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  1. The Box O' Truth Articles
    I had a couple of friends ask me how we bedded the rifle stocks on the M44 Mosin rifles I posted about. So I took a few pictures of how it was done today as I bedded a couple of rifles I needed to do. Bedding the action on these old rifles will usually tighten-up the grouping. The original...
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    Some of you may remember that I have an old 1917 Enfield that is a really nice example. Here it is. It is a really nice example on the outside and even has Elmer Keith's cartouche on the stock, indicating that he once inspected it at Ogden Arsenal. But as nice as it is on the outside, the...
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    I got a note from my friend UH_SALT_RIFLE (Pronounced "Assault Rifle") from AR15.com, that said: "I want to donate something to you and your wonderful Box-O-Truth and information posts. I consider it an experiment and a challenge for you. All I ask is that you do one of your cool threads with...
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    Some of you may have been following the adventure of rebuilding with my friend UH_SALT_RIFLE's (pronounced Assault Rifle) Enfield. It shot "Okay", but I thought we could make it shoot better. Here's what we did. I started by drifting the front sight to the right a little to get the point of...
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    When Thunder Ranch was located in Texas, I attended Defensive Handgun I, Defensive Handgun II, and Urban Rifle classes there over the years. I was hoping to be able to attend a Defensive Shotgun class, but they moved to Oregon before I could schedule the class. I was surely disappointed. Some...
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    "The M-1 Rifle is the greatest battle implement ever devised." Those words sum up the opinion of General George Patton regarding the M-1 Garand rifle. Many will agree with him, at least up until that point in history. The M-1 Garand rifle was developed by John C, Garand in 1936 to replace the...
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    During WWII, it was recognized that many rear area troops, and even front line troops with jobs that required them to carry other equipment, did not need or want to carry the heavy M-1 Garand battle rifle. The M-1 Garand weighed around 10 pounds and was large and somewhat cumbersome for use from...
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    I have long admired the Springfield 1903-A3 rifle. I looked for an example to add to my collection for many years. I saw a lot of good examples, but I wanted a really nice one. Then one year at the Big Houston Gun Show, I finally found the one I wanted and it was at a great price. I snatched...
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    Recently, my friend Boyd asked me, "Do you think the guys would be interested in seeing my Johnson rifle?" I said, "I'm sure they would. I sure know that I'd like to shoot it." So, he met me at the range with his rifle. Here it is. The Johnson rifle was designed by Melvin Johnson and...
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    The M-1917 Enfield, also called The American Enfield, is a great firearm. In 1914, the British wanted more battle rifles in a very bad way. They had designed a fine rifle called the Pattern 1914 Enfield, caliber .303 British, but needed foreign contractors to build it for them. They contracted...
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    The Mauser rifle company started making bolt action rifles in the 1870s. We will not cover all the long and detailed history of the evolution of the 1898 Mauser, but will start our story there. In 1898, the German Army ordered rifles from Mauser that improved on many older designs. It had...
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    Tman called me and told me that Centerfire Systems had an advertisement where we could buy 5 M44 rifles for $39.95 each. He said the ad said they were "battlefield pick-ups", had never been arsenal restored, and were sold in "as is" condition. I said, "Well, sounds like a great project to me!"...
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    I sure enjoy shooting my C&R rifles, especially with the cheap military surplus ammo. But some of this ammo is over 60 years old and the primers can be "hard". We were experiencing a lot of hang-fires and a lot of no-fires. I begin to wonder if the old firing pin springs in the Lee Enfields and...
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    I enjoy shooting the Mosin Nagant rifles I own, but wanted an example of one with the Hexagonal Receiver. These rifles are the older rifles, and in later versions, the Rooskies decided to cut costs by just making the receivers round. I don't know if there is really much difference in quality...
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    Last week we were shooting some C&R weapons. I was shooting my old Lithgow SMLE. Here's a picture of it from a couple of years ago. As you can see, the wood didn't match too well, but the metal was sound and it shot well. I fired a few magazines full and laid it on the bench. Tman said...
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    I recently saw that the BATF had clarified that they considered the TT-33 pistol to be C&R qualified. I was excited, as I had always wanted one and now had a chance to have the Brown Truck O' Happiness deliver one right to my door. I ordered one from AIM, as their pistols were advertised as...
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    My buddy Tman and I recently saw an ad where they were offering 91/30 Mosins for $49.95. How could we pass up a deal like that? So, we both ordered two of them and waited for the Brown Truck O' Happiness to arrive. When they got here, they were pretty nice. One of mine was a light orange...
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    I recently bought a Mauser 24/47 from Classic Arms. I got it from the Brown Truck O' Happiness and, like a kid on Christmas morning, could hardly wait to tear open the box. It was just as I expected... Completely covered in Cosmoline. But it looked like there might be a nice rifle under al...
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    Okay, a range report on my refinished 24/47 Mauser. Went to the range today to see how she shot. I was very pleased. First, I thought I'd show any of you that might not be familiar with stripper clips, how they work. Ammo was often loaded into stripper clips in WWI and WWII. In the case of...
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    I have been interested in Mausers lately. Got a couple of them with my C&R and refinished them, enjoying the whole thing. I was interested in getting a Turkish Mauser and have been looking for a nice one. I was frustrated, as most of them are "rough". Those Turks didn't believe in babying a...
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