the Colonel,—and a splendid little load, now that it is available with non-corrosive priming and lubaloy or copper bullet. This action was originally the straight tang model, withput pistol grip. The lower tang was bent cold in the vise. 3/8 inch brass rods being bent at right angles and hung on the vise jaws, spaced as required to put the bend where desired. This bending of course threw the tang screw hole out of position; so this hole was welded up and extra metal built up on the tang to form a small shelf parallel with the upper tang, or at right angles to the tang screw. A hole was then drilled in this shelf for the screw. The screw hole in end of lower tang was also welded up, as it was necessary to cut off a little of the tip, and square the end of this tang. The tip of upper tang was also slightly shortened, to permit setting the comb as far forward as possible.
The lower tang was then filed flat across its outer surface, instead of rounded, as it was originally. The lever was straightened out by heating and bending in a vise, and a piece of cold rolled steel welded to its lower end and shaped as shown in sketch, Figure 67. Additional welding steel was flowed onto the lever at the bend just behind trigger, and the guard re-shaped as shown by grinding and filing. This gave considerably more finger room, and in effect, a longer grip. The upper side of lever knob was notched to receive the turned down end of a spring catch fitted in above the grip cap as shown. The upper side of lever was filed flat to fit smoothly against the flattened outer surface of tang.
Probably the catch at lower end of lever is not necessary, but it Then fit in the tang after it has been lengthened as described. The Was specified in the order, consequendy it was made. It could be only difficulty encountered was in locating the two screw holes on the omitted, as the natural tension of the action spring will keep the left side, for the screws holding the lock plate. These should not [CVcr closed normally, but the extra catch is of value in preventing be drilled until the lock plate has been inletted, after which the ¡t$ being knocked open if caught against brush, etc. drill may be run in through the holes in plate, from the right side. A good example of a remodeled Winchester SS is shown in Fig-A small half-round chisel was used for countersinking these holes ure 195.
on left side of stock for the screw bushings. There are a lot of old single shot Winchester actions kicking
OBSOLETE SPORTING RIFLES: One of the greatest joys r0Und the country, and a better action was never made, I believe, of the gun-crank lies in working over and rejuvenating some old It will handle any load up to and including the .30-40, and has been gun, perhaps picked up in a pawnshop for nearly nothing, and mak- used with the .30-06. When used with a heavy load, the firing pin ing it into a handsome and useful modern arm. A brief perusal of hole should be bushed, and the Mann-Neidner firing pin fitted, the classified ads in any outdoor magazine will show a steady demand The suggestions contained herein are not intended by any means for old Ballards, Sharps, Winchester Single Shots and perhaps others, to cover the entire field of remodeling—they merely show what has And most of them will richly reward the experimenter. The Ballard been done in some instances, by way of suggesting what the amateur action is just as good today as it ever was, and while some may be- gunsmith may do with old rifles he has or may acquire in future, lieve there are better actions for a .22 caliber match rifle, the Ballard It would not be correct to include the 1890 model Winchester in enthusiast cannot be convinced of die error of his ways—it's a Ballard the list of obsolete arms, yet in view of later design, this splendid or nothing for him. He'll have a fine barrel made and fitted, then little arm would be considered obsolete bf many cranks. Admiring he'll get busy on die action, tuning it up and polishing the parts, the action, but not satisfied with the handling qualities, Mr. R.
Bonar, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, has improved the handling of his 1390 Winchester at least 200 per cent by restocking as shown in Figure 197. In the letter accompanying these photographs Mr.
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