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1991 TX200SR Mk1 Resto

Discussion in 'Gun Gallery' started by cloverleaf, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. cloverleaf

    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    Some time before AGF became my home I spent a fair bit of time on the AAOC forum. During this time I acquired and restored (to the best of my ability and that of others) a very sadly neglected and abused Mk1 TX200SR.

    Unfortunately the original post has long since been lost in the great AAOC server catastrophe, so I thought I'd post a quick summary here incase anyone's interested :)

    This is by far the most "in depth" resto I've done on an air rifle; the simple reasons being that the gun is fairly rare, I couldn't stand to see it remain in that state and at the time I desparately wanted one. I'm relying largely on memory and the images to prompt me, so there was probably a fair bit more work carried out that I've since forgotten..


    Prior to my ownership the rifle had been owned by some teenage scrote who'd be using it for bunny bashing on a local farm. The action was rusty, the trigger and sledge poorly set, the stock dull and covered in many scrapes and bruises. Here it is pretty much as received (shot in the pre-white-background days!):

    Doesn't look too bad from a distance - at least it's (nearly) all there!

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    The wood was dry, open-pored and pretty featureless, although at least this bit wasn't too badly hammered:

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    The other side hadn't fared so well, with more dents, abrasions and ingrained muck:

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    The comp tube and barrel were a state:

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    Action removed from stock - note the unique chassis and trigger setup of the SR:

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    Lots of corrosion; in the usual and less usual places... note also the cutouts in the front to allow the action to slide within the stock, as well as the kinked cocking linkage to clear the front mount for the chassis:

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    Note also the thin square bearing patches used to separate the chassis and action, plus the years of accumulated sh*te on everything:

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    Stained and corroded compression tube:

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    The finish on the barrel had seen better days, too:

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    The reasonably elaborate trigger setup - the trigger cassette is almost the same as the standard gun; however the blade is replaced with an "idler" that's bourne on by the trigger blade which remains stationary with the sledge while the action moves rearward under recoil. It's crude, convoluted and a complete ballache to adjust, but when setup correctly is pretty bloody good (much lighter than the standard item). This was wasn't setup at all correctly, however..

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    Note also the blanking plate at the rear of the trigger guard, which has been mounted upside down and bent in the process..

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    Some more images without flash / lit by incident light, in an effort to illustrate what a poor state the wood was in:

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    Anyway.. time for bed now - will add another installment when I get the opportunity ;)
     
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  2. Jackroadkill

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    Come on, Cloverleaf - more, now!
     
  3. kt83

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    My SR doesn't have a kinked cocking link. It has straight bar that is off set to clear the slide, but it is a non standard rifle.
     
  4. cloverleaf

    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    Keep your hair on lad :p

    It was a bit of a spur of the moment thing after stumbling across the rifle in the cupboard last night.. I'd planned to get the post finished then but was rinsed and it was turning into a bit of an epic..


    That's interesting - would I be correct in thinking that yours is a prototype, or is a modified standard item?


    Right - moar as demanded!

    The action stripped down to its major component parts:

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    Original spring and guide (top) along with replacement item below (complete with excessively long and heavy weight).. the gun was running warm with the original (which was in great nick despite its age) and I can't remember whether I fitted the new one or cleaned up the original..

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    SR-dedicated trigger chassis.. the blade pivots in the guard mount and actuates the trigger proper with a single grub screw:

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    Compression tube and piston, complete with 20yr old grease and hardened piston seal. Note that the comp. tube has an enclosed pocket for the cocking shoe at its rear, compared to the cross-cut flat on later models. Both of these parts are standard TX:

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    Tigger blanking plates - original (and bent) plus replacement on the right:

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    Filthy trigger assy - note the cutout in the cylinder back block to facilitate the movement of the action in the stock, plus the cutout in the trigger housing to clear the chassis rail. As previously mentioned, most of the guts (sears, springs etc) are the same as the standard gun.

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    The same unit after a good clean - note the caphead bolt in the front of the assy, which is what the cocking linkage bears on at the end of its stroke to pull the action forward in the stock:

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    The trigger unit stripped, cleaned and polished - note the "pseudo blade" / transfer bar that sits where the blade proper would on the standard gun:

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    Given the horrible state of the action all the blued bit were sent to Mr. Malloy in Manchester for refinishing. While the quality of his work was generally very high, I did have to send one or two bits back as they were scratched.. it all turned out well in the end though :)

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    Any aficionado will tell you this gun isn't original; given the far superior finish to standard examples plus the inevitable softening of corners and detail.. given what he started with Colin did about as good a-job as could be expected though!

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    Polished comp tube with re-blued end plug, along with cleaned piston. I think I reached into my pocket and replaced the piston seal after this was taken :p

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    The trigger blade assembly in a bit more detail - blade polished:

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    Rough end of grub screw polished:

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    PTFE shims made and fitted to eliminate blade side-float in housing:

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    A few images of the trigger re-assembled and correctly set:

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    This is where things got somewhat murky.. I'd not noticed prior to the re-blue, but the crown on the barrel was shocking:

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    The crown was re-cut with a piloted hand reamer (not really recommended tbh, although this one turned out OK):

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    .....
     
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  5. cloverleaf

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    ...

    I also tidied the leade at the breech as it was wonky and corroded. In retrospect I'd probably have been better leaving it along as I've also increased the lost volume of the (already probably too large) transfer port by doing this.. ho hum.

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    Over the course of the action being re-assembled I'd also been going hard at the stock - steaming it to within an inch of its life in an effort to remove the dents and spending countless hours we-flatting to fill the dry, open grain and defects that couldn't be steamed out. The stock saw a hell of a lot of oil and took an age to dry to the point where it could be cut / buffed.

    Finally, some months later after having been properly setup then put in the cupboard and forgotten about, the finish was found to have hardened sufficiently to be buffed to a decent gloss.. the finished article, fitted with a roughly period-correct Tasco TR 6-24x40AO:

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    The RHS - not the numerous dark areas above and in front of the trigger, that bear testament to prior damage:

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    The LHS fared a bit better:

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    The butt came out nicely :)

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    The fore-end had a few scars too, but cleaned up nicely after many, many hours of work..

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    So there we go - it's not perfect, I've made a few mistakes and it probably owes me as much as a reasonably used example would cost. That said, it's been brought back from the dead and I'm always impressed when I pull it from its slip. Now that I can shoot competently from the right shoulder, I think it's probably time to get it up the club and stretch its legs :)
     
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    Lovely job...:up:
     
  7. Meteor62

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    Very nice.


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    Always nice to see a job well done.:up:

    Have you fired/tested it yet ?



    Steve.
     
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    Interesting stuff and detailed photos . :up:
     
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    i like it,looks a nice rifle to me :up:
     
  11. RICHGCOOP

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    Well done. And the best part is you did it yourself. Nice pictures.
     
  12. rich79

    rich79 Lovin the smell of cordite in the morning

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    I really really must get mine finished soon, started stripping the stock years ago but wife/kids etc stalled progress, lovely guns, AA should make another cut they ever make a Mk4 TX.
     
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    Superb work
     
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    I've enjoyed reading your thread, and looking at you pics, excellent restoration:up:
     
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    What can I say, excellent work and excellent pics :up:

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    CL my SR is a Ken Turner rifle fitted with a non standard sporter stock with roll over cheek piece. I bought it when I were young, reckless and had far too much money in the bank:D
     
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    Absolutely beautiful!!!! Very nice work cloverleaf!!!

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  18. lone wolf

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    What a great read and as ever fantastic pics and details!
    Looks top notch

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    WOW WOW AND WOW AGAIN!!!! :eek::eek:

    What a superb job- And write up! Your pics as ever are first class!!


    I'm not jealous, My normal colour is green!! :D:D:D:D:D:D



    John :)
     
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    Top job! Love your photography too.
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