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  1. I just tuned up one of those guns. It turned out to be very nice!
  2. The Marlin was the Gun of choice for many years, followed by the 92, with only a few using a Toggle Action gun like the Henry or 73. This changed when the 73 Shot Stroking became popular. There is nothing wrong with using a well tuned 92 loaded with a weight forward bullet. Or a nice 94 Marlin. Both of them have spent a lot of time in the "Winners Circle". They are generally found at a better price point than the GROSSLY over priced 73s.
  3. I've never had a problem, but keep your eyes open and when you get the original one out compare it to the replacement very carefully. Snakebite
  4. I've only talked to Widder a time or two, but he was extremely helpful and polite to me when I did, even with my reputation. Widder, I'm sorry for your loss, most of us have gone through it. My moma passed at the same age. God Bless her, you and the family. Snakebite
  5. I haven't found any place that sells grips for the Small Frame Uberti revolvers so will start looking for someone that can do some laser checkering on the stock grips. Any idea on either? Snakebite
  6. Yep... trying to get rid of a lifetime of collected guns can become a quest for a collector. It's so bad that a couple years back I took some guns to a local dealer who was attending a Gun Show and took my guns on consignment. When they didn't sell, I had to pay DROS fees, register them and go through the waiting period before I could pick up my own guns! I was totally PISSED about that! One thing that can still be done is that you can DIRECTLY hand over any of your guns to a Spouse, your children or grandchildren if they can legally own a gun, without going through a FFL. However, they have 30 days to send in a form and $19 to register it and show that it was a gift from you.
  7. The value of a non-registered, non-traceable firearm just went up.
  8. I certainly learned a good lesson about not getting cases dry a few years back at Winter Range. I use the Sun in the summer and the oven the rest of the time. Wife shoots too, so I don't get any flak from her about using the oven.
  9. Update.... The 512 is turning out to be a real nice shotgun. IMO it has the possibility of becoming the "Go To" SxS shotgun for this game. IMO it is a much better choice than the CZ. I've tuned both and I found this one to be much easier to work on and am happier with the results I got. I was able to get a couple parts that I wanted. Both of the two I got were un-usable out of the box. I mean ABSOLUTELY not usable at all. They were so tight that they couldn't be opened if you were able to even put them together. But the good news is after spending some intimate time at the work bench I found that they are pretty straight forward and tune-up well. You will have to fit SOME parts if you want it to work, and MOST parts if you want it to be a competitive "Cowboy" shotgun. I put in some after market Firing pins, which are longer and IMO are needed if you intend to reduce the hammer spring tension. The aftermarket pins were a little larger in dia and I had to dress them down a bit to keep them from hanging up... but no big deal. Most parts need to be fitted. The gun is VERY LIGHT. Weighs under 6 lbs. I put a Mercury recoil reducer in the stock to help. I wouldn't want to shoot any "Big" loads in it. I have ordered a extra stock and will cut it down for my wife to try. We both shooting Browning BSS right now. The BSS is a work horse and like a tank compared to these little light weights. Time will tell the tale.
  10. Finally got the second gun. It's as tight as a Bull's @$$ in Fly season. Totally unusable out of the box, and I mean TOTALLY! I had a half day to mess with it, yesterday. It has been a learning process, that's for sure. If you take one apart make sure to scratch a mark on Left and Right parts just to be safe. Plan on doing some figuring out how to tune and RE-INSTALL the Top Lever spring..... it's a Bugger. Remove the set screw from the left side to allow the Latch lever to come out. The latch up lug required a large amount of lever travel to allow the gun to open. You either live with it or cut down the on the depth of the latch up. There is plenty of latch area so it didn't bother me to reduce it just little and it helped a lot. Hammer springs are plenty strong, since they are not very long they have to be strong. I did take down the diameter a bit, that helped, but some longer firing pins are in order. I ordered some SGB firing pins for the 512, hope that they are longer. It relies on inertia for the pins to strike the primers, which works, but with lighter springs it wouldn't hurt to have some longer Firing pins. While the Top lever was out I used a little heat and re-formed (Bent) it so it was more friendly for my taste... that part worked out OK, however, before reinstalling it I decided to polish it back out. The buffer grabbed it and slammed into the table and broke off the Thumb pad. DRATS! I Silver soldered it back together and it seems like it is going to be OK... but DANG! I will try to order a new Top lever and another Top lever spring just in case.... I did manage to dress the original Lever spring down a bit but it's a chore. Overall, the gun just needs a great deal of polishing and fitting. I like it much better than I did the CZ Sharp-tail and IMO it will tune up better in the end. (I hope) My first attempt has greatly improved the Shotgun and it is now usable, but it is still not to the point where I think it needs to be. O-Yeah.... you need a really long Allen wrench to get the stock off!
  11. The Shooter's book is important at any annual match. It provides continuity to the match's event and helps to make the shooter part of the team. Never sacrifice quality for Quantity. Snakebite
  12. Well all I can say is that the bullet I used worked well enough for me to bring home a few rewards. Barrels tend to gall up a few inches from the end, and the 2 grams of lube carried in the bullet kept the end of the barrel wet. If some was wasted it was/is no big deal. The bullet also did a great job in the Pistol Caliber Long Range category when they had one. It was designed with two goals in mind. One was to carry a lot of lube, and the other was to load in a 38 case and come out to the OAL of a 357. It did both and has worked well. For any shooting a 38/357, it works very well. And THAT'S my story!
  13. Howdy Kid... Tnx for you comment. It appears that you have totally missed my point. This has little, or nothing to do with Shotguns.... it's all about Dodge trucks!!
  14. The heavier bullet prints higher because the recoil. The gun is pointing higher when the bullet leaves the barrel. All other factors being the same, that won't happen if the gun is fired from a Ransom gun vice. Bottom line for playing this game is to develop the load you want using a rest. When you are happy with that load, THEN adjust you sights to hit point of aim when shooting Offhand.
  15. That is correct. As the Originator of the "Snakebite" bullet I had Lee mfg the first molds. They would not make it for others without my permission, which I gave for Dick. Same for the commercial mold via Magma. Geo Kid had the only approved commercial mold and the "Cherry". It disappeared after his passing. I have no idea where it went! I've watched to see if the bullet has surfaced, but haven't notice it anywhere.
  16. Who was the "Original" Big Lube maker?
  17. Just opening the top lever will allow the shotgun to fall open to the point that the shells can be "Shucked" out. The action of shucking the shells provides that slight amount of inertia required for the empty hulls to fall clear and to re-cock the shotgun. This is a natural action that requires no assistance from the off hand which is being used to retrieve two more shells.
  18. Urine from a pregnant hog works best, but a full bottle of Toohey's Beer with a squirt of Armorall will do the job.
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