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Re: 1873 cleaning rod
Posted by John on Tuesday, 25 February 2014, at 1:10 p.m., in response to Re: 1873 cleaning rod, posted by TR Coker on Tuesday, 25 February 2014, at 9:21 a.m.
To deepen a ramrod hole you can buy special drills. Or, you can get a 36 inch piece of rod at the hardware store that fits the hole (a few thousandths larger than the cleaning rod, hopefully). Grind or file the tip of the rod from the hardware store to a chisel or screwdriver type point very sharp on the end. You can then chuck the rod in your electric drill and deepen the hole with it. Go slow, pull the "drill" our often to clear the chips. This will work for an inch or two, but will not work very well for a deeper hole.
I am not sure "defarbing" a repro is worth the effort. There are plenty of original trapdoors with poor finish or other problems that have minimal collector sanctity and would be about the same price or cheaper than a repro. They could easily be made pretty with some cleaning and cold blue, or beautiful with a rust blue job, and some stock clean up. I would much prefer a refinished original to a foreign made repro.
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