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    Today, 01:10 PM
    It can be done, but IMO you'd do better via pressing the EASY button & use a small fishing lead sinker that's just under bore size, and upset it inside the lightly oiled bore by supporting one end of the sinker while the other end is smacked with...
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    Yesterday, 11:19 PM
    . FWIW In a conversation, Jess ( ) told me that for any rifle barrel re-bore, the minimum resulting barrel wall thickness per side is .125", for a total of .250", added to the new more groove diameter, which translates to a...
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    Yesterday, 10:53 PM
    . You appear to have a 2nd model/design (receiver) Model 1894 Rifle (model, as opposed to a Carbine Model), with a 2/3 magazine ( a button mag ends at the forend tip) made in 1899 (according to the horse's mouth - Winchester). At that time,...
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    12-14-2017, 04:11 PM
    . FWIW * The 1903 NRA Sporter bolt has a matching serial number that would have been engraved on the underside of the bolt with an electric pencil and would only be visible when the bolt is rotated to the open position. ...
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    12-14-2017, 03:18 PM
    . I would suggest removing the forend barrel band, forend wood & magazine tube from the rifle, then inspect/correct a few possible sources of your issue: * Check/clean the inside of the magazine tube & the magazine throat/hole in the front...
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    12-14-2017, 03:03 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Savage 99 in 25-35 in Leverguns
    You can't argue with stupid............ :2 drunk buddies: :bigsmyl2: .
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    12-14-2017, 02:55 PM
    You can sand until you end up with a toothpick, and still not remove the lignin ( the substance that bonds the wood fibers together ) that was melted when the factory checkering was applied. I was successful, however, in converting the factory...
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    12-14-2017, 12:55 PM
    . Here ya go: .
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    12-13-2017, 12:51 PM
    . You've done well, Pilgrim ! :awesome: .
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    12-12-2017, 09:13 PM
    . The author of that video, Mike Beliveau, writes for a pretty decent C&B revolver mag, Guns of the Old West. Being a subscriber, I have years of back issues, where a multitude of different custom C&B revolvers have been covered - many of...
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    12-12-2017, 09:04 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Double Rifles in Single Shot Guns
    . I tried to order/buy two, a .30-06 & a .45-70 (paying in full for both, up front), back when Remington took over them from EAA, but gave up after 6 months, when they never came in. [smilie=b: (Yes, my FFL gave me a full refund) I'm glad...
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    12-10-2017, 06:05 PM
    . I used 60gr FFg under a 230gr PRB (.015" thick patches) in a friend's .54 Scout Carbine, for one of his kids (he didn't know what to use, either). The youngster dropped a few deer with it (over several seasons), before he moved up to...
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    12-09-2017, 06:58 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Savage 99 in 25-35 in Leverguns
    You might be mistaken, as the Winchester Model 1892/92 action is too short (it was designed for pistol-length cartridges) to handle rifle-length cartridges like the .25-35 (which is based on the ,30-30 case) - except maybe as a single shot rifle. ...
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    12-09-2017, 06:51 PM
    pietro replied to a thread savage 99 parts in Leverguns
    . I would suggest you first google a Savage 99 schematic, to see (and list) what you need, then go from there. .243 Savage 99's were made with both a rotary magazine or a detachable magazine (clip), and with or w/o a tang safety - which model...
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    12-08-2017, 08:49 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Re-lining in Muzzleloading.
    Is there an echo in here ? ;) .
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    12-08-2017, 07:12 PM
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    12-05-2017, 09:22 PM
    . FWIW, a "sleeved" barrel usually refers to an entire barrel sheathed within an exterior sleeve, like when faulty shotgun barrels have sub-gauge barrel liners permanently installed, as a repair to return the gun to service. AFAIK, that is not...
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    12-02-2017, 10:15 PM
    . AFAIK, under current US Federal Law, any citizen that can otherwise possess a firearm, can make any sort of firearm they wish for personal use - provided that if firearm the falls under US NFA or AOW statutes, the maker obtained the required...
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    11-30-2017, 02:46 PM
    Kinda/sorta like Native American & ancient Southern Asian pre-Nazi's used a device similar to the Nazi Swastika as a religious icon. .
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    11-30-2017, 02:07 PM
    pietro replied to a thread What lever guns to get? in Leverguns
    . Since some folks like chocolate ice cream & others prefer pistachio, I would suggest that you hie thee to a funstore & fondle/coonfinger an example of all the various leverguns available to you, to find which floats your boat. :2_high5: ...
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    11-29-2017, 11:35 AM
    . I've obtained issue rear sights (and other Remington parts) directly from the Remington Parts Dept. .
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    11-28-2017, 08:18 PM
    . Use acetone or lacquer thinner to soften the paint, and a toothpick to clean out the recess'. Be sure to put some oil on the metal afterward, as the solvents will remove any rust protection there. :bigsmyl2: .
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    11-27-2017, 08:18 PM
    . As a general rule, unless you like dealing with sighting issues down the line, it's best to select a repeating shotgun with a steel receiver, which will hold up a lot longer/better to recoil & torque forces when holding the scope securely to...
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    11-27-2017, 01:03 PM
    I would think that, for someone who doesn't want to reload (there are many such folks who own firearms), .300 Win Mag ammo is more widely available than for the .308 Norma Mag. .
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    11-27-2017, 12:50 PM carries (new) the Browning BLR levergun & the Ruger 77 Hawkeye (temporarily out of stock) in .358Win; plus the Ruger #1 single-shot & the Remington 450 autoloader in .35 Whelan. New, good quality .358 Win & .35 Whelan...
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    11-25-2017, 01:46 PM
    . I had two Winchester Extra Light's, a standard and a Grade II, and both shot & handled great - I mounted a Marbles tang sight on the Gr II after this pic as taken. They were both most accurate, and easy on the shoulder, with 300gr Nosler...
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    11-22-2017, 01:24 PM
    The CZ-550 heavies don't have 2 crossbolts through the action. They do have 2 recoil lugs, though................ The primary CB is located in the wood under the receiver ring, behind the receiver's recoil lug. The 2nd on the .375 H&H...
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    11-21-2017, 04:14 PM
    FYI, The Chiappa Double badger is now available in .22WMR/20ga for under $300 (new). I ordered my .22MWR/.410 before the 20ga was available, and like it better than all (9) of the Savage Model 24"s I've had in the past.
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    11-21-2017, 10:48 AM
    . Building the cartridge stop finger up with weld may not be needed, as I've "fixed" several via removing the lower link and placing the side of the finger on a steel block (or anvil) so it can be swedged a bit longer with several blows from a...
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    11-19-2017, 06:30 PM
    +1 ! ! .
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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