My Old Rem Model 14 - Finally Up & Running!

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

  1. otisrush

    otisrush Member

    Oct 2, 2010
    [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!

    Last edited: Jan 18, 2019
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  2. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Member

    Jan 19, 2006
    Happy Valley, UT
    Even those cases look cool.
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  3. troy fairweather

    troy fairweather Member

    Mar 21, 2018
    Up State New York
    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

    Galil5.56 Member

    Dec 20, 2007
    NW PA
    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

    Scooter22 Member

    Apr 2, 2012
    Central NY, not the rotten apple
    Thats a beauty! Those cases are like gold. Enjoy it.
  6. Slamfire

    Slamfire Member

    Dec 29, 2006
    You don't see machine work or wood like that anymore. At least, not under a couple of thousand dollars.
  7. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Northeast PA, USA
    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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