09 April 2018
Duke, when you do get it rebarreled, I’m the guy that wants the old barrel. I have a purpose if it’s internally in good shape! If it becomes avail..........
unless you line it of course. Ed will likely name John Taylor as the gunsmith.
i have a custom neck throater that gets used to open the neck to 8mm, maintaining it as a 32-20 yet it loads as fixed Ammo with any 8mm proper bullet at .323-.326 diameter.
id b happy to share the drawing that PTG ground from for the endeavor. It will improve the neck dimensions too and give a new throat. Basically a new chamber where it counts. Still uses 32-20 brass.
cost for the reamer is only about 70.00.
its throat is set to use the rcbs cadet bullet with heel shank opened to groove diameter. So it acts as a grease groove inside lubed bullet. You can load any 120 gr design (or heavier as twist permits) 8mm bullet as long as the throat is opened further. I like the bunny gun and the short round nose the rcbs bullet presents, for me it’s a perfect bullet.
you can always throat it with a generic 8mm throater afterwards to lengthen the throat for longer heavier bullets.
i also have a wildcat being ground by Manson that is a 38 special opened to 8mm proper, can be used for 357 mag and max based brass as well, it has a name and I won’t give up the print on that one yet (premature). Should have the new reamer in about 4 more weeks, anxious.
All the options above use your existing barrel, simply chamber mods.
Keeps the gun in factory form (military wood, etc) yet gives you a fresh chamber with proper fitting bullets in cases that are readily avail and for use with dies also readily avail, albeit a mixture of dies from all sorts of th8ngs, but they are standard cheap dies, not customs.