Widder, SASS #59054 Posted January 28, 2011 Share Posted January 28, 2011 Check out this video on Marlins: Hey Pards. First and foremost, these are not short stroked Marlins. The first Marlin in the video is a Cowboy Comp in .45 Colt Its called the WiddermAJik because it was modified to run the Cowboy .45 Special and nearly any .45 Colt load. As most of us know, Adirondack Jack (AJ) is the owner of the excellent Cowboy .45 Special cartridge. The OAL for the empty Cowboy .45 Special case is .898 according to my Mitutoyo calipers. The OAL for the Speer 300 gr Gold Dot HP in the .45 Colt case is 1.638 I have run some Speer 300 grain flat nose bullets thru it at 1.660 but didn't do it in the video. The second Marlin is a Cowboy Comp in .38 Special. The mods on this rifle are covered in Marauders website. BUT, there are two items I modified differently on this rifle. I DID NOT remove any tips on the bolt face nor did I modify the extractor. What I did do was this: I polished the tops of the 2 large bolt face tips and in doing so, probably lowered them just a few .000 I also 'slightly' beveled all the edges to help ensure that the feeding rounds would not catch or snag while being angled fed onto the bolt face. Another PLUS that enhanced this mod is that I gave the extractor a 'melt down' look. In other words, I rounded out all the sharp edges to give a downward and inward flow that helps guide the case rim under the extractor. I did not have to bend the extractor inward or 'retune' it. The spring on the extractor had already been 'tweaked' (or straightened) and therefore, I didn't have to really do anymore tuning to the extractor. One other note: Setting up the Marlin for the angle feed modification does not automatically give you a smooth rifle. Other tuning techniques as described by others in Marauders website is beneficial for a smooth operating Marlin. BUT, setting up the angle feed mod (Widdermatic or WiddermAJik) in your Marlin does eliminate OAL sensitivities, carrier rolloffs, speed issues and basically gives you a rifle that has little, if any, 'feel' to it when chambering your ammo. To sum it up, these make a dandy little back-up rifle! Hope you enjoy the videos. Thanks for watching. ..........Widder Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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