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  1. If conserving by getting rid of red iron oxide...

    If conserving by getting rid of red iron oxide without damaging the underlying finish (black iron oxide), either steaming or boiling should work just fine.
    Steaming seems to convert faster. In my...
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    What I was thinking...but he needs the other part...

    What I was thinking...but he needs the other part of the base.
    To my knowledge, only one size front sight dovetail was ever made, even though some are tighter/looser than others. I had one that was...
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    So I've been doing more agonizing in my mind over...

    So I've been doing more agonizing in my mind over chiseling and scraping, trying to figure out how the thing is "supposed" to bed. I have my original as a guide, but the balance of the new one is...
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    Do you have the rest of the front sight? if not,...

    Do you have the rest of the front sight? if not, they are cheap. I am assuming you mean you need a taller blade? There are many different 1903 standard blade heights. If one of iis then not high...
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    My handgaurd came in the mail over the weekend...

    My handgaurd came in the mail over the weekend from macon gunstocks. I hadn't expected it for a couple weeks, so plus 1 for them on that. Here it is, next to an original.
    120044
    Looks like they dug...
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    Early on in the flood of Mosin's, a company in...

    Early on in the flood of Mosin's, a company in Ukraine who manufactured PU scopes in WW2 unmothbolled its equipment and made new production PU scopes. The distinguishing differences are the screw...
  7. And it's even worse when you have no clue where...

    And it's even worse when you have no clue where the leftover came from or where it goes. That's another thing I appreciate about the old designs...every pin and screw is unique...no guesses required...
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    I worked the vertical surfaces today, and the...

    I worked the vertical surfaces today, and the rear tip of the tang, until the action "dropped in". I then received the barrel channel sides, and the bed wherever there was contact. Now, the fun,...
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    After reading a bunch of reviews on some...

    After reading a bunch of reviews on some woodworking forums, I bought VonHaus - they had a a regular flat chisel set and a carving chisel set. I bought both - total cost ~$90.I broke em out to start...
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    I splurged on new good quality chisels and a...

    I splurged on new good quality chisels and a sharpening set to replace the ones from harbor freight I started with. they were good enough to do minelli stocks that had only a little to do. When I'm...
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    They are all on rifles made up in the late 50's...

    They are all on rifles made up in the late 50's :). Fortunate for me, many of them were neglected and abused, and being sold off now for cheap as relative scrap.
    Here is how the a3 I converted came...
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    The a4 I'm doing now, and the conversion I did...

    The a4 I'm doing now, and the conversion I did last, were lucky enough to be older sporters and had their original Redfield Jr. bases on them. All I had to do was find split top rings. I found 2 sets...
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    no hurry. I'm happy to do it right, and it will...

    no hurry. I'm happy to do it right, and it will look beautiful. I don't typically stain my military stocks...go straight for the raw linseed oil and let it mellow naturally. Might go to the hardware...
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    here is the stock I picked up last weekend and...

    here is the stock I picked up last weekend and Dunlap Woodcrafts just up the road in Chantilly, VA. I spoke with owner Wayne Dunlap. He is an older gentleman who has been shooting black powder for...
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    as you saw, the "American blue" from rustblue.com...

    as you saw, the "American blue" from rustblue.com I used on the receiver was very easy to get good uniform results without any spotting, but didn't get very dark. It did, however, card very easily...
  16. https://criterionbarrels.com/products/p14-enfield/...

    https://criterionbarrels.com/products/p14-enfield/p14-enfield-barrels/?v=7516fd43adaa
    I guess that means they are out there, in theory at least.
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    you know what they say...even a blind squirrel...

    you know what they say...even a blind squirrel finds a nut...:)
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    :rofl::madsmile:haha....I beat Jim to the...

    :rofl::madsmile:haha....I beat Jim to the punch!:)
    here is his older post with the answer...
    https://www.milsurps.com/showthread.php?t=65318&p=435522&viewfull=1#post435522
    looks like the handgaurd...
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    looks good. how's the bore?

    looks good. how's the bore?
  20. Turned out real nice. Looking forward to hearing...

    Turned out real nice. Looking forward to hearing the range report!
    I've been thinking of doing 1917 to compliment my original. So many sporters out there right no...few with the ears in tact but...
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    handgaurd question

    were the handgaurds the same on rifle vs. carbine (assuming 1901 sights)? In other words, will this one work on my rifle with 1901 sights? They only have the one picture. Looks like a 1901 compared...
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    is it possible that this rifle made it through...

    is it possible that this rifle made it through the a4 production, but then failed final inspection or was rejected and then recycled as a regular A3? id say doubtful, but always like to hear from the...
  23. I had only ever fired a Red Ryder before Parris...

    I had only ever fired a Red Ryder before Parris Island. My love of all things marksmanship started there. My first milsurp was a CMP Garand - took me a while to get to a place where I could afford to...
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    I've been wanting to have one made...before you...

    I've been wanting to have one made...before you yell at me, I want one with MY initials on it to finish off the new wood I fit to previously- bubba'd-but-now-restored rifles.
    I suppose there are...
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    here is the rear sight all prettied up. It was...

    here is the rear sight all prettied up. It was pretty ugly before...likely put together from parts. I could no longer stand seeing it on a pristine-like-factory-new-metal. I didn't strip the old...
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