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    Tinkering with a P-14 "sporter".

    This project is a bit of a long-shot, involving a P-14 that has had its ears "clipped and given a pretty good polish and blue, bur has the untidy, factory-original :lightening" divots milled into the...
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    Then there's the Russian "wildcat" 6.5 x54R, also...

    Then there's the Russian "wildcat" 6.5 x54R, also used briefly as a Biathlon rifle.

    Then, they cooked up a "wildcat" based on the 7.62 x 39. This 5.6 x 39 was first used in the "Running Deer"...
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    Sorry, That should be: "7N14" cartridge as the...

    Sorry, That should be: "7N14" cartridge as the current Russian "special" round.

    There is a "7N1" but it was introduced in the sixties with the introduction of the SVD and superseded by the 7N14 in...
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    The Finn TKIV sniper is built around the 7.62 x...

    The Finn TKIV sniper is built around the 7.62 x 53R round. This is essentially a very refined version of the venerable Russian round. The trick is that the barrels were essentially "western" 7.62mm...
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    If you are going for an "insert" magazine, two...

    If you are going for an "insert" magazine, two good options are the single-column types from a Tikka 55 or a Remington 788. I have not had a close look at a Savage 340 ".222" mag lately, but it may...
  6. Citric acid, per se is not that bad; the stuff...

    Citric acid, per se is not that bad; the stuff supplied by the makers of drum tumblers like "Lyman", for instance clearly state on the packaging of the "trial" brew packed with the tumbler, that it...
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    I am in the "Penal Colonies" in Australia. The...

    I am in the "Penal Colonies" in Australia.

    The breech end of the barrel is pretty-much dead flat apart from the breech thread and the usual small chamfer on the chamber. The "Knox Form" is tapered...
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    Parker Hale T4 barrel?

    I have a new, unfitted, (no extractor cut), 7.62 NATO barrel on my bench, marked Parker Hale and proofed to 20T.

    As it is threaded 14 TPI, it would appear to be for a T4.

    The catch is that it...
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    Parker Hale T4

    i have a new, unfitted, (no extractor cut), 7.62 NATO barrel on my bench, marked Parker Hale and proofed to 20T.

    As it is threaded 14 TPI, it would appear to be for a T4.

    The catch is that it...
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    There's "stainless steel" and then there's...

    There's "stainless steel" and then there's "stainless steel"...

    Extractors need to be reasonably "wear-resistant" and TOUGH. Hard as glass and BRITTLE is not a good look.

    The two "common"...
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    Put an ad in the "Wanted to buy / trade" section...

    Put an ad in the "Wanted to buy / trade" section and stand back!

    A "Central" with the correct Mk 7 .303 calibration plate would be extra-value.

    Canada is also probably a good place to start.
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    An associated problem that arose with Lithgow No1...

    An associated problem that arose with Lithgow No1 productions was the spectre of the "Pratt and Whitney Inch", as opposed to the "Enfield Inch".

    The entire Lithgow production plant, tooling and...
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    And, appropriately timed...

    Oh, Canada!

    In the spirit of Mayday: Your Prime Mincer just hauled on his jackboots.

    This may not end well.
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    Lithgow "H" barrel? Not sure of vintage, probably...

    Lithgow "H" barrel? Not sure of vintage, probably post WW2 as it is still greased up and in a long plastic bag.

    The No4 7.62 barrels are marked "A W", an inch or so forward of the Knox Form. and a...
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    I was wondering because I have a couple of the...

    I was wondering because I have a couple of the Lithgow-made 7.62 No. 4 barrels (the ones without bayonet lugs) here and they appear to also use breeching washers and the "ramp' of the extractor cut...
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    L42 Minutiae

    I do not own a "real" L42 and probably never will.

    However, I have a technical question for those who can put their hands on one fairly easily.

    Given that the proper extractor for the L42A1 and...
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    The "model" marking is interesting, as well. ...

    The "model" marking is interesting, as well.

    My old eyes see what looks like a "equals" sign after the "lll".

    That would suggest that this is one of the Mk lll* rifles that were re-graded to...
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    As for "smelling like Grandma's place", a lot of...

    As for "smelling like Grandma's place", a lot of Australian wood (Coachwood) appears to have also been treated with Creosote; a whole different smell.

    I guess that treatment was to slow down the...
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    A point that most seem to be missing is that...

    A point that most seem to be missing is that except for "presentation" rifles, precious few No1 or No4 / 5 rifles /carbines left the factory with a hand-rubbed gloss finish.

    These thing were meant...
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    Good point!
  21. Then, there is the Canadian solution: The Griffin...

    Then, there is the Canadian solution: The Griffin and Howe setup.

    A seriously robust-looking piece of kit.
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    I have known IDS since I was a teenager; we lived...

    I have known IDS since I was a teenager; we lived in the same town and I bought my first P-14 from him.

    He trained as a musician, but was always keen on old guns.

    His first book (1975) was a...
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    If Carcanos bores are anything like a lot of...

    If Carcanos bores are anything like a lot of other rifling systems developed in that era, the bullets will be theoretically "undersized". The standard theory of the time was that the swift kick in...
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    Making those little brass rivets and washers (for...

    Making those little brass rivets and washers (for the rear hand-guard ones) would be good therapy for someone with a little Unimat lathe and a stock of suitable brass rod, especially during "home...
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    Not sure if they ever made the caps without the...

    Not sure if they ever made the caps without the holes being threaded, but I've never seen a "unthreaded one. If you can't find or make the rivets, try to track down the screws. They, of course, have...
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