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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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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!
  7. "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...
  8. 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...
  11. " 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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    If the end of the screw was peened over or spread...

    If the end of the screw was peened over or spread with a punch during the original assembly, as was done on some types of rifle to prevent soldiers from dismantling them, then that is exactly what...
  20. PHOTOS AND MEASUREMENTS PLEASE !

    Well I and others could advise you much more precisely if you would take the trouble to post a photo or two and to measure - even roughly - the length of the narrow section. The reason why will soon...
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    First of all, may we assume that you have...

    First of all, may we assume that you have inspected the bolt for any obvious signs of damage or excessive wear? If the bolt is OK, then maybe there is nothing wrong with your rifle at all.

    Some...
  22. Thanks Ovidio, for the confirmation that the load...

    Thanks Ovidio, for the confirmation that the load works in another M1917. If you want to do significantly better, and maybe copy the method I described, it would be easier with a scope fitted.
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    Charlie, what is a 30rd Mag Catch? How does it...

    Charlie, what is a 30rd Mag Catch? How does it differ from standard? Photo would be helpful.
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    Sounds like a good compromise that avoids doing...

    Sounds like a good compromise that avoids doing anything irreversible!
  25. I confess that this sort of thing gets on my...

    I confess that this sort of thing gets on my nerves just a trifle. We do our best to try and help someone, and appropriate feedback is helpful for advising others in the future. But sending advice...
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