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why am i such a sucker ?

oldemagicsoldemagics Member Posts: 5,813 ✭✭✭

a true idiot for unwanted/abused guns

especially SxS, and lever guns

and ESPECIALLY if it happens to be a 99...

this is what i recently "adopted", 99F and lever wont even cycle

between long overdue things i am trying to get done before i cant get done for people and the health issues, i doubt i have time left to tackle something this bad, and the poorly done aftermarket stock is almost as bad !

oh well, maybe a project for the son who NOW decides he wants to learn...


  • austin20austin20 Member Posts: 34,661 ✭✭✭✭

    Cause guns are C😎😎L !

  • MIKE WISKEYMIKE WISKEY Member, Moderator Posts: 9,955 ******

    welcome to the club, I've always been a 'sucker' for orphans and Cripples.

  • shootuadealshootuadeal Member Posts: 5,225 ✭✭✭✭

    I love projects like that.

  • navc130navc130 Member Posts: 1,185 ✭✭✭

    A very nice project. You might consider using a fine wire wheel to remove the rust. That will leave a finish on the surface for a "using" rifle. It can always be polished and reblued whenever you want. Good luck.

  • Ditch-RunnerDitch-Runner Member Posts: 24,346 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 30

    That's quite the project and will also give you something to focus on best of luck

    My thoughts

    Other than being a a in what something could with a little help .

    I will guess the challange and maybe the slight need to hate to see any thing gave up on

    My wife and kids always have made fun of me for taken broken or discarded things and repairing them Some were beyond hope but it's still a challenge and learning session

    To me, even as a kid, if I could not repair it, I would at least learn how it worked

    My friends used to say if you want to sell an old car ,spray some primer on it. Dave will buy it

    I guess I could be a champion wel more a contender of lost causes

    I blame my addiction 0n as a kid not having much and what I did have it had to last and repairing it was the only way

    Besides it's come in handy knowing how to repar broken things then selling them or just repairing things for others For a little hobby money

    IIt's like dying art if I can call it that we live in a throw away world now

    Sadly even Replacement parts are even a thing of the past

  • AmbroseAmbrose Member Posts: 3,150 ✭✭✭✭

    I never thought much of the 99's. They (to me) were not the "accurate" bolt action rifles nor the "traditional" outside hammer "cowboy" guns, either, so I ignored them. But recently, prompted by some old deer camp pictures of my wife's grandfather, taken in the 1930's with his 99, I decided I should have one. The one I got is a veteran: The serial number suggests it was made in 1940, it's got some bad stock scars but the scars have been worn in like it has been carried a lot since then. It's tight as a drum and the bore is great. I have fired it 40 times at the range so far (probably more shots than it fired before I got it). I had to tap the rear sight slightly to the left and put the elevator in the second notch and the bullet holes appear right where the front bead sets. Even with my 86 year old cataract surgeried eyes, 5-shot groups can be covered with the palm of my hand! Sometime in the old guns past, it had been drilled and tapped for a Redfield one piece base so I looked for and found one. I set it up with an old Lyman Alaskan from my collection and am looking forward to trying it with a better sighting set-up.

    I believe this old .300 has me hooked.

    PS: Another plus to me is that the rifle came with a sling equipped with the old timey hook & eye swivels.

  • waltermoewaltermoe Member Posts: 1,757 ✭✭✭✭

    You do it because it’s relaxing working with your hands and rewarding when done. Where some people would say, it’s not worth it, you have a vision of the finished product.

  • pulsarncpulsarnc Member Posts: 6,171 ✭✭✭✭

    The first deer rifle I purchased for myself was a 99 e in .308. Took my first deer with it as did my son. At one time I could work it as fast as my buddy could trigger his remington 742.

    cry Havoc and let slip  the dogs of war..... 
  • pulsarncpulsarnc Member Posts: 6,171 ✭✭✭✭

    Ps if you get tired of it send on down to NC.

    cry Havoc and let slip  the dogs of war..... 
  • TfloggerTflogger Member Posts: 3,252 ✭✭✭

    You're not alone my weakness is 22 rifles, I can't resist trying to restore a 22 to shooting condition.

    Used to be my excuse was providing cheap rifles for the children of friends now it's for their grandchildren.

  • Merlinnv12Merlinnv12 Member Posts: 1,138 ✭✭✭✭

    It’s OK to be a sucker for guns. You know what they say, “there’s one born every day “!

    “What we’ve got here, is, failure to communicate.”
  • GrasshopperGrasshopper Member Posts: 16,675 ✭✭✭✭

    I got a closet full of projects until I cleaned them out. I said that's enough and got rid of all but a couple. I am not a 20 year old anymore but that's me.

  • yoshmysteryoshmyster Member Posts: 20,799 ✭✭✭✭

    Send it to Turnbull and then throw ridiculous amount of money at him. Other wise soak it in Kroil until you remember it.

  • Okie743Okie743 Member Posts: 2,555 ✭✭✭✭

    I think I know the guy that owned them guns.

    He Deer hunted with me several times few years ago. I never did see him try to care for his artillery. I seen him come to camp one night late after he got lost with no flash light, hard rain and his bolt action rifle the next morning was outside with red clay caked all over the gun. He had no flashlight and said he would fall down in the rutted road and could only walk to stay in the road during the lightning flashes.

    The next season I could see bits of red clay still on the rusty gun. I wondered if any clay was still inside the barrel. He did not have to store his guns in a gun safe, no one would steal them kind.

  • yoshmysteryoshmyster Member Posts: 20,799 ✭✭✭✭

    Okie743 - These days some people paint their guns to resemble neglect/distress. Your guy is authentic by distressing his rifle with actual dirt.

    Curious has he ever brought back game? If not he likes to hike using the rifle as a walking stick. Ii wonder if the rifle actually fires?

  • elubsmeelubsme Member Posts: 1,969 ✭✭✭✭

    In actuality the amount of money you pay for something and the enjoyment you reap from it determines if you have been suckered or not.

  • bundybundy Member Posts: 205 ✭✭✭

    I enjoy watching Mark Novak videos on youtube showing him doing this kind of work. He also explains his procedures as he goes through it.

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