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Re: TD made 1889

Posted by Eldar Gulli on Saturday, 25 April 2015, at 11:09 a.m., in response to Re: TD made 1889, posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 23 April 2015, at 2:47 p.m.

Thank you for your reponce to my question !

Yes - it doesn't matter if I have case or cartridge in chamber when block is closed . It still has that looseness , and I do not like it at all .

And yes - it seems as though the stupidity concerning bad handling of old guns is without limits .

Here are the latest news on this "project":

I shot the rifle yesterday, with poor results . The bullets struck target more or less sideways and made keyholes , and in addition the strikes were all over the paper . I suspect that the bullets lost there grip on rifling and that this is the reason why they did not get stable in flight . Shooting was done at 100 meters , and the bullet used was the 500-.460" Saeco government . The charge was 70 gns Wano PP compressed but without any kind of wad between the bullet and the charge . Could it be that the missing wad would cause the bullet to loose stability ? My friends at the range told me they had loaded catridges without any kind of wadding between powder and bullet , but without the ill effect which became my experience . I checked the bore for leading but there was no leading present . I used "gold medallion" and "Birchwood Casey" lead-removing cloth . I was not able to detect any sign of leading of a magnitude that should cause the bullet to wobble or loose stability . A friend of mine with an identical rifle - shooting a identical bullet , but with paper wad on top of charge - he put several shots in to one jagged hole (1,5MOA). By the way: I have ordered the following parts from Albert Frasca : an other tang, an other hinge pin and an other thumblatch or lockinglug .

This is getting costly , but what else is there to do ? In addition - I will have a skilled expert on woodwork doing the repairs needed on the stock . It is sad to think about that this rifle was brand new when found in its crate in the nineteen-forties or fifties, where it had been hidden for some eighty years or thereabout. Now it is a mess because of unskilled peoples ignorance and carelessness .

Thanks for caring .


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