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 on: October 07, 2017, 04:42:31 AM 
Started by Travis Morse - Last post by Travis Morse
I do have access to a lathe just would need the dimensions of the original if you have them.  That would be great if just the spring follower turned my single shot into an assault rifle from 1881. 

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 on: September 30, 2017, 08:53:01 AM 
Started by Travis Morse - Last post by WK
If you can get access to an original follower and a lathe a functional follower can be made fairly easily.  I have done this in the past and find that it works pretty well.  It is not a hard part to make that any machinist should be  able to crank out pretty quickly.

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 on: September 30, 2017, 07:21:30 AM 
Started by Travis Morse - Last post by Travis Morse
Ok, slugged my bore this morning.  Slugged my second Whitney as a reference as it has much less wear than the one I'm working on now.  Grooves are .432 with .425 lands.  I plan to order cast bullets if they are available in .433 or .434.  Groups now are terrible so I'm trying to save the Winchester factory ammo for the better barreled Whitney I havn't done too much with yet.  I look forward to shooting that one.  The gun's parts don't match so it will be a shooter only but the barrel is only marked Kennedy and the 44 CAL.C.F  and has much original bluing where the forearm and rear site was covered. Bore isn't perfect on this gun but it is pretty nice and grooves measure .432 with pretty sharp .428 lands. 
As for the Marlin 1889 magspring follower I am trying as a substitute it doesn't seem to be doing the trick.  Bullets are difficult to load as they are getting hung up at the diamond boss on the loading gate spring.  Not sure if a follower for an 1881 Marlin or another model could work.  Anyone cracked this code yet?  As fun as it is in single shot mode my gun needs a working magazine.  I've had my Whitneys gathering dust for the last week or two as chores were calling.  Still are but this weekend I wanted to at least get the lead and dies ordered and have a solution to the repeater mystery on follower choice.  Thanks for any and all help on getting these old guns running again.  Suspect these will be like my Vetterli's in that each gun needs it own brass and lead.

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 on: September 22, 2017, 07:02:21 PM 
Started by Salmaster - Last post by Travis Morse
The trigger spring for the Whitney rolling block is close and can be ground to fit.  Dixie was out of trigger springs for the Whitney 3 or 4 months ago when I asked. 

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 on: September 22, 2017, 04:26:13 PM 
Started by Travis Morse - Last post by Travis Morse
Soon on the slugging, ordering dies and proper bullets.

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 on: September 18, 2017, 07:39:57 PM 
Started by Salmaster - Last post by Ustawuz
I meant to reply sooner but sometimes I tend to sit on my brains. I pulled the spring out of my 38-40 loop lever gun and made a pretty decent drawing, One problem, I'm a computer moron!  It's to scale, 3 decimal points. My son will be home for a few days and when he gets here I'll con him into it. I'll either send it to you or post it on the forum if that's OK.

Con him into getting the drawing onto the computer DUH!

Ustawuz

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 on: September 17, 2017, 04:43:24 PM 
Started by Travis Morse - Last post by admin
Have you slugged the bore?

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 on: September 16, 2017, 08:40:25 AM 
Started by Travis Morse - Last post by Travis Morse
The reshaped Whitney rolling block mainspring repro does indeed work.  I swapped ejectors from the other rifle I bought and it is kicking shells out just still not allowing shells into the carrier.  From what I can tell a follower and magazine spring from a Marlin 1889 in 44-40 seem to work.  Just need to fit that new carrier a bit more to allow the magazine gate to open a bit further and I think I'll have a repeater.  I fired it single shot last week with the factory Winchester 225 grain lead flat tips and they grouped terribly.  It was fun to be shooting a gun after who knows how many decades it has been sitting who knows where.   However, it will need bigger slugs as despite having clear and useable rifling it will need a larger bullet.  Hopefully my next post will be something about how nice it is to have this old clunker back to being a 13 shot repeater.

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 on: September 03, 2017, 07:03:17 PM 
Started by Travis Morse - Last post by WK
Travis,  Happy to hear you are about ready on one of your projects.  I have not been on the forum for a while and was having trouble logging in!  Finally had to the moderator cancel and re-establish my account.  I have seen a Whitney Kennedy or two with hand made or remade main springs.  Others apparently also tried making them with a rounded polished end on the spring and from what I have seen they do work.  They don't function as well as the roller end, but will fill the bill if necessary.  Good luck with the project!

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 on: September 03, 2017, 05:57:48 PM 
Started by Travis Morse - Last post by Travis Morse
Quiet is ok if you are out hunting.  Spent the day fiddling with my Whitney, number 2867.  In my purchase of two partially parted out rifles one of them had it's hammer messed with.  Thankfully I've acquired one without buggering just a broken tip which allowed me to get the angles right again as best as my eyes allowed.  My new-made trigger got a case hardening today and is breaking around 6 or 7 pounds so that's nice.  Carrier block and clamp are working as they should just need a magazine follower now.  Ordered one from numrich with a new spring (Marlin 1889) but Numrich forgot the follower so I'll have to check with them Tuesday.  I ordered 100 rounds Winchester lead flat nose that should be here Wednesday for a test fire.  I spent a several hours carefully polishing my new made carrier and clamp and the rifle is getting pretty smooth.  Smoother than my model 71 and surely less effort to cycle it.  I think I spent half the day however on just the mainspring.  I used a Whitney rolling block mainspring from Dixie gun parts.  I had to round that semi-circle tip and today I had to make it even rounder and a tad shorter as well as thin the overall spring going slow to not heat it up.  Eventually it began to work fine and even  though I'd prefer an original with roller, the rolling block with mirror polish and red axle grease makes a pretty smooth substitute.  Anyhow, when that follower gets here I'll be test firing it. 

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