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Old 06-29-2020, 05:10 PM
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Finally got my hands on one with the help of a friend. It's had the wrist broken and repaired, but a solid fix. Just don't care for the brass bolts showing, so maybe in the near future I will remove them and install wooden dowels. Everything else is in excellent shape for something made in 1937-38.

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Did the break affect the trigger adjustment assembly in the stock?
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Old 06-29-2020, 06:01 PM
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No, itís all still there and functions fine
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:34 PM
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Good deal I’ve had mine for around thirty years. Refinished many years ago. And yes I drilled and tapped receiver for weaver mounts and an old K6 with 1/4 minute dot and super fine crosshairs.
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:46 PM
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Now where is the remaining 346 of these made? How many survived?
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:52 PM
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She still looks great, I know a several more out there and they are members here. Ran across a guy years ago at one of the local shows, he said he had 12 or so still new in the box.
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Old 06-29-2020, 09:03 PM
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Amazing “bone”, that someone had that many new and unfired. I knew thirty years ago when I found mine in a pawnshop that it was special. Pretty good investment for the $40-45 paid back then. Probably worth nothing now that I mounted scope blocks on it. They shoot well but need work on sear/ firing pin angles as well as proper hardening as the wear surfaces wouldn’t stay put.
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Old 06-30-2020, 02:51 AM
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Very nice looking Model L43. I have a regular Model 43. I took off the rear sight and got a rail from Hamlins which fit the existing holes. Mounted a scope and shot a 5/16 hole with 5 shots at 25 yards using CCI standard. Can't wait to get to the range and see what it will do at 50 yards with some Eley.
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Old 07-01-2020, 12:54 PM
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Any ideas on how to tighten up the slop on the stock Lyman 57 rear sight that come on these? No dovetail to peen or anything else obvious other than replacing the quick release mechanism. Would like to shoot an A23/5 target this month with it for score but the rear sight wiggles quite a bit.
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Old 07-01-2020, 03:40 PM
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I would pull the quick release out and clean it, over time crud could build up inside and it will not allow or put enough tension on the elevation screw. I have a few and all have little slack when the release is pushed in. But snugs up once the button is released. Also the snap on face plate is curved inward and also applies some pressure to keep it snug.

Just make sure you have you hand on the button when you unscrew the set screw on top of the base, as the parts can go flying.

Oh and great looking 43 you have
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Old 07-01-2020, 04:00 PM
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Most of the play seems to be in the elevation screw itself where it goes through windage bracket. I disassembled that by taking the circlip out and giving it a cleanse in the ultrasonic cleaner. Elevation screw has enough play that it will move half the width of the elevation slide. Center punched the hole in a couple places top and bottom then lapped it back in. Was able to get about half the slop out of it.
May just try your trick by taking mount off rifle and giving it a good clean and finding a stronger quick release spring.
Not many choices in LH Lyman peeps.
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Old 07-01-2020, 04:39 PM
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Not many choices in LH Lyman peeps.
no not really, but just so you know a right sided upper will still fit in it. Just that the scale marks will be under the aperture stem and not visible. It it has that much play in the bracket, a bushing may take care of it. Just depends on if the wear is on the elevation screw or the upper bracket.
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Old 07-01-2020, 11:29 PM
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An easy fix would be to replace the clip on scale of these early Lymans with a screw on scale that is screwed to both sides of elevation slide like a Redfield Olympic.
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