I have a couple Whelens.

by Hoot @, Diversityville, Liberal-sota, Friday, May 19, 2017, 12:09 (90 days ago) @ rob

Both '98 Mausers. Wonderful cartridge. I can't imagine being without one. Jared's No. 1 or another like it would be welcome here as well.

Back to an earlier comment. The .358 STA was built on a Eddystone Model of 1917. Nicely done but, like all P14/M1917's, it's a heavy beastie. My only complaint is that it has a brake so, in addition to being heavy, it's obnoxious as well.

Funny story. I have contemplated removing the brake but wanted to try an experiment first to see the effectiveness of the brake. Fallout from an engineering project in the past left me with some high temp silicone rubber sheet. I cut a piece to fit around the barrel end to end and then fit a piece of a pop can cut to wrap around the rubber. all secured with cable ties. The thought was to shoot it as is and then install my cobbled up blocking and see if the brake made any real difference. Well, I did just that. But, when I touched off the rifle with the blocking in place, it blew the whole apparatus to flinders. We recovered a very small, very scorched bit of the rubber but nothing else. Good for a laugh even if it didn't answer the original question.


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