Mick Dawes Special No 14

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  1. Mr H.

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    Well work has now started on re-furbishing MDS No 14 - the rusty one which was purchased a few days after No 18.
    I've had all the metalwork pickled to remove the blueing and any rust. 3 solid hours this afternoon carefully removing the rust pits just from the outside of the 2 piece cylinder.
    Photo's to follow

    Mark H.
     
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    The photo's of the rusty bits of No 14 from earlier this year.
    No 14 Breech.jpg 3 slot and 5 slot .jpg
     
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    Ohhh, that sounds like..... erm, fun?
     
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    Felt great when I had finished but going from 180 wet and dry up to 1200 grit was mind numbingly tedious. To make matters worse - all I have done is the main cylinder.
     
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    Well, everybody needs a hobby.
     
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    My own fault for taking early retirement back in June- lol

    Muzzle brake de-rusted ready for polishing up for blacking tank.
     
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    Ok, so can anyone explain to me why, when I scrubbed the barrel out to within a mm of its life, it only decided to release loads of crud from the grooves only after being put in the pickling tank. The bore looked shiny and smooth this morning, with no dirt left on the pull through.

    Mark
     
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    Breech and barrel de-rusted / pickled next to the almost finished cylinder.
     
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    Cylinder looks superb.

    Just imagine how good the whole gun will look once it is finished.
     
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    Cheers,

    I decided this morning it was time to start the restoration. But, I wanted to be hands on restoring this one.

    The amount of work needed to restore this MDS - well it wasn't fair to ask Shaun to help with the cleaning up. He did an absolutely amazing job on Number 18.
    Also if I make a mistake well that's entirely my fault.

    But truth be known I will need Shaun to do quite a bit of work later on to remake some parts and get it set up right and of course Jon Harris to do another amazing scope rail for this one.

    The scope rail Jon did for No 18 was 110% and hasn't faltered at all since putting it on the gun the weekend of the European championships .
     
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    How is the inside of the barrel for rust ?
     
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    Well that’s the key question. The acid took the last of the crud from in the grooves, hopefully the huge amount of dust and lead, that I originally removed from the barrel has protected it, fingers crossed. I may melt a lead slug in the breech end and Rod it as far as the choke - then rod back. It should give me some idea.
    The breech block has to come off anyway to polish the outside of the barrel.
     
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    Ok, so I took the cylinder to Shaun at ISP last Tuesday and the cylinder is no where near good enough yet. Looks like being a long restoration.
     
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    Criminal that such a classic rifle gets in such a state in the first place.
    Great job on the restoration.
     
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    He is a man with very high standards. :D
     
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    Interested in these unusual rifles Mr .H

    The whole rifle looks like a bespoke build .

    Would like to see as many pics as you can manage . While you have it to bits

    Especially of the workings
     
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    If you only use Felts Mark that will not do it on there own . 4 by 2 patches , with a good conger trace pull through . soaked in Hoppes No 9 will . never let any get in the transfer port though . wicked de greaser .??? HOLLY
     
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    Will have to try that in the future - could be just what’s needed. Cheers
     
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    That's fine - but - can I ask why?
    There are a load more photo's of Mick Dawes Specials on the facebook page "Black Country Custom Air-rifles" where I am a moderator. Also on the post on here MDS No18. in Airgun chat

    Bespoke - The Original MDS's were handmade back in the early to mid 1980's and quite advanced for the time, most companies - not being able to compete with the ideas simply copied them. Yes - quite flattering but no recognition to the designer or financial benefit.

    You tended to find them more so with local shooters in the Midlands as at that time Stourvale and Black Country Marksmen were consistently in the top 10 UK FT clubs.
     
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    Thanks Mr .H

    Curious about these. Handmade specials .

    I'll check the other thread .
    I don't do Facebook .

    What features ,would you say ,set them apart from the competition in the day ? And we're duly copied ?
     

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