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Old 01-25-2013, 08:53 PM   #21
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No, I don't have a vise. An acquaintance here has one and my first step is to head over there and try that before I head off to town.

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Usually works for me;



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Tried it and regular penetrating oil as well. I'm going to call my friend in the AM and see if I can use his vise.

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I can't get the firing pin retention pins out of the bolt no matter how much penetrating fluid I put on it. I'm going to have to go to a gunsmith or machine shop and have then pressed out. I want to clean out the firing pin channel. At this point, I'm almost ready to just spray some brake cleaner in there and then blow it out rather than mess with it.
I'm still waiting on the parts from Brownell's.
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A trick that always works for me is to heat the part up with a propane torch (not too hot now) and melt some beeswax into the stuck parts. Works wonders. I also have a small half ton arbor press that is compact and cheap (mine was free) that works really well on getting those small parts unstuck. http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00974879000P?sid=IDx01192011x000001& kispla=00974879000P&srccode=cii_17588969&cpncode=3 3-134771490-2

Sometimes I will do the torch, beeswax and then put it on the press. I use wood blocks to set the bolt on so that it doesn't ding the bolt.

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Thanks for the tip on the press Viking. Maybe after I pick up a vise.

Gunsmoke, I took it completely down and I wanted to clean the firing pin channel while I was at it.

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Here is the cheapest one I could find- http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-half-ton-arbor-press-3551.html

Still not free but not a lot of dough either. On the vice I would definitely spend a little more money and get a high quality one. Cheap vices will just frustrate you. (that goes for all kinds of vices- hookers, booze, drugs and clamping devices on your workbench.)

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The parts came in yesterday and I finished it a little while ago. I didn't have any parts left over or anything. Other than a deep cleaning and lube, changing out the springs and installing a new sight hood, it's exactly as I got it. It's been out in the fields and woods and it looks it, but the innards and the barrel are in outstanding condition. I also just went outside and let off one round just to check for function.
You guys all know that my camera skills suck, but it's the thought that counts.

The bluing is a lot more worn than it appears in the pics, but I really like it that way. It's my Rat Rod Marlin. Here it is:







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I fixed my bent Lyman sight on my 1886 Winchester last night. It was bent when I got it, I had to disassemble the sight after removing it and then gingerly pry it back into shape. The first pic is of my straight edge to show how bad the bend was, second pic after repair and the third is as it is mounted on the rifle when I finished.







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Well done.

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