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Originally Posted by LeFusil
Originally Posted by mark
Remove the wood from the iron, place the iron on an anvil, strike the iron with a rounded punch at the rear of loop hole. Try it on the gun, repeat if necessary. If it is really bad ad a drop of metal with a welder.

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Mark's method is the "school solution" and the "punch" is easy to make, just grind the end of a small cold chisel to a rounded profile while keeping it cool and polish it. There should be no mark on the side that is visible. This can make the gun a little hard to open, but it will wear in after some use.
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Could someone post a close up pic of the tip shape of the punch one would use to do this? If you cannot due to an inability to post pics on this forum you may alternatively send it to me at stanhillis@gmail.com. and I will post it.

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Stan,
I don't have one on hand, I just used one in Walter Grass' shop, and I think he has passed on. If I had a need for one, I would just take a cold chisel, about as wide as the forearm iron, and round off /polish the chisel edge so it would pein rather than cut the metal.
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Mike, as wide as the entire forend iron, or as wide as the slot


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As wide as the slot

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That's what I was thinking but wanted to be sure. Thanks, Mark.

Would this one be a candidate for grinding into shape? Sure seems small to me, but I never use it for anything else anyway. It's being held sideways ..... if viewed after a 90 degree rotation from this you could see that the end is about 1/4" wide, and could be easily ground to the width of the slot.

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Stan,
I wouldn't be surprised to learn that some gunsmiths used a punch only as wide as the slot (making a bulge within the slot), but the ones I learned from were of the "school" that used a punch about as wide as the whole iron on the breach side of the slot. This had the effect of stretching the iron, moving the slot itself toward muzzle. Keep in mind that only a few thousandths of an inch movement are necessary.
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These forend irons are off of two British guns. A Greener G gun that I bought for parts and a Charles Osborne that I’m currently working on. These pics are of the underside of the irons, showing where the factory “peen” marks are that were made by a shaped punch and a heavy hammer when fitting up the forend irons and then used for subsequent tightening.

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Originally Posted by LeFusil
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That salvo of ball-peen marks, though... Any idea what that's all about?

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