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  1. demonwolf444

    Side by Side Club

    Another point of interest on your gun guzzi is the checkering on the forend tip - not seen that before - nice touch!
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    Barrel Wall thickness for used gun?

    32 thou is pretty thick - Many guns were never even made that thick originally. More important is proof status - an area in which you should never assume, ive seen some fine looking guns well out of proof. When you buy a gun take it to someone trustworthy with kit and experience to tell you whats what. Its also alarmingly common in the trade to be given completely bogus figures, assurances from those who don't know what they are assuring you of, and people applying the wrong rules of proof to a particular gun... Ive had some apparently genuine confusions - but ive also spoken to dealers who have put calipers around the muzzle end to measure wall thickness and told me its "about 1mm" Again this is just my experience in the trade - a lot of folk sell guns without knowing the responsibilities of doing so - the same can be said for buyers. Ive been sold a gun in the trade which i received measured and found to be out of proof "Well it was cheap for a reason" was the response i got from him. Id name and shame but its been a few years and i cant honestly remember who that chap was. Even those of us who know how to measure things up properly would never have an issue with the gun being checked over, by another competent individual if the buyer wanted to make absolutely certain.
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    WH Pollard, Hesketh?

    I want to see more of this ejector mechanism, does anyone have any patent drawings or anything? It is quite difficult to see how the ejectors are tripped and actuated? The cam on the knuckle obviously lifts the cartridges, the dogs cock the back action locks... Ive seen all sorts of ejectors but never such a sealed unit as this? Does the gun eject both cartridges every time? in which case this would make a lot more sense as i have read of early systems which achieved this? or is it a true selective ejector system?
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    Stock repair reccomendatioms please

    Thanks Yellow Bear, PM sent to the OP. James.
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    Shotgun problem

    Pm sent
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    I need shotgun restorer suggestions

    Thanks guys much appreciated - Instagram is the place to keep up to date or search me on facebook - The woodworking gunsmith. I was delighted when John got in touch with me and the gun is a real sleeping beauty - you only get one shot with bringing a gun like this back from an honest age worn condition so slow and steady is the order of the day! Everything will be done in house by me, other than the barrel browning, which will be sent out to the resident expert Dan Bromley to work his magic on them. The stock has begun its preparation for finishing its a beautiful piece of walnut and beautifully worked Ive taken some templates and patterns from the stock for future work restocking guns of the same vintage, the lines and shapes are delightful. Now all the varnish is removed and the horn but plate dressed up a little, its very much slow and steady, the guns a real beauty and only a traditional oil finish can do it justice, this is not a job you can just dunk in tru oil and call it good, the wood will be oiled and rubbed back daily for the next few weeks to achieve a glass hard best london oil finish. Quality wood is the biggest help when doing traditional oil finishing and i certainly wont be handicapped here ( when i say quality wood i don't just mean beautiful wood but i mean good hard dense dry and close grained walnut ) The checkering is very fine and will be carefully re cut, i never think it looks right to bring the diamonds to a full point on guns of this vintage, so the goal i will aim for is to pick out the checkering but without bringing it to a full point which will look out of place, it will probably be the case that i will make a specialist tool just for this particular re checkering job so i will document that process as well. The guns probably due a good strip and clean so we will have it fully disassembled and check over each of the parts, i fully expect to find no issues, however its piece of mind we can strip it down and clean everything up and remove any dry grease or gunk and detritus which could foul up the mechanism, and she will be good for another 100 years. A number of accessories are being aquired to fit out with the case, its just those little finishing touches that will go with the gun to make it look like a truly finished job. The first point of call with the case is to make a number of repairs, the donor case is sound but bears its own battle scars, but a bit of time will make it a sound base for our restoration job. The case will be repaired, reinforced, refitted and relined. The original case is sadly no more, but everything that could be salvaged was salvaged, all the original brass work, corners, screws, and fittings have been taken and will be reused on the donor case where appropriate Stay tuned for more.. Thanks for the kind words folks, James.
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    The come up every now and then on eBay and the like but i have never seen one that hadn't spent the last 10 years on a farm yard scrap pile. Beautiful piece of engineering history; looks like you could give it a brush off and start turning out parts please please put it to good use. Such a machine should be cleaned and oiled and used to make beautiful things learn to use it and enjoy it very uncommon to find a machine of that age with a full set of accessories and accoutrements. The treadle lathe has some advantages over a modern one powered by an electrical motor; firstly when the power goes out the electric motor one is absolutely useless. Secondly because the chuck is every so slightly always speeding up and slowing down ( though this effect is somewhat eliminated by usually a big fly wheel ) tool acting on the work piece cant induce a resonating frequency, therefor when you have a lot of material sticking out the chuck of the lathe you get less chatter; less chatter = better part ( other variables come into play ). When you have a good deal of material sticking out the lathe chuck the surface finish can be affected, and you can remove or at least reduce this chatter by speeding the lathe up and slowing it down very quickly - i do this manually on my motor driven lathe by allowing the drive belt to slip by applying the brake and then letting it off. ( if anyone wants to know more about this phenomenon there is a you tube vid i can link which explains it better than i can ) my dream workshop would be to find some land by a stream and build a workshop powered by a water wheel, overhead belts flapping and the wooden bearing blocks groaning.. why? why not! Link about lathe chatter and the beginning explains whats going on and why, the rest is making some electronics to achieve a non - constant speed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=po5VUW3I8P8 Also if you like old stuff take a look at this wind powered sawmill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6FxG3ll-lw
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    1 part beeswax to 4 parts parrafin wax ( vaseline ) its amazing. Before! After: But are they waterproof? ...Water test
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    What size box section

    Jonty - 30mm Box section would be fine. - Incidentally I see you are in Yorkshire dales....a friend of mine near Northalleton supplies 40mm galvanised box section - this will take care of any rusting issues you have. You only have to grind off the galv along the edges you would like to weld to and a bit of paint over the welds to stop the welds rusting. If you are going to be storing it indoors then you needed even paint it. I have used the same 40mm box section to make a number of heavy workbenches in the workshop and its incredibly useful and easy to weld/work with. The box section he supplies comes in 8FT lengths and often he has a stack of "rejects" which have been damaged in transit and are ever so slightly curved along the length unless you need absolute precision this is almost negligible - so for any situation where you will be chopping the curve becomes unimportant - he usually lets this stuff go cheap and would provide a low cost steel for your project. If this is of interest then please PM me and i will pass on his details and let him you you might get in touch. Hope that helps James.
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    the Hungerford Massacre

    The public perception argument is in my mind a ridiculous one. - I don't own any military guns or have any interest in doing so. The public is so uninformed about legal gun ownership and your average man in the street's knowledge of guns if your lucky might be shooting an air rifle as a kid. I remember when derek bird ( I think from memory ) went on a rampage and the witnesses were quite convinced he was using a "sniper rifle", the media also enjoyed using the same description.. when if memory serves it was a some kind of CZ .22 rimfire, with a scope and moderator; so a gun resembling what a fair few members here have. Of course the media was never going to describe it as a legally held gun that really quite common in the UK and is owned by many people in the UK for pest control. Its not quite as snappy as "sniper rifle" and lets face it once someone's gone nuts and is shooting at random, no body cares if its an airgun or a center fire rifle we would all just rather it wasn't happening. Such events are horrific, but we cant legislate for people who have clearly gone insane. What we have in the UK is a generally work able body of legislation that strikes a balance between public safety and allowing people to pursue lawful activities. No systems without its faults but on the whole it works well and has been working well for some time. Frankly i don't think owning a gun with a black stock or a wood stock is any more or less of a risk factor then the color of your car or the size of your carving knife. Its a risk that anyone might go nutty tomorrow. Proportionately, the risk of a firearms owner going nutty has to be lower because there are less gun owners than non gun owners, and even that small risk is somewhat mitigated by the legislation we all abide by and the checks made on us all as gun owners.
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    Deer Poaching

    There is no reason for that sort of behavior it just is nonsensical. The only answer is someone has a gun and a boat load of issues; entirely pointless unethical and a complete waste. On a shoot i was on for a bit we used to find injured deer from someone poaching with a crossbow, and occasionally would find crossbow bolts in tree's. I did some work experience down south in my teens on a shooting estate in Hampshire, the estate sold venison at a farm shop, and i helped butcher two of the deer, we picked out air rifle pellets from the spine and ribs of both deer that day; the keeper said the temptation was too much for some people, they could pull up near a clearing on one of the little estate roads and take pot shots, I presume they managed to drop one at some point and kept coming back to try.
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    shotgun stock alterations

    Thanks guys, Just like to keep a portfolio of my work, firearms dealers ticket is in process just loads of hoops to jump through; its the nature of the beast! Loads of exciting new things to come and lots to share with the forum members. Kind regards James.
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    sanding belt cleaning

    I have a 12 inch disc sander and cheap belt sander and in both cases find buying decent quality belts is well worth while - when you buy such tools they always come with a belt that seems to have about five minutes in it, i don't know if its the abrasive or the glue attaching it to the fabric but they do seem to last longer - I'm a fan of "klingspor" ( if you dont have a seriously solid bit of kit like ditchmans's and have a cheap belt sender in the shed and want more oomph out of it for instance for grinding knives, stick a big fly wheel on it where there might normally be a grinding wheel or what have you on the other side - i made one out of some MDF laminated up together and it stopped the motor stalling out under heavy use. I had this thing sitting about for ages, a friend wanted to use the workshop to make a knife and the piddly thing was not up to the job, modified it with an angle adjustable table and a big fly wheel which meant it would run flat out at its highest RPM and not stall under load; making the fly wheel is as simple as drawing round a dinner plate onto some thick ply or MDF and drilling a center hole and mounting it in place of a grinding wheel. Just thought it might help someone! )
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    shotgun stock alterations

    Thanks for the kind words It was a beautiful gun and a joy to work on! A professional website is is on its way and will be finished in the next few weeks! In in the mean time a good cross section of jobs I have worked on can be found on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/woodworking_gunsmith/?hl=en A good deal of my work has come to me via pigeon watch, friends of members and so forth so the reccomendations are very helpful! The good people of this forum have provided me with varied and interesting work and are quite literally helping make my dreams a reality! Thanks guys I look forward to hearing from other members in the future and sharing my work with you on the forums.
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    The making of Handmade Turnscrews.

    6:30 the 2/8/2018 all PM's replied to and couriers organized thanks for everyone who has responded so far!