Blue the band and slip it in place. Insert the screw through hole in sight base, turn it into the hole in barrel, and with a small file mark the screw level with bottom of dovetail. Remove »crew, cut it to length, slot for screwdriver and turn into place. Drive in the sight, and "thar she be." It is permissible to make the base portion of band a trifle narrower than the base of the sight itself, so that the latter can be moved slightly right or left to zero it, without the difference being too prominent.
When fitting a band of this kind, the screw from the military sight may be used if desired. I prefer to save this special screw with the sight when possible, using a machine screw if it will fit the hole in barrel. It happens that the Krag and '73 Springfield military sights were attached with 8 x 32 screws, so this simplifies matters.
When remodeling the Krag, Springfield, or perhaps other military rifles, it is sometimes desirable to use a plain smooth band at the breech; for example, to cover up the notch on Springfield barrel previously mentioned; or to ease the sudden "jump-off" of the sharp shouldered Krag receiver to the barrel. Figure 150 shows three such bands. "A" merely a piece of 1 1/4 inch Shelby tnbing with 1/16 inch wall (giving 1 \/% inch or exact inside diameter), cut to 3/4 inch length and the forward edge filed as shown; "B" is * more ornamental band turned to shape; both are for the Springfield. "C" is a collar for the Krag, and is turned to rfiape from tubing. Any of these may be made to a rather tight fit, then blued, then heated just enough to expand them slightly and shrunk on. It is not necessary to spoil the bluing by heating the band red-hot and shrinking it on like a wagon tire. Moderate heat will expand it sufficiently, particularly if the barrel has been kept as cold as possible. In fact, even if the band is rather loose it can be shimmed up snugly with paper, and when closely inletted into the stock, it could not be moved from its position. ^57
Figure 151A shows a pair of turned collars for use in keeping a handguard in place. One of the simplest ways to remodel a Springfield, if one does not care to reblue it, is to either make a new stock, or cut down and re-shape the military stock; then make a handguard to cover the rough rear portion of the barrel, and tenon the ends to fit tightly under these collars. It is not necessary that they fit the barrel tightly—in fact it is best to have them a trifle loose. The tenon of the band guard wedges under the collar, holding it firmly in plac*\ Thi» forward collar may be drilled and tapped on the lower side for a swivel screw, and the lower half of both collars may be dressed down until only a thin band remains—the overhanging portion being only necessary above the forend, to hold the hand guard in place.
Figure 151B shows another type of handguard band, made from a regular lower band of a Springfield service rifle. A piece of sheet steel 1/32 inch thick was fitted carefully into the upper half of band, and brazed from the inside. This piece was then filed to fit over the barrel, just clearing it without touching. This makes a much neater job than using the old band and letting the end of wood show under it.
FRONT SIGHT RAMPS. Whether or not a ramp does any real good is an open question; but in the eyes of most shooters it
then the screw was set up tightly in lieu of a clamp. The ramp was then clcaned up and polished, after its correct height had been ascertained, and the top dovetailed for the Sheard bold bead sight made for the Mannlicher-Schoennaucr. The whole assembly was then blued, and the dovetail base ot ramp driven into the barrel slot. This stunt is only possible on octagon barrels, as the round barrel would show gaps at edge of ramp.
On rifles requiring a very low ramp, the band may sometimes be eliminated. Many Mauser sporters imported into this country have low ramps merely soft soldered to the barrel. Personally I wouldn't carry one of them into the woods, for fear a blow would knock the ramp into the middle of next week—but the Heinies get away with
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