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#1 deerslayer

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Posted 19 June 2004 - 03:26 PM

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Here is my west hurley C drum back from Merle. Earlier I just had him put in a new spring. Worked pretty good, had some full 100 round drum dumps on a 1921 and a 1928. However, it would hang up once in a while on my gun. So sent the whole thing to him this time (I had just sent the rotor the first time).

He repositioned all the feed arms, some were rubbing on the feed ramps, and did a few other small things. Then he nickle plated the rotor to make it look just like a colt. Reworked the key arrangement to the normal type (instead or the west hurley nipple type).

Haven't had it to the range yet, but looking forward to it. Thought I'd share.
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Posted 19 June 2004 - 04:02 PM

BEAUTIFUL
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Posted 19 June 2004 - 04:32 PM

Isn't great to have someone with Merle's skill.
I have spent some consideable time (days) with him on two occasions at the SAR show and his engineering skills and knowledge on drums never cease to amaze me. smile.gif
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Posted 19 June 2004 - 04:49 PM

Crap! Now I have a problem. Who should I send my drums to!!?? I never thought about having my rotor nickle plated. I can have it done through my work. Huummm, the ideas.
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Posted 19 June 2004 - 09:20 PM

I think you would need to take the rotor apart to get things nickled. Merle mentioned that the bluing was removed first then the rotor parts plated. The internal spring doesn't like a nickel plating (or hot blueing for that matter) process very well.
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Posted 19 June 2004 - 09:28 PM

Dan --
That is a beautiful job!

For you adventurous types who would like to try nickel plating yourself you might try Caswell products. Look them up on internet. I've been restoring a printing press and decided to plate some of my own parts. I went with their copy chrome kit and it works really well. It looks very close to nickel and is pretty easy to use.
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Posted 03 July 2004 - 06:09 AM

There is an article in Small Arms Review August 2004 issue on Merle's work.
Written by Captain Monty Mendenhall, he did a good job on the article.
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Posted 03 July 2004 - 03:20 PM

Ralph,
Off subject but what kind of printing press are you restoring. Have been in the business for the last 30 years.
I stand in front a 40'' - 8 unit CD every day.

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#9 Walter63a

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Posted 03 July 2004 - 03:23 PM

Dan and Merle, that is Beautiful! biggrin.gif Now you really need to blast a watermellon or two! tongue.gif blink.gif cool.gif Best Regards, Walter
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