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 on: December 27, 2017, 12:13:52 PM 
Started by Kidperry - Last post by Rich N
 Welcome to the forum Kidperry. Parts for the Whitney Kennedy are a bit tough to come by, but they can be had with a little bit of patience. Searching ebay and Gunbroker, along with checking with Dixie Gun Works are probably your best bets for parts.

 on: December 22, 2017, 09:07:50 PM 
Started by Kidperry - Last post by Kidperry
I bought a whitney kennedy loop rifle seriel s7**  barrel length 28 round not sure of caliberit is missing some screws and the piece that covers hole where you load it. Condition is rough, has a couple broken pieces on stock and missing wood forearm grip. Buttplate is in good condition with complete opening door.
I would post a picture but not sure how. Message me if interested and i can text or email pix to you!

Thanks for letting me on this forum!

 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. 

 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.

 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.

 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. 

 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.

 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!


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

 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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