gether before bluing. The removal of excess solder and the polishing operations are described in Chapter 18.

The gunsmith having a number of calls for bands of any particular type will find it both convenient and economical to have tubing of the right size roughly milled to the outer shape of the bands required, and keep it on hand, sawing off a 5/8 inch length whenever a band is needed. This work can be done on a milling machine or planer to within 1/64 inch of finish measurements, and will save a tremendous amount of hand work. For bands like that shown in Figure 148, the tubing should first be turned to the contour of the swivel stud, then the excess metal milled off, leaving the row of finished studs with about 1/8 inch of space between them allowed for cutting off and finishing.

There's more than one way of killing a cat. Not long ago a man wanted this type of band mounted on a Single Shot Winchester with a No. 3 round barrel. Although he had used the rifle for


years, the bluing of barrel was in perfect condition, so he demanded a band fitted without soldering and rebluing. Due to the thickness of the barrel, the caliber of which was the .25-20 S.S., this was easy. The band was made and shaped to exact size an an old barrel. A hole was drilled straight in from outside through the exact center of the swivel stud with a No. 22 drill until the drill struck the solid metal above the swivel bar hole; the hole was continued through the band with a No. 31 drill, and this inner portion tapped for one of the 1/8 x 48 screws furnished for attaching the Lyman 48" sight. The band was pushed tightly to position on the barrel and firmly seated with a couple of light taps with a piece of brass. The No. 31 drill was then inserted and the hole continued into the barrel about 5/32 inch, then tapped clear to the bottom.

The screw head was cut off and the end slotted, then the screw turned into the hole tightly, so that it projected into and blocked the swivel bar hole in the stud. A No. 25 drill inserted into this hole cur the projecting end of the screw out of the way, and the job was complete. With the swivel in place it is of course impossible for the screw ever to loosen, and the band is on to stay.

The band was of course blued before being set in place, and while the hole in outer portion of stud shows, it is not particularly objectionable.

Another way to fit such a band without refinishing the barrel is to fit the band and carefully mafk its location on barrel; then carefully file off the bluing from barrel where the band cover» it, teeping slightly inside the lines; tin this place with a very soft bismuth solder melting at between 200 and 300 degrees; also tin the inside of band with same solder; fit it in place and apply just enough heat to melt the solder, and quickly wipe off any that runs out from under the band—the bluing of the barrel will prevent it sticking, and this much heat will not affect the color in the least TTie

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