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Thread: Italian Vetterli wallhanger

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    Boolit Master
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    Do you have any pics of the rifle without the magazine?

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    Did that gun hang in a bar? Near a fireplace? might have years worth of smoke and cooking grease layered onto it.

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    I finally got it all cleaned up. I made a soaking tube out of PVC pipe capped on the end and soaked the barrel breech-end down in mineral spirits, and also soaked every other part in mineral spirits. I cleaned it all up with CLP. I repaired a crack in the stock with epoxy, then gave the wood a light cleaning to remove the gunk. I'm applying boiled linseed oil daily. The bore looks good, no rust on any metal, everything seems to function. There are two spots in the stock where holes were drilled right through to hang it on a wall, making a total of 4 holes that I'll probably cover with brass washers and screws to make them look like reinforcement or whatever.
    Still debating whether to shoot it or not (I have to get dies and brass). Good Xmass presents.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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