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Career completed!

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Tinbum, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. Tinbum

    Tinbum Delusions of adequacy

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    Further to the work in progress Career 707 thread, I think I've finished! For now.........:)

    I bought it cheap as an early mk2 with severe low power problems last week. It was running at 3fpe with a very stiff graunchy lever action, it is now at 11.5fpe, very consistent, unknown shot count, but very high! And it cocks with an effortless, silent, smooth action.

    Work done:

    Exhaust valve spring reduced in length
    Hammer spring reduced in length
    Steel hammer replaced with custom delrin hammer
    Factory 1mm transfer port replaced with custom 3.2mm transfer port
    Under Lever drilled and fitted with nylon bearings for axis pin
    Lever upper parts shaped and smoothed for quieter, movement free operation
    Pellet shuttle action reshaped and polished for smoother operation
    Receiver block ground, filed and polished on all contact faces
    Scope rail and fast fill removed and sling fitted

    It really is a different gun altogether now. Before it was a 100fpe super gun with the heavy springs, hammers etc needed to achieve this strangled with a tiny TP, now its a ground up 12fpe rifle. There's no provision for fitting a moderator, but it uses such a tiny puff of wind its not at all loud and reminds me of my Parker Hale Dragon.

    Cost of parts is somewhere in the region of £1.32, but I must have spent over 20 hours on it trying different configurations. Still, its all been worth it and its a bargain to me!:D
     
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    Beautiful!
     
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    Good on ya, Nick!

    These are my guilty pleasure (know they're a Marmite gun, but I've always liked 'em), and I'm glad to see this one up and running. Was curious to see how it played out.

    Helluva lot of work to get it to the sub 12fpe mark though, think this would be well beyond my remit...

    Great job though, that's a real custom rifle. :up:
     
  4. Tinbum

    Tinbum Delusions of adequacy

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    I could have had it "working" sub 12 within a couple of hours. The trick was making it good, possibly great. A bit more internal polishing and a confirmation of the shot count could achieve this.
     
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    The original ugly stick, but i like them myself.
     
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    That is lovely work there. Nice one.
     
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    Looks great , fantastic job ,I know nothing about these but for I think I read they can be very powerful I think .
    I always from being a kid watching John Wayne loved the leaver action if that's what it's called .
    My girls have fun with an old daisy 99 leaves action too.
    I for one wish I had your skill and knowledge with such things.
    Brilliant
     
  8. The Robin

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    Great work there and it's stunning :up:
     
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    Nicely done and well worth the effort.
     
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    Brings back memories, I bought one brand new when they first arrived on our shores, well in fact it was the .22 carbine.

    I never kept a gun as short of a time, I bought it on the Friday drove up to the estate my dad was keepering on at the time to shoot some crows with a mate, he took his Mk1 rapid, after the weekend was over I traded it in on the Monday.

    Looking back I should have given it more of a chance but the webley axsor that replaced it did not disappoint as I more or less cleared the rookery the following week, doing everything the Rapid did.

    But I remember being told these Career guns were in fact designed to shoot pest monkeys, so they probably shine far more on Ticket, I would love to try a 70-80 ft/ibs version.

    But you sound to have it running really sweetly at 11.5 just ticking over, but what is the power curve like as mine was terrible on the carbine, I should imagine the full length gun has a far longer curve and wave of usuable shots, also what pellets do you rate through it?
     
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  11. Tinbum

    Tinbum Delusions of adequacy

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    Lol. I was given one to try by a gun shop in Sittingbourne when they first came in mid/late 90's. Its stock was even more orange than this one, the scope alignment was atrocious and its accuracy was utter pants! I hated the "comedy" magazine that throws all your pellets into the long grass and my report was pretty poor. (This was before I owned a chrono or fully understood the importance of a PX scope.)

    In its standard guise its horribly inefficient. It's trying to squeeze 80ft/lb worth of air through a 1mm hole, so it's never going to give good consistency, and the wasted air makes the curve look more like The Matterhorn. I'm taking it to the club Sunday, so I hope to get some concrete answers before I get bored of it.
     
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    Now that's what it's all about :up:
    Good job well done :)
     

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