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    07-21-2017, 11:12 PM
    . MidwayUSA, Graf's, Hornady & others all carry .45 cal conical boolits, sabots & their (.357") boolits, and round lead balls. I've used T/C Maxi-Hunter conicals in my Cherokee & Seneca rifles, since I first bought the Cherokee in the early...
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    07-21-2017, 11:04 PM
    FYI, The Maverick is made by Mossberg, using the Model 500 as a base. The parts are mechanically interchangeable. .
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    07-21-2017, 10:55 PM
    As stated, a gunsmith should have plenty in their scrounge box - but you should be aware that there are (generally) 2 or 3 different size headless plug/filler screws, depending on the rifle's factory specs. Your Remington, and most rifles, will...
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    07-21-2017, 12:32 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Let's see the.... in Muzzleloading.
    . I'll be using two different ones, by law (my state mandates under .40cal for small game, over .40 cal for deer). .36cal & a .45cal T/C Seneca's
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    07-19-2017, 11:30 AM
    pietro replied to a thread Rossi Magazine Capacity? in Leverguns
    . Since AFAIK magazine capacity limiting laws apply only to detachable magazines, I suspect that there may be an internal spot of rust or a small dent in the magazine tube that's limiting follower travel towards the muzzle. I would, as you...
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    07-19-2017, 11:21 AM
    * Klean-Strip Aircraft Peeler Basecoat & Clearcoat Remover is specifically formulated for use on delamination problems where top coat of paint is separating from the original factory applied primer. ◦ Works in 5 minutes - just spray it on and...
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    07-18-2017, 05:48 PM
    . Take it easy on 'em - mice need the lube to keep them from squeaking ............................... :kidding: :bigsmyl2:
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    07-18-2017, 05:43 PM
    I would check out the Michigan gunsmiths with a 5-star rating and/or positive reviews, that are listed when you google "Michigan Gunsmiths". .
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    07-17-2017, 11:11 AM
    That's great news ! :D I'm glad the issue was rectified - easily, if you think about the actual repair. CONGRATS ! .
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    07-17-2017, 10:44 AM
    pietro replied to a thread 9.3x72r in Factory Rifles
    . The rifle was made in Czechoslovakia by BRNO, not Bruno (which is how BRNO is pronounced), which company is/was part of CZ. "Haeussner" is just a name the BRNO factory applied to their single-shot rifles, like some US gun companies use...
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    07-17-2017, 10:29 AM
    . I had a couple of Husqvarna Small Ring Model 98 Mauser 1640's, labelled as S&W Model D (etc), and found them to be excellent/lightweight hunting rifles. While the 640 is a bit larger/heavier than the 1640, I don't think there's a wrong...
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    07-16-2017, 08:34 PM
    Didn't ya notice it's already a done deal ? .
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    07-16-2017, 08:31 PM
    pietro replied to a thread JES Rebore in Leverguns
    Jes, and the other re-bore folks I've spoken with, will not re-bore a barrel that doesn't have a barrel wall thickness (NOT muzzle OD) of .125" AFTER the re-bore. .338" + .125" + .125" = .588" (minimum). That translates to a safe muzzle OD of...
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    07-16-2017, 12:56 PM
    Only if you have paid-up full medical coverage................. and, great liability insurance. Any fire hot enough to burn off the stock & take the temper from the springs - not to mention softening the receiver - will turn what looks like a...
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    07-16-2017, 12:50 PM
    . 1) Unload the rifle. 2) Double-check to be sure the rifle is unloaded. 3) Bring the hammer to full cock. 4) Loosen the takedown screw on RH side. (The screw will not come entirely our of the receiver half)
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    07-15-2017, 01:46 PM
    . FWIW: The Great American Gunstock Co. is no longer manufacturing gunstocks. We have a limited inventory of stocks which we are selling at reduced prices and you can reach us at the following number: (530) 632-9834 Most of the...
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    07-15-2017, 11:13 AM
    pietro replied to a thread ML ram rod in Muzzleloading.
    . I also have Cherokee/Seneca rifles, and have found brass RR's make lightweight rifles heavier - so I pinned/glued (epoxy) RR ends onto fiberglass driveway markers ($1 ea) that I first cut to length, for use in the field. Since I did so over...
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    07-14-2017, 10:33 PM
    . It's not a good idea to chamber pre-98 Mauser's for high-pressure cartridges like the .308 Win (which the 7mm-08 is based on), as they just don't have the safety features of the 1898/98 Mauser's. .. .
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    07-14-2017, 06:56 PM
    . IME, a non-factory (and some factory) barreled action(s) will need to be fitted to any stock you can lay your paws on. Is not your rifle builder capable of also doing the stock you want ? IME, the "Griffin & Howe" style stock is typically...
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    07-14-2017, 01:25 PM!!! .
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    07-14-2017, 10:59 AM
    . I made my one-sided (flat) patch knife from an anvil pruning shear blade. .
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    07-13-2017, 10:14 AM
    . As a general rule, the patch (strip of round) should be at least 1-1/2 times the bore diameter - do, for a .54 cal, the patch width should be about 1-3/4". .
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    07-12-2017, 02:09 PM
    Strip it down and inspect the tab located in the upper front edge of the triggerguard housing, where it's supposed to latch into the groove in the receiver underside when it's installed. IF/when the tab cracks, or breaks completely away, the...
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    07-11-2017, 07:10 PM
    . Pick door #1, #2, #3, or #4: * If the installer was picking nipples from a bin full, the wrong nipples were mixed in & accidently installed in those 2 chambers. (I seriously doubt an assembly line installer is checking orifice sizes) or ...
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    07-11-2017, 06:59 PM
    . Upset a soft lead boollit near one end of the bore & push it through/out to the other end. After it's un-breeched, of course. :mrgreen:
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    07-09-2017, 05:50 PM
    When I go camping in hot weather, I get a streamside "tent" campsite (no hookups) that allows me to place my tent trailer so the rear bed overhangs the running water. Up goes an entranceway tarp, and I open the screened windows so that there's...
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    07-09-2017, 05:33 PM
    . I don't cut my patches @ the muzzle - which was a necessity for frontiersmen, who wanted to K.I.S.S. and just grab a ball from a belt pouch. Since I'm a far cry (too fat & lazy) from being a solitary frontiersman, I carry/use a loading...
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    07-09-2017, 05:13 PM
    pietro replied to a thread a second Swiss 1911 in Military Rifles
    . W/O some pics, it didn't happen.......... ;) :D .
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    07-08-2017, 10:00 PM
    . FWIW, a taxidermist "fixed" the antler of a whitetail deer my Son took. One of his (.44 cal) shots at the running buck went through the buck's main beam. When he finished, the repair was invisible to me - and I knew just where to look (I...
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    07-08-2017, 12:33 PM
    . While the Encore can handle heftier cartridges than the Contender, it's also much heavier. Either the Contender or the Encore is available as a handgun or a long gun - so be sure you get a frame that was originally "manufactured as a...
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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