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    Ross Target Rifles and Target Shooting...

    Ross Target Rifles and Target Shooting
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    Not really the scenario I was referring to it's...

    Not really the scenario I was referring to it's true, but not impossible.

    British and French forces in Italy during World War I - Wikipedia

    Stuff does get traded around post-war, particularly...
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    Can't speak to that, but if you have your photos...

    Can't speak to that, but if you have your photos still it would nice to see them in the thread again.
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    From the mounts I'd suspect it was a WWI trophy...

    From the mounts I'd suspect it was a WWI trophy that was re-used post-war (on a sporter obviously). Over the years several such turned up on ebay.de, and one or two absolutely pristine sets as well....
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    Some of the full-bore target shooters back in the...

    Some of the full-bore target shooters back in the day were 3lb hammer & pipe wrench guys. I've got a couple of "dead bodies" here that show all the signs of prolonged attack with blunt instruments....
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    Well, I wouldn't want to stretch that bow too...

    Well, I wouldn't want to stretch that bow too far; the political class had nothing to offer remotely comparable to WSC, and the general mood among them was bleak, albeit stoic.

    Sir Edmund Ironside...
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    I'd agree that the Mk.III./M1910 action is a...

    I'd agree that the Mk.III./M1910 action is a better choice all round. Not as aesthetically pleasing as the Mk.II/1905 perhaps, but massively strong; only the Arisaka's are said to be comparable.
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    Clever cartoon; both the bravado of weakness and...

    Clever cartoon; both the bravado of weakness and an expression of sheer resolution. The "great man theory" of history is no longer fashionable, but without him, the "logic" of Britain's strategic...
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    Can you post a photo of the foresight base?

    Does it have a concave/half round groove in one side?

    If so, that also suggests a made-up piece as those bases were made to accept Gallilean sights...
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    Interesting. Do we have records to confirm that?...

    Interesting. Do we have records to confirm that?

    Do you know anything about the history of this particular rifle?
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    CNC would make easy work of the barrel threads. ...

    CNC would make easy work of the barrel threads. Drawings exist online IIRC.

    The holes show that a charger bridge and sight base was fitted at one time.

    Probably not worth trying to build up;...
  12. Overall it appears to be an M10 .280, even to the...

    Overall it appears to be an M10 .280, even to the barrel profile, but clearly those markings on the barrel don't fit that hypothesis.

    Is there a serial number on the barrel just above the stock...
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    You have a genuine Long Branch "T" backsight by...

    You have a genuine Long Branch "T" backsight by the look of it - no one has faked the Maltese cross mark as far as we know. The rest of the rifle is a bit contradictory: it has been refinished and...
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    Could you expand on that please?

    Could you expand on that please?
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    The wear looks commensurate with banging around...

    The wear looks commensurate with banging around the veldt for a while: 7th Dragoon Guards - Wikipedia

    The "71401" is not a service number from the Boer War era, whatever else it may be. Army...
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    Come now, anyone who's read Simon Murray should...

    Come now, anyone who's read Simon Murray should know that NCO's wear the blue kepis. ;)

    You may be right about the originals being just covers Aragon, but I believe the "kepis blanc" was on issue...
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    Came across these old clippings the other day;...

    Came across these old clippings the other day; from Life Magazine I suspect. Notice the wheels under the early subs and the model with externally mounted torpedoes on rotating launchers!

    Images...
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    IIRC the electro-pencilled rifle number ("C 1625"...

    IIRC the electro-pencilled rifle number ("C 1625" in this case) is only found on the 600(?) No.4 Aldis set up in the enlarged PPCo. rings, aka "Bartle" rings. Given the wonky "1" I'm not certain...
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    Can't see a singe definitive shell strike on it...

    Can't see a singe definitive shell strike on it myself.; must have been a relatively new arrival. One is reminded of the curious absence of a mantlet on both the turret and hull armament; both must...
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    Belay that -was nodding off or something! :D ...

    Belay that -was nodding off or something! :D

    Since I have a bolt near at hand this time I just took it down and yes, it all comes back: there is a collar that threads into the bolt head body and...
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    I've used Simple Green at 100% with some success,...

    I've used Simple Green at 100% with some success, but IIRC the YT vids I watched showed there were more complex but probably more effective methods that used other ingredients as well.
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    Have you not been able to remove the firing pin...

    Have you not been able to remove the firing pin and spring?
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    Keep fiddling with it and you'll get it. ...

    Keep fiddling with it and you'll get it. Probably there are burrs on the internal interrupted threads that are catching. Once you get it apart take a close look and remove those with needle files...
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    A very dense felt about 3/4" thick as I recall. ...

    A very dense felt about 3/4" thick as I recall. The same sort of stuff "Russian" felt books are made from. A couple of those cases split open would have made a very good sleeping mat if kept dry!
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    And they'd have an even greater problem now.

    And they'd have an even greater problem now.
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