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    Today, 12:29 PM
    . And, please remember to re-assemble the rifle with an empty cartridge case seated in the boltface, to save yourself some aggravation/frustration. .
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    Today, 12:23 PM
    If two of the good holes are at opposite ends of the 4-screw pattern, those two screws will be enough to hold the scope solidly. .
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    Yesterday, 08:35 PM
    . No welding needed, but just any dovetail should not be cut, as real Novak sights (there are many knockoffs) use a specifically sized dovetail cut that the knockoff sight makers do not. Please take a few minutes to read both of the below...
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    Yesterday, 08:21 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Ruger M77 Rings in Factory Rifles
    . MidwayUSA sells Burris scope mount bases that adapt the Ruger 77 to accept any Weaver-type ringset. The adaptor(s) have an integral Weaver-type on top, which (with any set of "high" rings) should allow your scope to be mounted. .
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    Yesterday, 08:15 PM
    . The current Weaver side mount base #2 (part 48402), referenced above, should fit the 4 plugged holes in the LH side of your M-23's receiver. Once it's installed, the current Weaver Side Mount rings/bracket (below) will allow you to...
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    02-17-2018, 09:32 PM
    . Here's how one came out, with a long-range Creedmoor tang sight & a Lyman globe front. .
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    02-15-2018, 05:01 PM
    . Would you please clarify your question ? I'm a little confused, since AFAIK the only barrel band are the forward sling swivel supports - and IDK what "constriction" you're referring to. ..
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    02-14-2018, 04:11 PM
    . You've done well, pardner ! .
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    02-14-2018, 04:05 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Just for stuff in Leverguns
    As long as it's properly cleaned. I may be preaching to the choir, but please remember that BP substitutes leave fouling that's as hydroscopic (moisture-attracting) as real Holy Black - so be sure to do a (hot) water rinse before drying, oiling &...
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    02-13-2018, 12:18 PM
    . All's well, that ends well - an elegant solution ! :D .
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    02-13-2018, 12:11 PM
    . H&A started building RF cartridge guns before 1870, and guns made prior to 1896 were marked HOPKINS & ALLEN MANUFG. CO. NORWICH CONN, also had various private trade names stamped on them - one of which was MERWIN, HULBERT & COMPANY. The most...
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    02-12-2018, 01:07 PM
    Well, yes & no. Smoothbore firearms originally issued as a full-stocked shotgun must have a barrel that's a minimum of 18" from closed breech face to the muzzle, and if the buttstock is altered, the gun's OAL must be a minimum of 26" with any...
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    02-09-2018, 08:13 PM
    . FWIW, the easiest cleaning for auto-loading pistols that I've found is: 1) Remove the grips 2) Remove & empty the magazine 3) Remove the slide (optional)
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    02-08-2018, 06:23 PM
    The extractor should still move (work), even with the absence of the retaining pin - which simply keeps the extractor in the monoblock when the gun is open. Since you stated the extractor's not working at all, and it has not broken (or has a...
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    02-08-2018, 05:57 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Levergun value in Leverguns
    . I think that all fads come & go (along with their costs), including the recent SWAT/Military wannabe love affairs; but good classics have always been a solid value, and will continue to be so. .
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    02-07-2018, 01:10 PM
    pietro replied to a thread 45 TC Hawkin in Muzzleloading.
    . Nice job ! :2_high5: I once did much the same thing to the buttstock of a Browning Model 78 single-shot, so I could see the iron sights I mounted on it's tapered octagon barrel. The scooped-out/lowered comb looks a bit odd, but...
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    02-07-2018, 01:02 PM
    . A few points: 1) Fiber optics sights depend upon the available ambient light to illuminate, so they are not the best choice for shooting in very poor or no light. 2) A Weaver rail is as low as a scope mount base can get, but if anything...
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    02-05-2018, 05:09 PM
    . It sounds like the husband sure had a screw loose........... :p .
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    02-04-2018, 04:19 PM
    . The extractor (below) is one piece, driven directly by the barrel's monoblock swinging on the hinge. Your extractor may have broken at the recessed notch for it's retaining pin in it's underside & need replacement. Numrich has extractors...
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    02-04-2018, 04:09 PM
    +1 FWIW, I've ran into 4 different Marlin 336's with the same problem, the loading gate interfers with the lifter and/or cartridge feeding because it isn't tight against the inside of the RH receiver sidewall. Two just needed the loading gate...
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    02-01-2018, 10:03 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Help with Ruger Model 96 in Leverguns
    . :Bright idea: I would try to shorten the loaded cartridge via slicing a bit off the nose of the Keith slug, which should reduce the bullet weight to240-250gr, which should conveniently allow the velocity you're looking to achieve, The...
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    01-28-2018, 07:44 PM
    pietro replied to a thread T/C Seneca 45 in Muzzleloading.
    IMO, the best way to find out the market for it would be to place it in a guns-only auction. While the .45 Seneca/Cherokee are lightweight sporting rifles with relatively this (13/16" thick) barrels & downsized stocks & locks, the .45 Hawken is...
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    01-28-2018, 07:25 PM
    . AFAIK, the only Lyman Plains frontstuffer is a pistol, not a rifle. The Lyman rifles are: The Lyman Mustang (break-open) The Lyman Deerstalker (1:48" twist)
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    01-28-2018, 07:05 PM
    . Micro-Groove rifling is Marlin proprietary process, patent protected, that consists of 16 grooves ILO Ballard rifling's 3-7 grooves. Any re-bore needs to remove the previous rifling of any kind, in order to be effective, so your re-bored...
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    01-28-2018, 06:58 PM
    . FWIW, I used a 28ge bore brush ILO a 20ga, in my .54 Renegade - but I ALWAYS pre-wetted the fouling with Moose Milk (T/C #10 Bore Cleaner) before any cleaning. .
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    01-28-2018, 12:22 PM
    . FWIW, I've had excellent luck de-gunking a pistol's internals via a partial disassembly after removing the grips & magazines, then giving all the parts a swim-n-swirl in a bucket of clean kerosene (I get mine at a gas station). Some pistols...
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    01-24-2018, 09:00 PM
    pietro replied to a thread T/C Seneca 45 in Muzzleloading.
    . The asking price is IMHO fair, but average - but if I didn't have one, and wanted one, I would have paid the price in a New York Minute. [smilie=w: I sold a similar .45 Cherokee in excellent condition about a year ago, in a frontstuffer...
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    01-19-2018, 09:53 PM
    . The break-open Smith utilizes special rubber or brass cartridge casings, and doesn't qualify for most state's muzzleloader/black powder seasons. .
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    01-19-2018, 09:50 PM
    . Dixie Gun Works (DGW) sells a nice, swivel-less woven sling: Weaving Welshan products are very nice...
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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