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    Excellent Ovidio! Now here's a useful dodge for...

    Excellent Ovidio! Now here's a useful dodge for people (like me) who don't like filing around on original rifles.

    The M1917 backsight is limited by the crude "notch" steps... go one step higher,...
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    I apologize for this not being a straight answer...

    I apologize for this not being a straight answer to your question, but I do not think that trying to zero a rifle with open sights at 25 yards is a very good idea, UNLESS you use a target that is...
  3. Well, don't try this out on a valuable part, but...

    Well, don't try this out on a valuable part, but I once achieved a parkerization "look-alike" finish by accident.

    I had wanted to remove the rust on a couple of screw dies, and dunked them in a...
  4. In other words: Buy Now While Stocks Last !!!

    In other words: Buy Now While Stocks Last !!!
  5. For which there is a separate "Appraisals" forum.

    For which there is a separate "Appraisals" forum.
  6. Of course, as a one-time military rifle with a...

    Of course, as a one-time military rifle with a full-length stock, it is clear that the stock has been cut down. Look up a few photos in the internet to gauge the proportions, and you can judge that...
  7. Lovely rifle, wrong forum!

    Lovely rifle, wrong forum!
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    Wow Alan, but that is a beeyootifull set!

    Wow Alan, but that is a beeyootifull set!
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    The problem of sizing for a Hall rifle is really...

    The problem of sizing for a Hall rifle is really just the same as for a percussion revolver. The ball must be held firmly in the chamber, but not overstress the barrel.

    My very serious...
  10. Value? Enough

    Now that this seemingly endless thread appears to be fading out, may I ever so gently point out that there is a forum:

    Appraisals, Fakery, Dispute Resolution & Mediation Forum

    which exists for...
  11. Basic measurement caution

    This is an oldie:

    The fact that an instrument has a resolution of 0.001" does NOT mean that it is accurate to 0.001".

    The slightest bit of grease or dust on the faces of a gauge will affect...
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    A great piece of work, but I'm not familiar with...

    A great piece of work, but I'm not familiar with the term "card stock". Please could you explain?
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    Eaglelord17: If that was at 100yds, then it is a...

    Eaglelord17: If that was at 100yds, then it is a very good group for a military rifle with open sights!
  14. "Isn't that how it's done?" Er, sorry Jim, but...

    "Isn't that how it's done?"

    Er, sorry Jim, but not according to P.107 of Wirnsberger "Standard Directory of Proof marks".

    The "Not English Make" was to be marked on foreign-made barrels...
  15. Winchester 94 from a French contract. OK,...

    Winchester 94 from a French contract. OK, understood that.
    But what I don't follow is

    "the second set of proofs would be from the "Guns For Britain" emergency after Dunkirk and being taken into...
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    - sorry, was interrupted

    It seems that your bore is seriously worn. I have not yet found any official definition of maximum land and groove diameters. Until they turn up, let's look at it from a practical viewpoint.
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    "Correct" is not a word that you will find in...

    "Correct" is not a word that you will find in standards documentation, but a somewhat subjective adjective, popular with collectors, that already implies a judgement.

    The "Masstefeln für...
  18. " I know its French polish beneath the cosmoline,...

    " I know its French polish beneath the cosmoline, so i can't use alcohol based cleaners because it will wreck the original finish."

    French polish + Cosmoline = NOT original finish.

    So-called...
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    Normally, on an M1917, the muzzle-end face of the...

    Normally, on an M1917, the muzzle-end face of the front end of the stock has a letter stamp E or R or W.

    I think you would find this book useful:

    "United States Model of 1917" by C.S. Ferris....
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    Filed or shaved beneath the bolt handle and the...

    Filed or shaved beneath the bolt handle and the safety lever. So the system was sitting too low in the wood. Since wood does not normally expand on rifles stocks, but rather shrinks a little over...
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    It looks to me as if someone shaved off a sliver...

    It looks to me as if someone shaved off a sliver of wood beneath the bolt handle. Deduction: it didn't fit, as it surely would have done when it left the arsenal, so something was altered - new...
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    Yet another one of those "I've got something odd...

    Yet another one of those "I've got something odd - what is it?" queries that assumes we are all using the latest in high-tech crystal balls, thus making photos etc. totally unnecessary
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    Ridolpho, please don't get me wrong. I have no...

    Ridolpho, please don't get me wrong. I have no Snider exertise myself, just one beautiful example. I don't recall asserting anything, merely inviting you (and anyone else following this discussion)...
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    I beg to disagree with you Ridolpho. Please read...

    I beg to disagree with you Ridolpho. Please read this thread, especially the comments by Bill Curtis, who is truly expert on 19th. c. British firearms.

    Untouched Snider III - British Militaria...
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    No it's not. Read the original text carefully -...

    No it's not. Read the original text carefully - it does not claim that the rifle was manufactured in 1860.

    It states:
    "The lock is correct and original dated 1860 with muted color."

    1860 is...
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