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by curdog
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: ~FN 1900 Rifle~
Topic: FN 1900 scope mounts
Replies: 8
Views: 4949

Re: FN 1900 scope mounts

Buying the mounts and rings is the easy part - they need to be correctly adapted and fitted to the receiver.
This is not a job for the average "gunsmith".
by curdog
Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting / Maintenance
Topic: Model 8 peep sight issue
Replies: 13
Views: 5552

Re: Model 8 peep sight issue

Check to make sure the barrel jacket is in alignment, or there is not damage to the shroud or front of the receiver causing misalignment. Also look at the crown. If that's all straight, check the bore - it may be bent. You can bend the barrel slightly to align the sights, if everything else checks o...
by curdog
Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: 25-35 R / .32 R Barrel Assemblies
Replies: 4
Views: 1935

Re: 25-35 R / .32 R Barrel Assemblies

I have that combination with one receiver, and everything works fine.

The critical recoil springs are the ones in the jacket.
by curdog
Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Buffer springs
Replies: 1
Views: 1138

Re: Buffer springs

The numbers may be a little misleading on their face.
There is no measurement of the actual spring stock size, or deflection data.
I do know a 25 spring can be mashed flat between your thumb and fore finger. None
of the others will allow that.
by curdog
Mon May 08, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting / Maintenance
Topic: Internals of 25Rem barrel
Replies: 2
Views: 1500

Re: Internals of 25Rem barrel

The recoil spring is made of thinner wire, and the buffer spring is quite soft. In fact you can mash it shut between your thumb and fore finger. Can't do that with the others.
by curdog
Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Tulsa Trip--Jackitis Bad
Replies: 31
Views: 10196

Re: Tulsa Trip--Jackitis Bad

Great to see you at Tulsa, Jack.

You must have gone through that place like vacuum cleaner! That's quite a haul.

I saw a couple of .25's, a couple more than usual. Also snarfed up some Hornady .321
flat points for the 32, which are really hard to find.
by curdog
Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Curdog is the man!
Replies: 1
Views: 1085

Re: Curdog is the man!

Thank you for the kind words. I'm glad it arrived safely.

That particular jacket had sure taken quite a lick. Nothing that a hammer and a couple of files couldn't
straighten out, though.
by curdog
Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: ~FN 1900 Rifle~
Topic: FN 1900 on Gun Broker
Replies: 5
Views: 3119

Re: FN 1900 on Gun Broker

That poor old thing is a can of worms - it has suffered the ravages of being refinished by an "expert".
There are dished out screw holes from a buffing wheel, and it appears the rib is lifting, possibly caused by
a hot blue.
With a new screw, it would likely make a good shooter.
by curdog
Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: ~FN 1900 Rifle~
Topic: FN 1900 scope mounts
Replies: 8
Views: 4949

Re: FN 1900 scope mounts

The easiest way to get 1" rings for them is to buy Ruger extra high rings, and cut the clamp off the bottom. This leaves plenty of material to do lots and lots of work on......
by curdog
Wed Dec 28, 2016 6:35 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting / Maintenance
Topic: Remington 81 Main Spring screw issue.
Replies: 3
Views: 1633

Re: Remington 81 Main Spring screw issue.

You will have to remove the lower tang/trigger guard from the rifle. Then let the hammer go forward to take the tension off the mainspring. If this is not done, it will put the screw in a bind. This is why most of the mainspring screws are buggered up in the first place, people try to take them out ...
by curdog
Tue Sep 27, 2016 7:45 pm
Forum: The Great Model 8
Topic: who can cut my barrel
Replies: 9
Views: 3291

Re: who can cut my barrel

Yes, I am sad to be unable to continue doing jobs like this.
The bottom line is, it was such a very small part of what I do that the fees I
would have had to pass on would have made each job prohibitively expensive.
Not to mention the paperwork.

Maybe things will change.
Elections have consequences.
by curdog
Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: Newby model 8 in .300 savage questions
Replies: 7
Views: 3370

Re: Newby model 8 in .300 savage questions

I think if the original rifle was a .35, the swap to .300 would need a barrel only.
As far as I can tell, the recoil and buffer springs are the same.
by curdog
Sun Jul 24, 2016 5:45 pm
Forum: The Great Model 8
Topic: Model 81 300 Savage Carbine
Replies: 3
Views: 1881

Re: Model 81 300 Savage Carbine

Thank you for the kind comments, gentlemen.
The carbines sure are fun to have.

Sadly, however, I am no longer able to offer this service.
Recent regulation changes now make it uneconomical for me to do so.
by curdog
Mon Jul 18, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting / Maintenance
Topic: Frozen take down bolt
Replies: 7
Views: 3002

Re: Frozen take down bolt

The rifle needs to be able to be taken down for cleaning.
I use a good crescent wrench on the flats of the bolt. Make sure it's good and tight on the flats so you don't round the corners, and it will turn out.
About 8" is the right size.
by curdog
Sat Jul 09, 2016 7:45 pm
Forum: The Great Model 8
Topic: Wood Spacer
Replies: 24
Views: 9915

Re: Wood Spacer

I believe the wood plug would have to be hollow so the barrel can go through to the muzzle.
I have seen the "squeezable" buffer spring on a 1911 production Model 8, which I believe was unaltered.
The wood plug must be very early in production.
by curdog
Sun Jun 26, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting / Maintenance
Topic: 25-35 buffer spring
Replies: 2
Views: 1476

Re: 25-35 buffer spring

I'm not sure who has a buffer spring for a 25. If you find a buffer spring, make sure you can squeeze it shut between your thumb and fore finger - that is the right one.
The springs for the 30/32/35 are very stiff, and can hardly be compressed at all.

I have new barrel nut lock washers available.
by curdog
Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:35 pm
Forum: Pics of your 8/81's
Topic: Jack's Custom Engraved 8...& Carbine Barrel Assy.
Replies: 10
Views: 5562

Re: Jack's Custom Engraved 8...& Carbine Barrel Assy.

Thank you for the kind words about the carbine conversions, they certainly are fun to do, and to shoot! I'm hoping to get something with my 32 this hunting season. Sadly, I won't be able to make it to the Great 8 event, I have a prior commitment that weekend. But I'm sure you'll all have a great tim...
by curdog
Sun Mar 20, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: Model 8 carbine
Replies: 2
Views: 1871

Re: Model 8 carbine

If you'll PM me, I may be able to help you out.
by curdog
Sun Mar 06, 2016 10:03 pm
Forum: History of the 8 /81
Topic: Layman - The Original Detachable Magazine!
Replies: 39
Views: 23463

Re: Layman - The Original Detachable Magazine!

Caber - you have a neat and interesting piece of history there. There are workmen out here today fully capable of doing a conversion such as you have. However, their time is valuable, so it would not be inexpensive. Your pattern rifle itself cannot have parts cast from it, because they would end up ...
by curdog
Fri Mar 04, 2016 7:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Tulsa Gunshow April -2-3
Replies: 7
Views: 3330

Re: Tulsa Gunshow April -2-3

I will probably leave one at the Creamers' table, if it's OK with them. All the Model 8 guys show up there sooner or later.
I'm usually just wandering around looking at stuff.
by curdog
Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Tulsa Gunshow April -2-3
Replies: 7
Views: 3330

Re: Tulsa Gunshow April -2-3

I will have a couple of carbines there.
by curdog
Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Tulsa Gunshow April -2-3
Replies: 7
Views: 3330

Re: Tulsa Gunshow April -2-3

I will be there too.
by curdog
Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:03 pm
Forum: Welcome Wagon
Topic: Howdy from Montana...
Replies: 12
Views: 4156

Re: Howdy from Montana...

Roadmarker It would be best to lift the dent if you can. The carbine conversions are done by shortening the back end of the jacket, and the front of the barrel. There is a collar inside which contains the recoil springs, and this is not readily moveable. This collar distance is related to the muzzle...
by curdog
Tue Feb 16, 2016 10:19 pm
Forum: Wanted to buy
Topic: Barrel for a Model 8
Replies: 8
Views: 2821

Re: Barrel for a Model 8

Check the chamber dimensions with a cerrosafe cast, to see if there's anything there shouldn't be.

If the ammunition has some age on it, you'll probably have cracked necks.
by curdog
Tue Feb 16, 2016 10:16 pm
Forum: ~FN 1900 Rifle~
Topic: New FN owner looking for information and advice
Replies: 18
Views: 8507

Re: New FN owner looking for information and advice

You certainly have a neat old rifle there. If you can disassemble it and put the metal parts in an ultrasonic cleaning tank, this will clean it the best. I would do that and put it back together and have fun. Please do not send it to a "refinisher". It will be ruined. There are workmen out there tha...
by curdog
Sat Dec 12, 2015 6:10 pm
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: Stripper clips
Replies: 7
Views: 6701

Re: Stripper clips

Rob - you are right on. That's how I do it. Easy as can be.
by curdog
Sat Nov 21, 2015 9:52 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting / Maintenance
Topic: Cannot re-insert trigger plate screw
Replies: 10
Views: 4434

Re: Cannot re-insert trigger plate screw

Examine it closely for burrs - both the receiver and the screw. See if the screw will start into the thread from the opposite side - sometimes that will "iron" it out.

It's definitely not a candidate for a new receiver - this is a minor hitch.
by curdog
Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:25 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting / Maintenance
Topic: Cannot re-insert trigger plate screw
Replies: 10
Views: 4434

Re: Cannot re-insert trigger plate screw

It ought to go in - unless you burred it a little bit upon removal.
Make sure you haven't confused it with the tang screw.
by curdog
Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:42 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting / Maintenance
Topic: Cannot re-insert trigger plate screw
Replies: 10
Views: 4434

Re: Cannot re-insert trigger plate screw

You are almost there. I find a sharp whack on the back of the trigger guard with a wooden hammer handle will seat the plate assembly forward to assemble properly. The tongue at the front is usually a pretty snug fit, in fact, you may be able to see a slight crack at the joint. This should close up. ...
by curdog
Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: The Great Model 8
Topic: Pawn Shop Find!
Replies: 20
Views: 6615

Re: Pawn Shop Find!

Olskool - if you'll run the 30 case up in to 7X57 or 7mm08 die first, and just start a little of the neck, it will eliminate your case losses. Works for me.

I always anneal 'em afterwards, too.
by curdog
Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:36 am
Forum: For Sale or Trade
Topic: Barrel Nut Lock Washers for 25/30/32 Model 8/81s
Replies: 6
Views: 5389

Re: Barrel Nut Lock Washers for 25/30/32 Model 8/81s

These are no longer available.
by curdog
Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:48 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting / Maintenance
Topic: Removing safety detent ball
Replies: 5
Views: 2863

Re: Removing safety detent ball

If you will look inside the end of the barrel jacket, you should see the head of the rivet which attaches the front sight ramp. It is about at the end of the threads. That should line up with the center of the dovetail, and it can be easily drilled out. The fore end lug is attached in the same manne...
by curdog
Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Remington model 8/81 35 Rem
Replies: 3
Views: 2904

Re: Remington model 8/81 35 Rem

The best way for you to proceed here is to find another rifle with a good barrel, and either shoot it or use it for a donor gun. Sadly, buying a barrel blank and paying someone to fit it at the original equipment quality level for $300 is just not going to happen. Unless you find someone to do it wh...
by curdog
Tue Oct 06, 2015 7:31 am
Forum: For Sale or Trade
Topic: Barrel Nut Lock Washers for 25/30/32 Model 8/81s
Replies: 6
Views: 5389

Re: Barrel Nut Lock Washers for 25/30/32 Model 8/81s

The price is right there in the OP.
by curdog
Mon Oct 05, 2015 4:25 pm
Forum: For Sale or Trade
Topic: Barrel Nut Lock Washers for 25/30/32 Model 8/81s
Replies: 6
Views: 5389

Re: Barrel Nut Lock Washers for 25/30/32 Model 8/81s

Sorry for the late reply - I've been away for a few days. I have plenty available.
by curdog
Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Great Model 8 MEET & GREET!!!
Replies: 34
Views: 13742

Re: Great Model 8 MEET & GREET!!!

I'm still worn out from the weekend - it turned out to be quite an adventure, and enjoyable meeting some of the guys.

Thanks for the kind comments about the carbine - if a job's worth doing, it's worth doing right. I can't wait to get a pig with it....
by curdog
Sat Apr 04, 2015 6:06 am
Forum: For Sale or Trade
Topic: Model 8D Peerless 25Rem - FOR SALE
Replies: 5
Views: 3924

Re: Model 8D Peerless 25Rem - FOR SALE

That is indeed a shame someone attacked it with a buffing wheel.
by curdog
Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: General
Topic: Making .32 Remington Brass Part II
Replies: 6
Views: 3104

Re: Making .32 Remington Brass Part II

The $25 live center from Grizzly ought to be the ticket - if you're going to use the lathe much you need one anyway.
by curdog
Tue Mar 17, 2015 6:04 am
Forum: General
Topic: Making .32 Remington Brass Part II
Replies: 6
Views: 3104

Re: Making .32 Remington Brass Part II

The live centers are available for those little lathes - I have one for mine. It should be a Morse Taper #1 arbor, or MT1.

I think the die will fit in the 3-jaw, I usually size the cases first while the 30/30 rims are still on them. They fit better and run truer if you do.
by curdog
Mon Mar 16, 2015 5:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hand loaded ammo
Replies: 4
Views: 2081

Re: Hand loaded ammo

My rule for handloads has always been:

If I didn't load it, I ain't going to shoot it.
by curdog
Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:23 am
Forum: General
Topic: Making .32 Remington Brass Part II
Replies: 6
Views: 3104

Re: Making .32 Remington Brass Part II

Jim

Are you using a live center? It rotates on bearings and will turn with the case, not damaging it like that. That's how I do it. A "dead" center is just solid, and will rub the brass and wear, even with oil.

If you don't have a live center, try using a FL die like others have suggested.
by curdog
Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:12 am
Forum: ~FN 1900 Rifle~
Topic: Newcomer with an FN 1900
Replies: 37
Views: 17053

Re: Newcomer with an FN 1900

Ikuturso - try some M1A/M14 clips. They only have one raised projection on each side, and this will allow them to drop down to the top of the magazine and feed better.

Congratulations on your rifle.
by curdog
Sat Feb 07, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: Barrel switch. How easily can one change calibers?
Replies: 7
Views: 3148

Re: Barrel switch. How easily can one change calibers?

I have taken recoil/buffer springs from a 35, and put them in a 32, and they function fine. If they look and function the same, this would lead me to believe they are the same.
by curdog
Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:29 pm
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: Barrel switch. How easily can one change calibers?
Replies: 7
Views: 3148

Re: Barrel switch. How easily can one change calibers?

I think the 25 has it's own set of recoil/buffer springs. The ones I've examined are considerably lighter than a 30/32, which appear to be the same as a 35. The 30/32 is a lot closer to the recoil inertia of a 35, than the 25 is to the 30/32.
by curdog
Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Stripper clips
Replies: 2
Views: 1421

Re: Stripper clips

The M1A/M14 clips seem to work with the 300 and 35 - they have the bump in the center, unlike Mauser/Springfield with two bumps which does not allow the stripper to get close enough to the magazine. I tried prying open the .223 stripper clips for the smaller rounds, but the clip itself is not wide e...
by curdog
Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: 30-30 to .32 Remington order of operations?
Replies: 11
Views: 4277

Re: 30-30 to .32 Remington order of operations?

Thanks Jim Now I see it - I didn't go any further than the first "Submit" bar. I'll give it a shot when my wife gets home. She can hold my hand, she's a lot better at this than I am. BTW Midsouth Shooters has new Redding 32 Rem dies in stock. They work great, in fact the cases in the pictures were l...
by curdog
Mon Jan 26, 2015 5:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: 30-30 to .32 Remington order of operations?
Replies: 11
Views: 4277

Re: 30-30 to .32 Remington order of operations?

The little plate with the step is my gauge to cut the new rim/extractor groove. Just hold it across the end of the case, and touch the tool to it to set the rim thickness.

The piece of tool steel costs about $3.

Now I have a question for you - how do I attach pictures to a post?
by curdog
Sun Jan 25, 2015 6:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: 30-30 to .32 Remington order of operations?
Replies: 11
Views: 4277

Re: 30-30 to .32 Remington order of operations?

Jim I just use the fine wheel on the bench grinder, I've got no idea what the grit is. All you have is a little flat on the end, and an angle to match the extractor groove. Just use a case for a pattern, when it fits in the groove, grind a little relief, and you're good to go. It shouldn't take but ...
by curdog
Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: For Sale or Trade
Topic: Barrel Nut Lock Washers for 25/30/32 Model 8/81s
Replies: 6
Views: 5389

Barrel Nut Lock Washers for 25/30/32 Model 8/81s

I have new 100% USA made barrel nut lock washers available to fit the small diameter Model 8/81 barrels in 25, 30 and 32 calibers. They will NOT fit 300 Savage or 35 caliber barrels. They are 50 teeth on one side, 40 teeth on the other, which matches either a 20 or 25 tooth nut. The washers are hard...
by curdog
Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: General
Topic: 30-30 to .32 Remington order of operations?
Replies: 11
Views: 4277

Re: 30-30 to .32 Remington order of operations?

Jim An ordinary bench grinder with a fine wheel will grind the tool to shape. Just use a rimless case for a pattern. Put a slip fit plug in the case mouth to support it, and grab the case in the 3 jaw (not too tight). Support the rim end with a live center in the tailstock to keep the case running t...