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PostPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2021 10:10 pm 
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Just seen this alternative for retaining the ram rod in place. I'd have shaped the reinforced area of the rod to give nicer 'flow' were it mine but it's a neat solution nonetheless.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nxn8ZdEO18c

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:59 pm 
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The Stainless Steel Cylinder Quick-release for the Pietta arrived today. A very well made and impressive bit of kit it is too.
Fitted right in with no issues and easy easy to operate. Clicks back in place with a crisp action when the cylinder pin is returned into place.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:05 pm 
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Now just playing about with determining different barrel lengths. I like ther idea of having all the original text present. I want it to look as if it had been made by the factory when I'm done.


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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2021 1:29 am 
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Found this contraption on Ebay - it's a frame that holds an angle grinder so it can be used to make precise cuts. About £14. I bought a new angle grinder on Ebay too (comes with a five year guarantee) so it can be fitted permanently. took a bit of jiggery-pokery with set squares and a tape measure to get right. I like that the on off switch is a simple toggle switch on the end.


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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2021 3:18 am 
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As mentioned I bought one of those £1 shopping cart cheats. It's made of stainless. When cut it'll make a really nice sight profile. I've offered it up to see what it will look like when silver soldered in place.

So the plan currently is to cut the barrel to just before the "Black Powder Only text - matching with the end of the manufacturer text on the other side. I'll tidy up the crown with a spherical polishing stone. Then I'll cut the front sight but merely super glue it in place - take it down the range and see how that works out.

I expect it will shoot low as the starting point is quite high. I really like the profile so I will file it off flat from the bottom, re-glue it, and try again. Eventually it will be sighted in for our 25 yard range.


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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2021 12:04 pm 
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just be aware, a lot of angle grinder blades have a tendancy to flex and wander as they cut. thicker the disc, straighter the cut, but hotter the metal...

hacksaw will probably produce a straighter cut.

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bradaz11 wrote:
just be aware, a lot of angle grinder blades have a tendancy to flex and wander as they cut. thicker the disc, straighter the cut, but hotter the metal...

hacksaw will probably produce a straighter cut.


I'll practice a bit before making the cut. I have a thicker disk too. I plan to go gently to cut down on flex.

Normally I trust my hacksawing skills but it's usually on stuff I can chuck and start over if it goes wrong. Usually mild steel.

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wrap electrical tape round it to get a straight cut line on each side, cut a bit into one face at a time, then cut all the way through. then file to clean up. easy!

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