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Re: Maynard 1873 Model #8 2 barrel set w/ box
Reply #30 - Mar 1st, 2019 at 1:00pm
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Haven't received the thick rim adaptors yet to fit the 20 gauge Magtech brass cases to the chamber, plus I'm also waiting for some 17 and 18 gauge Circle Fly wads to load in these thin wall brass shotshell cases.  I will likely start out with a light charge of smokeless powder over the primer (as a "kicker / cleaner" to help keep the brass and bore cleaner) and then load the balance with black powder under about 3/4 oz of shot.  (Probably about 60 grains of BP to start and work up?)  I have lots of options for the "kicker" charge including Green Dot, Unique, and Herco, which I think are in the right burning range for the job, but again I'm not trying enhance performance at all I'm just trying to keep things a bit cleaner.  If things go well I'll increase the shot charge to 13/16 oz and then 7/8 oz.
I'll keep you posted as things progress ...
(Also in the process of buying a proper size and weight of bullet mould for the .35-30 barrel.)
  

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Re: Maynard 1873 Model #8 2 barrel set w/ box
Reply #31 - Mar 12th, 2019 at 2:28pm
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Things are slowly coming together.  Received the brass adaptor rings for the .64 smoothbore (will be fitted to 20 gauge Magtech brass hulls), some more for my .40-60 and .40-70 Maynards, and some for the .35-30's.  Also received the Ideal #36275 160 grain bullet mould for the .35-30.  Just need the 17 and 18 gauge Circle Fly wads for the .64 SB hulls and some time to put all of this stuff to use!  (We have family out visiting from Manitoba that are staying with us and they don't leave until the 19th.)
Our weather out here has been terrible this year with a couple of dumps of very non-typical Victoria snow which thank goodness has now melted off in town, but we still have a foot or more of snow on the ground up at our local range.  I'm hoping by the time our visitors fly back home the conditions will have improved enough to finally get these Maynards up to the range and fire some test loads.

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Reply #32 - Mar 13th, 2019 at 3:18pm
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That's ridiculos cool!
  
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Reply #33 - Apr 13th, 2019 at 9:39am
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I keep coming back for another look!
The wood that was used in this buttstock is particularly nice.

By the way....I've noted that some 1873s have stocks with a comb raised above the upper tang and others have no raised comb like this example. I wonder why, and what was the reasoning behind that....? I don't have a no-comb version to compare drop dimensions between the two.
  
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Re: Maynard 1873 Model #8 2 barrel set w/ box
Reply #34 - Apr 13th, 2019 at 1:45pm
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Just a guess about the comb height. The straight comb may have been designated when the gun was shipped with a shotgun barrel, so that the user could get their line of sight down on the bead?
  
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Reply #35 - Apr 14th, 2019 at 6:16am
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The ones with no comb used left over military carbine stocks. In about May 1875 the stock with the comb was introduced. It was merely the carbine stock shortened about an inch on the front and reshaped. This can be seen easily as the screw holes from when they were carbine stocks are still present.
  
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Re: Maynard 1873 Model #8 2 barrel set w/ box
Reply #36 - Apr 14th, 2019 at 9:38am
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Deadeye Bly wrote on Apr 14th, 2019 at 6:16am:
The ones with no comb used left over military carbine stocks. In about May 1875 the stock with the comb was introduced. It was merely the carbine stock shortened about an inch on the front and reshaped. This can be seen easily as the screw holes from when they were carbine stocks are still present.


Thank you, John!
So a standard "no comb" carbine stock would have a LOP of ~14 7/8" as opposed to the later, shortened "comb" stocks with a LOP of ~13 7/8"? That extra inch would personally serve me better.

I pulled off my "comb" stock....and there are the extra holes hidden under the tangs! At some time in the past I recall wondering about those extra holes....but blew it off. Thanks again for solving that mystery.
  
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Re: Maynard 1873 Model #8 2 barrel set w/ box
Reply #37 - Apr 14th, 2019 at 4:22pm
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When they made the change in the stocks the upper tang was straightened more or less parallel with the lower tang. The difference in the stocks is striking enough that it is hard to believe that's what they did but the extra holes are the tell tale truth.

The pistol grip stocks were new made and they are interesting in themselves as the lower tang  goes entirely through the pistol grip. This was accomplished by gluing an insert in place that is the width of the tang and shaping it with the stock. Many times this is hard to distinguish as the workmasnship was so good.
  
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