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PostSubject: .45 longrifle saved by Randy   September 21st 2014, 1:15 pm

I got the FIE lock from Randy Johnson (he won't tell me what it cost him) and installed it today. Afterwards, I shot the gun for the first time. I never shot it when I got it because I was busy fixing a fracture in the tang area and scrubbing out the barrel.
I didn't expect much in accuracy since the bore is rough as a cob. I loaded it with 60 gr. of 3F Goex and a .440 ball in a .015 patch. I could feel the roughness in the bore as I seated the ball. It felt like pushing it over corrugated pipe. I took an offhand shot at 30 yards and was amazed that I hit near the bullseye. I reloaded the same except tried an .018 ticking patch and I had to hammer it in using the short starter. After it got halfway down the barrel, it started sliding much easier. I don't know if that means the bore is less corroded near the breech or more disintegrated.

Anyway, I shot offhand again at 30 yards and was (am) absolutely floored when the 2 shots wound up so close.  scratch   Maybe this rough-ass barrel is worth saving after all.





My sincere thanks to Randy Johnson. He's a great guy. :Grace

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PostSubject: Re: .45 longrifle saved by Randy   September 21st 2014, 1:26 pm

Congrats Bob ....seems she is a shooter, and accurate at that !
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PostSubject: Re: .45 longrifle saved by Randy   September 21st 2014, 2:54 pm

I'd say its worth saving! Great shootin for a rough milled bore.
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PostSubject: Re: .45 longrifle saved by Randy   September 21st 2014, 3:20 pm

That is great!...I'm happy that it turned out so well for you...And Randy was really looking out for you...Looks like you have a real Shooter on your hands...

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PostSubject: Re: .45 longrifle saved by Randy   September 21st 2014, 4:24 pm

Bob,
Get some EVPORUST. Plug the nipple and fill the barrel to the crown and let it set for a few days. You might be surprised how it turns out..
I would save it...........

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PostSubject: Re: .45 longrifle saved by Randy   September 21st 2014, 5:28 pm

The "payment" is putting the rifle back in service.
The rifle is identical to the one that got me started in this game as a teenager in 1968. Mine will never shoot again, so getting someone else's rifle shooting was the next best thing. The brass that joins the two stock pieces together is a real job of machining - it isn't just a piece of shim brass wrapped around the joint like most two piece stocks are. On mine, the bottom barrel flats are (were?) not the same width as the flats that show. For sure, it ain't the quality and style of what I shoot nowadays. But there is a sentimental soft spot for that particular make. ( I feel the same way about Tingle half-stocks, but I finally got one of those - the same one twice) One of these days I'll find another one I like and replace the first one. I've seen a few at Friendship the last few years but the mood wasn't quite there at the time.
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