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« Reply #25 on: December 25, 2013, 11:42:58 pm »

Chev. William, I too have a couple of Stevens in 25RF, Model 44s  One was converted to 22WMR with a barrel liner, though not by me. The other is "stock", though I had started to gather the parts  together to convert it to centerfire and had started to make 22 Hornet cases to 25 RF specs for use in it.  A couple of thoughts to share with you that I haven't had time to try yet.  I too picked up some 25cal nail gun cartridges.  I also have some 25cal airgun pellets.  Airgun pellets measure .251.  My thought is that you could push an air gun pellet forward in the chamber and load the nail gun cartridge in behind it.  My worry is that as I don't have any idea how powerful the nail gun cartridges are, they might blow the front out of the pellet leaving the outside cylinder in the bore.  I got the idea from two brass "Cartridges" I bought that fit 222 and 223, and use 22cal airgun pellets driven by a 209 shotgun primers.  I just wonder how the power of those primers compares to the nail gun cartridges.   Airgun pellets can be very accurate out to 50 yards or so.  25 ACP bullets are also 251 and cast bullet molds are available for them.   Regards BillMac
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« Reply #26 on: December 26, 2013, 01:00:36 am »

BillMac,

There is some information on the ramset blanks in the powder room under reloading 32rf.  Hope that is of assistance.

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« Reply #27 on: December 26, 2013, 01:05:15 pm »

Billmac,
Air rifle pellets are/were also made with a solid body/head in .25 Caliber By Benjamin, I believe.

RE: .25ACP Cast Bullet molds; Have you found a source for .251 diameter molds for bullet weights in the 65 to 69 grain range? 
I have only found .25ACP in 52 grains or less.   
There are .257" bullet molds for over 70grains but the lube grooves almost disappear if sized to .251".

For general information, the following is copied from another Forum and Thread:
"Powder tool loads (PTL) come in at least three calibers and at least twelve power ratings.
Below is a partial copy of information from another Forum and Thread on characteristics of PTL 'Blanks':

"Blanks have been used both in Europe and through Dixie Gun Works here to act as 'primers' in machined brass cartridges with offset chambers so the blank rim is positioned to be fired by the original RF firing pin. They are intended to be filled with Powder and have a bullet seated in them, the European ones use a heeled round nosed or semi-pointed nosed bullet and Dixie says theirs work with Round balls also.

Industrial Powder tool loads come in a range of power ratings from 1, the weakest, to 12, the strongest. They also come in two types of closures, Star crimped and roll crimp over a seal wad. I would think the Star crimped ones would work similar to the Olden Times Bench Rest shooters technique of loading a bullet then inserting a Cartridge with a wad crimped in the mouth, to get the bullet exactly positioned where they thought they would get maximum accuracy. The roll crimped ones could also be used but I would worry about wad residue left in the bore for the next round to find.
Wikipedia provides this list:
"Color-coding for the "rounds" or "single shots" (the three shot strengths or colors typically sold to the general public are brown, green and yellow in brass):
In brass casing:
Color-coding Velocity
(1)- Grey 315 ft/s (96 m/s)
(2)- Brown 385 ft/s (117 m/s)
(3)- Green 490 ft/s (150 m/s)
(4)- Yellow 575 ft/s (175 m/s)
(5)- Red 675 ft/s (206 m/s)
(6)- Purple 755 ft/s (230 m/s)

In nickel (silver) casings:
(7)- Grey 845 ft/s (258 m/s)
(Eight)- Brown 935 ft/s (285 m/s) (Edited to try to remove a icon that should no tbe here
(9)- Green 1,025 ft/s (312 m/s)
(10)- Yellow 1,115 ft/s (340 m/s)
(11)- Red 1,205 ft/s (367 m/s)
(12)- Purple 1,295 ft/s (395 m/s)"

I have also seen a listing for a intermediate loading with a brass case and Blue tip but do not remember it's place in this range of loadings. The velocity ratings obviously apply to some standard fastener and it's positioning in the tool and the tip to point of impact distance, as All Tool usage requires the 'muzzle' of the Tool to be in strong contact with the target point to release the safety and allow the tool to fire.

Loads are listed as available in .22, .25, and .27 calibers. In the past I have used .22 Grade 7 (Nickle with Gray Tip loads shaped like a .22 Shot shell) in a Ruger Standard Automatic with a machined steel 'furnace' or blank firing adapter attached to the muzzle in Military Training. It provided very reliable functioning of the action, a LOUD report, and at night a flame about 18 inches long. It made a very effective Attention Getting device for inattentive Sentries at night.

Current .22 Caliber Grade 2 Brown Tipped Load is in a case with the following measurements:
Rim diameter +.274"; Rim thickness =.040"; Body Diameter above rim =.225"; Body diameter just below shoulder =.224"; Neck Diameter =.205"; Height to bottom of shoulder =.354"; Height to top of shoulder =.378"; Height to bottom of star crimp =.483"; Overall Length =.503"; Head Stamp is "Super X", a Winchester-Western trademark. The shape is reminiscent of a .22 long rifle Shot shell but considerably shorter.

Current .25 Caliber Grade 3 Green Tipped load is in a case with the following measurements;
Rim diameter =.296"; Rim thickness =.047"; Body diameter =.244" to .245"; Overall Length =.398" to .399"; Height to bottom of star crimp = .287"; Head Stamp = "H" inside Circle (possibly Olin/Henry?).

Current .27 Caliber Grade 3 Green Tipped load is in a case with the following measurements:
Rim diameter =.329"; Rim thickness =.050; Body diameter =.2695" to .270"; Overall Length =.411"; Height to bottom of star crimp = .275"; Head stamp = "H" inside Circle (possibly Olin/Henry?).

Previous observations of a Grade 7 Gray on Nickel Loads showed it was in a .22 Long rifle length Shot shell case and would function through a .22 Long rifle chambered firearm easily and reliably. SAMMI Dimensions for the .22 Long Rifle Shot Cartridge are as follows;
Rim diameter = .278"; Rim thickness =.043"; Body Diameter =.226" cylindrical; Neck diameter =.217"; Height to bottom of shoulder =.6506"; Height to top of shoulder =.7078"; Height to bottom of star crimp = Not Listed; Overall Length =.990"."

I hope this information helps with the 'project'.
Merry Christmas to Everyone,
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Chev. William
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« Reply #28 on: December 26, 2013, 11:38:22 pm »

Old Top and Chev. William, Thanks.  I have a 25cal Air Force air rifle and a large selection of pellets to try with the power tool loads once I get the time.  Hopefully the heavier pellets will work with out any problems and I had the concern as it was brought up on the 22 Pellet/209 primer use.   No, the same as you I haven't found any .251 molds bigger than around 50 grains.  At the time I was looking at them for 25cal air rifle use.  I haven't done any bullet casting for a long time now so my information may be out dated.  At one time sizing cast bullets more than a couple of thousands had a negative effect on their accuracy.  That said, these were serious cast bullet target shooters and their "negative effect" might be perfectly acceptable for our usage trying to get old firearms up and running again.  Has anyone looked into swaging(sp?) bullets in .251?  You'd lose the lube grooves, but at one time one of the bullet manufactures sold swaged lead bullets without lube grooves that were surface lubed, but I think they were pistol bullets.  Does Lee still make their Alox(sp? liquid lube that you rolled the bullets around in?  That might be a possibility for a swaged bullet.  Regards.  BillMac
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« Reply #29 on: December 27, 2013, 06:59:21 pm »

Yes, Lee still sells Liquid Alox and they pack a bottle with each push through "Lube and Size" kit they sell.
I have a Special Order in for one to size .252" and expect it around Mid January to late January.

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« Reply #30 on: December 28, 2013, 02:24:16 pm »

Lee is now accepting orders for Custom items, I just ordered Case trimming pieces for my .25 Stevens CF mildcat and my .912" .32 Long Colt use. 
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« Reply #31 on: December 29, 2013, 07:54:31 am »

I'm finding this thread fascinating.

Thanks for sharing!

(But WE NEED PICTURES!)

And I'd also appreciate a a list of links top any other information you folks might have on these old Stevens and centerfire conversion or modified rimfire cartridge conversions.

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« Reply #32 on: December 31, 2013, 11:58:55 pm »

I'm finding this thread fascinating.

Thanks for sharing!

(But WE NEED PICTURES!)

And I'd also appreciate a a list of links top any other information you folks might have on these old Stevens and centerfire conversion or modified rimfire cartridge conversions.

Thanks!

There are several Threads with Information both on this Forum, CAS City, and some others like Cast Boolits, Shooters Forum, and Ammoguide and ASSRA Forum among others.  Search using 'Stevens Favorite', or one of the Calibers it was chambered for such as .25 Stevens or .32 Long but note there will also be results that are related to the .32 S&W Long mixed in with the ones for .32 Long colt.
There are also other makes of rifles that have been used/converted such as Remington, Martin, Harrison & Richardson, etc.
That you might look for.
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« Reply #33 on: January 10, 2014, 11:06:13 am »

Hey Chev. William,
I have joined this sight (and another) because of your tests with the old rimfires.
I decided that lurking was not enough.
Some of what I'm playing with...
.25acp in a Stevens Marksman
.25RF in a Ballard
.32RF and .32 Long Colt in a Ballard and #4 Rem rolling blocks
.38RF and CF in a Ballard
.46RF in a Ballard
I'll be watching, and hopefully helping in, your trials and tribulations.
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« Reply #34 on: January 10, 2014, 02:20:43 pm »

Hey Chev. William,
I have joined this sight (and another) because of your tests with the old rimfires.
I decided that lurking was not enough.
Some of what I'm playing with...
.25acp in a Stevens Marksman
.25RF in a Ballard
.32RF and .32 Long Colt in a Ballard and #4 Rem rolling blocks
.38RF and CF in a Ballard
.46RF in a Ballard
I'll be watching, and hopefully helping in, your trials and tribulations.
Thanks,
Dave

Dave,
Thank you for your comments. 
Would you care to share your results with some of your trials to date?
What did you use for your trials of the RF rounds?
"Inquiring minds would like to know".
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« Reply #35 on: January 11, 2014, 07:58:29 am »

Hi,
Let me see if I can remember it all and not ramble on.
First... WARNING, the following information is what has worked for me. It is not the only way, the best way, or the worst way.
Be careful and remember that your health/life is all on you.

.25acp in a Stevens Marksman- originally a 44 shot but the barrels on these can easily be swapped out. So this will now be a switch barrel. I have a liner coming from Track Of The Wolf. I have 500 rounds of loaded fmj for fixed ammo and 1000 primed cases for playing with breachseating and/or paper patching.

.25RF Stevens in a Ballard #3- this model rifle was only available in rf so it does not have the reversible firing pin. I have reamed a .22 Hornet case cut to length and sized, and popped .22 ramset rounds in it. The Hornet case doesn't have a lot of meat left after the reaming so I'm not sure of case longevity. I will be stopping by the local hobby shop to check out the brass selection and maybe turn some cases for this. Another option is to slightly "kiss" the chamber with a .22 Hornet reamer to make something close to a .25 Hornet. I think this would be a lot easier on brass.

.32RF and CF- I have a Ballard in .32 that has the reversible firing pin and the #4 rolling blocks are RF. I have tried the Dixie conversion catridges and they work with the ramsets but they are a little difficult to "re-prime". I have 200 .32 Long Colt cases, 200 .32 S&W Long cases, and a quantity of the .32 S&W-to-Long Colt cases. I have only popped caps and further playing will be done as time permits.

.38RF and CF in a Ballard- This rifle has the reversible firing pin so it has only been shot CF. For this I'm using .30-30 cases cut down and fireformed. A custom mold that drops 140 grain/.379 dia. bullets and 5 to 6 grains of Unique makes a fun combination.

Now the .46RF Ballard- This rifle is a bit confusing. The chamber dimensions are between the .44RF and the .46RF and the bore is .430 inch diameter. So, for this one, I am cutting down and fireforming .303 British cases. I am still playing with this as I have to fit a CF firing pin to the block without butchering it (it is dated 1864).

I hope I haven't rambled on too much, but I really like these oddballs.
Thanks again,
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« Reply #36 on: January 11, 2014, 08:34:22 am »

I have a word of warning for everyone about using brass tubing over the ramset round.
I have seen what happens when a case body seperates from the case head upon firing.
The case body goes into the bore with the bullet, creating a great obstruction that increases pressures to astronomic heights, which then procedes to dis-assemble your firearm into individual atoms.
The result is not pretty!!!
I can see this same situation potential with the tubing/ramset round.
Please be careful and heed the warning.
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Dave
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« Reply #37 on: January 11, 2014, 11:43:29 am »

Dave,
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Now the .46RF Ballard- This rifle is a bit confusing. The chamber dimensions are between the .44RF and the .46RF and the bore is .430 inch diameter. So, for this one, I am cutting down and fireforming .303 British cases. I am still playing with this as I have to fit a CF firing pin to the block without butchering it (it is dated 1864).

I looked up cartridge dimensions in "2nd Edition, Ammo Encyclopedia" by Michael Bussard.
The 44RF series is listed as having two different body diameters:  The 44 Short Rf and 44 Henry Flat RF at .445" and the 44 Long RF and 44 Extra Long at .458".  Bullet diameters are listed as .446" (Short, Extra Long, and Henry Flat) and .451" (Long).
The 46RF series is listed as having .458 body diameters for all four members (Extra Short, Short, Long, and Extra Long).
Bullet diameters are listed as .454" (Long) and .456" (Extra Short, Short, and Extra Long).
None of these seem to have a bullet intended for a .430" Bore.

What is the Groove diameter of the 'Ballard' Barrel?
Perhaps a measurement of the chamber length (a chamber casting?) would help sort out the correct cartridge dimensions.

Your Experiences with the .25ACP and .25 Stevens seem to parallel my own as i am also experimenting with Lengthened .250ACP cases and .25 Stevens "CF" conversions of .22 Hornet cases (reforming the Hornet to .276" body diameter down to the rim and trimming to various lengths from 1.000" to the limit fo what is available after the body diameter is 'swaged' down.

I have been considering using swaged down .014" wall model Hobby tubing to .276" OD and Temporarily holding the blanks either by tension or with some 'glue' but I have not tried to fire any yet.  
Your CAUTION Warning about the tubing going with the bullet into the bore is good advice.  
The .25 Stevens barrels I have all seem to have steps in diameter at the 'bullet end' of the chamber that the tubing nominally would seat against, something like happens in a .30 M1 Carbine or .45ACP chamber both of which head space off the cartridge mouth.

I also have purchased a Barrel Blank to be made into a .25ACP rifle length Barrel eventually for a Marlin Model 56 Action but as an interim will be worked up as a full diameter 'Bull Barrel' for a Stevens Favorite Action to run my Experiments with.   It is from Lothar Walther and is properly sized (bore/groove) for the .25ACP/6.35 Browning) rather than the larger .257" of Rifle bullets and cartridges.  Nominal Bore/Groove are .243"/.250" with a 1 turn in 9.4 inch Twist rate and a 23.4 inch length.

For my .32 Caliber experiments I have recently received a Shelin Match Grade Stainless Steel Barrel Blank of 28-1/8 inch length and 1-1/4 diameter that measures .301 Bore and .308 Groove diameters.  It will also be worked up as an interim full diameter 'Bull Barrel' for a Stevens Favorite action.  i have several used Stevens .32 Long barrels in various conditions of bore and exterior with one notable because the chamber diameter measures .348", way over even .32 S&W Long case diameter, let alone .32 Long Colt or .32 Long RF diameters.  But it slugs suitable for .32 Long Colt so I will probably have it fitted with a Chamber bushing and reamed to 'match grade' .32 Long Colt dimensions.

My own inventory of Cartridges I load for include .25ACP, and my Experiments, .25 Stevens (RF and my CF Experiments) .30 Carbine, .30-06, .32 Long/.32 Long colt, 38 Long Colt, 41 Long colt, .44-40WCF, 45ACP, and .45 Win. Mag.

Your range of firearms in RF, and Cf versions of the same, is very impressive, I am glad you decided to share your experiences with us.

Best Regards,
Chev. William
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« Reply #38 on: January 11, 2014, 06:13:22 pm »

Broken Arrow - Chev queued me to your post and joining in on the discussion about loading rimfire cartrdiges.  I too am very glad to see you chime in and share your experiences.  We've been discussiing this in The Powder Room under the  .32 Colt thread and on the Cast Boolits forum, under the Rimfire section.  If you have not done so, I encourage you to check them out.  I've been shooting a #4 rolling block in .32 that I converted to centerfire using .32 long colt cases.  It shoots extremely well.  More recently I started playing with a #2 rolling block in .32 extra long rimfire.  This past week I made some reloadable rimfire cases from 327 Federal magnum brass and use .22 blanks for ignition.  They work great.  Here's are a couple photos of the cartridges I just made. 





We would all like to see some photos of what you are working with Grin

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« Reply #39 on: January 13, 2014, 09:33:42 am »

This is what I have found on my .46RF.
In the book "The American Cartridge" there is one picture of a single round of ammo that has the following description...
46 Long
rim dia. .527
head dia. .457
case mouth .457
bullet dia. .427
case length 1.257
All these measurements fit this chamber/bore within a thousandth or so.
So, I'm calling it a match.

I also have just picked up a #2 Remington rolling block in .32-20, need to get some loads together for it.
As for pics...I'm afraid that I spend my extra moolah on firearms and ammo supplies and have never bought anything to take pictures with. (My cellphone is 15 years old and doesn't do anything but make phone calls)
I'll work on it though.
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« Reply #40 on: January 13, 2014, 12:04:22 pm »

I'd love to find a #2 RRB in .32-20 - that is sweet, congrats!
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« Reply #41 on: January 16, 2014, 09:48:58 pm »

There is a Remington #2 on Auctin on the Gun Auctions Web site.
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« Reply #42 on: January 19, 2014, 07:16:21 am »

Thanks Chev.  I've seen a couple #2s there. But none that are what I'm looking fore.  But I'm having fun with the one I have.
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« Reply #43 on: January 19, 2014, 05:16:02 pm »

Wandering around various forums today and ran across references about possible use of .22 Velodog CF cases for .22 Caliber conversions.  Also mentions of the .22 CCM, a .22 Caliber CF cartridge by Cooper.  it sounded like the posters were looking for CF versions of the various .22 RF rounds so they could reload and shoot in spite of the ".22 RF Ammo Shortage".

This got me thinking about possible use with a CF converted Stevens Favorite Action.
Hand Loading wold allow keeping the pressures within the safe realm of a .22 LR type Favorite.
Cast .224" bullets would work in either .22LR or .22WRF barrels, if properly load adjusted to allow for the 'swaging' of the .224 bullet down to .22LR bore sizes.

Might be an interesting winter project IF parent cases can be found at reasonable prices.  Fioncci (Sp?) was noted as having produced the Velodog cases, and possibly the Cooper (CCM) cases, in the past.

Presently running my Tumbler cleaning a batch of used .38 Special cases I intend to convert to .38 Long Colt Brass.
Some 'crud' on the cases is being stubborn as i tis still there after 4 hour 'tumble'.
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« Reply #44 on: January 20, 2014, 02:54:48 pm »

A question for those with experience servicing a Stevens 1915 Favorite action:
What is the safe way to remove and install the Main, or Hammer, Spring assembly?

This action uses a Coil Spring with a guide and sleeve assembly that fit between the hammer, buried inside the receiver housing, and an 'abutment' screw with a groove cut in it threaded into the lower tang.  The spring is fairly strong and I would like the benefit of your experience to safely remove and install this assembly.

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« Reply #45 on: January 26, 2014, 06:07:22 am »

I have received a suggested method of Safe Tear Down of the Stevens Favorite 1915 Coil Type Hammer Spring assembly:
1.  Remove barrel, Breech Block-Link-Lever assembly and Extractor/Ejector.
2.  Carefully and under control ease the hammer from Half-Cock back far enough to pull the Trigger, then Ease the hammer forward into the space previously occupied by the Breech Block, etc., this will relieve the spring pressure.
3.  Grasp and move the Sleeve forward on the guide rod extension against the spring sufficiently to disengage it from the Abutment Screw Groove and move the tip upward to clear the top of the Abutment Screw.
4.  Ease the Sleeve to the rear under control until all spring pressure is released.
5.  The Sleeve, Spring, and Guide rod/Stirrup unit may now be removed either as individual parts or as an assembly.

The process of re-installation should follow the reverse procedure,
It is reported that the uncompressed spring is shorter than the length of the Guide Rod portion of the Stirrup/Guide Rod assembly so the installation process is eased as the tip fo the rod will guide the Sleeve when initially compressing the spring to get the Sleeve tip back into the Abutment Screw Groove.
Also it is reported that the Guide Rod has a slight 'bow' in its length and the inside fo the curve should face the lower tang in assembly.

IF anyone has any corrections or comments on the above process description, please post your comments.

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« Reply #46 on: January 29, 2014, 11:47:42 pm »

Today I got two pieces of Good News:
  First, my Gunsmith called me to come in with any and all 'bits and pieces' I had acquired since I dropped off the two 1894 Stevens Favorite actions to be reconditioned.  So I gathered up all the Barrels I have at home for the Stevens and the small parts I had picked up through Ebay auctions, etc. and went to his shop.
He had both actions mostly assembled with some missing screws and the two springs for one of the actions.
I had the missing screw replacements in my collection but he will need to order the two replacement springs.  As to the barrels, we picked out four for him to use in fitting up the various parts; my 'Keeper' Stevens .25 Stevens, a good Stevens .32 Long, and two Stevens .22 Long Rifle barrels.  I brought back home the remaining barrels for later.
He will complete the assembly of the first action with .22 LR parts and the better of the two barrels for initial Functional Firing Testing, then change to the .25 Stevens extractor and Barrel to see if the 'wedge' tip firing pin will work with both cartridges.  This Action has faint Color Case Hardening faintly visible with an overlay of 'Brown Patina' so probably will be left as received without refinishing.  It will go nicely with my 'Keeper' .25 Stevens barrel as is.
The second action was too dinged up and 'rusted' to leave as found so he Powder Blasted' it to clean it up and give it a 'satin' finish for later final finishing.  Again it will initially be set up as a .22 LR for Functional Firing Testing, then reassembled with .25 Stevens Extractor and Barrel for further Functional Firing Tests.
There are Two separate '.22 LR Breech Blocks, one for each action, to be tested. 
He had me bring home the better of the two Butt Stocks I had left with him and held on to an OAK Butt Stock and a Butt plate to be fitted to it.  The Refinish my Friends son did cam out very nice and the oak has nice straight and tight grain.  It has an Oil Finish now with a medium translucent 'Walnut' flavor color so it will go with the original Walnut Fore ends.
Later, we will be converting two additional 'spare' Breech Blocks to Center Fire.  This will provide each action with a set of both RF and CF to allow interchange among calibers.

  Second, I was informed that my 'seeping' radiator may be replaced at no cost to me or my Insurance company as both the Company who replaced it originally and the Company who manufactured the Radiator have Limited Lifetime warranted on workmanship and Labor.  I will find out for sure next week, I have been told.  This will be a real savings to my limited pocketbook.

On other projects:
Joe Mueller handed me two trays of 'fire crud coated' micrometers, Vernier Calipers, and Dial Calipers to be cleaned up.  I have six Trays of dies I am still working on getting cleaned up for him also.

I trimmed the two barrel Tenons I previously turned to fit my Stevens Favorite actions to very close to final Head Space Length this afternoon, the Lathe in my Friends Shop was not in use so I took advantage of the time.

Next is to measure them again at a standard temperature to see if any more trimming is needed before setting up to locate the retention screw socket on the Tenons.

I have some research to do as my Gunsmith mentioned that my 1.070" long by .346" diameter Chamber (Barrel marked "32 Long") may be for a Ballard Cartridge.  I had not heard of that before.  I had heard of a Ballard .32 Extra Long CF.  The Barrel Slugs .298'/.304" so it is very tight for a .32 Long Cartridge.
Perhaps there is some smaller ones known.

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Chev. William
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« Reply #47 on: February 06, 2014, 01:06:34 am »

Yesterday my 'seeping' radiator was replaced at NO Charge by the company who originally installed the radiator and with the concurrence of the Company who made the radiator.  I am VERY Happy with the outcome as I had been quoted about $750.00 to have it done by my 'local Dodge Dealer'. That is a bunch of money for someone living on Social Security Retirement, VA Disability and MIL Reserve Retirement monthly payments.

I received some more little 'bits and pieces' purchases for my projects this last week:
A Tang Sight to fit the Stevens Favorite - it is 'crudded' up but is slowly getting easier to move as the penetrating oil seeps in.
A Forearm for one of my 1894 Stevens Barrels - looks old but OK when mounted on one .32 Long barrel.
A used 'Rubber' Butt Plate for Stevens Favorite Butt Stock - I installed a steel support spacer between it and the wood now needs trimming.
A Barrel Lock Screw for the 1894 actions - an original used one.
A Barrel Lock Screw for the 1915 action - a Very Used original one.
A pair of Butt Plate mount screws - Rusty and slightly slot damaged but will clean up.

I won auctions for a Trigger spring and Screw, another 1894 Series Barrel Lock Screw, and a set of 1915 Screws.

All in all a pretty good week for me.
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Chev. William
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« Reply #48 on: February 06, 2014, 05:13:08 am »

Enjoying this thread immensely. I just received the drill and Barrel line up from Brownells for my model 44 Reline. I'm looking for a nother barrel so I can realign to 17 HMR. A fellow from the singles short rifle forum called me last night with an offer of one. But it had been cut down to 23 inches. He's going to shoot me a price. If its reasonable I'll grab it.
 Where are you finding all these parts to build on?
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« Reply #49 on: February 06, 2014, 02:19:02 pm »

I find them on various auction sites on the internet and from Web sites of companies who are making reproduction parts.
Examples:
Wisner's sells some parts thy reproduce.
Jack first also sells some parts from their catalog listings (you need to buy the catalog to order parts).
Gun Broker intermittently has listing.
Guns America occasionally has useful listings.
There are several others.
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Chev. William

PS: Even though Ebay and PayPal 'don't 'really like firearms' There are listings for firearms parts and pieces on Ebay. Chev. William
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