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Q I have a chance to buy a High Standard Sentinel revolver If I do, I think I will want to rebarrel it. My question is how is the barrel secured in the frame? Is it threaded or just pinned or both?



A The barrel in the High Standard Sentinel revolvers was pressed in place and then pinned. It was not threaded.


Q I have noticed in comments in your articles that you have a number of Chinese import machines in your shop such as your disk sander. You have indicated that you think they can be good value for the dollar for the hobbyist. What is the downside?

A The biggest problem with the Chinese machines I've seen thus far has always involved the electrical switches. They evidently use some darn cheap, poorly made switches. On just about every one of the four different Chinese made machines I have, the switch has had to be replaced. Other than that, they've worked fine.


Q Where can I get a replacement extractor for a Savage Model 63.22 rifle?

A Contact the folks at Numrich Gun Parts Corporation, 226 Williams Lane, Dept. SGN, West Hurley, N.Y. 12491, telephone 866-686-7424. This part is listed as #130600 in their latest #27 catalog and is selling for $8.75. By the way, if you don't already have a Numrich catalog and you are doing any gun work at all, you need to get one ASAP! It's a great catalog and it contains a wealth of useful information as well.



Q I have an Ortgies pistol my grandfather brought back from Europe after World War II. My question concerns the removal of the grips. There are no screws or pins holding the grips in place so how do I get them off the frame? I can get the slide and barrel off without any problem. I just want to be able to do a more complete job of cleaning the frame.


A Once you have the magazine out and the slide off the frame, look down inside the magazine well. At about midway you'll see a catch on the rear of the magazine well. By depressing this catch with a screwdriver or wooden dowel, you can then lift the grip panels off the frame.


Q I have a. 30-40 Krag carbine that has a strange barrel and am hopeful that you can shed some light on this. The barrel is standard carbine length but it has a 1903 Springfield front sight and the barrel is marked below the sight "S A", a flaming bomb (?), and then "12 42".

A Many years ago it was quite common for gunsmiths to use military surplus 1903 and 1.903A3 Springfield barrels for a variety of other guns. What you have is a Krag that was rebarreled using one of these Springfield barrels. "S A" indicates Springfield Armory, the flaming bomb is an U.S. Army ordnance mark, and "12 42" indicates that the barrel was made in December of 1942.

To use one of the Springfield barrels on a Krag you would first cut off the threaded portion of the barrel, turn down and thread a new barrel shank, cut the new 30-40 Krag chamber, and then fit it to the action. It was fairly simple and a great way to use some very good and very inexpensive barrels. Just as a side note, I can remember buying surplus 1903A3 barrels from the Director of Civilian Marksmanship for only 75 cents each, and these were brand new barrels and still in the storage wrappers!


Q I have an old Remington 721 that I bought from a friend The rifle is in good shape except for the barrel, There is some pitting in the bore, but the major problem is a bulge at the muzzle. My question is this; can I use one of the pre-threaded short-chambered barrels available for a Remington 700 with this action? If I can, that would make rebarreling possible and a lot cheaper!

A You sure can. The thread and shank dimension for the 721, 722 and 700 are all the same.

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Author:Coffield, Reid
Publication:Shotgun News
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Date:Jul 10, 2012
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