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Remington 1740: My Project Begins.

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Deer Hunter, Jun 5, 2007.

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  1. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

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    Thanks for the update. Please keep us posted.
     
  2. Deer Hunter

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    It's rough, unfinished, and had an "oopsies"...

    .... But it's still fun as hell!

    A few weeks back I got the baseball bat all wittled down to what I needed, even though it's still a bit rough. I'm planning on taking it off and taking a bit more of an incline to the part facing the trigger guard then rounding it off with my dremel and sandpaper. I still have to sand everything down a bit more and finish the buttstock and the forend. It looks nasty up front, simply because it sticks out a bit and I had wanted to cover up most of the tube section, but that would have taken a lot more than some simple cutting. My girlfriend helped me with the measurements when cutting up the baseball bat (God bless her). I've put this thing through the ringer, and managed to shake the pistol grip loose due to recoil. (double 3" mag turkey loads that I had lieing around... My father buys me 5, 10 round boxes of these things that he saw on sale at academy for Christmas so I can fire them out of my 6 pound coach gun... Thanks dad, thanks. :what: ) Tightened it up, put a better washer on the actual bolt, and it was good to go. So I take this thing to the camp opening weekend, 'cause my dad's been telling everybody that his boy's making a double barrel pump action gun. (Funny how everytime I go to modify something, he's rabidly against it, but once i get started he sees the light :D)

    On the last day, one of the guys I've known for a while is taking pictures of it on his phone to show a friend of his back home. I told him that if he was interested, I could tell him how it was done and offer some advice. Then he wants to shoot it. That's fine, I wanted to shoot it too. On the last load of buckshot I brought with me, he lets off both barrels at once. Then he looks at me and says "I think I broke it".

    I'm thinking :what::what::what: PLEASE DON'T LET IT BE THE WELDS!

    But it wasn't!

    Looks like those threaded pieces that I stuck through the two receivers to keep them together snapped due to all the recoil I had been putting through the thing! Come on, Lowe's. Give me some quality material.

    So now I'm going to look for some more, and hopefully much stronger, parts to go through the trigger groups and receivers of both guns. Nothing's really "broke", kinda hard to do with an 870, just need to drop by the hardware store and take a look to see what I can do.

    Now, picture time! Looks slightly less awkward now that it's got 18" barrels.

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    The wooden piece: Everything still looks rough, I know. I havn't done any fine-touches just yet.

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    Questions, comments and ":uhoh:" smilies welcome!
     
  3. Deer Hunter

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    Forgot to add:

    Had to chop up one of the buttstocks to give more room for hand placement.
     
  4. Dave McCracken

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    Thanks for the update. Awaiting range report....
     
  5. Deer Hunter

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    As soon as we dust off the clay-launcher, I'll be happy to report.
     
  6. Deer Hunter

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    Well I finally have video up for this guy.

    I've replaced the weak threaded blanks that were being used to hold the receivers together with a much, much stronger set of hex bolts. These things will hold up very nicely. Next, just for fun, I put a sling on it. Not sure I like how it is yet, so I may take it off before I go hunting with it (Yeah, you heard me) over Christmas.

    While shooting it, I was holding the gun just right for the left side not to eject very easily with some old winchester birdshot. It hung up right at the end on the ejector. I tested it while at home with other rounds and it worked just fine. Probably me not being in the right position while jacking it, who knows?

    What looks like great recoil really isn't anything at all. I'm letting the shotgun roll to my shoulder, not trying to stop it. It's extremely comfortable. While shooting the birdshot in the gun, my future Brother in law commented that it felt "like a .22. Much, much less than my K31!". Both barrels of buckshot at once pushes you a bit, but it isn't sharp at all.

    This gun is a celebrity at the deer camp. My dad just can't help showing me and the gun off. It's had its picture taken a few times. Too bad I still havn't finished up the stock. Oh well.

    Also, forgive the dirty goatee. I was scruffy one day, and my girlfriend wanted me to carve a goatee out of it. So I made her happy, and made my mom go :uhoh:.

    Video was made on my Olympus camera, in the hands of my Brother in Law.

    This first one was mostly birdshot. First one barrel at a time, then two doubles, then again one barrel at a time. I don't think I was jacking the gun as hard as I needed to. Perhaps it was the ammo.

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    This next one was a few rounds of buckshot. First, both barrels at once. Next, seperate. Notice I didn't put much force in racking the slide. That was my fault, not the gun's. The rounds used are Nobel 12 pellet 00 buck.

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    This next video is two loads of birdshot, followed by two loads of Federal 3" magnum number 4 turkey loads. My dad bought them for me the Christmas I got my Stoeger coach gun. He found them on sale, and bought me 6 boxes! I still have 4 boxes left... :)

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    Finally, a picture of the gun leaning up against my Sister's Jeep. No clays this time, Dave. Next time to be sure, though.

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    A fine gun, ugly as sin right now. Over Christmas break, that will be remedied.
     
  7. gp911

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    Brilliant. Just brilliant.

    My hat's off to you. Get some finish-work accomplished and you'll really have something!


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  8. Deer Hunter

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    Thanks GP.

    Like I said, it'll be refinished over Christmas.
     
  9. Dave McCracken

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    Thanks, nice project. Betcha it'd RULE at skeet....
     
  10. Dave McCracken

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    Thanks. Betcha it'd RULE at skeet....
     
  11. Correia

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    That is just too damn cool. :)
     
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    Well done, Deer Hunter! That is awesome. This is the sort of thing some of us may think about/dream about doing, but you actually did it!

    I'm curious to see what you have in mind for changes to the baseball bat grip. I'm thinking maybe you could find a piece of wide aluminum handrail that could surround the magazines so it wouldn't have to hang down so far, and it would be nice and light.
     
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    I think you said it best at the end of the first video:


    "Sweet."
     
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    so cool. so incredibly cool.
     
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    Wow... that's awesome.
     
  16. Deer Hunter

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    Thanks for the thumbs-up guys! I really wish some of you could handle it. It's truly a fun thing indeed. I've been bouncing around ideas for a bayonet, but there doesn't seem to be an easy way to do it.
     
  17. Deer Hunter

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    So....

    I've got a few 3" remington rifled slugs and a big case of 12 pellet buckshot sitting around the house. When I'm on Christmas break, I'm going to be hunting a bunch. Anyone want to see what this thing would do to a Texas hog or buck? :D
     
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    The Bottom ejecting Ithacha pump guns might be suitable for such a conversion.
    Does Mossberg also make a Bottom Ejecting Shotgun?

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    Never mind I had missed the first page and when I checked it I saw you'd mentioned the bottom ejecting guns earlier.
     
  19. Dave McCracken

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    Ya gonna mix load it with buck in one side and a slug up in t'other?
     
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    Or stuff a pair of nunchucks down the barrels and take out whole crowds of ninjas.
    Or two lead balls connected with a chainsaw blade like the old chain shot used to cut down a mast.
     
  21. Deer Hunter

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    Thinking about taking a slug in each barrel, followed by buck if I need follow-up shots. Out of the 28" barrels, it should be workable. I could do the slug 'n' buck combo, though.... Do I want two .72 caliber holes, or one .72 caliber hole plus a bunch of little .33 caliber holes?

    Roswell, I was actually thinking about finding some Ithacha shotguns for this project while I was researching to see how it would work. I decided against it, however. I liked the 870's design and thought it would be more practical.
     
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    That looks like one aggie engineered shotgun. I reckon two 1100's would be a ball as well...
    REM '99
     
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    First vote for naming it "Sarah's Nightmare" and getting said name inscribed on both barrels. :D
     
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    I'm about ready to finish sanding all the wood and then staining it. I'm going to go pick up the stain tomorrow. Anyone have any suggestions as to what hue?
     
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    I finally got around to sanding the stock down and applying stain to both the foregrip and the buttstock of the gun. Since all I had was fine-grit sandpaper, and about three pieces of it, I opted to use a sanding attatchment on my dremel tool. It worked very well. Too well on some parts, though. It's got a few bumps that I can feel, but I don't mind that. I used a dark stain for the wood, and somehow I seemed to have sanded one side of the gun more than the other, because one side came out darker than the other side. Oh well, it's my first time staining anything so I'll let it slide. The foregrip, being a different wood, stained slightly lighter but still looks much better than it did. All in all the wood looks very old, which is something I like about it. Tomorrow I'll put on another coat of stain and then possibly finish up with some varnish or polyeurathane.
     
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