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    Yesterday, 06:49 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Marlin 1894 44 Mag in Leverguns
    Once upon a time, I ran across much the same situation - but instead, I bought both rifles, swapped the stocks, then sold the unwanted (caliber) rifle. .
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    Yesterday, 06:45 PM
    If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and shoots like a duck - It's most likely an older/saved Pope barrel. AFAIK, nobody was copying the Pope rifling in the last quarter of the 20th Century. .
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    02-22-2018, 02:44 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Packing squirrel rifle in Rimfire Area
    The Bicycle Rifle pictured is not mine - as you might be able to tell by the buttstock, the builder was an excellent machinist, a skill I don't have. I did, however, build a similar example in .22 Magnum after I saw his - but with a folding...
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    02-22-2018, 02:01 PM
    . Ruger Old Model single-action and Old Army revolvers had an XR3 (shape/size) gripframe. Some Old Models & ROA's got the newer (different shape) XR3-RED gripframe during the transition to the newer gripfame, company-wide. Super Blackhawks...
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    02-22-2018, 01:47 PM
    . * Pre-soak the front sight dovetail with a liquid thread loosener (penetrating oil), like Liquid Wrench for a few hours. * Solidly support the barrel near the front sight, not on a kitchen table or across the knees ( the Best Practice is to...
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    02-22-2018, 01:35 PM
    . Given it's pointless to benchrest a hunting, non-target rifle, for those times when checking a load for accuracy, I've a technique that lets me achieve maximum accuracy from rifles with 2-piece stocks. To wit: 1) I don't allow ANY portion...
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    02-21-2018, 10:36 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Packing squirrel rifle in Rimfire Area
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    02-20-2018, 09:34 PM
    . A friend once had one, and although it's been a bunch of years ago, IIRC he used an allen wrench to remove the screw binding the barrel threads, and a pin punch somewhere, after the barreled action was removed from the stock - the barrel...
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    02-19-2018, 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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    02-19-2018, 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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    02-18-2018, 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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    02-18-2018, 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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    02-18-2018, 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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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