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Re: Varment rifle

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Billy NY

02-09-2013 07:05:27

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Lou, I obtained a complete, but kind of a basket case 783, not sure what the heck happened, gunked up, some spots of rust, would not feed or eject, mag tube was a bit sticky, first round of repairs was cleaning, barrel swage, then a new feedthroat, and ejector. Cleaned and oiled, action was now smooth, barrel swage did not seem to have much to do, maybe something was off, round does chamber just fine. At this point it still would not feed correctly, jams up, so I waited until Numrich Arms (Gun Parts Corp.) had the cartridge lifter spring in stock, I just recently got those parts, but have yet to install, might do it today, being so windy and cold, nice cozy table near my woodstove LOL !

I did not know much about the 783, particularly the micro-groove barrel, one of the guys whom used to work for us, used to deal in antiques on in his off hours, once in awhile he would have inexpensive firearms, he asked $60, said I'll check it out, told him what was wrong with it, he took $30 more off, I'm into it another $25 I suppose, but was really curious about opinions on them, anything else you like or dislike about the 783 ?

It seems this ought to do the trick, I have federal, HP, SP and a box of Remington SP to try in it, have no idea what shoots best out of these, still say its a nice little plinker, .22wmr is not cost prohibitive IMHO :)

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LOU from Wi.

02-09-2013 12:30:35

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 Re: Varment rifle in reply to Billy NY, 02-09-2013 07:05:27  
Billy NY,
I've have no complaints about the one we own,as it was bought new. As for ammunition, this one seems to like the Federal plated ammunition. It's been known to take a deer sort of out of season,but that was a long time ago, statute of limitation done As far as the best ammunition goes, every gun we have has preferences,as I'm sure you know.
According to what we've read the micro groove barrel was bored out to the size, then the rifling was cut in individually, unlike most of todays, where the rifling is usually cut all at once. Seems to me doing it one at a time would keep the barrel cooler and thus allow for a better accuracy rate, but that is just my opinion.

Never had this one jam up on us or any other problems that come to mind. It is always cleaned and oiled after every time we shoot it and when in storage is oiled about every 2-3 months for safety sake.Keeps the rust away and can keep an eye on the condition of it. Hope you get yours fixed, as they are fun to shoot. Hope my opinion helps,

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Billy NY

02-11-2013 08:45:48

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 Re: Varment rifle in reply to LOU from Wi., 02-09-2013 12:30:35  
Thanks Lou, been so darned occupied with things, still have not had a chance to spend some time on it, likely this week, I'll bet it will turn out fine, I kinda like fixing/repairing basket case firearms, and or working on them in general.

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