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    I still enjoy shooting single shot rifles

    Besides collecting early M1icon Rifles and early Lee Enfield & Model 1903 rifles, I also enjoy building and shooting a few single shot rifles (I do have two Remington 40X single shot rifles but really consider them bolt actions)

    Photo my Ruger Number 3 with a heavy 308 Winchester barrel and Canjar set trigger, I did the stock with birdseye maple which can be difficult to work with.

    second is an original Winchester Hi Wall with the later coil spring hammer and a Darr heavy barrel in 32-40 that uses breech seated bullets not fixed cartridges. original Winchester set triggers too.

    Bottom is a Remington 43 Spanish rifle from South Americaicon which I converted to 22 rim fire, bent the trigger guard, made the set trigger and stock & fore-end

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    Those are quite sharp. I rebuilt a desk once with the drawer faces made of curly maple and the rest birch ( I didn't care for the contrast but the customer is always right) it's hard to get smooth enough to finish IMHO. Very hard to out shoot a breaktop rifle. I once had an H&R .22, as cheap as it was it remains one of the most accurate rifles I've ever shot. Far more accurate than the operator, that's not saying much though. As with many guns I wish I'd held onto it as cheap as it was it was truly a fine rifle.

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    I had a #3 Ruger in 45/70 for some time, had a great time with it too. I used it for hunting, strong action you could shoot anything from...
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    I've been looking at Stevens Rolling Block's in .22 LR for no other reason than nostalgia. When I was in middle school my best friends father brought one home and gave it to him. Unbeknown to me, he had taken the rifle out to the field near our home and fired a round. The modern 22 LR's proved too much for the rolling block and it was able to overcome the action allowing the spent cartridge to eject and hit him square in the forehead. Shortly there after he was at me house rifle in hand.

    "Bill look, my Dad, just gave me this new rifle, I'm going to let you be the first one to shoot it!. "

    Yes, I was gullible enough to believe I was lucky enough to get the first shot of Alan's new rifle. We found a nice spot on a hill. After looking at the rolling block and fiddling with it, I had never seen one before and it seemed at the time an incredible action. Alan handed me a .22 and I loaded it into the chamber, rolled the block into position. Took aim and squeeze off the round and almost immediately scream Ouch! $h1T!!!! nice words from a young Mormon boys mouth. I knew, once again I'd been had by my best friend as he lay there in the grass laughing his butt off.
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    A rifle I can sit for hours plinking with is a single shot. About 10 years ago picked up a Martini Cadet that was still in full military configuration. However, it had been rechambered/reamed to 32-20 from 310 Cadet in the 60's. I got tired of trimming down cases to load the proper 310 bullet so sent it out and had it rebored to 357 Magnum. I love putting clay pigeons out from 25 to 100 meters and just popping them with 38 Specials. Rifle loves 148gr wadcutters and needed no adjustments to sights.

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    A very long time ago, I built-up a custom Martini Cadet for a person, used a very heavy 20 inch bull barrel chambered for 218 Bee, had to reduce the firing pin and breech block size. Custom
    high scope mounts are sometimes required. Nice actions but long gone now.


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