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Re: 1873 cleaning rod
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 25 February 2014, at 10:38 a.m., in response to Re: 1873 cleaning rod, posted by TR Coker on Tuesday, 25 February 2014, at 9:21 a.m.
Some thoughts at random:
(1) Can't believe I'm saying this, since I am not a fan of replicas, but, H&R only made 1000 of the "Infantry" rifle, and they MIGHT, in future, have some collectibility. I don't think that would stop me, but just wanted you to be aware. It was intended to be a copy of a full rifle, not a cadet.
(2) Not sure I understand your problem. The rod is a little shorter than a real one, but still long enough to go the full length of the barrel for cleaning. Does it go all the way into the stock, and latch, or do you have a blocked hole like the other guy?
(3) The last thing I would do is sacrifice a genuine rod to an H&R. You don't need to use the "show" rod for cleaning - it isn't the best choice for that anyhow. All it really needs for a proper appearance is to go an inch or so into the hole. If you ARE going to cut a rod, cut one from Dixie, etc.
(4) To deepen (or clean) the hole, get a drill bit of the proper diameter, have a machinist braze it to a long piece of rod, chuck it up in your electric drill and go - slowly - as deep as you need to, or can - being careful not to hit the trigger parts.
(5) I'm not sure that there is compatibility between the real rod and the H&R keeper - that would be another point to check before you do anything irreversible.
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