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Re: Heavily leaded 45-70
Posted by Ken on Wednesday, 31 May 2017, at 7:39 a.m., in response to Re: Heavily leaded 45-70, posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 29 May 2017, at 2:54 p.m.
I am not perplexed about those things, however surely an 1873 breechblock doesn't belong on it. Was the rod bayonet a sometimes thing or was it not standard by 1887? I remain dubious about the rear sight simply because the two screws it is mounted with have marred heads, as if someone had been using the wrong size screwdriver on them. Not being able to come up with a legitimate reason for someone to mess with those screws is why I suspect this sight may not be the original one.
Additional new observation, someone messed with the firing pin so that the hammer will not reach it. Presumably they took the spring out of the 1873 breech block, which would of course make the gun child-safe or a wall hanger. Or they simply shortened the rear of the firing pin. I will have to get in there and look. Durn it.
Regarding the slugging of the barrel. I expected a sized .452 Colt bullet to just drop through if the barrel was clean, but when it didn't I decided to use it to slug the bore. Truly the hardest slugging I have ever done. Total resistance every inch of the way. Although rifling is visible with a flashlight shined down the bore (and it looks clean), there are no rifling marks on the swaged down pistol bullet. The are no land groove marks on the bullet. .447 IS the diameter of what emerged. I have been using patches soaked with a 50/50 mix of peroxide and vinegar to try to remove the lead with, I think, some success as they aren't coming out clean at all. I do wish Outers had not discontinued their electrolysis lead removal kit.
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