My Tango plunkungfest Westeren Auto 120

Discussion in 'DIY Projects' started by canebrake, May 21, 2009.

  1. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    I have not shot this puppy for 35 years. It has moved with me to 4 states, 5 cities and 9 different houses. I still have ammo from the 1970's.

    Then along came Tango and his monthly plunkungfest (The one I plan on winning in January and February only because everyone else will say "Too cold, the hell wit it!!"

    Here she is, dubbed 'derTangoplunkungun' just for his competition shoots.

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    Thought I'd try out the new gun finishing products on today's shelves. I'll use this thread to display my progress, good or bad.

    The barrel rollmark reads;
    Revelation - MODEL 120
    WESTERN AUTO SUPPLY CO.

    It's a Marlin 60 made for WASCo.

    The only other marking is a hand stamped GK at 9:00 just under the rear sight attachment point. Any one know where the S/N is supposed to be? I read the early production units were not serialized.


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    I think the current condition of the barrel bluing is due to the quality (or lack thereof) of the original process. As you can see the interior of the gun is , well, somewhat better than the exterior.


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    The scope is a Weaver B6 with a Weaver .22 Tip Off dovetail pinch mount. It's outa here and I have on order a very expensive replacement. It's so expensive that the shipping charge was 70% of the cost of the new scope! I'll do a review of this fine sample of shooting optics when it gets here.

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    Here's my first obstacle, a broken stock. I know, get a new synthetic replacement but NO! This is a piece of my history and I would like to keep as much of the original gun that I can. (Forget about throwing out the Weaver.)

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    This last pic shows the crack from the trigger side. Next post will be the stock repair. I got to go dig out the gorilla glue!
     
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  2. RL357Mag

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    Cane - none of your pic attachments work - Who made Revelation for Western Auto? I have a 1980's Numrich Catalog that cross referrences all the manufacturers and the stores that sold their guns. If you don't know who made it, let me know and I'll look it up tomorrow. I have a couple of VERY old boxes of .308 ammo that say Revelation - they must have been sold by Western Auto also.
     
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  3. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Check and see if the photos are workin now.

    It's a Marlin 60 made for WASCo.
     
  4. JoshRushing

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    Marlin made many of these for different names........many may disagree but I'm a fan of them....they've been making them for years with few slight changes....
     
  5. RL357Mag

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    Gonna take my Mod.70P(Papoose) out tomorrow. I bought it in 87' and I've put maybe 200 rds. through it since. It's a Mod.60 action, take-down, in a neat little red canvas case that floats.
     
  6. canebrake

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    'derTangoplunkungun'

    Update on the 'derTangoplunkungun':

    Stock Repair;

    Like I said earlier, my first obstacle is a broken stock. I do not want a new synthetic replacement. This piece of my history will stay original, but with a canebrake twist!

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    I used the tools and skill I possess so don't go ragin' on me for drywall screws and Gorilla glue! I'm also quite good with duct tape but will hold off using it for gunsmithing!

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    This stock, which is older than most of our members, was lacking any water content. After all it has been drying in household humidity for 42+ years. I had to be careful as I drilled the pilot hole for the screw. The counter sink was the hardest.

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    I selected the longest screw usable and the proper angle to maximize the strength to repair the break. My guess is the brake occurred in the weakest grain and repairing it with glue only would just lead me in finding the next weak spot. With a screw placed cross-grain, it should strengthen the whole stock. Keep in mind, we aren't firing a .700 Nitro Express rifle here!

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    This is a look at the repair after the screw was seated and an extra drop of glue was added to the countersunk hole. (Less filler needed to smooth the stock.)

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    Here's another look at a different angle of the repair.

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    And from the top.

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    If any of you are familiar with Gorilla Glue You know that before applying the glue you need to wet the surface to be glued. The water is the catalyst that starts the bonding process. This process forms bubbles or foam like froth around the repair.


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    This is one hour after applying the glue. It is dry to the touch. I will give it 24 hours to set and get on with the finishing tomorrow.
     
  7. RL357Mag

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    Did you counterbore the screw hole deep enough to insert a small piece of 3/8" dowel to plug the screw hole? You can use a coping saw and cut the dowel close to the stock than sand and stain - it would be almost invisible if you match the direction of grain of the dowel with that of the stock and use an appropriate stain ( a shade or two lighter than the stock since the dowel end-grain will come out darker)
     
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  8. canebrake

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    Just wasn't enough 'meat' in that area but not to worry, the 'ol canester has a surprise for you.

    Film at 11:00! [​IMG]
     
  9. skullcrusher

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    Remember, if the women don't find you handsome, let them at least find you handy!! Excellent suggestion, RL. Maybe if Cane found you handy...:D
     
  10. canebrake

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    Naw, I'm confident Ray isn't my type! [​IMG]
     
  11. skullcrusher

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    I guess you are saying that Ray is not handsome. What is your problem with him? :p
     
  12. canebrake

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    The next area requiring attention is the barrel.

    This barrel was rusting but only surface and no real pitting.


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    This is before ^

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    And this is mid-way ^

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    This is the only other identification ^ on the gun. Does anyone know what the GK hand stamp is? Can someone tell me where the serial number is located? I'm assuming without one my gun is pre S/Ns.

    The Revelation model 120 was manufactured for Western Auto Supply. It is nearly identical to the first variant of the model 60, but also looks like a model 99. The Revelation 120 has a different front sight (a brass dot as opposed to the model 60's hooded front sight) and the barrel is stamped WESTERN AUTO SUPPLY CO.

    Many Revelation 120s were manufactured and sold without serial numbers. In 1968, the use of serial numbers on firearms was made mandatory.

    Next, the birch stock re-finish. [​IMG]
     
  13. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    No, I'm saying he has a kickstand. [​IMG]
     
  14. RL357Mag

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    I don't have that problem, generally the women find me both handsome AND hand-y.
     
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  15. canebrake

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    'derTangoplunkungun' Project total: $ 31.83

    Update on the 'derTangoplunkungun':

    I'm getin' heat over on Bobbyb13's 'Dent in stock' thread for my bondo repair. Guess no one is reading this thread.

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    Here's the before crack: ^

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    The screw & glue it: ^

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    And the cover up: ^

    Glue $ 4.95 and sandpaper $ 6.89.

    I'll finish it up tomorrow.

    Here's a new one for me. I always liked jeweled bolts and auto pistol chambers. I went out and and got me a 1/4" Damaskeening Tool. It's used for decorative polishing of metal with circular polishing swirls. A process also called spot polishing, engine turning or jeweling. Midway $ 19.99 MidwayUSA - Menck Bolt Jeweling Tool 1/4"


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    ^ I started by polishing the bolt with sand paper and stopped with 320 grit. Here it is with the Damaskeening Tool and a file which is used to dress the tool when required.

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    ^ The tool in the drill press and the bolt in a two axis vise.

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    ^ The finished product.

    Not a $150 gunsmith worthy job but one I'm proud to say "I did it!!" Gota start somewhere. [​IMG]
     
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  16. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    Believe it or not I also have a Western Auto, Revelation 22. I have the model 100 single shot Bolt action. I was 12 when I got it used, and hadn’t fired it for more than 28 years. I pulled her out, cleaned her up and gave her a try last weekend in the mountains. She still shoots great. Mine is in great shape as I redid the stocks finish with 8 coats of Varathane 30 years ago, and the California weather is easy on the metal. So she’s my entry in the Tango shoot-out. And I have no problem with the frigid January weather here in So. Cal.

    BTW the target was 10 rounds, shot from 25 yards, sitting on the ground. I didn’t have a bench or rest.



    I'm also going to need to Re-sight the scope.:eek:
     

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  17. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    I was embarrassed to say I was using an Auto Parts gun for the match. Thanks for making me feel better. :D
     
  18. canebrake

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    Got your back bro! [​IMG]

    You going to shoot just the scope class or are you going for both? (iron sights)
     
  19. canebrake

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    'derTangoplunkungun' Project total: $ 38.32

    Update on the 'derTangoplunkungun':

    First coat of Krylon went on today:

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    ^ Krylon Kakai Camouflage; Pep Boys $6.99

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    ^ No crack. (Insert wise crack about bondo here.)

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    ^ Not bad, some quick sanding and then final coat!

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    ^ No crack. (And don't make one about bondo, I am a mod with a memory!)

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    ^ Full steel.

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    ^ Full stock.

    Closing in on June!

    'derTangoplunkungun' and I will be ready!

    Bring on that bolt Revelation 100 Jo. [​IMG]