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Webley Vulcan

Discussion in 'Gun Gallery' started by fzrandy, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. fzrandy

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    Hi All After many years using 22 rimfire and shotgun needed an air rifle for clearing some feral pigeons from a barn so picked up a tired Webley vulcan MK1 quite cheaply complete with scratched and peeling varnish on stock and rusty pitted action ..So stripped gun down completly and set about the stock with nitromors and fine wire wool was suprised how well it cleaned up so began to rub mahogony danish oil into it with a soft cloth everynight for nearly 2 weeks rubbing down with soft grade scothbrite between coats . With this underway began work on the action ... piston seal and breech washer all seemed fine unlike the spring which was bent and out of shape so all parts were polished and lubricated with dri-slide and SM50 a new ox mainspring (big Mistake)polished with scothbrite was fitted after quite a struggle to fit cross pin ... Next barrel was cut down to 12" and a weihrauch silencer was bored out to 14.30mm drilled and tapped to fit 4mm grub screw to fit onto barrel ... Thought about having action reblued but after pricing decided against (Cheapskate !) so primed and then sprayed with plastikote gloss black that i had in the shed results were suprisingly good ..With gun back together and 3-9x40 scope fitted time to test fire ....Doh! huge recoil and very harsh and trigger pull very heavy and went on and on and on ...Pulled spring out and cut off 4 coils heating the end over cooker burner until cherry red and bashing on back door step until flat then ground of sharp edges trigger sear was then ground down about 2mm .. back together again and much nicer to shoot but only doing 8.5ft/lb ... back apart again (can do with eyes shut by now) and added a brass piston weight /top hat and got 11.2ft/lb using superdomes and trigger pull was 100 times better bashed and dropped gun to make sure would not accidently fire but everything was fine.... After around half tin of pellets gun has settled nicely and has been very accurate accounting for pigeons and squirells just need to get a bunny now ! last job was to cut piece of 3/4" foam and put under realtree stock cover to make suitable for me to fire (left hander) and thats about it nice rifle for not much money and great fun to shoot ... forgot how much fun air rifles are so much so that got a FAC HW80 as well but thats another story Thanks for reading and check out the pic hope you like it ....Andy
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    Nice rifle mate . love the finish:)
     
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    very nice my friend
     
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    looks good mate i love the camo
     
  5. simply james

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    i nearly bought another one of these tonight,ive had 3 in the past lovely guns
     
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    My first ever airgun. Loved it but kept having to tighten the stock up at least once a week. Very fond memories of my vulcan! Love the job you have done.:up:
     
  7. fzrandy

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    Many thanks for the replys ... Glad you like it !Very good gun light and accurate and fun to shoot
     
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    andy- you did a smashing job of refurbishing a great old british gun, it looks fantastic well done mate;)


    john:)
     
  9. i8allthepies

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    Lovely rifle, but why camo on the stock:confused:
    When you're firing, one side of the stock is covered by your cheek/face, and the other by your forearm ( or do you shoot different from me? ):)
     
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    See your point there ! just used that so i can put piece of 1/2" to 3/4" foam underneath to act like the cheek piece on the other side does also raises the top of stock to give better eye alignment with scope . Kit is called Beartooth comb raiser you get the cover plus assorted sizes of foam ... but did'nt use them (kept slipping round anyway) just cut piece of foam about 6" x 6" put taper at each end fixed in position with some tape then put cover over works fantastic for me better head position and much steadier to aim ....Andy
     
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    Nice job. I still have my Mk1 Vulcan which I bought new back in 1980. It still does the business on the critters.
     
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    Yay! Now it makes sense:up: Whenever I fire someone elses rifle, it's head alignment I struggle with. Nice idea:up::)
     
  13. czhey

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    Hi
    I've got one of these :)
    How do people rate it for hunting against new rifles? Mine is very noisy :(
    I will either buy mine a scope and get it serviced or buy a new gun...
     
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    Sounds like a tune kit would be in order. When you state that it's noisy I presume you are referring to the twang of the spring when you fire it. When it comes to power the Vulcan is easily the match of anything new.

    Its weakest issue is the trigger and the cylinder forks may exhibit a bit of slop when you move the barrel side to side at the muzzle. This is because the barrel rotates about a pin rather than a bolt. Aside from that it's a cracking gun.
     
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    A tune kit? A guess take it to a good local gunsmith? How much money you think it would cost? Yes, the loudest twang i've ever heard! So the powers good, accuracy ok?
    You own one, if it was the only rifle you had (for hunting), would you fix it up or get something newer?

    Thanks for the reply.
     
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    Chambers (www.gunspares.co.uk) sell a tune kit for about 52 pounds. They also sell a piston seal, breech seal and mainspring for just over 20 pounds. If you have good mechanical aptitude you can install it yourself. Failing that you can take it to a gunshop, I used to live in Basildon, Essex the Airgun Centre in Rayleigh is a good place to go.

    The Vulcan is a good rifle, if yours is in good shape twang aside, do the math. If you can do it yourself you'll be ahead rather than spending more money on a newer rifle. Good luck.
     
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    Thanks for the advice :) I would usually love taking things apart like that but won't in this case. I'll ring them see what they say

    Thanks.
     
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    can you tell me what part of the sear you grounded down???
    also, what parts do you polish? would polishing with autosol polish in the same way?
    how easy was it cutting the barrel down? anything special needed for that part?
    i got an old OX spring thats been in there for years, got slight bow to it though, want to get a titan xs when get the money, dont like the recoil.
    hope you can help me out :D
    matty G
     
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    looks well does it shoot straight? i always thought every barrel has been designed to have 1.5 twists so by shortening you can loose its accuracy? nice looking though
     
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    Sounds like you ad a hole lot of fun doing it up and look dam good in the picture.
    Andrew
     

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