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Reply #60 - May 1st, 2021 at 1:21pm
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marlinguy wrote on May 1st, 2021 at 11:54am:
Except for the twist rate B sounds like a Green Mountain barrel #3.5 weight. But the GM barrel I see is a 1:12" twist, which I'd prefer over 1:14" twist.

W381236-3.5X 35Ē .38-55 Cal #3.5 Profile Honed Tapered Octagon BPCR.

I'd even prefer a #4 weight myself, but I see they're out of stock.


'b' is a Green Mountain barrel, it's the only 38-55 the Canadian distributor has in stock.

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Reply #61 - May 1st, 2021 at 1:23pm
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JLouis wrote on May 1st, 2021 at 12:28pm:
It sounds like you are having to compromise. When you can get a blank profiled exactly the way that you want it from CPA. The last one I ordered for myself was a profiled and polished 28 inch 1/2 octagon to round #3 Douglas and the price was very fair.†
As is the cost for just an unturned blank.


JL , who is CPA? Where are they located?

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Reply #62 - May 1st, 2021 at 1:43pm
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Retreever wrote on May 1st, 2021 at 1:23pm:
.......... who is CPA? Where are they located?
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CPA Rifles is located in Dingman's Ferry, PA in the Delaware Water Gap area north of Philadelphia and west of NYC along the PA/NJ border.
Paul Shuttleworth started CPA in the last century (1990ish) in the Blue Bell, PA area, which is a suburb north of Philadelphia. While Paul still works in the shop, his daughter, Gail, pretty much runs the show these days and does an excellent job of it. Great people to work with and their modern Stevens 44 1/2 is an excellent product (says the guy who owns one with three barrels).
In addition, CPA offers excellent wood for most all our single-shot rifles and performs repair work and offers spare part for many single-shot Stevens models as well as modern barrels for other actions. Google CPA Rifles for their website.
  

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Reply #63 - May 1st, 2021 at 2:09pm
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Here is the link to the CPA Web site and Gail Schuttleworth is the owner and a real nice Lady. Her contact information is also located there.

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Reply #64 - May 1st, 2021 at 2:32pm
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Retreever thier profiled and polished barrels are so nice that I decided not to even blue my own as shown below. So much so I had to be real careful while doing all of my own machine work to the blank. So I just wrapped it to keep it protected and when done I didn't even have to touch it up when completed so I just decided to leave it unblued. The picture doesn't really show just how nice the barrel actually is. It is basically bead blasted after polishing and thus leaving a real smooth and very nice mat finish to it that is actually ready to be rust blued.   

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Reply #65 - May 1st, 2021 at 2:42pm
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I have several 38-55ís in various actions. The fastest twist is 1:14 which handles 370 gr slugs with no issues out to 500M.  Most of the others are 1:15 twist, which seems common for this caliber, and those barrels will also shoot these heavy projectiles with no difficulties.   
The drawback I have experienced is in heavy wind or where the backstop doesnít permit good spotting.  I donít have opportunities to shoot past 600 yards so I donít concern myself with the longer distances.
My wife was consistently knocking over rams at 500M using a Uberti HW in 38-55 with 350 gr slugs. It has a 1:15 twist. 
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Reply #66 - May 1st, 2021 at 3:43pm
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I like the 38-55. Have used it a lot but other than black powder schuetzen I don't have much use for it.
  

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Reply #67 - May 2nd, 2021 at 6:23am
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JLouis wrote on May 1st, 2021 at 2:09pm:
Here is the link to the CPA Web site and Gail Schuttleworth is the owner and a real nice Lady. Her contact information is also located there.

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Hi JL, CPA being in the US is a problem , US Export regulations adds significantly to the cost for us Canadians that's why I am looking closer to home.

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Reply #68 - May 2nd, 2021 at 11:24am
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Retreever I did not realize you were out of the country. You might want to try contacting Ron Smith who is also in your Country. But his RKS gain twist cut rifled barrels are abit expensive but you do get exactly what you want. 


  

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Reply #69 - May 2nd, 2021 at 1:38pm
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JLouis wrote on May 2nd, 2021 at 11:24am:
Retreever I did not realize you were out of the country. You might want to try contacting Ron Smith who is also in your Country. But his RKS gain twist cut rifled barrels are abit expensive but you do get exactly what you want. 




I'm also in Canada and bought a barrel from Ron and he said he wasn't interested in doing the octagonal profiling.   

It's difficult enough up here to get good gun smithing that the last RKS barrel I bought came from Gail at CPA.  It's a beautiful gain twist barrel and they machined it to a #4 Winchester profile.  The quality of the work is excellent.  I think I could blue it with no polishing whatsoever.

One of these days it's going to go onto a Meacham 1885 action that I have ready to go.

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Reply #70 - May 2nd, 2021 at 1:47pm
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Chris how hard and expensive was it for CPA to ship into your Country and for it to finally get to you.
  

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Reply #71 - May 2nd, 2021 at 2:21pm
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JLouis wrote on May 2nd, 2021 at 1:47pm:
Chris how hard and expensive was it for CPA to ship into your Country and for it to finally get to you.


It wasn't cheap, I think a little over twice the price of the barrel blank directly from Ron, but I knew the profiling work would be done properly, and RKS 32 cal gain twist barrels can be hard to get so when I it listed on CPA's site I ordered it. 

I had to pay for an FFL to handle the import/export.  I used Prophet River Firearms in Alberta to deal with the paperwork.  I think it was $50 + shipping if I recall. 

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Re: Talk to me about 38-55 Single Shot
Reply #72 - May 2nd, 2021 at 2:27pm
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I just had a look at the CPA web site.   RKS gain twist barrel blank $475.  ( for half the price you can get a different brand ).   Contour to octagon + polish $270.

So that's pretty much what I paid, plus the shipping and $50 paperwork.

I've got to get the barrel fit to the action and chambered yet.   
I've only owned one other RKS barrel on a .32-40 and it was probably my most accurate cast bullet rifle I've owned, but I sold it as it was a Ruger #1 and I want to focus on traditional style rifles.  Interestingly that barrel had 8 lands. 

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Reply #73 - May 2nd, 2021 at 4:19pm
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Many RKS barrels are 8 groove. Gramps started doing only 6 groove barrels after he turned about 75.  When he asks me how my barrel is shooting, I tell him it shoots perty good for a barrel with two grooves missing.
  

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Reply #74 - May 2nd, 2021 at 4:24pm
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My 28 inch Douglas pre-profiled and polished half round to octagon was under 400.00 and the full octagon is indeed abit more.
  

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