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nj gsp
PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2022 6:01 pm  Reply with quote



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So, while hunting in Maine last Thursday, I took a hard fall and although I did my best to protect it as I went down, the muzzle of my L.C. Smith smacked into a large granite boulder. I was more worried about the fact I couldn't put much weight on my left ankle right away (I walked it off and was fine), and judging by the look of the muzzle this was not the first time this has happened. In fact, I noticed a slight flat spot on the barrel that didn't hit the rock.

I don't know any gunsmiths here in the upper midwest that would be able to turn this thing around in a few days, so I decided to fix it myself. I mean, I made a new firing pin for it, so how hard could it be?

I ordered a #10 tapered pin which was delivered today, so after work I took it out to the shop. The dent was deep enough I couldn't get the tapered pin in at first, so I gently spread the dent a little using a 1/2" impact extension, then finished it out using the tapered pin.

It worked great - I trued up both barrels, I gently peened the roughed up edge of the dented barrel to move the metal back in place, and carefully stoned the end of the muzzle to remove the burrs and no more. Then carefully dusted the sharp edges with a little 320 polishing cloth.

I checked for roundness with Dykem on the pin, and both barrels are now about as perfectly round as possible. I cracked off a couple of RST papers through it and it works fine.

Back in business!

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RGuill96971
PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2022 6:11 pm  Reply with quote



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When I saw the Picture, I thought damn that sucks, then I looked at the last picture. Man, I must say you do some good work, had I not read what had happened I would never have believed it was even damaged. Excellent job.
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skeettx
PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2022 6:51 pm  Reply with quote
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Well done, I have used the extension method before
Mike


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2022 6:55 pm  Reply with quote



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Very nice work. Thank you for sharing.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2022 6:58 pm  Reply with quote



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Sucks it happened but looks like a great fix. Well done!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2022 4:10 am  Reply with quote



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Great job! Accidents like that are probably why we find so many vintage doubles sporting 27 and 26.5" barrels, cut not to open them up, but to eliminate muzzle damage.

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Pine Creek/Dave
PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2022 6:52 am  Reply with quote



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nj gap,

Looks like a real nice job, make sure your barrel thickness is good and that your choke is also. Congrats on a real nice job repairing your L.C. Smith double gun.
You may still want a Master Gun Maker to inspect your work/gun.

all the best,

Pine Creek/Dave
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2022 8:58 am  Reply with quote



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Great repair. I would have sat around crying for a month.
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nj gsp
PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2022 2:07 pm  Reply with quote



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Thanks everyone! At the time I just flipped the barrel selector and limped back to the truck with a single shot.

There is hardly any choke to speak of with these barrels, and the right barrel is basically cylinder choke anyway. I'm not too worried about having it inspected, because unless a gunsmith was going to x-ray it, I doubt they'd be able to see anything that I can't already.
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Dave in Maine
PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2022 5:20 pm  Reply with quote



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This is one of those jobs where a surveyor's plumb bob would come in handy.

Nice work, fixing it.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2022 6:14 pm  Reply with quote
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16gaDavis
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2022 7:08 am  Reply with quote



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before you go all in on making the barrel round , you have to decide how you miss birds most . I did that once doing a full face down fall and cracked the gun down on cement . The barrel got flattened almost perfectly horizontal . Made skeet shooting easier as the pattern was oval horizontally . Could have created the perfect bird gun by flattening the other barrel on the sides to make a vertical oval pattern . So much tweaking one can do !!

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WyoChukar
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2022 7:49 am  Reply with quote



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For all who may experience such an "oops!" there is a way to fix it before you get home...if you are in the habit of carrying tools in your car/truck.

I have found that socket sets have a variety of "bottle neck" tapered sockets in the smaller sizes, and this continues up into the next range of diameters when you jump from 3/8" drive to 1/2" drive. If you have a good selection of these and a matching socket extension, plus a hammer, it is easy to carefully restore the muzzle to round in increments.

It is very quick and easy to do. I actually posted a "how to" with photos a few years ago when I received a Parker 10 ga. with a damaged muzzle.

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ROMAC
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2022 8:24 am  Reply with quote



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I have a super light Westley Richards patent 16 gauge SXS with Damascus barrels that one of the barrels got kind of oval on me.

I gave it to John Hosford at the NE SXS shoot and he used one of his devices to fix it in about 3 minutes. Charged me $10.
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nj gsp
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2022 6:11 pm  Reply with quote



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A 1/2 extension will certainly work on the end of the muzzle, but the No. 10 tapered pin removed the dent all the way back from the end of the muzzle which was about 3/4. I just used the extension to open up the dent in the end of the barrel enough to get the tapered pin into the muzzle.
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