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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by mainecoon, May 29, 2019.

  1. Ignition Override

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    Tapco G2 trigger groups, recently put in three imported AK 47 clones.
    Why? The original US-made disconnectors caused a bit of stinging "trigger slap" upon reset. Very simple to remove the "shepherd's hooks", then tap out the two retainer pins (-- No vice is needed for any of this---).

    Youtube….Then wrap a bread bag 'wire tie' or rubber band to hold the hammer spring ends together, insert the (modern) improved disconnector and also, if somehow needed, the hammer.

    A second internal swap: the $8.00 pin retainer plates, to Replace, and avoid an Awkward struggle in a Very tiny space with the original, very stiff "shepherd's hooks". You simply push the plate's edges into the grooves in both retainer pins, once these pins are again in place, and insert the safety into the rear opening (third hole), as seen on YouTube. If needed, a gentle wiggle of the new disconnector easily allows the edge of the safety's axis to clear it.

    Some YouTube videos have no substitute. To paraphrase "They can't be reasoned with, they can't be bargained with...(-Sarah Connor-)".
     
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  2. hq

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    By far and wide, hand-lapping the barrel. Costs about a quarter of an ounce of lead, some lapping compound and 2-3 hours of your time. Improvements vary from noticeable to massive.
     
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  3. RedlegRick

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    To each their own. The idea was mainly to ensure that, no matter what, if you had the rifle, you had at least 2 or 3 shells, depending on caliber. Easy access wasn't the reason, it was that sometimes people forget putting things in their pocket, such as the box of shells you were planning on taking on your hunt. This way, you at least can load up once, rather than sitting around camp grumbling or trying to mooch ammo of your buddies.
     
  4. kBob

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    Redleg Rick

    I wish I had had your high school wood shop teacher! Thanks for the mini match safe idea as well.

    Oh course I knew and old 13 Whatever Redleg would have a few good ideas.

    I do not think I have been with out some sort of "MacGiver" even if not an actual SAK since I was a Cub Scout and got my first Cub Scout knife with a Blade, awl, flat head screw driver /cap lifter, and can opener.

    Most folks are not aware that on the little "officers model" SAK that oddly tapered small screwdriver is actually the rear sight adjustment tool for the STG 57 Swiss service rifle.

    Sklerbone,

    Dang, I wish you had told me about the idea of dropping a dime on my scope turret under the cap about fifty years ago!

    Besides my minor sins with files and stones on 10/22s and others I suppose some would have me lashed to a grate and beaten with the cat o'nine tails for stripping down my first bought centerfire as a teen, cleaning up the trigger system, cold blueing that M98 mauser that had near no finish on it and doing a crappy Birchwood Casey deal on the stock after cutting away a split and rotting bit of the upper hand guard.

    As a history teacher I like to think that after I am dead and gone some person MIGHT find that old POC and when noting all the Bubbaing that went on think about how that old military rifle, after its life of military service went on to peace time employment as a source of entertainment for some one that cared enough to clean up its battered action, protect its steel flesh with a new "skin" and make its old furniture immune to the effects of the weather that it was once again exposed to. Also only my sisters call me Bubba.

    Recently I have been looking at that old M98 friend and those new hacksaw blades out in the shop and a spare 98 stock I have right next to the wood rasp my son made his Pine wood derby car with....and there is an old scope mounting rail in the junk drawer that longs to replace the rear sight leaf on that old lightly bubba-ed -98 with an un used "pistol scope" near by.

    I am thinking about a anti bubba Scout Rifle that would make them anti bubbas expose themselves in a heart beat.

    I can already hear teeth grinding and weeping and wailing...

    kBob
     
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  5. bfoosh006

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    I have always just used the cartridge rim for those coin slotted turrets.
     
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  6. Picher

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    You should have a screwdriver on your Leatherman. I use mine on turret screws a lot!
     
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  7. someguy2800

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    It does but it doesn’t fit the coin slot deals very well and marks them up. I usually use the back of the bottle opener.
     
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  8. Picher

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    You'd think that Leatherman would come up with a "coin" blade. Ha Ha!
     
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  9. Picher

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    That's what those little caps on the turrets are for...to cover up the scratches from screwdrivers.
     
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  10. someguy2800

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    They should make one with a coin blade, a whittle’n knife, a tooth pick, and a red flannel belt sheeth. They could call it the “when I was your age” edition.
     
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  11. doubleh

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    Thanks for the explanation. My original post was meant as a joke. Guess I should have used a smilie face or something. I'm quite aware of storing things in a hole in your stock and probably have known of it longer then most on here since I'm older than most..
     
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  12. RedlegRick

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    I agree, there should be a special sarcasm font or something to use in situations like this. Would probably avert a lot of flamewars. When my shop teacher showed us that, I thought it was just the coolest thing at the time. Ended up drilling holes in my Glenfield stock and two others as a result.
    And as a side note, for those who have plastic stocks, especially cheapies, there's a good chance there's already a handy void inside waiting to be exploited. The one in my Crickett is big enough for 20 rounds, the original rear sight, and a magnesium fire starter.
     
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    Man after my own heart....and scratched up turrets :D
     
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  14. Keyfer 55

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    Deburring and polishing the bolts is the first thing I do to most of my autoloaders.
     
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  15. FTG-05

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    You should be ashamed of yourself, insulting dump trucks loaded with gravel like that!

    Having said that, I have two of them; one Compact in 7mm-08, the other a Predator in .223. In both cases a couple hours with some 400m, 600 and 900 grit non-embedding abrasive from Brownells fixed it. Smooth as buttah now!
     
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  16. MistWolf

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    You're right. TWO dump trucks loaded with gravel couldn't make a trigger feel as horrible as a Ruger American trigger.
     
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  17. Hookeye

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    I actually dislike the extended mag release on a 10/22.
    Prefer the look and feel of the original.

    Not in to speed shooting so the orig works just fine.

    Found that new lower end synth stocks are too flexy (Rem 700, Savage etc).
    Filling the hollows w epoxy then free floating usually makes for a good shooter.
    Epoxy of choice used to be some stuff from work, but with job change........pro pack of JB weld does well.
     
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  18. mrmike7189

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    I went to Powercustom.com and bought their extended bolt charging handle. (the factory one on my Marlin is tiny)
    I found that their quality is top notch.
    Cheap rifle mod= spark of joy!
     
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