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I picked up on your comment about only being able to stand at the mill for an hour. If neuropathy is involved, my advice is if you have to stay in a hospital for more than overnight take your neuropathy meds and insist they give them to you.They will resist and claim they can only give meds from their pharmacy, and they may not have what you need. If you are put on "nothing by mouth", as soon as you move to a liquid diet, insist on the meds. If necessary, have a family member run the doctor down and insist on them. They will insist that they are too busy keeping you alive and I agree that is important, but if you make them understand the importance they are smart enough to mitigate additional loss of use of your legs. This is especially important if you have to go to 'rehab" because it takes a long time and there is no medical reason you can't have the meds (it may only be your doctor isn't in the system). Whatever you lose, you can't get back. Don't ask how I know; I would be happy if I could stand an hour.
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LRF,
I feel for you brother, my problems are also service connected caused by agent orange and hearing loss from rifle range and heavy construction equipment. I didn't choose to use the VA system for my medical services because my wife was on my BCBS Federal and I needed to keep it. At least, we caught the prostate cancer early enough to stop it. Friends didn't find it soon enough.
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Time for an update. I attached a pic of where the parts are today. Still need to make the Hammer, Trigger, operating spindle/shaft and finish machining on the floor Plate. Then hours and hours of fitting and polishing.
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The shapes on the lever and tang are already looking really nice.

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Originally Posted by LRF
Time for an update. I attached a pic of where the parts are today. Still need to make the Hammer, Trigger, operating spindle/shaft and finish machining on the floor Plate. Then hours and hours of fitting and polishing.
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I am not a machinist, so how do you get the 90 degree inside corners in the receiver for the breach block? Broach?

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I haven't seen this thread in a while but let me throw out a barrel suggestion. A few years ago I found out that The Falling BLock works were still in business in Ohio. Sadly, I don't think that is true any longer. I had liked them back in the 70's but never got around to getting one. I contacted them and ended up buying two of their smallest size made for varmint and pistol cartridges. They made five sizes from Hornet through Elephant rifles and all were Hi wall replicas. I used one of them to make a small light custom with a half oct/half round barrel from Montana Rifleman that I had purchased. It wa a very light weight tapered .25 caliber barrel barrel intended for lever guns and matched up to the action well. It was 29" raw and I chambered it in 25/35 Win at 28". Leverevolution powder had just come out and the velocities at moderate pressures with the 28" barrel were incredible. This was using modern bullets, not flat nose. I can duplicate anything from 25/20 to near Roberts level. This in a tiny gun that weighs 5-1/2 pounds. It makes for a great walk-about rifle that can be used for almost anything. If you are considering the 30/30, I would suggest that the 25-35 is and eminently better all around choice. A 100-110 grain controlled expansion bullet will easily kill deer with the velocity you can achieve with that powder and barrel length and the use for small game, varmints and crows is much improved.

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Originally Posted by Cold1
I am not a machinist, so how do you get the 90 degree inside corners in the receiver for the breach block? Broach?
There are many ways to do that, broaching, filing in using "file fixtures" similar to methods used in the 1800's by gun makers*, casting and wire cutting/EDM.
This projects receiver started life as a Rodney casting then I have modified it. Also to insure the mortise was true I did take a skim cut using a Wire EDM. So you can see many ways to skin the kitty. On the floor plate which has a much more complicated mortised thru slot I have milled and filed it to shape and will also use broaching to complete the final work required on it.

* a task generally reserved for the apprentices as it was hard physical work.

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Cold1,
Also, there are a lot of the small (7") shapers in shops around the country that can handle the job very well. There are some things a shaper is better than a mill for, but they are admittedly slow. Recently, even large shapers seem to be searched out and put back to work by younger machinists, maybe for nostalgia. Some mills were bought with slotting attachment (works like a vertical shaper) which would work as well.
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