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February 10, 2021 - 3:27 am
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     First time writer. Nice to find this site. I recently purchased a Hornet 43, plain Jane stock, bevel, swept back bolt, drilled for scope by persons unknown, it had Weaver mounts, in front and behind bolt opening. Serial number 8349. I have yet to shoot it, so don’t know about headspace yet. Have fingers crossed all will be okay..   Could you get close to a manufacture date?

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February 10, 2021 - 4:22 am
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February 1949.

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Fred said
     I have yet to shoot it, so don’t know about headspace yet. Have fingers crossed all will be okay.. 

Worry about finding ammo, not that.

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Fred said
      I have yet to shoot it, so don’t know about headspace yet. Have fingers crossed all will be okay..   

thanks….  

Actually the 43’s are very easy to tighten up the head space. The two piece bolt allows for a brass shim to be cut and installed between the two pieces which will correspondingly move the front half of the bolt forward. Standard shim stock can be used in what ever thickness is needed. (generally .003-.005″) I’ve done a few like this and it works well. Sure beats setting the barrel back….. If you shoot it a ton and the shim wears, simply replace the shim. If you keep a bit of light grease on the shim it will last a very long time.

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