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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Henry View Post
    or so im told.
    Told by @Marty Henry ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by csmiffy View Post
    please explain. Didnt quite pick up what you put down there. Did you wreck your rifles bolt and have a code brown?
    necking up 280 needs a bulge on the neck larger than the 7mm die makes it
    you have to go up to 30cal then back to 7mm
    otherwise the firing pin pushes the 270 bullet forward and strikes the primer at the same time then it comes back once its set off and blows the primer and the back of the bolt off in your face
    definitly one of the biggest frights iv ever had and it smoked the plastic bolt shroud off my tikka
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Henry View Post
    When bedding a rifle, its quite important to make sure you get release agent onto all the metalwork and if there are little cutouts and things in the reciever to fill them flush with plasticine or similar before bedding, or so im told.
    also if you are using a bedding kit that takes 24hours to dry and you live somewhere cold like Christchurch in winter leave it an extra day
    othewise looks like you used bubble gum to bed it and it goes everywhere
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    also dont try open your unwanted 243 suppressor up to 30cal with a drill free hand

    shit iv got quite a few of these haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Henry View Post
    When bedding a rifle, its quite important to make sure you get release agent onto all the metalwork and if there are little cutouts and things in the reciever to fill them flush with plasticine or similar before bedding, or so im told.
    It's also a good idea to check the shape of the action so you don't create a mechanical lock when the compound sets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akaroa1 View Post
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    Experience is a good teacher in my case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Henry View Post
    Experience is a good teacher in my case.
    Ahh experience, that thing you get just after you needed it.
    If you can't beat them, beat them.
    They will be expecting you to join them, so you'll have the element of surprise.

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    I once snapped a Manners stock at the wrist trying to get the action/barrel out. While a curse at the time it was actually a blessing as it motivated me to do my first carbon fibre repair which led me to making my own stocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideshow View Post
    Ok pictures
    But me fixing someone else's DIY

    I recently acquired a Parker Hale Whitworth after a long search
    It's a very nice Whitworth and was set up for long range competition shooting
    And has been glass bedded for the first 300mm

    So I get it home and after a few weeks I think I will strip it down and clean it all and sort a few minor things
    Shock horror it's epoxy bedded permanently into to stock
    Now I'm thinking this was intended because he was shooting it long range

    I parked it for a few months to consider this unexpected problem

    Then after some good advise I took a huge chunk of alloy
    Milled a channel to exactly match the barrel profile at the epoxy bedded area but not deep enough to touch the stock wood
    Placed a cloths iron on it for around 15 minutes to get it evenly hot
    Lightly lifted to barrel at the muzzle and there was a small click and it lifted out

    Confirmed my original suspicion that this was no accident
    There was not a trace of releasing agent
    But it was a good bedding job and the rifle is showing good accuracy potential

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    Here's some more DIY from person unknown who decided they wanted a pistol grip 1885 from a straight grip frame
    Sadly their ambition was great and their skills very low

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    Done with a blow torch and mauled by a vice

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    It's close to being resuscitated

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    Sticky tape is to avoid DIY mistakes with room for thumb to cock hammer in mock up
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    I do not know if this qualifies as a gunsmithing error but I certainly learnt from the experience....

    I was at the range sighting in two rifles of the same brand and calibre....(Mosin Nagants in 7.62x54R)
    I had that nagging feeling that something was not right...you know the one where you triple check EVERYTHING then check it again because something does not feel right but cannot find anything wrong.....

    I checked each rifle thad its own bolt and not another one.
    I checked the ammo was correctly loaded (Both were using factory Barnaul so no mixed ammo)
    I lined up on the target and squeezed off the first round....

    BOOM!!!!!





    In a concrete walled bunker style range with a concrete roof and floor and open at the front and back I IMMEDIATELY noticed the earmuffs were ON my head but not ON my ears.....you know when you put them up to talk on the phone or to someone so you rears are clear then drop them back onto your ears after...I did not do the last bit....I stood there for about 10 seconds like a stunned mullet, I then tenderly checked if my ears were bleeding because, damn they were ringing....

    At that point I learnt TWO very important things.....earmuffs are a must if I want to continue hearing....and two; that was one round. So I can only imagine what it would have been like for a soldier on the line in WW! or WW2 with that noise being continuous and ever present.....No wonder they returned deaf and numbed to life...even without the carnage they would have witnessed or been part of, the noise alone would easily be enough to destroy most snowflakes today...
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    Talking about earmuffs, my mate was doing load development on a big magnum.
    First he had is break of and muffs on and second put his break on and muffs off.
    The look on his face, priceless!
    I won't have braked or unsupressed rifles on my range anymore as just hate the noise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyanimal31 View Post
    I won't have braked or unsupressed rifles on my range anymore as just hate the noise.

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    That's a shame
    Takes muzzleloaders and vintage black powder rifles out of contention

    I recently aquired a modern 50 cal in line muzzleloader to experiment with fast barrel twists 50s
    It has a muzzlebrake on it factory standard
    I thought this will be interesting to see how much it reduces recoil

    Very hard to tell though because the shock wave that comes off that muzzle is brutal
    Luckily it screws off really easily and the gun is typically mild as black powder is

    So if you were wondering if a ML brake was a good idea on a muzzleloader It is not
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