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    06-02-2020, 07:08 PM
    . Both Remington & Husqvarna produced commercial RB smoothbores, in several different sizes/gauges from at least 1867. Like all smoothbores, bore & choke (if any) conditions determine performance. They were born in the days when repeaters...
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    05-31-2020, 06:27 PM
    pietro replied to a thread TCR 83 or 87? in Single Shot Guns
    . A higher grade of Walnut stocks were a factory option for the Model 83 Aristocrat (and other T/C's) via a purchase through the T/C Custom Shop (Fox Ridge Outfitters), from the Fox River catalogue. Beside a plethora of stocks, sights, scopes...
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    05-30-2020, 12:51 PM
    . $330 = https://www.gunbroker.com/item/862606286 .
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    05-29-2020, 05:48 PM
    . I never bothered to measure, since AFAIK Walmart pillow ticking is fairly uniform in thickness, about .017" before washing - with the red stripe ticking a tad thicker than the blue stripe ticking. (or vise-versa ?) Just be sure to lubricate...
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    05-29-2020, 01:05 PM
    . I've found the Weaver V-3 1-3x20 variable hard to beat @ about $190: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1009768280
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    05-28-2020, 11:38 AM
    pietro replied to a thread TCR 83 or 87? in Single Shot Guns
    . Congrats ! ! I've had a little under a dozen different TCR's over the years, mostly 83's (because I like them better) with a couple of 87's - all in various chamberings. The TCR two-action safeties never bothered me because I never used...
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    05-27-2020, 12:00 PM
    . It's got serious character - I wouldn't change a thing, except for where I wanted to hang it (or stand it up next to the fireplace). Well worth the cost..... :) .
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    05-23-2020, 08:58 PM
    . FWIW, I've gotten several different - all excellent-fitting with fine workmanship - N-frame grips from Eagle Grips. The only caveat is that today their prices are about 2X what I paid only 5 years ago. If you click on the various style of...
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    05-23-2020, 03:27 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Stevens Maynard Jr in Single Shot Guns
    . Your best bet for help would be to contact a Ballard expert, who just so happens to be a fellow board member here - marlinman93 At the top of this thread, click on "community", then select "M", - his contact info is on (about) the middle of...
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    05-23-2020, 03:14 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Ruger Bearcat 22 in Rimfire Area
    . Yep - I learned the hard way: buy/try/sell, repeat as req'd until I got one with trued sights from the factory.. .
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    05-23-2020, 03:09 PM
    . It's a New England Gun Custom Gun clip-on "Grooved Receiver Sight" , of which they have models to fit several different rifles. https://www.newenglandcustomgun.com/products.php?cat=338 I bought the sight from NECG well before the...
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    05-23-2020, 08:49 AM
    pietro replied to a thread .45 cal. Patch Size? in Muzzleloading.
    . As a general rule, cut patches 1-1/2 times larger than the bore diameter, for any PRB application to any BP rifle's bore size. .
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    05-22-2020, 05:20 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Ruger Bearcat 22 in Rimfire Area
    FWIW, the .32 conversion is only done on a steel frame BC - aka: Ruger New Bearcat - because it has a larger/stronger frame that's big enough to take a 5-shot .32cal cylinder. .
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    05-22-2020, 12:36 PM
    I've owner & hunted a few different Winchester leverguns, and can tell you that the black chrome can (and will) flake off around the edges of the screw holes and/or hammer slot. I'd suggest contacting a local jewelry or automotive plater for the...
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    05-22-2020, 09:58 AM
    . My Model 9422M-XTR shoots any of the various .22WRM ammo just about the same - I keep several different brands/types on hand (I have 4 different .22WRM rifles/handguns).
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    05-22-2020, 09:52 AM
    pietro replied to a thread Ruger Bearcat 22 in Rimfire Area
    . Actually, the BC is exactly the same size & grip style as the BP Remington Model 1863 Pocket.
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    05-21-2020, 07:17 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Ruger Bearcat 22 in Rimfire Area
    . For as long as I knew of their existence, I've owned/shot 8 different Ruger BC's - all .22LR Old Models. I've never had any issues with handling/shooting them, except that most would not zero (fixed sights) with any of the various...
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    05-19-2020, 08:50 PM
    . It looks like the Tru-Lock rings should fit a dual use rail, like the ones for the Ruger 10/22 that has two male grooves lengthwise - one for full width Pitcanny/Weaver rings or 3/8" rimfire clamp-on rings.
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    05-18-2020, 10:00 AM
    . It looks like you have a lever action rifle's barrel band in the last pic's lower RH side. It's the figure eight piece, which holds the magazine tube to the barrel. .
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    05-17-2020, 09:34 AM
    . Nice work ! I luv it, when a plan comes together... :) .
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    05-16-2020, 07:48 PM
    pietro replied to a thread My latest orphan in Single Shot Guns
    The .30-.30 Model 219's are notorious for losing zero due to the clamp-on rings moving under recoil, sliding the scope forward. The Gold Standard fix is to blind D/T the top of the barrel for a cap head screw to act as a recoil stop - locate the...
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    05-16-2020, 10:23 AM
    pietro replied to a thread New Shoes For My baby in Rimfire Area
    Very decent, considering I only use for giving earaches to curs and (maybe) bad guys....... It's a convertible, but I've never even shot the LR cylinder (I have several LR revolvers for that). I long ago learned to shoot it via a modified Weaver...
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    05-15-2020, 09:42 PM
    pietro replied to a thread New Shoes For My baby in Rimfire Area
    . Well...…. I have a San Francisco (gambler's) Bowie & sheath that I put together. :D .
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    05-15-2020, 09:28 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Winchester 1892 32-20 in Leverguns
    https://homesteadparts.com/shopcart/pid_1407.htm http://www.gun-parts.com/winchesterrifle/ https://www.dixiegunworks.com/index/page/product/product_id/7593/category_id/590/product_name/EP1930+WINCH+CARBINE+REAR+SIGHT+LATE .
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    05-15-2020, 06:25 PM
    pietro replied to a thread New Shoes For My baby in Rimfire Area
    . No clue, but it's fairly easy for me to trip - since it's not a target gun, I never really checked the pull weight. .
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    05-15-2020, 08:58 AM
    pietro replied to a thread Winchester 1892 32-20 in Leverguns
    . No doubt about it - the full-length magazine was standard; the button, 1/2 & 3/4 length magazines were factory options. The button magazine option might be common down under because the importers ordered them that way to meet the market...
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    05-14-2020, 05:08 PM
    . Nice catch ! ! I've snagged several sidelock guns form local funshops around here too, for chump change - the local GS customers all seem to want the latest plastic/fantastic inlines. .
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    05-13-2020, 09:17 AM
    pietro replied to a thread My Uncle Art in Factory Rifles
    . A very nice story - I enjoyed it. :awesome: Thanks for posting it ! :) .
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    05-10-2020, 07:12 PM
    . PRB's are a no-go in your Enfield...… .
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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