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    02-16-2020, 11:25 PM
    pietro replied to a thread One of a kind Savage 99 in Leverguns
    . I'm glad you made a satisfactory conversion - CONGRATS ! ! :2_high5: .
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    02-16-2020, 11:23 PM
    . IDK about the case colors, as today most are an applied finish; but I DO know that blued Rossi's are the hardest steel I've ever had to D/T for receiver sights, bar none. .
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    02-16-2020, 11:21 PM
    . FWIW, the Gold Standard for curing a point of impact that's too high with the rear sight all the way down is to install a slightly taller front sight blade. .
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    02-16-2020, 12:38 PM
    . I can't help but wonder if the rifling's not really straight, but instead is such a slow twist (to stabilize slugs) that it only appears to be straight. A normal twist test should tell the tale, though.... :cool: .
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    02-16-2020, 12:32 PM
    With swinging block actions, which have their pivot point ahead of the rear of the chamber, if/when the pivot wears, headspace is effected. The only issue a falling block would have from wear is that the firing pin position in relation to the...
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    02-16-2020, 12:19 PM
    . Some that I re-handled & made sheaths for (the table tiles are 6"x6") My San Francisco gambler's bowie with ebony grip & German silver & leather sheath (w/Cold Steel dagger)
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    02-15-2020, 04:38 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Fuzzy Ballistics in Single Shot Guns
    . It's a function of bullet shape & stability at various speeds. .
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    02-15-2020, 04:34 PM
    Correctomundo - the 44-1/2 (and it's sub-models like the Model 45/47/49) was the only true falling block rifle, where the breechblock rises/lowers vertically, that Stevens ever made. All the other Stevens single shot rifles had either bolt...
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    02-15-2020, 04:22 PM
    pietro replied to a thread New-To-Me Mousegun in Rimfire Area
    AFAIK, that's exactly why Interarms imported parts and had the guns assembled here (in the USA). .
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    02-15-2020, 11:25 AM
    . That puppy sure looks like a pure-bred to me - Nice grab ! The 44-1/2 are the only Stevens falling block rifles, and are always worth acquiring. .
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    02-14-2020, 11:28 PM
    . Strip (not sand), stain with one or more applications of MinWax Black Walnut stain & finish with multiple coats of TruOil or other gunstock finisher. .
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    02-14-2020, 07:55 PM
    pietro replied to a thread New-To-Me Mousegun in Rimfire Area
    . Very nice work - me likey ! ! It looks like you may live near my Son - he lives off Mail Rd. :) .
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    02-14-2020, 07:48 PM
    . Hastings carries a 30" Verney-Carron barrel blank, but the only one on their website is a 20ga. https://www.hastingsdistribution.com/index.php?l=product_list&c=63 I would suggest contacting them to find out if they will/can supply a...
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    02-14-2020, 07:40 PM
    . I wouldn't touch that hammer, since ( as noted above) it's centrally inline with the nipple. Hammers can be bent to correct a side-to-side alignment, but it's quite another thing to extend the hammer's reach. Turn the drum slightly...
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    02-14-2020, 12:21 PM
    pietro replied to a thread browning lever action in Rimfire Area
    Yep - Ya gotta do yer homework before shopping....[smilie=b: .
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    02-14-2020, 12:15 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Marlin 1894 to???? in Leverguns
    Keeping in mind that a re-bore involves ENLARGING the bore, and the 1894 is a short/pistol cartridge action, the only re-bore option would be to a .45 cal (like the .45 Colt). Goin to a smaller chambering, like a .357, .32/20, etc would involve...
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    02-14-2020, 12:08 PM
    . Several years ago, my Son won a new .223 Savage Axis factory package gun w/scope @ a game dinner raffle ($20). We've both shot it, and he uses it when he doesn't need a larger chambering for hunting - and loves it to death. Even though it...
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    02-13-2020, 03:50 PM
    . They might not compare at all pretty soon, as Nikon has recently announced they are getting out of the telescopic sight business...… .
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    02-13-2020, 03:44 PM
    . Food for thought Depending upon where you regularly visit while carrying concealed (gov't buildings & airports come to mind), you should think about the possibility that you might have to leave the handgun in your vehicle while you go inside...
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    02-13-2020, 03:31 PM
    . Paris invented holsters & magazine carriers that became the Gold Standard for CCW, having been granted a baker's dozen US Patents for them. When the parents expired, the designs became heavily copied by many CCW holster makers (and are still...
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    02-13-2020, 03:08 PM
    . The exact scope model is impressed into the thin ring at the front of the scope, around the front lens - which may be hard to see unless one knows what to look for. The thing about Leupold scopes is that Leupold will repair or replace one...
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    02-12-2020, 08:42 PM
    . +1 When the bullet reaches the muzzle (the good portion of the bore) that section of the bore should smooth out any inconsistency in the bullet that the rough spot causes. .
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    02-12-2020, 08:37 PM
    . I have a Marble's/Lyman folder in my scrounge box, if you want it (for the bubble). When folded, it measures .1275" from the bottom of it's male dovetail to the highest portion of the folded blade. PM me if you're interested.
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    02-12-2020, 07:51 PM
    Steve offers a DVD on slicking up a Rossi, for those folks who can & will do it themselves. I would suggest you contact Steve, as he might be able to ship the DVD to you (especially if you offer to pay for the shipping). Alternately, there...
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    02-12-2020, 07:37 PM
    I did just that in 1967, when I mounted a Weaver Pivot mount on my spanky-new .444 Marlin. I zeroed the scope first; then decided to check/zero the iron barrel sights - so (as advertised by Weaver) I swung the scope off to the left for the check....
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    02-11-2020, 05:15 PM
    . I've cut extra slots in more than one rail to properly position a scope ( jes' sayin' ) .
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    02-11-2020, 05:11 PM
    I dunno 'bout safety, but I do know that the moisture in a shooter's breath helps keep fouling soft, and a hearty puff will help clear the firing channel (along with a pick :roll: ). I DO miss my rocklock (an A&H Mountain Rifle), though -...
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    02-11-2020, 11:00 AM
    FWIW, the Gold Standard for installing scope bases involves testing each mounting screw individually for tightening and protrusion/dragging on the bolt. Only install one screw at a time, first tightening it, then trying to wriggle the base...
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    02-11-2020, 10:53 AM
    . FWIW, I long ago learned not to leave a blued gun anywhere near (and definitely not touching) a wet/drying adhesive when I once laid a new 8-3/8" S&W Model 29 into the recess of a presentation case that I was re-lining. The fumes were toxic,...
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    02-10-2020, 05:07 PM
    Here ya go: https://shop.macongunstocks.com/LC-Smith-Shotgun-Stocks_c55.htm You can also simply google "L.C. Smith gunstock for sale" - which might give you a choice of used/take-off stocks. You're going to have to first determine the frame...
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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