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The Leather Shop / Re: Copper Rivets
« Last post by Marshal Will Wingam on Today at 10:10:59 AM »
Thanks for the information, guys. I have one of those setting tools and have been cutting them off about the same but my setting tool doesn't work all that well. It tends to bend the rivets over rather than mushroom them. Maybe I'll have to find a better made one. Or make one myself if I can't find a good quality setting tool. I made one to install the burrs for my #12 rivets and do have some good tool steel to make one from. Perhaps I'll have better luck with that.

If anyone has a good closeup photo of a properly set rivet, I'd be interested in seeing it.
The Winchester Model 1876 / Re: Swiss?
« Last post by King Medallion on Today at 10:05:38 AM »
Powder Valley has 2F Goex in stock at this moment, and Olde Ensford. Just ordered 5 lbs of the Goex. Better than no powder.
The Winchester Model 1876 / Re: 1876 Winchester Project Rifle
« Last post by King Medallion on Today at 09:38:19 AM »
What a great project! I wish I would have found this post several months back while I was putting a 76' together. Funny thing is, they are quite similar looking. It's in 45-60, I shot it in two matches this fall that had Tom Horn categories!

Looks alot like the Presideo, minus the blued finish.
Gunsmithing / Re: Oversized and/or worn chamber?
« Last post by Mad Miles on Today at 09:31:22 AM »
That's right, the casing will fire form to the rifle chamber when fired.  Some of my other rifle cases in other calibers, like 260, take a couple firings to fire form to the chamber, but they are rather thick walled compared to the 38-40.  I then bump the shoulder back until the bolt will just close with no resistance when re-sizing.   Which leads me to think the chamber has been shot out, or maybe it had been left sitting and corroding for a few of the 120 years of it's existence.

I'm far from being a gunsmith and don't know if a chamber can erode  away by being excessively fired with a chamber that was perhaps a bit on the large  side when manufactured.  Thus my asking.  The rifle has a lot of wear and must have been fired quite a bit in the past, the top of the hammer has a good amount of wear from the bottom the bolt by cycling the action.
The Barracks / Re: 1896 Army-Navy Colt .38 question
« Last post by Tuolumne Lawman on Today at 09:23:41 AM »
I have a 38 Colt heeled bullet die set from Bernie at Old West Bullet molds.  The 140 grain I use is from Bear Creek Bullets and is moly coated.

I also load hollow base wadcutters in the 38 Colt case, sticking out about 1/4".

The Winchester Model 1876 / Re: 1876 Winchester Project Rifle
« Last post by Tully Mars on Today at 09:11:57 AM »
Hi Ken,

Mine was a more complete rifle, it came with almost everything needed, but fitting was required on several parts. The carrier, lifter, bolt, firing pin all needed work. The magazine tube needed a stop added to keep the follower in place. The head space was off as well. I considered sending it to Turnbull, but have decided to leave it as it is. If I want something newer looking, I'll buy a Uberti.

This was my first 76' project too. It came from a buddy's estate, it was his project which I in turn took over. It's pretty cool to shoot it and feel him looking over my shoulder!

Next I have two 73's that came from his estate as well.

Congratulations on your finished rifle! It looks great! How does it shoot?

The Leather Shop / Re: Copper Rivets
« Last post by Rube Burrows on Today at 08:16:13 AM »
I use the  Size 9 Copper Rivet & Burr Setter ..leave about 3/32 or 1/8 proud,  once I set then the rivet  I use the mushroom rose to expand, and just one light hit with a a hammer to put a flat on the rose...

Not sure I'm explaining all that well  :-\

That is what I use also. I cut the shank off to about 1/8" and then us the tool to mushroom it out. If I had a small anvil or something more sturdy I could get a better and more uniformed mushroom like on blue jeans because when the rivet is where I can get to it on the anvil of my vise it works perfect. When I have to improvise its not as neat.

My hardest thing is finding a proper cutting tool that will actually do the job of cutting the number 9 rivet. I have tried three different cutting tools and none work well. The one I have now cuts it but I have to put a large pair of channel locks on them to be able to squeeze the cutting tool enough to cut the bur.
Tall Tales / Re: October Cawfee,Tea, Soup and chili
« Last post by Silver Creek Slim on Today at 07:56:17 AM »
Morning y'all.
Coffee and tea are ready.

'Tis 22 and cloudy. High of 50.

The American Plainsmen Society / Re: Hawken Rifles
« Last post by Niederlander on Today at 06:09:44 AM »
That's a REALLY nice rifle, Grant!  How much does it weigh?
BROW / Re: Rem No 1 Sporting rifle - Serial Number Range
« Last post by Drydock on Today at 05:16:53 AM »
Can't be done.  Remington records of that era were lost/destroyed/never kept to begin with.  Military RBs can be roughly dated by contract, but if this started out as a military action the info was lost in the conversion.

You might enquire at
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