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Larsen E. Pettifogger, SASS #32933

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Posts posted by Larsen E. Pettifogger, SASS #32933

  1. 35 minutes ago, Snakebite said:

    Also, the opening lever on the top of the receiver will not return to center with the barrels attached.


    The fore end not locking needs to be fixed/adjusted.  However, the lever not returning to center when the barrels are installed is normal on most shotguns.  As the gun wears the lever moves toward the center to compensate for normal wear.  Once it hits the center the locking lugs need to be replaced, welded, adjusted, whatever depending on the gun.  On a quality gun this takes many thousands of rounds.

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  2. Depends on what you are trying to accomplish.  If you want to lengthen the LOP then a lace on might work.  However, if you want to keep the LOP the same or shorten it the answer is no.

  3. You can pinch your finger with ANY lever action firearm.  The original 87s and the ones being imported now have solid levers and are no more prone to pinching than any other lever action.  





    The older 87s imported by IAC and Coyote Cap had a two piece lever.  This was a PINCHAMATIC.  To help prevent this they came with a snap-on leather lever wrap to cover the joint in the lever.



  4. The 21st Amendment repealed prohibition.  It has three short clauses.  The operative clause reads:


    Section 2

    The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.


    This means each state has the sole authority to regulate liquor in that state.  In many cases the states have provisions allowing counties and cities to set their own regulations.  So, for example, some states have dry counties while other counties allow liquor sales.

  5. Depends.  Sometimes they come with the plunger, sometimes they do not.  Sometimes the parts house will list if they come with the plunger, sometimes it will not.  It is easy to move the plunger, spring and pin from the old hammer to the new.  FYI most of the time a Bisley hammer will not fit a New Model Vaquero without modifying the hammer and/or grip frame.

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  6. That is BS.  American GFM may have built the machines but I have stood in the Ruger factory in Prescott and watched barrels being made.  You seem to be OCD about this whole thing.  Maybe you should sell the gun and move on.


    .45 barrel being made.





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  7. Part of the problem with a lot of these modern inexpensive devices is that they "reveal" all sorts of problems.  Sometimes real, sometimes imaginery.  How does the bore look if you inspect it the old fashioned way, i.e, take out the cylinder put your thumbnail behind the barrel and look in the other end?  I just did this with a couple of New Vaqueros I have that have less than 100 rounds through them.  With the fingernail test they look bright and shiny.  I stick a bore scope in there and they look like the surface of the moon.  The rings in the bore do not look like rings a lot of CAS shooters talk about.  I.e., a double charge and the barrel got "ringed."  They look like machine marks.  I have been to one of the Ruger plants a few times and these are mass produced firearms.  They are not hand fitted precision polished pieces.  


    They are test fired and placed on racks.  More than one round is fired.




    Then they are rolled out to the shipping area and wiped down, boxed and immediately shipped.  They are not cleaned in the sense that many of us mean when we talk about cleaning a gun.  






    How does the bore look without the bore scope?  If it looks normal I would clean it and take it out and test fire it before getting too excited.


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  8. The honest answer is no one can tell you the answer to your question.  I just tuned a pair of NMVs for a Chronicle article.  One was a nightmare.  The other was easy.  Just a few things that can impact mainspring selection.  A - firing pin protrusion.  B - the fit of the tail of the pawl (the part sticking straight down) to the gripframe.  What length strut and what spring seat the gun has - I or H.  G are Longhunter 15 pound springs.  The one on the left for I and the one on the right for H.  AND depending on how much friction your gun has you can use the shorter spring to get a lighter hammer pull in a gun with the I springseat.  F is a Shotgun Boogie spring that I was able to use after adjusting/eliminating some key friction points.


    Springs are cheap.  Buy several and try different springs with the primers you want to use and adjust until the gun fires reliably.




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  9. One of my holsters was separating slightly at the top.   I was talking to a guy on my posse and noted the stitching was still good but it was separating at the top edge and I needed to figure out how to fix it.  He said I can fix.  So I gave him the holster and he brought he back the next day fixed.  Easy, peasy.

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