So…. is it bad that I had it 3 days, carrying it 2 days, and already modded it? Lol..
But then, I knew I would when I bought it. my usual, favorite blade preferences, applied to my favorite blade arrangement. (Yeah, you should have seen this coming when I first posted the knife!)
Clip into sheeps foot, clipped shorter and narrowed, then re-edged. Also dropped the kick, to sit lower in the frame when closed, as far as I could.
The spey I made into a clip/skinner, taking some of the swedge out, and removing the raised tip.
With its bigger cousin, the same mods on a Case Muskrat. The moose isn’t actually any narrower, and its thicker. But is shorter.
Its enough of a difference though, its smaller in pocket, which was what I was after in a mini muskrat/moose frame. But it still grips nice in hand, a great bonus.
Posted about my re-modification, and realized I hadn’t really shown all of the rifle. So here we go! 🙂
Its not without issues, but overall a pretty clean gun. Serial # dates it to 1932.
Needs a finish job, as you can see its “in the white”, it was professionally stripped at some point, It’s mostly bare metal. Probably should be blued. I’d really love to have it cerakoted a bright blue though. Maybe someday.
Came with the tape on it. The front tape holds the mag hanger, some yutz tried to drift it out, didn’t know they turn into place. The stock tape is apparently for grip, I had it off, the wood and tang are fine. I put if back because I didn’t have time to deal with stripping the glue residue at the time.
As mentioned elsewhere, it’s actually been re-chambered to, and the carrier modded to feed .22WMR, back when .22 WRF was obsolete. Since I can get it now, and since Mag is so hard on small game I re-modded the carrier so I can now shoot WRFs again.
She ain’t perfect, but she’s a fun shooter, I thoroughly enjoy it!
An older project. I started this in the summer of 2018, for a friend’s birthday. His name starts with a W, thus our title above. 🙂
He does electronics work, so when I found this old amp meter, in DC milliamperes, in some stuff that had been my Dads, it seemed perfect for a gift.
But i couldn’t just give a bare gauge…
Ok, I could have, but where’s the fun in that? 😉
I missed the birthday.
Managed to get it done and give it in the spring of 2019. Ha!
But anyway, here it is. Only the 3rd box I’ve ever built in my life. (So don’t judge me too harsly!)
Its white oak, and curly maple. It was entertaining to get it how I wanted it, rabbeted construction, a place to store the leads (plugs and leads stolen from an old multi meter I took apart), but still compact. Engineered and re-engineered seveeal times, but I got it!
I don’t really have all of the pics I could, no step by step.And no steps of progress like I’d like… Hust a mishmash of what I managed to take, and the final product.
A bit of history;
This gun was, somewhat obviously, designed in 1890. For a while they were the model 1890, then they became the model 90. Originally chambered for .22L, .22Short and later the .22LR, and then .22 WRF.
They are THE original gallery guns, made famous in shooting galleries and fairs.
This one was made in 1932, and chambered in .22WRF
.22WRF was(is) a higher powered .22, more oomph than a .22 long or long rifle.
Later, the .22 WMR, know usually as .22 Mag was introduced. Very simply it is a WRF that’s been lengthened to hold more powder. Same as the way we got .357 Magnum from .38 Special.
Being bigger, it was more powerful. And popular. It in fact became so popular that the. 22 WRF became obsolete, after a while no longer chambered, and then ammunition stopped being made.
Around that time this gun was modified, to chamber, feed, and fire, the longer .22 WMR.
The only difference in all of these guns for different cartridges, is obviously the barrels chamber, and, as I found out, the carrier.
I had figured that since the shorter round would chamber, (like a 38 in a 357 chamber, the length difference is no problem at all) it would cycle the shorter rounds, and I could fire either round. Much the same as other .22 rifles that will cycle and fire .22 short, long and long rifle.
But “why?” I hear you ask, if the ammo isn’t made?
Well, actually Now, the ammo is made! Its been brought back, from popular demand, so that the older guns can be used!
And I’m glad for it! .22 WMR is a fine round for varmints, and predators. But I hunt neither, and its far too expensive for range/target use. Its too powerful for small game hunting, destroying far too much meat, in a messy fashion.
The .22 WRF on the other hand is light enough for small game hunting, but still a little more oomph than the common .22LR, for range, and bigger animals. Basically its a half step between .22LR and .22WMR.
Now, its not exactly cheap being a specialty ammo, but its about the same cost as most .22 WMR.
Still a little spendy for plinking wabbits, but then again, hunting with a 84 year old pump action is worth it!
Back to my problem;
The carrier is of a controlled feed design, meaning it fully controls the cartridge for its entire journey from magazine to chamber.
This is good, because it allows the gun to function in Any position. Even upside down! Try to do that with most bolt actions, or lever actions. 😉
This is also bad, in our case because it makes the carier a much more exact fir to thr round it carries.
To do so, the cartridge doesn’t just sit on top of the carrier as in a lot of designs, but sits surounded by it. Thus the carrier has to have a channel for the cartridge that is the exact length.
This is important, because, as I found out, how far the round goes into the carrier determines if the next round leaves the magazine. The tip of the round is the cartridge stop while the carrier is down. After if starts up, another part holds the next round.
Whoever converted this gun, deepened the chamber in the barrel, And deepened the channel in the carrier.
Here is a .22 WMR, in this guns carrier.
Here is what happens if you load it with the shorter .22 WRF;
With one round already inside the carrier, what you’r seeing is thd next round un line, partially into the carrier, partially inside the magazine.
And at that poing the gun jams, since that second round holds the carrier from lifting.
Here it is from another view;
Its not a big difference in length, but its enough to cause a jam. WMR on top, WRF below.
So, what we need, is either the cartridge to be longer, so it holds the next round out of the carrier, or the carrier channel to be shallower, providing the same effect.
Here is the shorter WRF inserted just far enough to sit its tip where a WMR tip would be, to hold the next round foreward.
So, our solution, is this part here;
Shown with its retaining set screw.
Like most firearms modifications or repairs, it’s a very small, very simple part, and (relatively) easy to make.
Just needing made to Exacting specifications, thus it’s a deceptively simple little chunk of brass.
It was simple to make, but it wasn’t exactly “easy”. Nor was it quick to make or fit.
Here it is installed, and with its set screw hole drilled and tapped in the carrier itself.
And here you can see its very simple function; It holds the cartridge foreward to where the tip needs to sit, where a WMR tip would be, to keep the next round from feeding, and causing our jam. Simple!
It’s brass because its a low to zero wear part, and it’s an easy material to fit/work with. I could have used steel and heat treated it for wear, but its just not necessary, in my opinion.
It has a “C” shape, to allow a channel for the extractor to pass through, which is what pushes the cartridge forward for chambering. Matching the channel in the carrier itself.
And it works flawlessly! The gun now chambers and fires WRF ammunition again. The only thing I lost was the abillity to Also use WMR ammo. Its still a single cartridge gun. Snall loss, as I’ve explained, I have no real use for WMR.
Overall this was one of my simplest gun fixes. It was interesting to figure out, and tedious to make/fit the part, but was really rather simple, and very fun. Some fixes similar to this have required several days of welding up new steel onto a carrier or bolt, and grinding/filing/refitting it down to size, repeatedly, until it works.