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March 28, 2021 - 11:31 am
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After decades of admiring this old heavy barreled 1876 in the Cinnabar collection, I’m finally ready to try to get it in shooting shape.  This is the first of a two-part episode where I disassemble the rifle, repair some light muzzle damage and polish the chamber.  In part two, I’ll dig into the set trigger and, with information information graciously supplied by 1873 man, fabricate a hammer fly that’s missing in this old rifle.  Thanks again Bob!  If everything goes well, I’ll be shooting this old ranch rifle soon.  Mark

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    Mark,

 Thank You. Your video pulls back the curtain and educates the collector in us. When a collector has a fine old gun with a few problems he needs fixed he either tries to fix it or sends it out, never learning how it’s done right. You do all of us and a lot of old Winchesters a huge favor. Mark, when you talk I listen! T/R

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    Mark,

 Thank You. Your video pulls back the curtain and educates the collector in us. When a collector has a fine old gun with a few problems he needs fixed he either tries to fix it or sends it out, never learning how it’s done right. You do all of us and a lot of old Winchesters a huge favor. Mark, when you talk I listen! T/R  

Thanks so much, T/R!  I have to admit that I talked to several trusted gunsmiths about this project before I started it, so I can’t take all the credit.  This is a cherished rifle in my family and I really want to do it right and return it to firing condition while leaving it looking as it did before I started.  Will be some interesting set trigger work and part making in the next episode and even a spin-off “how-to” episode on heat treating and tempering springs.  I hope everyone finds them interesting.  Mark

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As always, great video Mark.  Cant wait to see the next one. 

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Mark,

Exactly what TR said. 

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Mark

I really like how you put priceless information across, no other information on YouTube comes close to your videos.

much appreciated and eagerly anticipated !

hope your feeling better after your op

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Mark-

Great job! Must admit I got a little nervous when you were “persuading” the cover screw. Those tiny screws worry me when they’re tight and a little deformed. I wonder if someone didn’t give this rifle one last cleaning before it was retired. Nice job on the crown, had no idea how to correct that damage. Looking forward to part two!

 

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I really loved this one Mark.  Makes me want to go to gunsmithing school.  I have no experience and no tools but I sure learn a lot from your videos.

I can’t wait for the set trigger part 2.  These have always intrigued me.  I currently am looking at an 86 with close set triggers that won’t stay caught.

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Mark

What a great video, makes me want to tear into all my old Winchesters , especially my old 76 in 40-60wcf.

please keep the videos coming

Thanks again Bruce

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Thanks guys!  I’m really enjoying working on this old ’76.  I hope part 2 lives up to your expectations.  

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I really loved this one Mark.  Makes me want to go to gunsmithing school.  I have no experience and no tools but I sure learn a lot from your videos.

I can’t wait for the set trigger part 2.  These have always intrigued me.  I currently am looking at an 86 with close set triggers that won’t stay caught.  

Thanks Chuck,

We have an 86 with close coupled set triggers here on the ranch.  It sets, so I’ve never taken it apart.  I’m curious how that system works now.  If you end up getting the one you’re looking at, I’m sure we can use it to walk you through getting yours working properly.  

I’m planning to do an episode on that rifle at some point.  It’s another of these old ranch rifles that’s been here for generations and has had the barrel shortened at an angle.  I’m planning to take a few shots with it and then recut the muzzle and see how much accuracy improves.  Just had the painful experience of buying some 40-82 ammo for it.  It’s not a caliber I’ve ever reloaded for and the last dies I saw on EBAY went for $161.  Mark

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Thanks Mark.  Hopefully the ammo has newer brass that you can reuse.  I just had a similar discussion with my wife yesterday.  Ever since the new owners of RCBS quit making custom dies we shooters have been left with really no place to go.  If you have a couple years CH4D will make you a set. I have a couple sets and am not impressed at all.  They can be made to work but they are not even to RCBS standards. First time users need to pay attention to the set up for these dies.  They may not be like what you are used to.

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Great video, Mark.   I learned a lot.  That’s a wonderful rifle to have in your family.  I’m looking forward to the next episode and seeing it shoot again.

I call myself a collector as it sounds better than hoarder

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