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  1. AR Build - Mistakes and Updates

    I haven't played with buffer weights much, except for a 10.5 with a carbine length gas tube. That took a heavy one.
  2. AR Build - Mistakes and Updates

    Typically, no. The carbine buffer tube has the tab on the bottom for the adjustment pin holes, where the rifle tube is just round. The stocks are made to match. You could probably slide a carbine stock over a rifle tube, but without the tab to keep it from rotating you'd have to find some...
  3. Mauser sporter build.

    I'd assume so. I looked around on a couple other forums and found some talk about converting Mauser bolts to 223 class cartridges, and none of it sounded easy. Tig welding up bolt faces and remachining, welding extensions on the extractor, cutting the Mauser bolt to use Savage bolt heads, that...
  4. Mauser sporter build.

    I'd want to do the 300 Blackout as well, but only if that short a cartridge would feed from the existing magazine, or someone makes a magazine that works. No idea myself how a controlled feed, larger bolt face (I'm assuming) and shorter cartridge than the magazine was designed for interact...
  5. Mauser Carbine Conversion

    I haven't tried that Rhineland kit, but I'm suddenly interested. Way back in the dark ages I bought a 5 pack of Mausers from Century, and one of them had a huge divot in the chamber. It would make a perfect donor action for that kit. At this point I can't remember if it was a 24 or a 24/47...
  6. Cetme

    That barrel reminds me of the machine work on one of the Mosins I had that was produced during WW II. Anywhere important to function was machined well, but the barrel and the outside of the receiver looked just like that.
  7. What to build next?**Imbel FAL**

    Sounds like you're well on your way to pew pew!! I do miss having access to the talent and tools from Air Guard maintenance. Our machine shop was willing to work on a lot of things that weren't strictly aircraft related since many tasks they were required to qualify on rarely came up in...
  8. What to build next?**Imbel FAL**

    When I did mine, and didn't have access to a $1.2m laser, I made one from a block of oak. Sadly, I just took a look and couldn't find it. Yours looks really nice...
  9. Ishapore Refurb BSA SMLE

    I don't use it on maintained rifles, but for gunked up milsurps I'll either plug the muzzle and fill with Ed's Red and let it soak, or use Gunslick Foaming Bore Cleaner a couple of times. Gunslick has a fair amount of ammonia, so watch where the foam oozes out. I'd agree that a full Edwardian...
  10. Cetme L, embrace that vomit green......

    Glad I didn't wait to order - Apex parts kit prices are back up. Got the kit yesterday - this was a nice rifle before it was cut up. Has anyone found a good parts diagram? I want to inventory what I've got before the parts dry up/disappear.
  11. Cetme L, embrace that vomit green......

    I had trouble finding them, too - didn't show up when I searched on full 30. Duckduckgo found them with the search 'cetme l build step' - but not while searching for Videos, just 'All'. Weird.... If I were a paranoid gun owner, I'd think they had been deliberately hidden. CETME L - Build...
  12. Cetme L, embrace that vomit green......

    The voice of reason was socially distancing itself somewhere else, so I ordered the CETME L parts kit from Apex. Plus some other stuff I just had to have. :) After watching Ian and Karl build one on Full30, I'm not convinced that welding worth a damn is an essential skill for this build.
  13. Cetme L, embrace that vomit green......

    Thanks, Glen. I'll have to see if the voice of reason tells me to not inflict another project on myself....
  14. Cetme L, embrace that vomit green......

    Mousing around the net, I found Apex for the CETME L kits, and from the commentary here and elsewhere MarColMar for receiver and barrel. Am I missing any sources? I'm feeling like I need another build to take years to complete.
  15. Who does parkerizing?

    If your part fits in a 5 gallon Home Depot bucket, that makes a nice tank with a couple of electric immersion heaters and a thermometer. If it won't fit, 6" PVC pipe and a cap will also work well. Not what I'd use for production work, but has been a great home solution.
  16. Too much headspace on new AR15 build

    I'm asking him to check the ramps. If they need work, I told him to find someone who knows what they're doing. It's an accumulated budget build, so he probably doesn't have boxes of spares lying around to start swap-out troubleshooting. Feed ramps he can check with a pencil or a nail or a...
  17. Too much headspace on new AR15 build

    Not a high probability problem, but one more thing to check. If first one fires, second one jams can be translated as cartridges loading from one side of the magazine work fine and the other side jams and your upper has M4 style feed ramps that extend from the receiver through the barrel...
  18. Too much headspace on new AR15 build

    Most grades of Loctite break down with heat, and the rifle is dumping hot gas through the gas key nicely heating those two screws. Staking isn't temperature dependent, and also gives a visual indication on whether those screws have backed out at all. In addition, both parts deformed by staking...
  19. Gas block pinning/barrel dimpling

    It's not that bad of a job to diy, if you already have a drill press and decent vise. A 2/0 taper pin reamer is the only specialized tool needed.
  20. PTG Bottom Metal into Remington 700 SPS stock (for AICS Mags)

    As an alternative to PTG, there's also an outfit called CDI Precision Gunworks that makes bottom metal, and will inlet it to your stock. I ordered one of theirs for a Savage 10 project, bought a Boyd's stock and had them ship directly to CDI for inletting, who shipped stock and new bottom metal...
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