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Old 02-10-2020, 05:29 PM
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Got this rifle from my dad. He bought around 1948. I have target practiced a lot with this rifle but I never liked the dark brown color/stain of it. So finally decided to refinish it myself with a lighter stain. Now I am real happy with it. See picture.
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Old 02-10-2020, 06:00 PM
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Welcome. That looks very nice. I don't know what ammo you use in it but the overall opinion on the early 50/51 series is to use only standard velocity ammo in them due to the "hook and notch" end cap. They can bend and crack. Enjoy it.
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Old 02-10-2020, 06:01 PM
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Nice job...

Nice job on the refinish. On a separate note... stick to standard velocity or sub-sonic only for this model. The picture tells you why!!!

God Bless, Frank.
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Old 02-10-2020, 08:29 PM
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Very Nice Rifle ! SV only
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Old 02-11-2020, 01:26 AM
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Nice job on the refinish. On a separate note... stick to standard velocity or sub-sonic only for this model. The picture tells you why!!!

God Bless, Frank.
I do, but I have used H.V. in it mostly. Mine have 2 latches. One each side. Your picture only shows one. See my rifle Pictures.
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Old 02-11-2020, 06:17 AM
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The one Tfrank shows also has 2 latches a as do all the 50/51 series. The following 151/152 series has a stronger, heavier threaded receiver plug. Problem is it's common to see cracked guns as shown well before the advent of Hyper Velocity rounds like Stingers that beat semi auto guns. So the take away is it must be Hi Speed or Velocity rounds that have been around. Theres really no soft buffer in these designs to absorb bolt impact so long term hammering can cause cracks.
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Old 02-11-2020, 08:13 AM
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Looks great, nice job on the refurb. I have a couple of the cone back 51's as well, great shooters once you get use to the heavy triggers.

I can't add anything to what Frank and Scooter hasn't already mentioned.
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Old 02-11-2020, 11:01 AM
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Sticky's suggest use anti seize. Worth a try!
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Old 02-11-2020, 09:35 PM
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wow , learned something new of my 51m , i had not known of these stress cracks - luckily mine has none and i learned enough long ago to stick with subsonic in my older vintage [most of what i own] rifles ,
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Old 02-11-2020, 10:55 PM
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Sticky's suggest use anti seize. Worth a try!
On what, or was that a joke?
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