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by Wildgoose
Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:45 am
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: M8 and M81 Range Tests
Replies: 6
Views: 2553

Re: M8 and M81 Range Tests

You might have seen my posting today for the latest test on my .300 Sav M81 - 2" to 2.5" @50 yards, 5-shot group, open sights. I think it might perform better if I had a peep sight, but I don't. My eyes are no longer good enough to use open sights effectively, but I do OK with peeps. The .300 Savag...
by Wildgoose
Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:05 pm
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: M8 and M81 Range Tests
Replies: 6
Views: 2553

M8 and M81 Range Tests

Went to the range a couple of weeks ago to check my M81 300 Savage for the firearm deer opener coming up soon. Its on enough for me at 100 yds. No function problems. Keeping my fingers crossed. Tested the M8 35 Remington today with relaoded neck sized cases like DWalt suggested and no backed out pri...
by Wildgoose
Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:01 am
Forum: Wanted to buy
Topic: Remington 81 sights
Replies: 2
Views: 1315

Re: Remington 81 sights

Keep checking on e-bay and Gun Broker, they come around fairly often. Expect to pay $150-225 for the tang sights. Rear blanks are much harder to come by and usually run around $25-50.
by Wildgoose
Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:14 am
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: Loose Barrel Jacket
Replies: 8
Views: 3667

Re: Loose Barrel Jacket

If you have a lathe so that you can turn your own slightly oversized pin, that's the way to go. I've not done that on an 8/81 jacket, but have done it many times on other guns with sloppy pin holes. I usually used Grade 8 screw/bolt shanks as a starting material for making oversized pins. A set of ...
by Wildgoose
Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:31 am
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: Ejector problems in M81/.300 Savage
Replies: 12
Views: 11054

Re: Ejector problems in M81/.300 Savage

I have had some issue with my M81 300 Savage but it was with feeding jams not ejection. Got that cleared up for the most part when I found the mag spring in backwards. I have been playing around with mine to see if I could see anything about the ejection cycle that you are missing. No luck there, th...
by Wildgoose
Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:10 pm
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: Loose Barrel Jacket
Replies: 8
Views: 3667

Loose Barrel Jacket

I have been looking around on the lists for any detailed information on how to properly fix a loose barrel jacket. I haven't had much luck really. Found some good pictures of silver soldered and brazed fixes but these seem some what extreame to me. Am I correct in thinking that taking the barrel ass...
by Wildgoose
Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:55 pm
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: 35 Remington
Replies: 2
Views: 1933

35 Remington

Well, found some old dies (Lyman American) of unknown vintage, a Lee shell holder head that one of the local gun shops just happened to have one of and preped the ten cases in my meger stash. Now all I needed was some .35 cal bullets. All I was able to find today was one box of Sierra 225 grain SP's...
by Wildgoose
Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:45 am
Forum: The Great Model 8
Topic: My First Model 8 Update-Primer Issue Solved
Replies: 14
Views: 4600

Re: My First Model 8 Update

I found an older post from about this time last year from a gent who had the same problem with an M8 in 35Rem. Seems it was caused by the shoulder of the cases being set back a bit too far. Factory ammo in his case too. Some close inspection on my fired brass indicates the same thing as well. When I...
by Wildgoose
Sat Oct 22, 2011 3:15 pm
Forum: The Great Model 8
Topic: My First Model 8 Update-Primer Issue Solved
Replies: 14
Views: 4600

Re: My First Model 8 Update

Well...........Took the rifle to the range today for its first live fire test after cleaning and re-assembly. Good news first is that it functioned 100% and put the bullets where they were supposed to go using the open buckhorn rear sight. :) I did pickup that Redfield receiver sight but it was deli...
by Wildgoose
Thu Oct 13, 2011 7:37 pm
Forum: The Great Model 8
Topic: My First Model 8 Update-Primer Issue Solved
Replies: 14
Views: 4600

Re: My First Model 8 Update

81police wrote:Don't take my word on it, but I think the extra hole in your receiver corresponds to a Redfield 102N receiver sight.
Wow! :o I do believe you are right. Even has the mounting screws too. Worth a shot.
Big Thanks Cam!
by Wildgoose
Thu Oct 13, 2011 5:01 am
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: M81 300 Savage Mag Capacity
Replies: 9
Views: 3255

Re: M81 300 Savage Mag Capacity

Interesting, I have the same condition that DWalt has. The fifth round will not quite go in so I have have just settled for four. I have also had trouble from time to time with jams. Not a lot but enough to make me wonder if he and I have some kind of issue related to not being able to load five rou...
by Wildgoose
Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:28 pm
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: M81 300 Savage Mag Capacity
Replies: 9
Views: 3255

Re: M81 300 Savage Mag Capacity

Thanks, I feel much better now. :D
by Wildgoose
Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:07 pm
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: M81 300 Savage Mag Capacity
Replies: 9
Views: 3255

M81 300 Savage Mag Capacity

How many rounds should I be able to load into my M81 300 Savage? I cant get any more than four in mine. :o
by Wildgoose
Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:02 pm
Forum: The Great Model 8
Topic: My First Model 8 Update-Primer Issue Solved
Replies: 14
Views: 4600

Re: My First Model 8 Updated Update.

Scored a Marbles R6 Tang Sight for the M8. Darn near paid as much for it as I did for the rifle. But its worth it to be able to put it back to the set up I think its past owener had it in. I am sure that the tang sight that is missing was not an R6 but it should function with the Marbles folding lea...
by Wildgoose
Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:02 pm
Forum: The Great Model 8
Topic: My First Model 8 Update-Primer Issue Solved
Replies: 14
Views: 4600

Re: My First Model 8 Update

As always thanks gentlemen for the excelent information. Below are pics of the butt stock mods. Like I said, well done by a home grown standard. I am sure that this rifle was '"comstomized" by someone marching to his own tune. Interestingly enough when I shoulder the gun my eye is in the perfict pos...
by Wildgoose
Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:18 pm
Forum: The Great Model 8
Topic: My First Model 8 Update-Primer Issue Solved
Replies: 14
Views: 4600

My First Model 8 Update-Primer Issue Solved

Got the rifle last week but due to work load had no time to start checking it out. Just got started last night. Other than the modifications to the but stock, wich were really well done but of course made the rifle worth quite a bit less, I have only found one other issue so far. The barrel jacket i...
by Wildgoose
Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:36 pm
Forum: The Great Model 81 'Woodsmaster'
Topic: Second M81 Today
Replies: 36
Views: 14224

Re: Second M81 Today

DWalt,
Sounds like a good plan to me. I will be looking forward to hearing about how it goes. 8-)
by Wildgoose
Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:09 pm
Forum: The Great Model 81 'Woodsmaster'
Topic: Second M81 Today
Replies: 36
Views: 14224

Re: Second M81 Today

imfuncity wrote:Wildgoose,
Looks like a surprising tight group without the flyer, was it first, last, middle, shooter error,...?
Thxs
Usually shows up one the fourth or fifth shot. Most likely me getting a bit impatient.
by Wildgoose
Sun Sep 18, 2011 1:09 pm
Forum: The Great Model 81 'Woodsmaster'
Topic: Second M81 Today
Replies: 36
Views: 14224

Re: Second M81 Today

If anyone has a good performing .300 load in the M81, let me know, as I don't have any prior loading experience with the .300. I usually start off with what the Lyman manual suggests as an accuracy load for each bullet weight. and vary the charge around that. Lyman says their best performing loads ...
by Wildgoose
Sun Sep 18, 2011 12:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Scopes for the 8 and 81
Replies: 26
Views: 13164

Re: Scopes for the 8 and 81

This is my first M81. It is a .30 Rem. I was able to afford to buy it as there were "issues" one being the six screw scope mount attached to it. No scope but the mount and rings were there. The rifle is a good accurate shooter and I went to the trouble to find a period scope for it just to make it c...
by Wildgoose
Mon Sep 12, 2011 5:19 pm
Forum: The Great Model 8
Topic: My First Model 8
Replies: 4
Views: 1868

Re: My First Model 8

Wildgoose, There were folding leaf sights made by King and Lyman and others that were used in conjunction with tang sights because they could fold down flat when using tang sight, since your tang sight is missing this was likely the setup on your rifle, these older folding sights can be very pricey...
by Wildgoose
Mon Sep 12, 2011 5:44 am
Forum: The Great Model 8
Topic: My First Model 8
Replies: 4
Views: 1868

My First Model 8

I sent off the money for my first M8 last week. I have two M81's but have wanted to pick up a shooter M8 for some time. Being on a budget its taken quite a while to find one that looked to be functional but at the same time had a few "issues" that would keep the price down. The one I am waiting for ...
by Wildgoose
Sun Sep 11, 2011 5:28 pm
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: buttplate? and old ammo.
Replies: 3
Views: 2017

Re: buttplate? and old ammo.

Give her a good cleaning and some lubrication and go from there. These old guns can be very gummed up with old oil and powder fouling. In the process you can check for any obvious worn, broken or missing parts. Not uncommon to find some things assembled improperly as well.
by Wildgoose
Sat Jul 02, 2011 5:19 pm
Forum: The Great Model 81 'Woodsmaster'
Topic: 300 Savage Range Day
Replies: 2
Views: 1717

300 Savage Range Day

Went to the range to sight in and just shoot the 300 Savage M81. Had to do some drifting on the front sight but got it in. These old guns are just plain fun. Sighted in the grand daughters new/old retro deer rifle too. A cousin to the 81 a Remington 722 in 300 Savage. We are both going to be shootin...
by Wildgoose
Thu May 12, 2011 5:25 am
Forum: The Great Model 81 'Woodsmaster'
Topic: Found Another Old 81'
Replies: 10
Views: 3984

Re: Found Another Old 81'

She's a beaut' . Good find! I love the fact they are so simple to work on. It looks like it's missing the rear sight, are the holes filled? Have yu taken off the buttplate to see if anything is stashed in there? Hey Gramps35, Nope, haven't looked yet. Maybe next winter,just too many other projects ...
by Wildgoose
Tue May 03, 2011 10:18 pm
Forum: The Great Model 81 'Woodsmaster'
Topic: Retro Deer Rig Ready To Go!
Replies: 9
Views: 3708

Re: Retro Deer Rig Ready To Go!

Wildgoose, I remember when that rifle was up for auction....and I would like to ask a question, without ruffling any ones feathers!!! I emailed the seller and ask him if the scope should be moved rearward in the mounts, so that the scope adjustment was positioned between the scope mounts, so that t...
by Wildgoose
Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:23 am
Forum: The Great Model 81 'Woodsmaster'
Topic: Found Another Old 81'
Replies: 10
Views: 3984

Re: Found Another Old 81'

Is there a good manual on how to dis-assemble? Maybe a youtube video? I need to take mine apart and clean it. Is it possible to take apart the barrel assembly? I shot mine last week after letting it set for awhile. What a hoot. They really are fun arn't they. :D I do have a copied section from an o...
by Wildgoose
Fri Apr 22, 2011 5:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: MY FIRST BUCK
Replies: 9
Views: 4321

Re: MY FIRST BUCK

I was only one year old. What a wonderful picture of family hunting history. The deer tied to the hood with rope. Classic!
by Wildgoose
Tue Apr 19, 2011 5:17 am
Forum: Pics of your 8/81's
Topic: Descent 81 in 300
Replies: 5
Views: 2565

Re: Descent 81 in 300

Nice 300 Savage. Most of them have some sort of recoil pad and sling attachments as they were serious hunting tools. The 300 is a very good deer cartridge. Your rifle is very similar to the one I have and I plan on hunting with it for sure. http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y113/GuzziRider/IMGA0036-3...
by Wildgoose
Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:12 am
Forum: The Great Model 8
Topic: Reuminations on a 32Rem
Replies: 1
Views: 1212

Reuminations on a 32Rem

I am looking at a beater Model 8 in 32Rem. I have have so far kind of stayed away for this caliber as it seems to be a bit redundant. Can it really do much more than the 30Rem? Anyway if I do pick this rifle up it will be as a shooter and possible parts donor mainly due to the fact that it has been ...
by Wildgoose
Sun Apr 10, 2011 12:58 pm
Forum: The Great Model 81 'Woodsmaster'
Topic: Retro Deer Rig Ready To Go!
Replies: 9
Views: 3708

Re: Retro Deer Rig Ready To Go!

Wonder if those K 2.5 were popular on these or just a poormans Alaskan, have one similar to yours and have seen others. Is your mount offset (Williams mount) to left like mine. Not comfortable to use since have to hold head away from stock. Possibly used for for spotting or longer range aiming whil...
by Wildgoose
Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:28 am
Forum: The Great Model 81 'Woodsmaster'
Topic: Retro Deer Rig Ready To Go!
Replies: 9
Views: 3708

Retro Deer Rig Ready To Go!

Retro Model 81 30Rem. with Weaver K2.5 in orginal mount. After some load testing and sighting adjustments. Actually a lot of sighting adjustments, she's ready to run. Three shots with ironsights and three shots with the scope at 100 yards off the bench. I tried a newer scope mount first and it damag...
by Wildgoose
Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:26 pm
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: Model 81 take down
Replies: 12
Views: 3845

Re: Model 81 take down

Since this may be a two piece barrel, is it possible this could be a line up mark?. Would you have another source I can look into for reference? One gunsmith I showed this to was puzzled with no answers. You can tell I’m hoping it’s not a cracked barrel. There is no evidence of crack inside of brea...
by Wildgoose
Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:20 pm
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: 300 Savage Large or Small Base
Replies: 6
Views: 2606

Re: 300 Savage Large or Small Base

Let us know how it turns out. I have maybe 10 sets of Lee dies, both rifle and pistol, and wouldn't buy anything else unless it was for a caliber Lee does not make dies for. I received one set from Lee with a burr inside the sizing die on arrival, and they replaced it with no questions asked. Didnt...
by Wildgoose
Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:02 pm
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: Problem Solved!
Replies: 0
Views: 1435

Problem Solved!

Posted awhile back that I needed some input to solve a failure to feed problem with my 300 Savage M81. Well its functioning 100% now. Figured out that the magazine spring was installed backwards. Hard to believe that this would cause so much trouble but it indeed did. Problems feeding and failure to...
by Wildgoose
Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:57 pm
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: Need Some Input
Replies: 7
Views: 3266

Re: Need Some Input

Unfortunately it appears that I do have a feed problem with the 300 Savage. I loaded up some RN 150 grain loads and went to the range today. It failed to feed about every other round. So, seems that SP's were not the main issue. In every case the round was into the chamber at an angle with the bolt ...
by Wildgoose
Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:53 am
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: 300 Savage Large or Small Base
Replies: 6
Views: 2606

Re: 300 Savage Large or Small Base

Thanks guys! I have never worried about the issue before and I do hand load for many modern and obsolete rounds. I have seen the small base dies mentioned in connection with the 300 Savage in Rem Model 8/81 rifles in a few places and wondered about it. I have never used small base dies either and ha...
by Wildgoose
Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:39 am
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: 300 Savage Large or Small Base
Replies: 6
Views: 2606

300 Savage Large or Small Base

Hi All,
Need to buy some dies for my 300 Savage M81. Which one is best, large or small base die set?
Thanks
by Wildgoose
Fri Mar 04, 2011 6:52 pm
Forum: The Great Model 81 'Woodsmaster'
Topic: Model 81 Safety Lever Question
Replies: 1
Views: 1295

Re: Model 81 Safety Lever Question

I had to do the same on my latest M81. Used a wooden dowel and dead blow hammer. It came out hard. After clean up and lubrication its fine now.
by Wildgoose
Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:32 pm
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: Need Some Input
Replies: 7
Views: 3266

Re: Need Some Input

The rear sight is an orginal Lyman made for the M81 in 300 Savage I picked up at a gun show. I pulled the buckhorns when I mounted it. I have been shooting tang sights in both BPCR and Lever Gun matches for quite a few years so they are very framiliar to me. With the orgianl buckhorns I would be SOL...
by Wildgoose
Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:31 pm
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: Need Some Input
Replies: 7
Views: 3266

Re: Need Some Input

Thanks sarge, It would have been a real drag to have problems with an old rifle that seems to shoot as well as this one did. I pulled the two fliers due to jumping on the trigger but all of them would have been a dead deer. I need to get some dies and go to work. :D http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/...
by Wildgoose
Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:40 pm
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: Need Some Input
Replies: 7
Views: 3266

Need Some Input

Took my latest M81 out for a test shoot today. Using factory Winchester 300 Savage ammo 150 grain Spire Points it shot pretty darn well at 100 yards. But I did have two failures to feed out of twenty rounds. Both were on the second shot from a full mag of four. Seems the round bounced up when it hit...
by Wildgoose
Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:38 am
Forum: The Great Model 8
Topic: model 81 scope problem
Replies: 3
Views: 1841

Re: model 81 scope problem

Along the way extraction was faulty with frequent jams. Well, I found the answer to that problem here in the forum!, Thanks! You probably saved me from damaging my rifle as well as myself. Hello OB. Could you share the answer to this problem as I have an M81 I put a vintage Weaver K 2.5 on and have...
by Wildgoose
Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:11 pm
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: Model 81 in 300 Savage Ammo Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 2562

Re: Model 81 in 300 Savage Ammo Questions

Southeastern NE, Lincoln/Omaha area. Plenty of birds and big bucks. :D
by Wildgoose
Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:08 pm
Forum: Q & A about the 8/81
Topic: Model 81 in 300 Savage Ammo Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 2562

Model 81 in 300 Savage Ammo Questions

Well winter is finally starting to wind down here in the central midwest and I am running out of time to indulge in my new found passion for the two 81's I picked up. I have managed to at least test shoot the 30R but with match season starting in little more than a month I need to start casting and ...
by Wildgoose
Tue Feb 15, 2011 7:58 pm
Forum: The Great Model 81 'Woodsmaster'
Topic: Found Another Old 81'
Replies: 10
Views: 3984

Re: Found Another Old 81'

Just like Christmas. Unwraping the rifle when it arrives to see how well you did. Take it apart, clean and inspect, then lube and reassemble. This one was all original except for the butt pad and in very good shape when all was cleaned up. Out to the range next! :D http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y...
by Wildgoose
Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:14 pm
Forum: Wanted to buy
Topic: Rear Sight Spacer Plate
Replies: 3
Views: 1613

Re: Rear Sight Spacer Plate

Many thanks sir. Hope to hear from you.
by Wildgoose
Sun Feb 13, 2011 4:37 pm
Forum: Wanted to buy
Topic: Rear Sight Spacer Plate
Replies: 3
Views: 1613

Rear Sight Spacer Plate

Not sure thats what its called but I am looking for one. I just finished checking/cleaning up my reciently purchased M81 300 Savage. I installed a Lyman tang sight I found at a gun show last month on it and removed the rear buckhorn assembly leaving the to mounting screw fittings. I have seen a cove...
by Wildgoose
Wed Feb 09, 2011 6:38 am
Forum: The Great Model 81 'Woodsmaster'
Topic: Unless ......
Replies: 11
Views: 3559

Re: Unless ......

I am in the "Gotta Shoot Em" camp. Collecting for the sake of keeping fine examples of the "real thing" for future generations to see and admire is fine too just not for me. If I buy it and dont shoot it then it gets traded for something else I will. I like mine experienced so I can take em to the d...
by Wildgoose
Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:31 pm
Forum: The Great Model 81 'Woodsmaster'
Topic: Found Another Old 81'
Replies: 10
Views: 3984

Found Another Old 81'

Well, I guess the hook is set. I just sent off the check for my second Model 81. This one is in .300 Savage and is not drilled for a scope. My first one was and a good thing too as I cant see the standard sights well enough to shoot as good as I can. This is why I decided that if I were to get anoth...