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    New Ross Acquisition

    Hello all! Quite pleased with my new Ross, so I thought I would share a couple photos of it. Bright shiny bore with strong rifling. She cleaned up quite well after what ultimately turned into a 5 hour deep cleaning. She was very grungy before that.
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    Nice looking rifle and just about the way I like them...not quite museum grade so I can shoot them. The shiny bore would also be up my ally... I can see it now, a minor clean shows a clean spot, then you realize it's going to be a serious strip and clean. Go get a coffee and get to work... Nice.
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    Thanks! Now I just need everything to sort out in the world so I can make it to the range!

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    Congrats. Allow me to suggest you take the backsight off and run it through an ultrasonic cleaner with a strong degreaser. I can see encrusted dirt there. Then dry with heat and dunk in thin oil is my advice.

    Probably best to take the stock off and remove the whole sight and bridge in one piece rather than fighting with the spring and cross pin.

    Worth doing the mag as well as they cannot be disassembled as you know.
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    Hi Surpmil, I actually did try to take the bridge off during my deep cleaning, but it has a couple recalcitrant screws. Rather than risk damage, I decided waiting was more prudent. I'm in the midst of a move bunkered down in a short-term rental, so the bulk of my gear (along with my penetrating oil) is inaccessible until the military's COVID-19 stop-move order ends. The photos are actually from before the deep cleaning, so that particular grime is mostly gone, but I'll definitely address it again once I'm settled in the new place.

    One thing I have encountered though in messing about with snap caps is the rifle fairly consistently does not feed them correctly, driving them down into the front of the magazine rather than up the ramp. While it might be a snap cap-ism, as I have not tested with live rounds, it does seem like the magazine tends to tip them forward slightly even when at rest...

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    I wouldn't conclude anything from snap-caps not feeding; they're not really meant to, unless they are the same size and shape as dummy or "drill rounds". .303 drill rounds used to be cheap and plentiful so you could probably find some pretty easily.
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    Making effective drill or function ammo for .303 is easy enough using a .308 cal ball bullet and a Berdan primed case. Those are both easy to get and remain cheap but effective.

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