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by KneverKnew
Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Reloading
Topic: Old Powder Handed to me: how safe is it?
Replies: 2
Views: 46

Old Powder Handed to me: how safe is it?

I’ve just been given a gift of a large Coleman cooler full of old smokeless powder canisters. Some are dated back to 1986. The stash has been stored out in a work shed, unconditioned, in North Florida heat and humidity for years. Many canisters are old Winchester powder metal cans, with half being m...
by KneverKnew
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: French Lebel main spring dimensions?
Replies: 8
Views: 2035

Re: French Lebel main spring dimensions?

I’m going to look around for an appropriate walnut furniture leg to see if I can form a functional forearm for the rifle. Anyone want to measure their’s and give me working measurements? Better yet pull it off and trace it on a piece of paper for me. LOL!
by KneverKnew
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: French Lebel main spring dimensions?
Replies: 8
Views: 2035

Re: French Lebel main spring dimensions?

Bought the Remington spring. All I need now is a front sight and to build the front wood handguard/ magazine tube. I would need the spring and plunger for that but would be fine just getting the gun operational as a single shot. I suppose I could just put the 1 foot section of the handguard back on ...
by KneverKnew
Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: French Lebel main spring dimensions?
Replies: 8
Views: 2035

Re: French Lebel main spring dimensions?

butcharoot wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 3:46 am
According to Kelt - A firing pin spring from a Remington 700 short action cut in half will provide two spares for Berthier /Lebel rifles. It has the correct coil diameter and will improve both trigger pull and bolt handling. I have done this with my Berthier.
Sounds like a good option. Thanks.
by KneverKnew
Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: French Lebel main spring dimensions?
Replies: 8
Views: 2035

Re: French Lebel main spring dimensions?

I am not sure, but many moons ago I was told a Berthier and Lebel firing pin spring are the same. It would be best to have someone with a Lebel provide actual measurements. I do not own a Lebel. Wolff Springs does not offer a replacement, but given measurements, you may be able to get a spring from...
by KneverKnew
Sun Jul 26, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: French Lebel main spring dimensions?
Replies: 8
Views: 2035

French Lebel main spring dimensions?

For my Lebel rifle I’ve finally acquired all the bolt parts necessary to get it shooting EXCEPT for the firing pin main spring. Numrich doesn’t have them, nor does anybody else that I can find. So I thought I’d try and find a suitable replacement. I’d greatly appreciate if some one with an 1886/ M93...
by KneverKnew
Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: FN FAL/L1A1/STG58
Topic: My first FN-49!
Replies: 21
Views: 10148

Re: My first FN-49!

A friend just pointed out to me that this rifle has the original 7.9mm milled receiver and also has the dove tail cuts on left side of receiver for scope mounts. He happens to have a couple of the scope mounts available he is going to give to me. He also gave me a NOS original 8MM barrel. In his opi...
by KneverKnew
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: Dutch Beaumont Cleaning Rod pictures??
Replies: 9
Views: 3959

Re: Dutch Beaumont Cleaning Rod pictures??

I contacted the older gentleman in Canada who used to make several varieties of cLeaning rods. He is no longer in business but had three Beaumont rods left. I got all three.
by KneverKnew
Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Swiss Rifles
Topic: Old west Bullet mould, for Vetterli??
Replies: 4
Views: 1066

Re: Old west Bullet mould, for Vetterli??

I have alox so that is doable.

Am I correct in that with a heeled bullet such as this you would use as dropped from the mould and not sized?
by KneverKnew
Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: Swiss Rifles
Topic: Old west Bullet mould, for Vetterli??
Replies: 4
Views: 1066

Re: Old west Bullet mould, for Vetterli??

What lube would you use on the exposed lube rings?
by KneverKnew
Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Swiss Rifles
Topic: Old west Bullet mould, for Vetterli??
Replies: 4
Views: 1066

Old west Bullet mould, for Vetterli??

Found the 10.4 mm Swiss Vetterli rifle bullet mould blocks at Old West Bullet Moulds. Anyone use these? External lube rings with heeled design for black powder load I’m assuming. Am I correct that these would not be appropriate for smokeless powder loads? 39A3B2A8-014E-4557-A825-802C043497D5.png Dou...
by KneverKnew
Mon May 11, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Swiss Rifles
Topic: vetterli carbine at range.
Replies: 7
Views: 1439

Re: vetterli carbine at range.

I use a LabRadar. I also load for 43 Beaumont at the suggested smokeless load of 30 grains IMR-4198. Actually they say 31 grains but I dropped it back a bit and get better accuracy. I might try using that next. I’ve used unique. It works. Just don’t like dealing with such small fill volume. I also h...
by KneverKnew
Mon May 11, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Swiss Rifles
Topic: vetterli carbine at range.
Replies: 7
Views: 1439

Re: vetterli carbine at range.

Wished there was a good way to calculate chamber pressures (without a headache of course) based on given cartridge and velocity information.
by KneverKnew
Sun May 10, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Swiss Rifles
Topic: vetterli carbine at range.
Replies: 7
Views: 1439

Re: vetterli carbine at range.

All I’ve tried so far is the 2400. Anybody try other powders that give good groups? The 20 grains of 2400 show no pressure signs and are giving 1300 FPS. I’m thinking I can increase the load for more velocity which would help in hunting deer. Thing the metallurgy of the 69/71 is strong enough for st...
by KneverKnew
Sat May 09, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Swiss Rifles
Topic: vetterli carbine at range.
Replies: 7
Views: 1439

vetterli carbine at range.

Loaded some up and went to the range. Lee C430-310RF w/ GC 19,19.5 and 20 grains of 2400 20 grains did the best, but hit about 15” high. Front site is in a dove tail slot so taller site should help. Any suggestion what site to use or where to get. I’ll google it. 2861B95A-1A38-43FF-95C3-1D7D77D1D177...

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