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This is Chester. He is my first rifle which I got on my fourteenth birthday. He is a Winchester Ranger Model 94 chambered in 30-30. For years I dreamed about having a Winchester rifle, looking longingly at the printed advertisements in the Big-5 flyer that came in the mailbox once a week, tracing my finger of the pixilated photo that advertised Chester for just $199.99.

 

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He has been with me on multiple adventures including each of my trips up to Bristol Bay, every hunting trip, my honeymoon and multiple instances when something went bump or howl in the night.

 

After nearly a quarter of a century that he's been with me, I can think of few circumstances where Chester wouldn't be more than a match for what I'd need to ask of him.

 

Also Bonus Book-aki 

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"And when Chester's stock finally cracks under recoil at the tang's inletting, as it inevitably will due to his inferior design and obsolete, cheapened manufacturing techniques, I will take him to the gunsmith, prostrate myself before him, and pay him $168.95, according to the custom of my people."

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Chester isn't taken to "Cowboy Action Shooting" competitions where fat idjits in cowboy hats treat grandpa's lever gun like a squad automatic weapon. Nor do I try to hand-load rounds that are on the cusp of its tolerance. Nor do I live in a swamp with Yoda.

 

Quarter of a century and everything seems good.

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Wacky thought:  Could you pillar bed the stock for the tang screw?

 

Depends how wide the pillars would be. I also am not sure it would help that much. Maybe using tapered pillars would help?

 

Also, does anyone feel that Cowboy Action Shooting is anything but a bunch of baby boomers acting out their John Wayne fantasies in costume?

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Pretty much. Although I'll risk the caveat that I can't think of that many John Wayne movies where he relies on trick shooting. I guess the most egregious is the one-handed Winchester cock.

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I love the Remy and Winchester, guys. I posted these in the small arms thread because I got the Enfield yesterday. I got the Argentine Mauser back from my dad today, so I got the whole gang together:

 

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The Mauser's been in the family forever. It's been well taken care of, and the metal has only recently developed a petina. They're great rifles. I don't consider myself a wonderful shot, but I can't miss whatever I aim at with it. I also have never heard a more satisfying noise than when I work the action on this bolt.

 

The M44 was a gift from my dad, and it was the first rifle that was "mine." This is back when $80 got you the rifle, a sling, a carrying case, and surplus ammo pouches and cleaning equipment. It's a fine rifle, but not for pinpoint aiming. It's mostly useful for freaking people out on the range with the muzzle flash and earth-shattering kaboom.

 

The 91/30 is a recent addition. $200 for a barrel that had never been used, and restored wood. Kicking myself for not buying a $90 one when I could, but I'm glad to have him.

 

edit: Now that I look at it, the Mauser looks like it's in worse shape in the picture than it actually is, and the Enfield looks better than it actually is. Odd.

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A couple from the collection..

 

First, a MAS 35-

 

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And next the SACM 1935A-

 

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The two, bracketing a M1911A1 to illustrate their comparative sizes.

 

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This is the "packet" lockwork, something the French were pushing in their service pistols.

to the left is the '35A, and the MAS 35 to the left. The concept lived on in the SiG P210 and the MAC Mle 1950.

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The magazines. The two are not interchangeable, which I'm sure merely added to the misery already suffered by French logistical officers.

 

MAS35 to the left, 35A to the right. The MAS 35 has a removeable baseplate.

 

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And the Tokarev TT-33!

 

It's of the same concept but since it also incorporates the feed lips, I consider it of the same tree, but a different branch.

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I am very jealous over your Mle. 1935 collection.  That and the Mle. 1950 were never given the attention in the Americas they deserved.

For what it's worth, I'm really jealous of your MAS. That thing must get attention at the range.

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For what it's worth, I'm really jealous of your MAS. That thing must get attention at the range.

A shocking number of people have no idea what they are.  I've had my MAS 49 called "A Garand" (or Garand Copy) by a lot of people.

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A shocking number of people have no idea what they are.  I've had my MAS 49 called "A Garand" (or Garand Copy) by a lot of people.

Weird. The only gun left on my "Gotta own now" list is the Garand. If I don't see one in Harrisburg this year, then I'll probably just finally get my CMP stuff and buy one of theirs. After that, I'm looking for anything, and MAS 49s are up there on my "interested" list.

 

Oh, and thanks for the Murphy's and linseed tip. It's really helped some of the worse spots on my Enfield stock, mostly near the butt plate.

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A shocking number of people have no idea what they are.  I've had my MAS 49 called "A Garand" (or Garand Copy) by a lot of people.

 

I cannot knock the Garand, it is a great rifle, but the MAS 49 and the 49/56 are examples of what the best heavy rifle can be.  

 

1. Quick release scope mount on every weapon - no drilling the receiver.  In the 49/56 a full GL with sights on each rifle.

2. Shorter receiver and less bulk without loosing barrel length.

3. Strippers, individual rounds, or change magazines.

4. The 10 round mags have never seemed to be a problem for capacity for me and they do not hang up on clothing.  

5. The clip on the magazine is an amazing device as I find myself clipping the thing to my lapel where it is very handy.

6. There are three known problems with the MAS rifle, but if yours does not have them it will be ultimately reliable.

7. If you are a reloader the 7.5 is a very easy round to reload for.

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The sole problem I had reloading for the '49, was primer cup hardness.

 

Even then seems the '49 is rather controllable, in an uncontrolled slam-fire condition....

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Interesting guns, the bedding is semi-critical to their operation though.  Great candidates for pillar bedding.

 

Making a second forward handguard and relieving it to allow gas adjustment was another modification I've done.

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