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Old 04-25-2013, 04:45 PM   #29551
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When looking at a used piece, how can I tell how much it has been fired?

In case I was to be eying one that had 20K+ rds thru it?
That kind of round count will be pretty obvious. The slide to frame fit will have lots of rotational play and rattle like crazy when you shake it. The front edge of the frame rails will be noticeably peened and there will probably be some stress cracks. The barrel rifling will be noticeably dulled (or almost gone). Check the slide release, the "U" notch will probably be ovaled out quite a bit from beuing taken apart 100+ times.

Google "testing 1911 safeties" and make sure that all of the safeties work. The biggest danger from buying used guns is a previous owner doing work without knowing what they were doing. One of the scariest (and common) DIY trigger problems is the hammer "following". Lock the slide back and release it under spring tension (it isn't great on the gun, but you aren't going to do it more than a few times)- if the hammer stays locked back you are okay. If the hammer drops without your finger on the trigger you have a dangerous gun. Plan on knocking $200 off the price to get a new hammer, sear and sear spring.
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:39 PM   #29552
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That kind of round count will be pretty obvious. The slide to frame fit will have lots of rotational play and rattle like crazy when you shake it. The front edge of the frame rails will be noticeably peened and there will probably be some stress cracks. The barrel rifling will be noticeably dulled (or almost gone). Check the slide release, the "U" notch will probably be ovaled out quite a bit from beuing taken apart 100+ times.

Google "testing 1911 safeties" and make sure that all of the safeties work. The biggest danger from buying used guns is a previous owner doing work without knowing what they were doing. One of the scariest (and common) DIY trigger problems is the hammer "following". Lock the slide back and release it under spring tension (it isn't great on the gun, but you aren't going to do it more than a few times)- if the hammer stays locked back you are okay. If the hammer drops without your finger on the trigger you have a dangerous gun. Plan on knocking $200 off the price to get a new hammer, sear and sear spring.
I think that the best and most simple thing to do would be to consider what it would cost to rebuild and tighten it back up, add that to the purchase price, and find one in better shape for something around that figure.
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:26 PM   #29553
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I think that the best and most simple thing to do would be to consider what it would cost to rebuild and tighten it back up, add that to the purchase price, and find one in better shape for something around that figure.
That works too. In my case, I enjoy fixing things- so I'd rather get something that needs work and bring it back to life.

I do the same thing with cars, guns and motorcycles. The "daily drivers" are tools- purchased new(ish) and left unmodified. The "toys" are purchased older, usually broken and made better than new by my own hands. I have no emotional attachment to any of my daily drivers, but I love my toys.
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:01 AM   #29554
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my second 45-70 is home!!

took the OEM sight and put those XS!
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Old 04-27-2013, 09:30 AM   #29555
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my second 45-70 is home!!

took the OEM sight and put those XS!
LOVE hat gun! Are you hunting with it? Love to run out and get one, but I don't hunt, and it's a bit much for Coke cans? Nice....congrats. You could take an eye out with that thing!
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:36 AM   #29556
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LOVE hat gun! Are you hunting with it? Love to run out and get one, but I don't hunt, and it's a bit much for Coke cans? Nice....congrats. You could take an eye out with that thing!
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yes Lyle, I'm planing of using it for hunt..
Last year got two deer with my other single shot 45-70, let see if I can do better next season with this one! ;)

45-70 ammo is way to expensive for plinking, but is hekk lot of fun.
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:06 AM   #29557
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[QUOTE=Juanjo_NY;21279594]my second 45-70 is home!!




That is NICE!! I see you have the 45-70 bug. Me too. I like the kick,the long throw of the big lever actions,the big boom and hell even just loading a rifle shell the size of a small cigar makes me happy.

It does have in the words of the great Steve Mcqeen about the 45-90 "the trajectory of a rainbow" whatever it hits is down no doubt. You can spin a pig 180 at 100 yards I've done it a few times.
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:52 PM   #29558
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yes Lyle, I'm planing of using it for hunt..
Last year got two deer with my other single shot 45-70, let see if I can do better next season with this one! ;)

45-70 ammo is way to expensive for plinking, but is hekk lot of fun.
Hunting deer. We have to drive around the bloody things in town. Usually see 10-20 anytime we go for a drive into town here. They are better behaved than some children! For hunting.....a 2X4 would work just great!
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Old 04-27-2013, 01:34 PM   #29559
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Hunting deer. We have to drive around the bloody things in town. Usually see 10-20 anytime we go for a drive into town here. They are better behaved than some children! For hunting.....a 2X4 would work just great!
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Love those 45 70 Marlins. Yours looks great. They are indeed very cool rifles.
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Old 04-27-2013, 01:45 PM   #29560
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I just got an 1895 as well. I loaded up some rounds this morning and hope to try it out tomorrow. Stopped by one of my local shops and they had some black powder rounds in .45-70 so I may try out the 1873 Springfield too.
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Old 04-27-2013, 01:49 PM   #29561
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Here is an old picture of my 1895G before I had the loop enlarged. I love 350gr FP loads for whitetail and hogs. Hits like Thor's hammer and doesn't mess up the meat.

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Old 04-27-2013, 03:49 PM   #29562
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Here is an old pic of my son shooting an original 86 Winchester in 45-70. Love those Pyrodex loads.
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:16 AM   #29563
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Okay, here's my Guide Gun. I was a goner when I saw the wood...

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Old 04-28-2013, 10:20 AM   #29564
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Wow! I've never seen a Marlin with stocks that nice.
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:20 PM   #29565
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Has anyone here had experience with the Browning 'A' bolt with the BOSS system? Trying to convince my buddy to sell me his (its never been shot) since its one of the only threaded 300wm I can find.
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