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    Today, 04:19 PM
    . The stocks are an early 1900's plastic called "Tenite". which were factory installs ILO wood on some of their firearms after WWII, due to wood shortages. They are somewhat fragile, but can usually be replaced with wood stocks made for the...
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    Today, 11:19 AM
    pietro replied to a thread Winchester Mod. 20 parts? in Shot Guns
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    02-02-2023, 09:56 AM
    pietro replied to a thread Winchester Mod. 20 parts? in Shot Guns
    . A Winchester Model 37 FE/iron may be close enough to either fit, or copy.
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    02-01-2023, 06:45 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Stack Barrel ID help in Shot Guns
    . It's a low-to-mid grade gun, made in Italy for import to the US (now defunct Richland was the importer, in this case) It should be a fairly usable field gun, provided it doesn't have any physical or operating conditions - but repair parts...
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    02-01-2023, 06:29 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Winchester Mod. 20 parts? in Shot Guns
    . The FE wood is sometimes available (google), but IME the forend iron isn't - but it's gonna cost more than the gun is worth (like $150 +/-)
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    02-01-2023, 03:08 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Revelation shotgun in Shot Guns
    Yep....... You need to look for the Western Auto model number on the gun (usually on the barrel) to determine the maker via the Western Auto store brand crossover list "Western Auto" branded shotguns wre made by several different companies;...
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    01-31-2023, 08:48 PM
    FWIW, airguns cannot be used with conventional rifle scopes, as their recoil is in reverse that of firearms - which usually destroys the reticle. Some companies make/sell airgun-specific scopes for those guns. ( Google: "air gun rifle scopes...
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    01-28-2023, 09:02 PM
    pietro replied to a thread New vs old in Leverguns
    . For me, the only good reason to get a new/modern levergun is if the buyer wants a chambering that wasn't available in the older guns. The older guns were made by seasoned employees that took pride in their (excellent) work more than...
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    01-22-2023, 04:46 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Rossi 45 Colt Carbine in Leverguns
    . The Big Loop 16" carbine I once had worked great on whitetail, using Cor-Bon +P j-word 200gr slugs.
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    01-22-2023, 04:39 PM
    . A Stevens 425 - once upon a time, I had one in .35 Remington, but it's long gone (+/- 40 years, now).
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    01-17-2023, 06:58 PM
    . My Mossy hangs muzzle down from some paracord on a door hook, ready to go. On my property, long range is 50yds outside, 10' indoors - which is where/when I feel threatened. (YMMV) Some jerk, just cutting through my back yard, isn't IMO an...
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    01-17-2023, 06:41 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Concern over 38-55 in Leverguns
    . IIRC. .38-55 brass formed from .30-30 brass ends up with a neck that's a tad shorter than an original .38-55 case. Once-fired .375 Winchester brass should do the trick in your .38-55 - they were both interchangeable in my .375 M94BB.
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    01-15-2023, 11:40 AM
    . I would have the gun Cerakoted (google) - perfect for a gun that's rode hard & out up wet. .
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    01-13-2023, 11:09 AM
    pietro replied to a thread 40 cal's in Muzzleloading.
    I can't use a .40 for hunting ANY game in my state ! My state game laws mandate muzzleloading caliber as: "larger than .40cal for deer" & "under .40cal for small game"....... When I contacted me state's F&G dept and asked which category a...
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    01-10-2023, 09:47 AM
    The stocks are not pine (too soft for gunstocks) Rossi uses a tropical/Brazilian hardwood for their stock, which can be made to look a lot better if the finish is stripped off, then dyed (not stained) & topped off with your choice of stock finish.
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    01-09-2023, 10:09 AM
    . Here's a video/tutorial on the R&R of the internals - the reinstall starts with the stripped frame about 9mins into the 17min video. The video is from a replacement spring company, but the...
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    01-08-2023, 02:46 PM
    pietro replied to a thread A5 production history in Shot Guns
    . It's an example of an infringement on Browning's patents. Barry Mendelson was an attorney in NY who represented Browning when Yamamoto tried to back door the Auto Pointer into the US. Yamamoto intended to use Golden Eagle, Sloans and,...
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    01-08-2023, 11:04 AM
    . FWIW, I always shoot rifles with two-piece stocks differently that those with one-piece stocks. Rule #1: Never let any portion of the rifle's wood or metal parts touch anything except my body. 2) Hold the forearm firmly with the...
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    01-06-2023, 03:48 PM
    . AFAIK, nobody except Sako makes a clip-on receiver sight that fits the Sako receiver dovetails. Several receiver sight makers offer receivers sights that will fit your Golder Bear (aka: Sako Finnbear), however they all are designed to...
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    01-05-2023, 03:23 PM
    . The "headspace" issues may stem from worn/bent breechblock & hammer pivot pins - replaceable. The existing barrel can be re-bored/re-chambered to .45-70 for $300 ( ), provided the barrel diameter at the muzzle is 3/4"/.750"...
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    01-05-2023, 10:50 AM
    Since you have the stronger (than the SB-1) SB-2, it's good for higher-pressure cartridges. The .357Mag, .44Mag & .45-70 are low enough in pressure (compared to other cartridges) that they can & were chambered in the SB-1 Some bbls drop in;...
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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