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    10-14-2018, 01:55 PM
    Birchwood-Casey & Laurel Mountain sell browning solutions/kits, and here's the "how to": http://www.laurelmountainforge.com/barrel_brown_inst.htm .
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    10-14-2018, 01:47 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Rossi 44-40 twist rate ?? in Leverguns
    Per the horse's mouth, ALL Rossi Model 92's, regardless of chambering/caliber are issued with 1:30" barrel twist rates. http://e.ampro.co.nz/product/678-rossi-puma-44-40-win-20-blued-?categoryId=7249 .
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    10-14-2018, 01:36 PM
    Sans an original configuration letter from the Cody Museum, it's also possible that (after market) some .33WCF M1886 Lightweight's original owner switched out THEIR .33WCF bbl, then someone else bought/installed the removed bbl on the earlier...
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    10-14-2018, 01:27 PM
    I don't think that's the reason it's been sitting, as (maybe) 1 in 100 buyers don't measure the bore size before purchase. .
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    10-10-2018, 09:40 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Savage 99 303 Opinions in Leverguns
    . AKA, "the horse's mouth": The 1904 Savage catalog stated: "the tight fit of the metal-cased bullets gives increased velocity and accuracy." Being a Canadian company, Dominion isn't listed in my sources, but I wouldn't doubt that they...
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    10-10-2018, 09:33 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Savage 99 303 Opinions in Leverguns
    Early .303 Savage cartridges, loaded by Remington for Savage, were loaded with .311" boolitts in the .308" bore. The 1904 Savage catalog stated: "the tight fit of the metal-cased bullets gives increased velocity and accuracy." Other US...
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    10-10-2018, 01:47 PM
    pietro replied to a thread carrying bullets? in Muzzleloading.
    . Correct for bore size speedloaders are fast, and have a boolitt diameter neck (just like a metallic cartridge case) that will accept the nose of the boolitt first, and most of the rest of the boolitt, up to covering the last lubrication groove...
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    10-10-2018, 11:59 AM
    pietro replied to a thread Savage 99 303 Opinions in Leverguns
    As noted above, anyone who touches off a .303 Savage cartridge in a .303 British chamber should have their head examined. (IMO, it sounds like a typical internet myth). .
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    10-10-2018, 11:50 AM
    pietro replied to a thread 1941 Win 94 in Leverguns
    Ditto, ditto & ditto ! . :D .
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    10-09-2018, 06:09 PM
    . Good lookin', good cookin' - Me likey ! .
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    10-09-2018, 10:53 AM
    It's just not that hard...………………………….. Get yourself a can (from HomeCheapo, WallyWorld, or a good hardware store) of Formby's furniture Refinisher & some OOOO steel wool pads. Follow the directions on the can, and let the wood dry...
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    10-08-2018, 08:24 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Savage 99 303 Opinions in Leverguns
    . FYI, the .303 Savage is actually a .30 caliber (.308") - Savage's answer to the .30-30 Winchester. FWIW, I paid a little less then $350 OTD for this ca.1914 .303 Model 1899-H (lightweight carbine) 30 months ago @ a local Cabela's. It's...
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    10-08-2018, 08:09 PM
    . FWIW, the only Savage/Stevens falling block rifle was the Model 44-1/2 - all the rest are swinging block actions, with the pivot ahead of the rear end of the barrel/chamber. Jack First has the action & trigger guard screws you need:...
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    10-07-2018, 12:39 PM
    . FWIW, I've done several via cutting, re-shaping the sides of the cut & refinishing the buttstock; grinding/filing the outside of the lower tang flat, polishing & re-bluing & then heating/re-shaping the curved lever. No disrespect to any...
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    10-06-2018, 07:03 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Hard to find in Muzzleloading.
    . I would think that CVA uses the same screws for all their DST's, regardless of "model". I would suggest that you telephone CVA Customer Service & tell them the screw you need. CVA Customer Service Department 1270 Progress Center Ave....
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    10-06-2018, 11:10 AM
    pietro replied to a thread winchester 1892 pressure in Leverguns
    . Welcome to the fire, matey ! ;) .
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    10-05-2018, 06:29 PM
    . Yep - 100+ years ago, steels were somewhat softer than today's steel. .
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    10-05-2018, 11:28 AM
    . You should be GTG for up to & around 250 yds. Of course, the trajectory of your loads will have a good deal to say about that. ;) .
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    10-05-2018, 11:24 AM
    . FWIW, the two larger original chamberings (.38-40 & .44-40) will usually go for the big bucks ($$$), due to the Cowboy shooting demand. The two smaller original chamberings (.25-20 & .32-20) will bring less money. The level of big bucks...
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    10-01-2018, 01:38 PM
    . I would opine that not many frontstuffer shooters want to use a powder measuring machine for their charges ILO the hand held volume measures that have been the Gold Standard for centuries. .
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    09-29-2018, 06:58 PM
    While there's a dramatic difference between the top straps of the OM or NM Single-Six and the top straps of the OM or NM Super single-Six, there's no difference between OM or NM Single-Six's top straps, or between OM or NM Super Single-Six's top...
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    09-29-2018, 06:51 PM
    pietro replied to a thread TCR83 forend? in Single Shot Guns
    . Some TCR-83/TCR-87 forends are not interchangeable - particularly the forends for the 12ga bbl, once available from the old T/C Custom Shop (Fox Ridge Outfitters), and the FE's meant for any optional (Custom Shop) heavy barrel. .
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    09-27-2018, 02:35 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Remington 740 742 in Factory Rifles
    . IME, these days, the only folks who buy those rifles are folks who are enamored of their looks, and/or uneducated about them. The Model 740 had verified accuracy issues - why the Williams Gun Sight Co. offered an "accuracy block" that was to...
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    09-26-2018, 02:41 PM
    That means that the upper section of the lever safety is not engaging the hammer when the lever is opened, for whatever reason (a bent or worn/broken off upper section). .
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    09-26-2018, 02:35 PM
    AFAIK, most states regard Racoons as game animals, with attendant seasons, and not pests/varmints. .
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    09-26-2018, 02:29 PM
    Since the Ruger 44 Auto Carbine (first, tube-fed model) was developed around factory 240gr JSP's, many folks cannot equal the factory loads for accuracy via handloading, due to using different weight boolits and/or powder than commercial ammo. ...
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    09-25-2018, 08:57 PM
    . http://dutchman.rebooty.com/temp/Ackley.pdf .
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    09-25-2018, 08:48 PM
    . Randy, I believe your question would have been better posed in our muzzleloading section, ILO here in military rifles. Track of the Wolf ( https://www.trackofthewolf.com/List/Item.aspx/807/3 ) has an underhammer nipple ($8.99) in stock that...
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    09-25-2018, 05:25 PM
    . I would remove the buttstock & drop the lever before slowly manipulating the lever safety to find out where it's binding. Once upon a time, I ran across a Winchester 94 who's issues stemmed from a slightly bent pivot pin - which I replaced...
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    09-25-2018, 09:18 AM
    . Unless some guns are operated/cycled with force (hard & fast), the shell's rim isn't brought back fast/hard enough to impact the ejector sharply enough to drive out the empty shell. Work the bolt like it owes you money, and see if ejection...
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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