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Do Ballards really add 10 years to your life?
Feb 23rd, 2019 at 7:27pm
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I heard this in a recent post!  If it's true, and each Ballard adds ten years there's a few on here that will live for a couple centuries...  Grin Grin  At the rate I'm going I should make it past the century mark as long as the proverbial "beer" truck doesn't run me over.  Wink 
Added a couple pictures, the Ballard at the bottom of the  picture is most current project.  It was and is going to remain a 22, picked it up - action only- needing springs and all the screws - made some progress today.  Sights are undecided yet but I started another front like the WR discussed recently.  The barrel is an new experiment for me, rather than the norm, lining an old barrel with 22, I turned one to fit inside a Damascus barrel off a 12 gage.  Got the inside coated with Shellac and when it cures out I'll see how the Damascus "pops".  Wood is coming but it's a ways out.
  

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Reply #1 - Feb 23rd, 2019 at 7:44pm
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That is a cool idea on the Damascus barrel. Love your projects.
  
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Reply #2 - Feb 23rd, 2019 at 7:57pm
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The Ballard might add Ten but a Steven's a Hi Wall and a Borchardt will add Twenty or more. 
Nice projects and thanks for sharing?
  

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Reply #3 - Feb 23rd, 2019 at 8:12pm
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Ballards may add ten years, Borchardt may or may not add twenty, but a Winchester will keep you young forever. Wink

I sure hope that barrel comes out the way you plan. Can't wait to see this one!
  

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Reply #4 - Feb 23rd, 2019 at 10:57pm
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Has anyone seen what appears to be metal nose caps on those Ballard's?
My Ballard has cost me ten years. Third barrel, two homemade, BRC. 38-35, 32-40. All do about 1 1/2" at 100 yards.
Will keep at it. Other rifles do better.
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Reply #5 - Feb 24th, 2019 at 1:55am
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Chuck,
The ones with metal caps are both Merwin and Bray Ballards - manual extractors too.  One I lined to a 22rf and made an extractor to fit, shoots fairly well - they all come at a cost  Grin 
They all have a unique feel, I like Ballards, but I have a soft spot for Winchesters, but then there's a Hepburn, and the list keeps going... 
  

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Reply #6 - Feb 24th, 2019 at 7:37am
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That is my struggle I like them all. I donít know about adding years to your life but definitely add interest to your years, which is just as good.
  
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Reply #7 - Feb 24th, 2019 at 9:51am
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Thanks, Greg. Had not noticed the metal nose caps before. Learned something.
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Reply #8 - Feb 24th, 2019 at 10:38am
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Since I'm now good for another 100 years, I'll have to change my will.
  
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Reply #9 - Feb 24th, 2019 at 3:46pm
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Yes....everything I am today, I owe to Ballard Rifles;
  
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Reply #10 - Feb 24th, 2019 at 5:10pm
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"Yes....everything I am today, I owe to Ballard Rifles;"

Got a chuckle out of that.

Couldn't come up with a tub that didn't require a lot of solution, a walk around Homodepot a thought came to me... a quick solution tub...
Here's  results...
  

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Reply #11 - Feb 24th, 2019 at 6:02pm
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Now, that barrel is going to get some comments. Bravo!
(Can't you hear them now, saying, ' step away, those old damascus tubes always blow up?.) I'd love to watch it go down.
  

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Reply #12 - Feb 24th, 2019 at 6:32pm
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I use PVC pipe also for soaking barrels, or applying solution to barrels. I like the idea of more PVC as a stand under the PVC tube. Have to add that to mine.

Almost all pre-Marlin Ballard rifles had metal forearm caps, unless they were a carbine or military stock.
  

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Reply #13 - Feb 24th, 2019 at 7:58pm
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calledflyer wrote on Feb 24th, 2019 at 6:02pm:
Now, that barrel is going to get some comments. Bravo!
(Can't you hear them now, saying, ' step away, those old damascus tubes always blow up?.) I'd love to watch it go down.


That was the first thing Amoretti said when I told him my idea! Grin
  

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Reply #14 - Feb 24th, 2019 at 8:11pm
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I've listened at the range- I know all the railbird wisdom.
  

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