Joined: 27 Feb 2007
|Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:24 am Post subject: Ring the Bells! (Barrels)
|Many old timers know that to determine the condition of your ribs on your double tuber, you should rap them. Here is how that feat is accomplished:
Cradle the back barrel lug over your index finger, then rap the lower portion of the barrel with your other hands knuckles , or a rubber mallet. Once rapped, you should hear a good clear bell note or ring. If on the other hand the barrels should make a "thud" or "dead" sound, you may need to have the ribs reattached.
If when you move your barrels back and forth like a "see-saw", and hear something rolling around, it may be a small piece of grit, or a fragment of brazing. This is usually of no concern.
Warning: LeFever barrels were brazed from the factory I believe. Soldering is one approach to a repair. If however, you decided to re-blue your barrels, "hot dipping" them will likely damage the brazing and/or Silver solder , and loosen the ribs." Rust bluing", is the preferred and proper method of refinishing a set of Lefever barrels. The "Rust" process is also used on Damascus barrels.
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