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Old 02-22-2014, 10:59 AM   #1
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Bad day at the range...

So, the range owner calls me and says if you want the rest of that range cleanout lead, come and get it.
So I load up the melting pot, the propane tank and tools and find myself there when he opens Saturday.
I took him 20 lbs of walnut shells.
I melted the lead and cleaned the junk out and ended up with 30-40 pounds of lead.
Took the Uberti in for a spin.
First three rounds were low and to the tight.
I adjust the sight and the fourth is slightly low and maybe a 1/2" to the right.
Chamber a fifth round and all hell broke loose, well, it seemed like it to me.
The Uberti absolutely refused to cock.
I looked it over for anything that I could have failed to do but.....nothing!
I boxed it up and took it to the dealer.
Three weeks minimum he says.
Hummm, and everyone was all over it when I opened the gun sock.
I wonder what they think now?

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Old 02-22-2014, 11:40 AM   #2
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Sorry to hear about your bad luck, KL. Any chance it could be an ammo issue? Were you sing reloads or shooting factory ammo?
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Old 02-22-2014, 07:49 PM   #3
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That action is super easy to work on and disassemble . There is very few parts in that can break in that gun .. When you said the gun didn't cock . The hammer didn't move or the hammer wouldn't lock back . which was it . We are talking about the 22 rolling block .
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Tx, the hammer would not lock back. I tried everything, it just would not work. Even holding the trigger back and pulling the hammer back and letting it go would not fire a round.
It gave the impression that there was a safety malfunction. But it had no other safety than the hammer lock back tht I could see.
By the way, the ammo was fresh Winchester copper HP's. New one week old box and only 4 rounds fired.
I know it can be fixed and I could have taken it apart to inspect it. Shucks, I was nearby my friends guns shop when I returned, but my thinking was, if it was new, I'd let the factory fix it.
It will probably turn out to be some little broken spring and it will be better after it comes back.
I spent the evening making cast bullets outside while the weather was warm in NC.
I tried the cold water drop. I'm not to sure what happened but about 1/3 if the castings were not what I call useable. They has swril markings on the nose.
I culled them out and will recast them. Maybe today.
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I'm not to sure what happened but about 1/3 if the castings were not what I call useable. They has swril markings on the nose.
I culled them out and will recast them. Maybe today.
The mold is too cold . Either the lead needs to be hotter or you are casting too slow . Don't worry about the nose it is the base is where the accuracy is . The only time you can see the base is before you drop it from the mold . They need to be sharp and not rounded like n pic .



The trigger , hammer and sear is the only thing in action . That gun is super easy to take apart and see the problem is . Sound like the sear is stuck and only needs cleaning and oil or the leaf spring broke , which the factory would ship you one in a couple days .
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Keep us updated on the condition.
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Well, My casting days are over.
I was off to a good start this morning and I made a serious mistake.
I simply wanted to pre heat a small amount of lead to get the pot hot before taking it outside , maybe 1"
deep in the pot.
Something told me not to do this.
As I exited the basement door and started up the stairs, you guessed it.
I stubbed my toe on the step and the pot and I went for a spill.
It was not good.
I have burned hands and skined knees.
My pride is zero.
Some one is going to get a bargin in this casting equipment.
Old men don't belong on tractors, cleaning roofs and working with hot metals.
I'm thru!!!!!!
From this day forward I will get my bullets from:http://www.bulletworks.com/ipsc_bullets.html

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Well, My casting days are over.
I was off to a good start this morning and I made a serious mistake.
I simply wanted to pre heat a small amount of lead to get the pot hot before taking it outside , maybe 1"
deep in the pot.
Something told me not to do this.
As I exited the basement door and started up the stairs, you guessed it.
I stubbed my toe on the step and the pot and I went for a spill.
It was not good.
I have burned hands and skined knees.
My pride is zero.
Some one is going to get a bargin in this casting equipment.
Old men don't belong on tractors, cleaning roofs and working with hot metals.
I'm thru!!!!!!
From this day forward I will get my bullets from:http://www.bulletworks.com/ipsc_bullets.html
I haven't gone up on the roof in a year and it badly needs attention. Now I know why as a kid I saw older people living in broken down houses.

Hope you heal fast.
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:08 AM   #9
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I have a young guy that blows my roof for $10.
He works until 6pm and that is sometimes a problem.
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I have a young guy that blows my roof for $10.
He works until 6pm and that is sometimes a problem.
Ten dollars? The cheapest bid I've had is for $300 and that is for someone without proof of insurance.
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From this day forward I will get my bullets from:http://www.bulletworks.com/ipsc_bullets.html
I get my bullets from bullet works too . There are as good as going to get from any commercial caster and there price are good too . My target rifle stuff you must cast them your self .

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I just put my recasting equipment on Carolina Shooters forum FS $250.
http://www.carolinashootersclub.com/forum.php


Not shown is the Lee resizer and the book you sold me Tx. which I included.
The buckets hold about 50 pounds of range lead that I cleaned and repoured into biscuits.

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Re 303: I've been good to this young guy, plus I furnish the blower, ladder and a place to get rid of hm if he falls off. I mean how good could you have it?
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Re 303: I've been good to this young guy, plus I furnish the blower, ladder and a place to get rid of hm if he falls off. I mean how good could you have it?
It takes a full eight hour day to clean my roof. Ten dollars would have been good in 1970 but not today. I only allow fully bonded and insured people do work for me. Its not worth loosing the house to save a couple bucks. Self employed people are not required to have L&I insurance but I require it.
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I am sorry to hear about your accident. I hope the burns heal cleanly with no scars.

I have a few reminders of harsh lessons learned.
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KL best wishes for your burns and wounded pride.
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:01 AM   #17
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Thanks for the head up folks.
The burns were from what molten lead got into my gloves.
I have spots all over my hands.
Oh me! that was not the half of it.
That lead was on the steps to the basement.
I do not know how 3 ounces of lead could make such a mess.
I beat my right knuckle to pieces chisiling the lead up with a hammer and putty knife.
My wife called my son and he went sonewhere and got me an "Aloe" plant.
I'm asmazed how that took any burn out of the hands.
I have two young buyers that are definitely interested in getting the casting stuf.
When one gets here Wednesday evening, I'll explain the dangers for sure.
No water and no moving a hot pot!
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Thanks for learning the lesson for all of us. We do need to be careful in all aspects of shooting.
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