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  1. Colt once made a finely crafted gun...is that still the case? I had to hand fit the safety on my latest Colt, it wasn't right from the factory. Shoots great now, but I was disappointed. .38 Super Competition model.
  2. Kimber claims a "match-grade" trigger. I would like very much to know what you think when yours arrives. I "need" a .357, too...so...
  3. Thanks for the update! would love to go someday... Cheers, Astro
  4. Well...S&W heard enough consumer demand to bring back revolvers that they've got their whole "classic" line. They're pretty good revolvers, I've seen a few in shops, but they languish on the shelves for a while. I kept an eye on a Model 57 (6" .41 magnum N-frame) locally. It was $900. Then $875. Then $850. Took months for it to sell. If I wanted a .41 magnum to carry (and I can't really see a reason) then a $850 gun sort of makes sense... Sort of... But a magnum revolver, particularly an N-Frame, isn't particularly practical for carry, unless you're a cop, or hiking in bea
  5. The M&P 2.0 is a good gun. I like them, but with over a dozen auto pistols, I just don't need one...still, at those prices...
  6. Not yet an owner...but someday, when a few other rifles in which I've got a greater interest are occupying my safe, then a MN is on the list, but I was thinking of a Finnish built one... And yes - I realize that EVERY milsurp rifle is appreciating in price. In the two years since I bought the K-31, they're nearly double the price...
  7. I realize that this is an ancient thread, but 7x57 ammo is now $0.60 here: https://www.sgammo.com/catalog/rifle-ammo-sale/7mm-mauser-7x57-ammo I love this company - awesome prices, reasonable shipping, great customer service. Now is a great time to buy ammo, particularly the less common types. Stock up! Cheers, Astro
  8. Hey Clevy! I've got a K-31 as well. And four cases of GP-11. I shouldve bought more... cheers, Astro
  9. It's here - too busy to get to the range. New CMP wood. IHC receiver, LMR barrel with a 2/52 date. SA bolt, SA Op Rod and SA trigger group. I've got an IHC bolt, and a complete (all IHC) trigger group and I am considering buying an Op Rod to make it all IHC. Not an original rifle, of course, but close to correct... I've seen the term "corrected" meaning, period parts swapped back in, I suppose? It had an oddly modified Sear and the front hammer hooks were filed. I contacted CMP and they sent new parts, no questions asked. I love their support. I installed all new springs, and g
  10. I thought they were awfully pricey for what you're getting: a mixmaster of parts with some pitting... I think I will wait and see how folks like them before taking the plunge... Besides, I just got an IHC Garand this month, bought a used car Friday, and have two kids in college this fall...I'm stretched a bit thinner than I would like...
  11. OK - I've been seriously bitten by the Garand bug... in addition to the HRA I mentioned above, I've now got Garand #2: Springfield Armory M-1D with a reproduction scope. It's a CMP rifle, so it's an authentic "D" but came without the scope or cheek pad. The reproduction cheek pads all suck, by the way...but the scope is quite good. The reproduction scope mount had a couple of manufacturing flaws, and once I figured out what was going on with it, it's much better. If you ever get one, check the fit between the mount and the receiver, there were some casting flaws that prevented good
  12. Interesting rifle - I'd never heard of it until now...looks like a standard Mauser action with the unique Portuguese chambering. How did you come to select this particular rifle? Cheers, Astro
  13. A shame, it was on my list of guns to own (someday). I just bought a second 1911 (in .38 Super) and really, really like it. Another one of John Browning's designs would still be nice. Oh, and on the subject of John Moses Browning, I really enjoyed my limited experience with the M2 .50 cal machine gun...what a piece of engineering!
  14. Thanks - the range picture makes it look rusted, but it's really not. There is some rust/brown on the butt plate. But the hammer and action still have most of the blue on them. Either way, I am pleased to give it a place of honor in the house, where I just enjoy seeing it every day, instead of having it locked away in a safe. I suspect it would prefer a load that's closer to the M1881 diameter...thanks for the recommendation!
  15. Had the Springfield at the range again last week. It's just a pleasure to shoot. I still can't hit consistently with it, but reading up on the rifle, I suspect that the modern ammunition is a tiny bit undersized. One of these days, I'll slug the bore and be certain, and if I'm correct, well...I've been saving brass for just this circumstance and I'll be reloading for the old girl in the future. In the meantime, we've done a bit of remodeling at our house, and the Springfield now has a place of honor in our library. I'll still shoot it, of course, but it was just too nice to linger in the
  16. Post on BITOG, with pictures: https://bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/4356869#Post4356869
  17. The cost was $800 for the class, billed in advance. Lunch is provided. Tools and benches are provided. You paid for the rifle, including AL state sales tax (now required, even if the rifle is shipped) when the class was done. About $1100, including the tax. What you get: USGI receiver, new Criterion barrel, new stock/hand guards with CMP cartouche, new op rod spring. All other parts are USGI that have been inspected, reparkerized, and the case of the op rod, rebuilt and reparkerized (new piston, welded and remachined tab and bolt camming area). Day one started with the most aweso
  18. In honor of John Cantius Garand - I built an M-1 this past week at the CMP's Advanced Maintenance Class. Three days very well spent! I'll describe it if you're interested. cheers, Astro
  19. I had my HRA (a 55XXXXX serial number that came from the CMP with a TE of 1 and ME of 1) out at the range just a couple days ago...and just finished cleaning it up a few minutes ago. Went shooting with a former fighter pilot friend of mine - who's never shot a Garand before. shocking...but true...and we brought my new 1911...to make it a complete "greatest generation" appreciation day... Happy New Year! Astro
  20. Kimber makes a fine pistol...glad you're enjoying it!
  21. Tom, Clevy and others inspired me...and I thank you for doing so... This is the rifle that Mrs. Astro got me for Christmas. It shoots very well. Not crazy recoil, but you feel it, about like a 1903 Springfield...I'm using the Prvi Partizan 7.5mm FMJ, which I got for $15/box. I only bought 10 boxes...but now wish I had bought twice that as it seems to be out of stock... Love the straight pull action. It works smoothly when moved with "authority"...baby it and it seems notchy...I used TW-25B grease as the only waffenfett I could find was more collector's item than gun care prod
  22. I bought that Gerber tool...but have yet to use it...just tucked in the MagPul grip of my AR-15... I've got to clean my AR soon, and I'll try it out! Cheers, Astro
  23. The greatest battle implement ever devised! I enjoy shooting mine...it will always be among my favorites. Mine isn't anything special in terms of collectibility. It's an H&R built in the 50s, with a 6,XXX,XXX serial, but it is a CMP rifle that my brother got me for my 50th birthday...so it will always be special to me.
  24. I'm looking for gun grease that is equivalent to Waffenfett, the Swiss Army grease used for the K31 rifle (among others).Background: for Christmas, Mrs. Astro is getting me a Swiss K31 rifle. I've downloaded the Swiss Army manual for the rifle, and it's quite particular that only grease should be used.The grease of course, is Waffenfett, which is used to clean the bore, lubricate the straight pull action, and to wipe down both the metal and the stock (!). Since it's used on the wood, walnut in this particular case, beech in later models, I reckon that it can't be petroleum based. That would ha
  25. I'm about to join you guys in the K-31 owner's club. More on that when the rifle shows up (OK, it'll be under the tree on 25 December)...in the meantime...I'll start a thread about lubricating this rifle, and look forward to hearing from you guys. Cheers, Astro
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