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Re: Heavily leaded 45-70

Posted by Ken on Saturday, 10 June 2017, at 1:25 p.m., in response to Re: Heavily leaded 45-70, posted by Ken on Thursday, 1 June 2017, at 8:27 a.m.

Just a followup. I finally got around to giving this gun a full field strip. H had to in order to de-lead the barrel. I have gotten the barrel to the point where a .452 slug pushes through very easily without swaging down in diameter. I am can live with that (vs the earlier .452 slug which required taps with a mallet for each inch of barrel and came out as a .44 bullet). Problems found. The ramrod catch is broken in two which is why it was reluctant to release the ramrod without tools). A surplus one has been ordered. The firing pin was indeed ground down by someone so it is about 1/4" shorter than it should be. A school color guard or a wall hanger modification I am thinking. A proper one has been ordered. What the gun seems to be is an 1884 receiver and barrel and trigger guard, fitted to an 1879 stock and barrel bands, with an 1873 breech-block installed. Definitely a shooter. That's fine.


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