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About z1r

  • Birthday 05/05/1964

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  1. Ohio, New Regulation

    Hey guys. Looks like the .32 isn't allowed. At least it is not one of the listed cartridges. Someone ought to check to see if any straightwall cartridge will qualify or only those listed. the .327 Federal has more energy than the 38 Special which is listed. Though it wouldn't be something you'd want to try in a mauser. Of those cartridges listed, the .375 Win, .38-55, and .444 Marlin would require the least amount of effort. The former two are easy enough if you are ok with a single loader. You can get them to feed but not readily. The .444 except for the rim is not too unlike an '06 is shape. But the stubby length and short bullets will still make feeding fun. It is doable though. Just a matter of how many man hours you want to invest. To the original question. A .32-40 might be considered a straight walled case. Like the .444, it has taper and practically no neck, or perhaps shoulder is a better word. A '91 Argentine magazine or something similar would allow at least three cartridges and would probably help feeding considerably.
  2. Prayers Needed For Our Friend!

    My prayers are on the way. Hope all is well. Now I feel terrible, I was supposed to call Rod Sunday night after my tax accountant left and got sidetracked helping my kids complete some school project due on Monday. Hope you are up and running quickly Rod!
  3. 375 Ruger

    AZ, i would look seriously at building that 375 Ruger. I have a .376 Steyr as well as the H&H, the Ruger, to me, is no more difficult to shoot nor do I notice any appreciable increase in recoil. The only reason I didn't build myself one was because I already have the Steyr and H&H. I like this case design so much that instead of a .338 Win Mag I am going to neck the .375 case down to .338. Performance will be just behind the 330 Dakota. Whatcha planning on huntting with your .375 Ken?
  4. 375 Ruger

    I have an interarms in .375 H&H and I will say this, FN, then Zastava, made a mistake in taking so much material out of the bottom lug. First, when FN went to the commercial triggerguard for the '06 length cartridges, they for some unknown and totally unneccessary reason moved the rear of the mag box forward. Compare a commerecial FN unit to a Milsurp box and you will see. Thus, since the FN H&H length bottom metal is nothing more than an extended '06 unit, you see that it requires moving the feed ramp even further forward than required. No way to avoid removing material from the feed ramp when building an H&H on a std length Mauser. However, less is to be prefered. Most folks don't shoot the .375 Whitworths much seeing as they have become something of a collector's item and FN made darn few so to date I haven't heard of any catastrophic failures. I know I will continue to shoot mine. But, if building from scratch, I'd pick the .375 Ruger in a heart beat. The only real advantage the H&H has would be if one was Africa bound and ammo avalability was an issue. The .375 Ruger case capacity exceeds that of the H&H so unless you load the H&H to very high pressures you will not see a few hundred fps advantage. Unlike the .376 which almost matches the H&H performance, the Ruger exceeds the H&H. Nice rifle Ken!
  5. 416 Ruger

    Built a few 375 Rugers in the last year or so and was so impressed with both the cartridge & case that I just knew that it wouldn't be long before a 416 Would be in the works. Here is a 416 Ruger next to a Whitworth .375 H&H barreled action. The 416 barrel has a quicker taper just ahead of the receiver ring and the barrel is a bit thinner than the. 375. This allows for a 26" barrel that balances the same as the Whitworth but is more than a 1/2 lb lighter. Sights, barrel band, recoil lug still to come. Test fired it yesterday in a Houge Overmolded stock. Recoil was brisk but very managable. It will be stocked in walnut so that the weight w/o scope will be just under 8 lbs.
  6. If the rim is about flush with the breech then you need about a thread and a half worth of setting teh barrel back. Not undoable. If not, you might look into a .30-06 AI. Might be close.
  7. Banking Decisions That Could Affect Us

    My Take: Outlook uncertain.
  8. Prayers Needed

    You've got mine. Hope all goes well!
  9. I Finished Another One

    Very Nice Roger! Hope to see it in person in a couple of months!
  10. Sounds kinda like the world we live in.
  11. As far as I am concerned, that's the most fun thing you can do with a Mosin Nagant; trade it in on a Mauser.
  12. 1895 Build Begins.

    As Pacrat said, the scope base was crudely fitted to that receiver. The rear hole on the receiver ring is in the lug web or maybe even on the seat. Snap a pic of the lugseats. More mportantly, the hole spacing is off. Should be .860" and looks be .500" or so. The hole on the rear bridge should not "normally" be on the charger hump but behind it. No biggie because if you recountour you can pace a second hole .500" behind it.
  13. Stupid Question

    Not a stupid question at all. The fact that you were thinking about feed issues shows you were thinking. When you consider the cost of custom dies these days, wildcats like this are very expensive. You'd need a reamer $150, gages $50, dies up to $200 plus the barrel, chambering, & fitment. The .308 isn't that hard to make feed, neither is the .30-06. The 7.65x53 is a .308 equivilent but with .311" bullets as gunnutty said.
  14. Heat Treating And Blanchards Of Utah

    Cuz UPS don't deliver to PO boxes.
  15. Mauser Model B Restoration

    Why does the bolt need replacing?