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Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Chester County, PA
Worst shooting gun fixes
Not wanting to hijack the thread Worst Shooting Gun Ever I thought to start an annex to it focused on bad shooting guns that were somehow fixed. Here's mine.
Had, and still have, a sporterized P14 (Remington receiver) that my dad bought for me in about 1964 for $55. I did not know much about firearms then, sometimes I think I know even less now, but I did know that it was heavy as heck, kicked like a kangaroo and that I loved it. Also, it was very inaccurate and since I belonged to a local NRA sponsored rifle team that shot on an indoor rifle range in the high school basement I knew what a dirty bore looked like and the instructors made sure that among other things we were well schooled in rifle maintenance. Looking down that .30 bore was like looking through a cast iron sewer pipe, it was so rough, and in desperation I took some 0 steel wool wrapped it around a bronze brush and after soaking it in thread cutting oil and Hoppes #9 scrubbed the heck out of it. The black gunk that came out of that tube was in tiny sheets and I got enough green copper to make a brand new 1967 penny. From that time on, literally in 1967, until yesterday when I fired a box of reloads as I do every month or so, that rifle prints groups of about 1" at 100 yards off the bench. In fact, yesterday I fired the last of the hand loads I made in about 1965 (I had recently discovered them in an archaeological dig in the attic) using a Lee Loader; they all worked just fine. Thanks dad.
Good night Chesty, wherever you are......