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My Old Rem Model 14 - Finally Up & Running!

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by otisrush, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. otisrush

    otisrush Member

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    [I debated putting this here or in Rifle Country. I decided on here because in my journey I've had to lean on you reloading experts the most.]

    Although I'm posting this as "Thanks!" - I will admit I'm also posting motivated by the fact that I'm simply giddy.

    I took possession a number of years ago of a Rem Model 14 (in .32 Remington) that was my grandfather's. (I'm 57.) My adult son adores this gun and I wanted to have a way to "honor grandpa" by pulling the trigger periodically.

    .32 Rem wasn't my first caliber but I'm a relatively new reloader. A number of folks here helped me get through the initial process of getting good load data, etc. When I finally got some loads together the darn action was nearly impossible to open after firing. I feared I was pushing pressure limits, although where I was in the load data (low end) didn't support that. Again, folks here helped. After becoming convinced the issue wasn't pressure a local smith checked it out, found chamber pitting, polished it, and said it would be good to go.

    It wasn't. Same problem. I was really dejected. It sat in the safe, a problem I kept procrastinating trying to solve. I received a referral to another local smith. He had it for two months. I picked it up yesterday. He said it was a real riddle. The ultimate issues were 1/ chamber pitting the first guy didn't truly resolve and 2/ he found a number of burrs on moving parts of the action that he smoothed out.

    Today I had it out and it's wonderful. The expertise and generosity of the folks here have helped immensely in resurrecting an old gun that has a tremendous amount of sentimental value for me and my son.

    This loading hobby is so darn rewarding!

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  2. 1KPerDay

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    Even those cases look cool.
     
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  3. troy fairweather

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    these remington pumps are killing machines in the woods get yourself a peep then then u will know why these are such great rifles.
     
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  4. Galil5.56

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    Nothing like these old blued steel and walnut beauties... Honest, simple, beautifully made, elegant, from a time we will never see again - SIGH. I agree as well; what a cool looking case, and if inclined to add a peep sight... Like butter and toast. Congratulations on your fine rifle, and love of handloading for it.
     
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  5. Scooter22

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    Thats a beauty! Those cases are like gold. Enjoy it.
     
  6. Slamfire

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    You don't see machine work or wood like that anymore. At least, not under a couple of thousand dollars.
     
  7. ArchAngelCD

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    Great story, I'm happy for you. Just look at the seamless fit between the receiver and the stock, amazing!

    I have always liked the 32 Rem over the 30-30 and I also like the 35 Rem. The "old" stuff works as well today as it did 100 years ago!
     
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