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    Yesterday, 11:56 AM
    . Somebody in it's past did a bunch of dry-firing with the breech set up for RF, and the impacts displaced that portion of the chamber wall/rim recess into the rear of the chamber. The remedy is NOT to remove the material, but rather swedge it...
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    05-19-2018, 10:47 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Choices in Single Shot Guns
    . The long hammer spur makes for easier cocking than the original design. .
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    05-19-2018, 10:42 PM
    . What you might look for is a T/C combo tool. with a hammer & hook for pulling the barrel wedge for cleaning it out of the stock, with the proper nipple wrench: This is a new one for sale: https://www.gunbroker.com/item/770847763 The...
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    05-16-2018, 10:20 AM
    . With the same size octagon barrel ( on the outside), the barrel wall thickness of a .50cal front stuffer will be about .02" thicker (.04" divided x2) than a .54cal, making it weigh a bit more. .
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    05-15-2018, 07:55 PM
    FWIW, Miroku makes firearms under contract for firms like Browning, Winchester, etc, to each client's specs as outlined in their contract - and not as they please. When Miroku was making "Browning" 1886/86/92/etc rifles, they were...
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    05-15-2018, 04:26 PM
    . 8 hours driving, total (two 4-hr round trips, 1st to deliver, 2nd for p/u) - worth it (IMO), for a very nice rifle, done right. .
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    05-14-2018, 05:28 PM
    . AFAIK, the only way to obtain a LH .45 frontstuffer would be to put together a kit rifle. All these kits have left-handed locks & stocks, and are available in .45 cal: ...
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    05-14-2018, 05:10 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Marlin 1889 32-20 in Leverguns
    Marlin 1889's in .32-20, AND in good+ condition, are hard to find (bordering on rare), and worth over $1K - you did well. As long as the bore's good, you should be good to go. .
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    05-14-2018, 12:38 PM
    . Without a tang screw to clamp the lower tang tight to the stock, the lower tang may be just enough out of alignment to prevent smooth cycling. .
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    05-14-2018, 12:32 PM
    . With all due respect, the fact that you're asking about how a receiver sight is installed points to you using the services of a real gunsmith (not some AR parts-changer) to install it on the Mauser. The receiver sights designated for the...
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    05-12-2018, 11:39 AM
    . I'd destroy them, instead of selling them - especially in a yard sale, since someone (kid or adult) that doesn't know squat about them could harm themselves or others (like making a pipe bomb from the explosive powder they contain). .
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    05-11-2018, 07:32 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Baker Rifle in Muzzleloading.
    . You've done well, Pilgrim..... :drinks: .
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    05-09-2018, 02:09 PM
    . FWIW - This is the EASY button for receiver peepsights: It is the Skinner LoPro peepsight.
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    05-08-2018, 12:03 PM
    pietro replied to a thread 70's Browning BLR in Leverguns
    . The one I once had shot just about anything I put through it, with very good accuracy - but I had added a WGRS peepsight, meant for the BAR, on it. .
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    05-06-2018, 08:05 PM
    . Yes, .530" RB, but he will most likely need to play with patch thickness for optimum performance vs optimum loading effort. Loads start at 55gr FFg, and can run up to 120gr FFg - the lower loadings for range work, the heaviest loads for a...
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    05-06-2018, 10:45 AM
    IMO, you're over thinking this..................... Any make receiver sight, designated as suitable for the Winchester 94, will have mounting screws/hole spacing that's the same (about) 1/2" spaced 6-48 holes in your rifle's upper/rear receiver...
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    05-04-2018, 10:26 PM
    . Raising the FRONT sight height will lower the point-of-impact; Lowering the sight height will raise the POI. Raising the REAR sight will raise the POI; Lowering the sight will lower the POI. They work opposite each other because they are...
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    05-04-2018, 10:22 PM
    Any flat-base receiver peepsight specified by the maker as fitting a top-ejecting Winchester Model 94 will fit on the receiver of your rifle. Google: "Williams Gun Sight Co" and "Lyman Gun Sights". If you want an older peepsight that has a...
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    05-04-2018, 09:55 PM
    . FWIW, when I need to fill an empty rear barrel dovetail slot, if I don't have one in my scrounge box, I obtain an old/vintage longleaf rear open/iron sight from a gunsmith's scrounge box, and rework the male dovetail end as below. E-Z-Peazy
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    05-04-2018, 09:22 PM
    . I can't help you out with your HP questions, sorry. I had a jones for a HP last year, but couldn't find one at a price I could afford - so I bought this Charles Daly clone made by FEG @ an LGS for under $300:
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    05-03-2018, 12:18 PM
    It sounds like that gunsmith wanted your revolver for himself, and found a way to obtain it. ;) .
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    05-01-2018, 11:00 AM
    You have all you need for cleaning, Bob - Here's what's worked for me in my T/C's since the early 1980's, never having any internal rust or accuracy issues: 1) Condition the bore * Remove all oils/grease & fouling from the bore with very hot...
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    05-01-2018, 10:27 AM
    . I'd use the EASY button, and remove the sideplate first, check the internals for dried whatever (& dissolve with some clean kerosene), then apply a light bit of GunSlick black lube to the hammer/trigger pivot points, the sides of the indexing...
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    04-30-2018, 10:05 PM
    . You'll find that that .54 Hawken can be very useful with either patched round balls (PRB's) or a conical, like the T/C MaxiHunter. The Renegade's were made along the simpler lines of the T/C Cherokee rifles, with no nosecap, patchbox, or...
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    04-30-2018, 08:47 AM
    The tool was offered from several different vendors besides Brownell's, but the supply was always low because the actual manufacturer (Tom Menck, Omaha, NE), a small maker of various gunsmithing tools, made them as a sideline/compliment to his...
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    04-28-2018, 01:25 PM
    . I can certainly understand (BT, DT) wanting to farm a job out ILO doing it myself (like vehicle oil/filter changes). Contacting REAL gunsmiths (NOT AR part-changers) to ask for a quote should cost you nothing except a little time - but I...
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    04-26-2018, 02:07 PM
    pietro replied to a thread .45 cal H&R huntsman in Muzzleloading.
    . I'm sorry that I can't help with your intended loads, since the .45 Huntsman I set up about 12 years ago for my oldest Grandson was intended to make it E-Z-Peazy for him. I converted the ignition from #11 caps to 209 primers, and set him up...
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    04-25-2018, 07:50 PM
    . Thanks for the kind words, folks - I appreciate them. :) .
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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