :D .
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    03-18-2017, 12:46 PM
    . I would suggest that, while it's apart, you stone both the inside leading edges of the magazine throat in the face of the receiver, and the inside leading edge of the loading gate - for smooth functioning and peace of mind....... .
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    03-17-2017, 10:19 PM
    pietro replied to a thread tc cherokee parts in Muzzleloading.
    Unless you can determine that the sear you're considering is a take-off from a Cherokee or Seneca (any caliber), it's not gonna fit [smilie=b: - as the Cherokee/Seneca stocks, barrels and locks (including lock parts) are a different size than the...
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    03-17-2017, 10:03 PM
    . To add to your confusion, some .45-70 repeaters are short-throated from the factory (like Winchester/Miroku 1886/86's), and/or have critical maximum overall cartridge length for feeding/cycling through their actions - all of which can...
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    03-17-2017, 12:33 PM
    If shooting, or simply keeping, the bulged barrel doesn't work out for you, it would be much cheaper to just buy another .50cal T/C Hawken (or Renegade) barrel of the same size (some .50's had 15/16" thick barrels, others 1" thick), as they're about...
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    03-16-2017, 12:47 PM
    . For a more invisible repair, I've found it best to drill a few holes in the stock's wood an unseen area (under the buttplate or in the inletting) to make some sawdust to mix in with the epoxy. Using the stock's sawdust seems to blend better...
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    03-15-2017, 10:14 AM
    . I've never paid more than $450 for a used Savage 99 ( I once bought a new .308 Model 99A for a bit more), but my favorite is this ca.1914 Model 1899H Lightweight in.303 Savage (Hornady now makes new ammo) that I bought @ a local Cabela's...
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    03-14-2017, 08:56 PM
    . Nice score ! BP is readily available locally for me, but that's still a bargain, to be sure ! I'd ensure that the powder in the opened cans was dried, before I'd attempt to use it in game loads, though [smilie=b:. OTOH, the opened cans...
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    03-14-2017, 08:52 PM
    . FWIW, I used both .535" PRB's on deer & 28ga shotcups on small game in my Renegade 56SB, and while the shot/shotcup/overwad worked "ok", the game had to be fairly close for it to be effective. OTOH, the .535" PRB was decently-accurate -...
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    03-14-2017, 03:44 PM
    ??????? I went to Bud's website just now, and the short-barreled 22a is $121-$124, and the 5" M-22a is $160-$162. Did they have a sale I missed yesterday ? ....
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    03-14-2017, 03:33 PM
    Shooting Times printed an article on how to do just that: .
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    03-12-2017, 09:36 PM
    . Beautiful rifle - Congrats ! .
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    03-12-2017, 09:25 PM
    . I bought a BUNCH (several yards) of both blue/white & red/white (different thickness') from my local WallyWorld's fabric department a few years ago, and have barely made a dent in the supply. After buying, and before using, any new...
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    03-12-2017, 09:18 PM
    pietro replied to a thread TC Cherokee 45 value in Muzzleloading.
    No - It was a representation of the classic New England Hunting Rifle of the 2nd half of the 1800's. The smaller sized locks/stocks/barrels were advantageous when woods-walking, and the calibers adequate for most game available in New England. ...
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    03-10-2017, 12:26 PM
    . I've also replaced the plastic magazine followers with self-made clones of brass turned down with a hand-held power drill and empty auto pistol cartridge cases; and have replaced the bolt-top lawyer safety by adapting both XS Sights and Skinner...
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    03-09-2017, 11:42 PM
    pietro replied to a thread TC Cherokee 45 value in Muzzleloading.
    . Once upon a time (early 1980's) I bought new .45 Cherokee for deer in my state - as here in my state, muzzleloaders were (and still at) the only rifles that could be legally used for whitetails. In it, I used a T/C Maxi-Hunter boolit over...
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    03-08-2017, 01:21 PM
    . Good luck on your plan, as I've learned the hard way about mending Browning stocks. [smilie=b: What I learned was that Browning's epoxy finish is very hard to match, and will usually turn frost white when steamed. A wooden patch (aka:...
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    03-04-2017, 04:02 PM
    IDK, but even though many owners are proud of them, I sure wouldn't pay more than $125-$150 for one. YMMV, of course........ .
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    03-03-2017, 07:55 AM
    . Every once in a while, a rocklock shooter can get lucky, right out of the box - like I did with a .50cal Austin & Halleck Mountain Rifle, which had the fastest frontstuffer ignition that I've ever experienced (including inlines & sidelocks). ...
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    03-02-2017, 11:43 AM
    . I can understand the desire to repair it, Vall, but I think that I'd just leave it/shoot it, as-is - IMO, because the split runs through the SN, AND the split gives it "character". I might, however, make/install a takedown screw with a...
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    03-02-2017, 11:35 AM
    AFAIK, none of the Miroku/Winchester or Miroku/Browning Model 1886/86's are factory prepped for either a receiver or tang peep sight. I mounted a Marble's tang peep sight on one, over 12 years ago, but never D/T'd the tang for the 2nd/forward...
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    02-27-2017, 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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    02-27-2017, 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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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