Lever-Frankenstein Suggestions

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by jeepcreep927, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. jeepcreep927

    jeepcreep927 New Member

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    I picked this up for cheap. Ok free. Yes, free. Best I can figure it was made in 1951. 30-30 Cal. The first two or three inches of the barrel south of the muzzle are well rusted, but the remainder is clean with sharp rifling.

    There is very minor surface rust on the barrel and receiver and mag tube, but no pitting. Blueing is all gone. Stock is not terrible, no cracks or gouges. The brown color on the bolt is not rust, it's "gunk", for lack of a better word. It wipes off with solvent.

    The action is smoother than you can imagine, the lever is tight (nothing like a Model 94) and the trigger is so light and crisp I can't believe it.

    Sooo. This thing is going to undergo a big change but I'm not sure how yet and I need some input. My thoughts were as follows:

    Whack the barrel back to 18", have it bead blasted and re-blued, install the below sights, thin out the stock and for-end and feed it heavy for caliber cast bullets as a close range black bear rifle. I am open to suggestions on everything since the barrel will have to be re-drilled and tapped for a front sight, and I have no interest in keeping anything original. I hate to do it because of it's age, but in it's current form it's useless (due to the damage at the muzzle end of the bore).

    If I can make something useful out of it and not have it be Pelosi ugly, I will be happy.
     

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  2. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    Clean it up and shoot it before you start whacking, it might surprise you.
     

  3. freefall

    freefall New Member

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    Go ahead and cut it. I mounted a Williams Guide Receiver Sight on my Marlin with a fiber-optic Fire Sight on the front. The set was $35 from Midway. Check it out, I'm happy with them.
     
  4. jeepcreep927

    jeepcreep927 New Member

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    I am looking at those pretty close too. The previous owner removed the entire front sight, ramp and all so I figured starting all over and drilling and tapping from scratch would give me more options. I only looked at the banded sight because I think it would be different.

    This thing is gonna be a complete mutation so the more suggestions the better, aside from a "tactical" lever action :confused: :confused:

    Sorry Gabriel Suarez....
     

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  5. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    I picked up this M94 for cheap. It had the short mag tube, and the last 3-4 inches of barrel were badly blood pitted. Perfect. So I had it chopped at 16" and had a Marbles front sight base installed.

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  6. wmille01

    wmille01 New Member

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    I have an old Winchester in 30-30 love the round hate the sights, What I would do is throw some m4/m16 sights on it (not the carrying hand just the picture it's self) I would just cut the barrel down to the point were most of the rust in gone. I would also change the lever but that just me I don't like the curved levers I'm more old school with my repeaters. I would also put a pant on it instead of bluing it, like a tiger strip camo pattern.

    I do agree with some of the other people, you should really shoot it first just to see what she can do before you put all that work into it. Old rusty guns can always surprise you.

    This is just me
     
  7. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Just be on the careful side. BATF would not like it if it was turned into a pistol.
     
  8. powg

    powg New Member

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    lever fever

    Nice . Although expensive ,You could have it restored by Doug Turnbull .His restorations are amazing ,and his color-case hardning is sharp as hell .This could be a ''heiroom ''passed on down for the next hundred years
     
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  9. Durangokid

    Durangokid New Member

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    I would try fire lapping the barrel.

    DK
     
  10. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Well, whatever you decide, keep us in the loop. ;)
     
  11. dteed4094

    dteed4094 New Member

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    Shoot it, If it doesnt shoot well counter bore it and keep it origional or sell it to me. Cheap!
     
  12. jeepcreep927

    jeepcreep927 New Member

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    Bit the proverbial bullet and went to town with the hack saw. The first four inches or so of the barrel were a disaster which is fine since I really wanted to whack it anyway. Gross modifications included cutting the barrel, slimming the for-end and the butt. The butt is still very thick and will son see a 2" rasp I just ran out of time.

    Next up is sights. I am thinking I will get a Warne 2 piece mount, ditch the rear most most base, set the front receiver base, add a Weaver compatible "ghost ring" ( guess that's trendy, looks like a plain old peep sight to me) and set a front sight base and ramp. That will give me 17" between the front and rear sights, while keeping the rear sight away from the hammer. I'd only gain 3.25" if I mounted it on the rear mount.

    I can't believe the difference in the way it handles just by cropping the barrel. It looks way short but I cut it at 16.5" in order to leave plenty of "wiggle room" for crowning and lapping the muzzle. Here it is next to my model 94 Trapper with a 16" barrel.
     

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  13. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    It's taking shape nicely. :cool:
     
  14. Ltriker

    Ltriker New Member

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    Looks cool, keep us informed...


    I love it when someone rescues a firearm and has the balls to actually change it for the better.
     
  15. hiwall

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    A short fast handling gun needs some kind of peep sight. It does look nice with the short barrel. I bet she is gonna bark. Wear good muffs when you shoot her.