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Re: Non-Custer Carbines SN check

Posted by Pete Nelson on Wednesday, 10 November 2010, at 5:50 a.m., in response to Re: Non-Custer Carbines SN check, posted by JasonZ in MO on Wednesday, 10 November 2010, at 12:10 a.m.

Good morning, Jason. While I think of it, whereabouts in the fair state of Missouri are you located. Our older (40) son relocated to the St. Louis area (Ballwin) about two years ago, and thus far I have driven out there twice to visit. Nice place! Last June while there we went to visit General Grant's farm (with the fence made from all those Springfield black powder barrels welded together and the stable with all of the Anheuser Busch Clydesdales).

I'm on my way out at the moment (05:30 A.M.) but when I return I will address two of your questions:

1. The sleeving and re-rifling of my M1884 Carbine barrel. Bob Hoyt in Fairfield, Pennsylvania (near Gettysburg) uses a slightly tapered alloy steel sleeve epoxied in place, then reamed, and finally precision-rifled. I'll have to check my files, but I think I recall (it's been about 3 years) that the whole job - - including shipping - - ran about $200-$225. He also makes replacement barrels.


2. Hand-loading black powder .45-70 ammunition for both Carbine and Rifle. I follow the late J. Spencer Wolf's handbook and try to duplicate the ballistics reported by the craftsmen at the old Frankford Arsenal in Philadelphia.




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