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    04-16-2018, 06:32 PM
    . The barrel wall would need to be plenty thick enough to give the breechplug sufficient thread depth, with a safety margin, so it won't blow out/back when shot. .
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    04-12-2018, 01:50 PM
    pietro replied to a thread 1866 Uberti in Leverguns
    . Your rifle might have a minimum-sized chamber from a chambering reamer that was near the end of it's service life, but still cutting chambers within specs. I would obtain a Flex-Hone chamber-polishing tool from Brownell's ($40 - ...
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    04-11-2018, 07:33 PM
    . Since the issue rear sight ears appear to have been ground off, it's Hobson's choice as to how much it was ground, or what base would fit it. I think you're going to have to pass on what looks correct, and get a mount base designated to fit...
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    04-10-2018, 10:05 AM
    pietro replied to a thread Remington 510 age? in Rimfire Area
    That's the Remington Date Code for April, 1940. :bigsmyl2: .
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    04-09-2018, 01:15 PM
    . Only standard Contender barrels will fit, original or G2, but Contender Armor Alloy barrels will not fit that Contender (due to the plating), nor will Encore barrels (different size/design frame). Upon obtaining barrel(s) that fit, it's a...
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    04-09-2018, 01:04 PM
    . Most .32 RF's have a crusty bore from shooting corrosive ammo of the day, and indifferent cleaning (they were Boy's Rifles). I converted my solid-frame #4 RB from RF to CF in a very short time for zero bucks, so I could shoot commercially...
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    04-09-2018, 12:20 PM
    . For all things in European Sporting Rifles, I would suggest checking out the New England Custom Gun website for ideas & parts (sights, mounts & more): .
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    04-09-2018, 12:08 PM
    . Besides military stocks, Bob's Gun Shop also has sporter stocks for the Enfields: .
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    04-09-2018, 11:42 AM
    . FWIW, I've also fashioned a new pinned-in front sight blade from a dovetail front sight (usually with a bead type I like - Ivory, Gold, fiber optic, etc) that's the proper height (measure) via grinding the sides of the lower/dovetail portion of...
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    04-09-2018, 11:34 AM
    . I would suggest removing whatever's currently mounted on the butt end, then measure the actual wood butt end (height/width). Once you have the measurements, you can buy any pad you like that's a tad bigger than your measurements and fit it....
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    04-08-2018, 05:41 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Winter projects in Muzzleloading.
    . Pretty fine looking rocklock outfit, there - nice work ! .
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    04-08-2018, 03:09 PM
    Not really............ All Winchester Model 1894's (Model 94 after the early 1920's) had the rear tang D/T for the front sight of a tang peepsight, until near SN 1,350,000 (WWII). Between about SN 1,350,000 and SN 1,790.,000 (1951), none were...
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    04-08-2018, 02:52 PM
    . If you're going to do it yourself, keep in mind that, during re-assembly, you'll need to place a fired/empty cartridge case on the boltface, under the extractor, to allow reassembly w/o tearing your hair out. .
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    04-06-2018, 09:38 AM
    . For my use, I prefer a more visible front sight blade (actually, a bead) - not traditional, but very helpful. .
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    04-03-2018, 10:49 AM
    pietro replied to a thread Winchester Model 70 in Factory Rifles
    . There's more than just "pre-64" (not 1968) and "post-64" Winchester Model 70's - there's also "post-91" Model 70's and post-2006 Model 70's. Hitting the high sports: * Pre-64: Original design with 3-lever trigger, controlled-round-feed...
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    04-03-2018, 10:37 AM
    . My vote went to a Ruger Model 77 Ultralight (6lbs, short-action, 20" bbl, slimmed-down stock, etc). .
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    04-02-2018, 10:12 AM
    FWIW Since that shoot is the 1st time your issue raised it's head after years of shooting with the same components, IMHO it suggests that something changed since your previous shoot(s), beit the condition of the propellant (it might have gotten...
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    03-30-2018, 12:05 PM
    . Without a pic, it didn't happen....... :bigsmyl2: :D .
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    03-26-2018, 10:08 PM
    What I posted was only an example, and not everything or every option may be on a given company's website.................................... I purchased my front sight separately via contacting customer service (tel: 888-744-4880 or...
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    03-26-2018, 04:30 PM
    . I would opt for the taller front sight, as it will give more flexibility when/if zeroing for different loads. I replaced the front sight on my Miroku/Winchester .405 Model 1895 with a standard/stocked item XS White Line front sight blade...
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    03-25-2018, 11:10 AM
    . Bottom line: the almighty dollar rules (and drives everything). Big Box stores (WalMart, Cabela's, Dick's, Costco, etc, etc, etc) will always stock their inventory with whatever sells the most/fastest (stale inventory is an abomination to...
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    03-25-2018, 09:49 AM
    Not necessarily - IIRC, Marbles makes a tang sight base which allows installation with the tang safety, or the lawyer safety can be removed & covered by a normal tang sight base. .
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    03-24-2018, 10:16 AM
    . My Remington 1911R1 had stags like that mounted, when I gifted it to my oldest Grandson for his 21st B-Day, 5 or so years ago. The last time he went to my gun club for some shooting practice with me, the stags were nowhere to be found - he...
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    03-22-2018, 07:11 PM
    . If I wanted another .358W, and liked the Long Ranger, I'd obtain one in .243 or .308 & send it to Jess ( ) for a rebore to .358". .
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    03-22-2018, 12:48 PM
    . Your problem's going to be the fact that not many parts (like the hooked breechplug) are barrel thickness (size) specific (the seller may not know from whence it came). .
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    03-22-2018, 12:42 PM
    . Ya never know when one might be frozen in place by whatever. I've removed both floor & butt plates from military Mauser's that were stuck, that had dried blood in there. :shock: I could only imagine how the blood got there. ;) .
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    03-22-2018, 12:39 PM
    I'm unclear about your reply, since not all "Police" model handguns are used/surplus PD equipment ( many were also sold commercially by both Colt and S&W) - were your revolvers actually once PD property, or are they used commercial "police" models ?...
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    03-22-2018, 12:28 PM
    . I would respectfully suggest you pose your question in our handgun (wheelguns, pistols & hand cannons) section, ILO here in the factory rifle section. FWIW, a used PD handgun should NEVER be bought w/o a personal, hands-on inspection....
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    03-21-2018, 12:39 PM
    . Thanks, Waarp8nt ! :) .
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    03-21-2018, 11:11 AM
    Have you tried re-positioning the wrench every 1/8-1/4 turn of the nipple ? . :bigsmyl2: If push comes to shove, the nipple would need to be drilled out with a bit that's smaller in diameter than the threads in the breechplug, then the...
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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