Springfield 87A with barrel bulge?

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  1. griffin81

    griffin81 New Member

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    Bought a 22 today with a bulged barrel and I want to cut the barrel down to 16 3/4 inches and then shorten the feed tube and had the barrel re dove tailed for the stock front sight. Has any one got any tips for this project? My main concern is the push Rod on the feed tube I have a idea in how to shorten it and re crimp the pusher but I'm looking for any help.

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    Springfield 87A

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    Swell in barrel just past the feed tube dovetail

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    See the swell line in the bore ( looks like a ring)

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    I'm cutting it at a legal length

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    Swell with color behind to show it better

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  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Not that you asked, but I would leave it alone. I have a couple of older .22s with a ringed bbl, due to someone firing another round after a squib load. They are hunting grade rifles, and shoot fine.

    Now, it you still want to cut that one down, do not cut the bottom end of the inner magazine tube. Go to the other end, where the button is located. There should be a pin (part 28) that holds the button (prt 27) to the tube. Remove pin, take out button and spring, shorten tube, drill new holes for pin, shorten spring, reinsert, put button back in, re-pin it.

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  3. griffin81

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    Ok thanks C3 that is really awesome I did not look it over enough to know there was a pin. I'm still thinking of cutting the barrel down it shoots ok but I like a short rifle. I bought it for just a fun project gun I sold one of my old model 60s a few weeks back that I bought for a project but a friend needed a 22 for some armadillo problems so I sold it to him and have been looking for a good project gun.

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  4. hiwall

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    If you do cut the barrel you could also cut the dovetail yourself. First my vote is to leave it alone. To cut the dovetail you would only need a couple of files and a vise to hold the barrel. Not that hard and you could practice on the cut off barrel piece if you wanted. If you decide to do it just ask and I or another can walk you thru it. Also if you do the cut, you most likely don't need to shorten the mag spring
     
  5. griffin81

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    Ok thanks I'll try the spring at full length I've got $100 in the gun and am not to worried about messing it up I removed the front sight and have everything marked I may run to work tomorrow and cut the barrel on a lathe if it doesn't hacksaw well an then I may crown it on the lathe and then try to mill a grove and then file the sides to fit the sights. Then I'll reshape the front of the stock and bed it and see how it shoots.

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  6. hiwall

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    Sounds like you have a plan. Careful you don't cut to deep for the dovetail you can deepen it with a file.
     
  7. griffin81

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    Ok that's a good thought on the dove tail thanks.

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  8. griffin81

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    Well in one evening ad a lot of hand tools this is where im at. 5.75 ins off the barrel and 1.5 ins off the feed tube and now just to trim down the front of the stock a little and refinish It with black stain and paint the barrel and feed tube and it will be time to go to the range

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    removed material
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    Hand reamed out the bad threads now just to clean up a few small burrs.
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    Sight notch ready to be filed down and replace stock sight.

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  9. griffin81

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    Sight cut done with hand saw then cleaned up with a few files.

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    Filed the angles and got a nice tight fit with old sights

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  10. hiwall

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    Excellent!!
    I like people that take the bull by the horns and do stuff themselves.
    Now your next project is a sign" griffin81 Gunsmithing ".
    It is possible some might have done this slightly different than you but its your project and its fine.
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  11. c3shooter

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    Very nice! BTW, old trick I was shown (by old gunsmith) If a dovetail is cut just a hair too deep, so that sight does not fit snug- remove sight, turn THE SIGHT over, and use a pin punch and hammer- 5 punches on the underside of the sight- not the barrel, like the 5 on a pair of dice. Pushes up just a little metal, and now it will fit snug.
     
  12. trip286

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    Holy cow, you cut that out with a handsaw. Damn dude, I don't think I would have had the nerve. Good job.
     
  13. griffin81

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    C3 actually the sight was easier than I thought it would be a good file goes along way. I cut the dove tail about .02 under sized because the sights dove tail was really in rough shape due to the gun being old and in ruff shape. I the used leather in my small vise and evened up the dove tail on the sight and then started it slightly and placed a thick peace of leather over the sight and barrel and a punch and drove the sight home if fit really snug. I hope I don't have to move it much to get it zeroed back in. I'm stripping the stock now and gonna paint the gun ( to see what color of dura coat to order) and then I'm gonna condition the stock and stain it black the put some semi gloss sealer on it. I should have it done tomorrow if all goes well. I also cut 1.5 inches out of the front end and reshaped the front of the stock. I'm really wanting this gun to look like a 22cal guide gun.

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    About to cut the stock
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    Cut off and reshaped the front of the stock. I'm leaving the rear of the stock length alone. Just don't need that much stock out front. Later after I shoot it I may glass the stock a little and free float the barrel and mag tube just for fun.

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    It's finished for now till I get my dura coat in. It's just painted silver to see if i likes the color and I painted the stock black it wouldn't stain up the way I wanted so black worked.

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  15. c3shooter

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    Very nice work- and a very good looking little rifle!
     
  16. griffin81

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    Thanks C3, now I can't wait to go shoot it Saturday morning.

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  17. hiwall

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    You did a mighty fine job!!!
     
  18. Rick1967

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    looks like a nice job.
     
  19. griffin81

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    Thanks guys. Now to shoot it, if this rain stops in the next day or two.

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  20. griffin81

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    Well I got to hit the range today with the cut down springer it shot good had on or to jams but I was shooting some really old cheep ammo that I've had for 15 years. The sights were dead on, so I don't guess I didn't mess up the sights when I hand dovetailed the font back on. Now I just need to clean it an oil the action up and go shoot some more. Best $100 I've ever spent on a gun.

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