1885 Winchester...RF to CF...DONE!

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1885 Winchester...RF to CF...DONE!

#1 Post by rbertalotto » Wed May 03, 2017 10:49 am

I finally finished my "Bring It Back From The Dead" 1885 Winchester . Converted from RF to CF, relined barrel and a whole bunch of other fixes.

You can read all about it with tons of pictures on my web site

www.rvbprecision.com

Hope you like it!
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Re: 1885 Winchester...RF to CF...DONE!

#2 Post by claybob86 » Wed May 03, 2017 11:32 am

Great work! That's really nice! :mrgreen:
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Re: 1885 Winchester...RF to CF...DONE!

#3 Post by rbertalotto » Wed May 03, 2017 2:27 pm

Thanks!
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Re: 1885 Winchester...RF to CF...DONE!

#4 Post by Merle » Wed May 03, 2017 2:53 pm

NICE !!! :D How many hours do you think it took?
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Re: 1885 Winchester...RF to CF...DONE!

#5 Post by rbertalotto » Wed May 03, 2017 3:22 pm

Drilling the barrel at 1/8" at a time takes a few hours......I do not have a pressure oil feed on the lathe so..Cut..Clean..Lube...Cut..repeat...176 times!

Other than that making the new link took about an hour

Chambering...30 minutes

Setting the barrel...15 minutes

cutting the extractor slot....30 minutes

Crowning the barrel....10 minutes
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Re: 1885 Winchester...RF to CF...DONE!

#6 Post by Merle » Wed May 03, 2017 5:52 pm

rbertalotto wrote:
Wed May 03, 2017 3:22 pm
Drilling the barrel at 1/8" at a time takes a few hours......I do not have a pressure oil feed on the lathe so..Cut..Clean..Lube...Cut..repeat...176 times!

Other than that making the new link took about an hour

Chambering...30 minutes

Setting the barrel...15 minutes

cutting the extractor slot....30 minutes

Crowning the barrel....10 minutes

OK, thanks for the update!
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Re: 1885 Winchester...RF to CF...DONE!

#7 Post by Griff » Wed May 03, 2017 9:29 pm

Good job! Looks great, and must feel really good to bring this old gal back from the graveyard!
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Re: 1885 Winchester...RF to CF...DONE!

#8 Post by JerryB » Wed May 03, 2017 9:44 pm

You now have a beautiful old single shot in my favorite round***32WCF*** That must feel great to do that.
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Re: 1885 Winchester...RF to CF...DONE!

#9 Post by M. M. Wright » Wed May 03, 2017 11:00 pm

Aw man, what's not to like? I had one just like it for about an hour at the Wanamacher. Shoulda kept it. NOT. I do not need another project. But you did fine. I really like it.
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Re: 1885 Winchester...RF to CF...DONE!

#10 Post by Old No7 » Thu May 04, 2017 8:10 am

Wow, nicely done!!!

But after seeing that pile of chips... You have me rethinking my plans to drill out that old 22 roller of mine using a handheld drill... :shock:

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Re: 1885 Winchester...RF to CF...DONE!

#11 Post by Ben_Rumson » Thu May 04, 2017 1:35 pm

Wonderful article.. Great work! But where would we be without Loc Tite?
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Re: 1885 Winchester...RF to CF...DONE!

#12 Post by Merle » Thu May 04, 2017 1:44 pm

Old No7 wrote:
Thu May 04, 2017 8:10 am
Wow, nicely done!!!

But after seeing that pile of chips... You have me rethinking my plans to drill out that old 22 roller of mine using a handheld drill... :shock:

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I don't think my hand is steady enough for that job! :o
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Re: 1885 Winchester...RF to CF...DONE!

#13 Post by w30wcf » Fri May 05, 2017 5:41 am

Great work.....! resurrecting a vintage firearm back from the dead. :D
I will say that I would have preferred rechambering to .32 S&W Long which is closer to the original chambering.
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