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    Yesterday, 10:44 AM
    Correct chamber and bore? Never heard that UBerti had the wrong chamber or bore? What do you consider "correct"?
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    09-17-2018, 11:24 AM
    This isn't an uncommon problem with some of the Sharps clones, whether they're small versions or the Italian full sized. Not that they all have the problem, but it does arise occasionally in them. The design of the Sharps side hammer requires the...
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    09-11-2018, 04:27 PM
    Al, that's not an oversized or large bore. It's a very normal size bore for the .38-55 barrels and ammo of original specs. I've pulled bullets from original .38-55 Ballard and Marlin cartridges, and they run in the .380"-.382" diameter. Original...
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    09-11-2018, 12:13 PM
    Not sure about the current run of these, but my brother has owned one for a couple decades and loves his. He shoots nothing but cast bullets, and uses a 255 gr. bullet. Not sure whose mold he's using, but he usually doesn't buy custom molds and I'd...
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    09-08-2018, 06:41 PM
    You have to be a single shot guy, and a wood and blued steel fan to appreciate most single shot rifles. The H&R fits that area of interest, and did so at a budget price. And considering where most single shots sell at today, even the Italian guns...
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    09-07-2018, 12:54 PM
    My thoughts when the BC first came out were, "It's about time H&R made a good looking gun." Not that the others were bad looking, but with the clamor for long, heavy barreled, single shot rifles, the desire was certainly there! The only other...
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    09-07-2018, 12:20 PM
    Every Buffalo Classic I've ever seen shot high when new, and even with the original receiver sight in it's lowest position it still shot 6" high at 100 yds. I put a brass base plate inletted into the wrist on mine and D&T it to mount a tang sight....
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    09-05-2018, 12:14 PM
    Picked up a nice old Rolling Block complete action the other day for $140. But that's certainly not like your 3 fer deal!
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    09-04-2018, 11:40 AM
    I've had worse tig welded and then draw filed and rust blued again. It's a shame it happened, but it can be fixed to look like new by the right person. I'd send the barreled action (minus wood) to Al Springer at Snowy Mountain Blue, and Al will make...
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    09-03-2018, 08:37 PM
    Might consider putting blue Loctite on that mainspring adjustment too, just so it stays put.
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    09-03-2018, 08:35 PM
    Where did you see an offer to buy or sell? I can't find that either?
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    09-03-2018, 11:43 AM
    It wouldn't be unusual for an engraved action to be polished smooth first before doing custom engraving. So the lack of markings may only denote an old action that was later customized and engraved. Had it been done for a factory, all markings...
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    09-03-2018, 10:48 AM
    What a great find, and price! That engraved one will be fun to inlet the stocks to!
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    08-31-2018, 08:18 PM
    Every box of Starline I've purchased is in a cardboard box loose. So I guess all Starline brass is culled cases?
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    08-31-2018, 10:51 AM
    I have the same mold and have never gotten very good accuracy with those little bullets for anything but 50 yds. or less. As the distance goes further they begin to open up group sizes pretty rapidly.
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    08-31-2018, 01:08 AM
    I don't believe Navy Arms ever made these Rolling Block firearms. They simply contracted with whoever to build them. Not sure if early Navy Arms were Pedersoli, IAB, or some other maker?
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    08-29-2018, 05:50 PM
    Starline only recommends annealing necks if you shoot black powder in their brass. No issues or suggestion to anneal if you shoot smokeless.
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    08-29-2018, 01:49 PM
    Since these guns aren't threaded barrels, any good machinist can turn down the barrels at the shank to fit a #6 Rolling Block IF the donor barrel is large enough at the chamber to be turned down. Then it just needs the cut for the takedown screw to...
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    08-29-2018, 01:40 PM
    What John said! The Phoenix isn't a Rolling Block. The Whutney-Laidley looks very much like any standard Remington, but closer examination will reveal the breech block is completely different. It is multipiece, unlike a Remington, or std. Whitney...
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    08-28-2018, 01:56 PM
    It really is a very nice design. Only one I've seen better is Whitney's version with the Laidley improvement. The Whitney-Laidley allows the action to be opened at half cock, so it is a safer design. It requires the gun to be fully cocked before...
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    08-27-2018, 12:32 PM
    Some guns (not all) shoot more accurately when the bullets are seated into the rifling in this method. Just be sure it's the bullet seating, and not improper case length causing the resistance. I've seen guys cam a case in thinking the bullet was...
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    08-27-2018, 12:27 PM
    The Model 6 and Model 4 takedowns are probably the easiest to rebarrel of all the Remington singles. A good donor barrel from almost any .22 RF can be turned down and made to fit the gun.
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    08-27-2018, 12:25 PM
    Good job diagnosing the problem, and fixing it! A lot of guys would get busy removing metal off the block or hammer and not give that extractor a 2nd look at all. The extractor being high can also cause the rims to bend slightly under firing and...
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    08-27-2018, 12:20 PM
    I've used them all and had issues with them all. FeEx will NEVER get my gun shipping business again as they're gorillas! The Rolling Block I pictured above had the tangs bent and those gorgeous stocks broken by FedEx! I built a custom wood shipping...
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    08-26-2018, 08:24 PM
    I have two different bore diameters. The relined Hepburn is a .408" groove that is a TJ's liner. My GM barreled Rolling Block is a bit larger. I think it's a .410" diameter if a recall correctly. I'm building another Roller that's a #3.5 weight GM...
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    08-26-2018, 12:39 PM
    Like these? http://www.sageoutfitters.com/catalog/item/7185055/8306481.htm
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    08-26-2018, 10:46 AM
    THerbert, You might consider barreling it for the .40-70SS cartridge. Dies are cheap from Lyman, and lots of molds for the .40 caliber available. GM sells a nice barrel in full octagon for the .40 too. Plus you can have it chambered using a .405...
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    08-25-2018, 10:46 AM
    To start with I think your planned steps are out of order. The very last thing I'd do is apply color case and bluing. Working up stocks, and fitting/bluing the barrel on a freshly color cased receiver is a big mistake. Do all the metal work, and...
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    08-24-2018, 10:50 AM
    I've used Remington brass for decades. Haven't bought any in recent years as the stuff I have has never lost a case. I'm feeding five .45-70's with my brass.
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    08-21-2018, 11:24 AM
    Isn't this actually a 12.17x44 cartridge?
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