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    Machinist. Gunsmith-in-training. Civil War era history. Hunting, fishing, camping.

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  1. Thanks JMB, that gives me plenty of options. I’ll likely start with 1 or 2 a month then add if schedule allows. What should I expect in terms of attendance in this area?
  2. Thanks Sandhills Slim, I drive down to wagram every once in a while to visit a couple gun stores, definitely not too far for me. I’m assuming that’s 2 Saturdays from today — I may send you a PM before the day to get acquainted with the range. I have full kit and costume and shoot 44-40 black powder so there will be smoke!
  3. Guess I got caught up in the spirit of the game advice taken
  4. Four Roses Small Batch Select is the best commercial whiskey IMO. a $55 bottle that rivals $200+ bottles. for a lighter mood, Nikka Coffey Grain If I’m fishing or want to feel like a sailor, anything Ardbeg
  5. I moved up to NC from FL last year to get my Gunsmith degree from Montgomery’s attendance program. The programs been intense so I’ve put SASS on hold… but I’m about to a point where I’m getting acclimated to the schedule and looking to shoot some matches. I’ve seen the list of matches in my area, and the ones in Salisbury and Statesville are within an hour or so from me. But wondering if any of the active pards on here have one they can speak for? I drive an hour each way for school so I’m not above riding the ole horse a ways.
  6. It is a beautiful gun, but would be considered an excellent condition ‘shooter’, not a ‘collector’. To many collectors the original stock is more important than the barrel, as it is the first thing your eye is drawn to. The CMP is doing interesting things and setting their own prices, which some people bite on, but collectors willing to pay the money for safe queens usually look elsewhere. however, as a shooter, she is beautiful and will put a smile on anyones face who touches it. if you are lucky and can find a period appropriate stock in good shape to drop the assembly into, you would do a service to its history, and can bring it from a shooter to a collector.
  7. good to know, I’m not as educated on these as I am on the Mausers etc. looks like a fun rifle, hope it goes to a good home
  8. Do serial numbers match? How is the bore/rifling?
  9. Wanted to post an update and close it out. I was right about the spring being too long. Got an authentic original replacement spring for 3 notch tumbler and it was maybe 50 thou shorter on the stirrup leg than what was in the gun. Sure enough, she works flawlessly now. Must have been bubba dropping in any which spring and calling it good ‘nuff. She will live to fire again!
  10. Thanks for all the links fellas. After thinking on it off and on for the weekend I think I have an idea… given that only one size mainspring was designed through all years, and the only thing that changed was the tumbler from 2 to 3 notches… and the only part that changed in that conversion was the sear (there’s a 2 notch sear and a 3 notch sear)… I’m making my bet that someone at some point replaced/repaired the original broken sear with a 2 notch sear. Shot in the dark maybe, but it at least feels more like a shot in the dark with a tactical flashlight. I have a new 3 position sear on the way from grandpas gun parts, cross your fingers for me. If that doesn’t work, I would go all in on the stirrup… the stirrup is technically part of the tumbler assembly but with the same thought process that at some point the old stirrup broke off the tumbler and someone dropped in a stirrup from a 2 notch tumbler
  11. Yea, they have one mainspring in stock and it’s labeled for a Whitneyville Plymouth and Springfield 1873-1889… comes hardened, needs tempering… the one size fits all is a bit concerning. may have to make a custom spring to fit if all else fails… it’s in NRA Excellent condition otherwise so don’t want to over stress internals with a too-heavy spring
  12. Pards, I am repairing an original 1873 Springfield Trapdoor (1883 production with 3 position tumbler) and am having a sear engagement issue with positions 2 and 3. When the hammer is pulled back you can see the stirrup hitting the tumbler preventing it from going back any further. I’m guessing maybe the mainspring had been transplanted from an earlier 2 position tumbler, and I need a shorter mainspring? The shorter mainspring would give the stirrup more travel… but everywhere I look I only see one style mainspring… Here is a video from our shop of the issue: https://youtu.be/Ch2V_l9LqKU
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