Well, the board is either fixed, or it's going to run terribly. Cross your fingers and hope for the best. I'm at my technical limit right now.

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by Smokey
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Swiss Rifles
Topic: Reloading dies for 7.5 swiss
Replies: 10
Views: 531
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Re: Reloading dies for 7.5 swiss

Standard Lee 7.5 Swiss dies seem to work fine for all the Swiss 7.5 straight pull rifles. I believe it's Redding that makes a FL sizing die for the slightly larger K31 chamber (wider in the shoulder area). You can also have LEE make a neck-only collet die; but there's a caution with that approach. Y...
by Smokey
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: United States Rifles
Topic: 1917 Eddystone barrel
Replies: 2
Views: 137
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Re: 1917 Eddystone barrel

I agree. You probably have an accurate, functional rifle in an official US military configuration. Keep it as it, shoot it and enjoy it. You have a fine rifle in it's own right. Knowing how US rifles were refurbished, it may only have a few of it's original parts anyway.
by Smokey
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: M1 Garand
Topic: Numbered Parts
Replies: 9
Views: 300
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Re: Numbered Parts

If the rifle has the original barrel, it probably has the original bolt; otherwise, the rifle is an assortment of inspected, in-spec parts drawn at random from bins. I figure that's part of it's history; one or more refurbishment cycles where it's disassembled, then a new rifle is built up with rand...
by Smokey
Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Fun Facts and Trivia
Topic: MAYBE SAVE SOME
Replies: 2
Views: 112
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Re: MAYBE SAVE SOME

I'm a sort of "light work" smith myself. I do a lot of minor work for people I can fully trust (not looking for a "quick buck" lawsuit). At one time I was a service rifle competitor and learned a lot just "tuning and tweaking". As stated, most problems are easily solved with some very minor work; bu...
by Smokey
Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Reloading
Topic: 175 gr Nosler RDF bullets
Replies: 4
Views: 233
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Re: 175 gr Nosler RDF bullets

Berger VLD hunting bullets are supposed to be extremely effective on game as well. That's actually an awesome combination to use the same load for both targets and in the field. You know far better than most what the ammo/rifle combination actually does.
by Smokey
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: M1 Garand
Topic: Different front sight heights?
Replies: 5
Views: 141
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Re: Different front sight heights?

You only have to raise it about .05"...1/20th
I'd go with JB weld because you could peel it off if desired.

I like that, and it's easily reversible if needed. I'll try it and report back.
by Smokey
Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: M1 Garand
Topic: Different front sight heights?
Replies: 5
Views: 141
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Re: Different front sight heights?

This is a straight military configuration Garand. Standard sights, no special match sights.
I can try building up the front sight with a squared off section of metal and crazy glue, or something to hold it in place.
Don't want to try soldering it in place.
by Smokey
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: M1 Garand
Topic: Different front sight heights?
Replies: 5
Views: 141
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Different front sight heights?

I'm working with someone's Garand now. Tuned it to shoot nearly minute of angle, but it shoots some six inches above point of aim. Always shot high for some reason. This with the rear sight run all the way down. I have the stock fitted so the barrel assembly gets a little downward pull at the fore-e...
by Smokey
Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Russian and Finnish Rifles
Topic: Tag read Austrian made Mosin?
Replies: 10
Views: 329
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Re: Tag read Austrian made Mosin?

Austria-Hungary captured large numbers of Russian made M91's during WWI. Generally they were inspected and marked, then issued to reserve units. Some were even rechambered to the 8x50R cartridge without being rebored. A lot of both were used in the fighting. Later they were sold to Finland. I have a...
by Smokey
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Reloading
Topic: Need a 45 Long Colt rifle load
Replies: 6
Views: 235
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Re: Need a 45 Long Colt rifle load

You could also consider Winchester 296. Basically you want a powder on the slower side for a pistol cartridge.
The Hodgdon website has a good reloading section.
You want to keep maximum pressure down, but have more barrel (than a pistol) to burn a slower propellant.
by Smokey
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: M1 Garand
Topic: Survival Situation
Replies: 9
Views: 542
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Re: Survival Situation

I won't argue the weight. I carry one regularly so I got used it. I've been bothered by bear and moose here, and wild Russian boar are starting to spread into the area from further north. The 223 might be adequate for all the above, but I'm a lot more comfortable with the power of the .30-06. If I c...
by Smokey
Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: General Firearms Topics
Topic: new surplus and ammo .
Replies: 12
Views: 597
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Re: new surplus and ammo .

Something else to factor in is infuriated people escaping from the more repressive states. The percentage of "true believers" in liberal idiotology will increase as a result. Those states will just get "progressively" worse.
:cry:
by Smokey
Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: M1 Garand
Topic: Gas Cylinder Refinish
Replies: 7
Views: 245
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Re: Gas Cylinder Refinish

I used black Rustoleum charcoal grill paint, and baked it in the oven, over 30 years ago. The owner has been happy with it to this day. It still looks pretty good.
by Smokey
Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: M1 Garand
Topic: Serial number and barrel date
Replies: 6
Views: 431
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Re: Serial number and barrel date

The barrels were made separately from the receivers, and were dated when they were made. They were then stored for rifle production, and essentially taken at random and mounted to receivers. This was explained to me when I noticed a mismatch between the barrel date and when the receiver was made (pe...
by Smokey
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Russian Pistols
Topic: Nagant revolver
Replies: 16
Views: 4726
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Re: Nagant revolver

Somewhere I read "Nothing goes wrong with a Nagant revolver that you can't fix with a hammer".
I don't advocate that kind of maintenance, but Russian hardware is usually robust and reliable.

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