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Dino in Reno:
Don't yell, but I want to reline the barrel on my 1865 carbine. There is deep pitting mostly along the top side of the bore (11:00 to 1:00 by the clock) and I want a shooter.
This would be in 56/50 (52) and would be for use with my S&S breach-block.
Who would you suggest?
Oh, do the repro's sight parts fit the orig? I need a sight cross bar and screw.


Dino in Reno

major:
Dino
The best place to get a reline is Bob Hoyt.  He can make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.  The only problem is it may take up to 1 year to get it done, he has a waiting list.
He is in Fairfield, PA 717 642-6696
Terry

Rosoce Coles:
Dino:
    I just relined a 32-20 winchester 1873 so I can tell you a few things.  First, most gunsmiths install premade liners made by Redmans and available from Brownell's.  The come in the standard cowboy calibers and .30cal.  They don't make one in 50cal.  This means that you woulod have to buy a 50cal barrel and turn it down to a liner (tough because the barrel will flex in the process because of the small size).  Also, to properly line a barrel, read get it to shoot at all, you have to have  the proper long piloted drill.  The standard liners have standard drills for them (which cost between $60 and $80).  You would have to have a custom drill made to fit the liner you have made.  All this is to say that while it is possible to have this done, it will cost a mint and no gunsmith will guarantee that the gun will shoot well.

 I had a similar problem but I chose to make an entirely new barrel.  I've tried to post a picture of my gun but I'm having problems with the download.  I'll post it from a different machine tomarrow.   I'm particulalrly proud of the front sight lug which is integral to the barrel.  I machined a ring the right size then cut away the unneeded parts off with a hacksaw and finished it with a file.  This had to be done with the barrel installed so the sight is in the right place.  I have to say that this was a bitch of a job that my dad and I did together.  He still says that this is the worst job he has ever done (and he used to machine stuff for NASA back in the 60s!)

By the by, I'm in Reno to, I wonder if we have met ?  I used to do all the gun shows and was a partner in High Plains Drifter Gun Shop in Sparks.

Dino in Reno:
Ah, the small world of the internet  :)
Yep, in Reno, you would probably recognize me, sort of an Italian Tom Hanks I've been told... I've been at a lot of the Hilton shows at Bessler's booths.
I've been looking for a chopped 50-70 trap-door barrel to have the liner made from. Although I have not checked to see if it would do to make a new barrel from one.
Low feed speed, shallow depth cuts, sharp tool... and hope for the best. They did it in the 1860/70's.
A new barrel would probably be cheaper, but I wanted to keep the markings of the old one.

Dino in Reno

chas_harsbro:
Larry Romano would have been my choice for 1865 Carbine, but I recently heard that he's not taking on any Spencer work other than the one's he is making or rebuilding. Other projects are in the works. Guess I'll have to shoot my Taylor's .45 S&W.........
Charlie Harsbro

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