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    Free floating the forearm on a 1885

    Octagon bbl with a octagon channel in the forearm . How do I sand it out ? It was suggested to wrap sand paper around the barrel .What grade of sand paper fine or course ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Worker View Post
    Octagon bbl with a octagon channel in the forearm . How do I sand it out ? It was suggested to wrap sand paper around the barrel .What grade of sand paper fine or course ?
    Something around 220 grit or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Worker View Post
    Octagon bbl with a octagon channel in the forearm . How do I sand it out ? It was suggested to wrap sand paper around the barrel .What grade of sand paper fine or course ?
    Worker,

    The only place you really need to keep truly octagonal is at the tip of the forearm, as that will be visible. The rest of it can be opened up without worrying about keeping the octagonal profile if present.

    Obviously, you'll want to keep the top of the barrel channel opening sharp and straight, which should be pretty easy to do if the forearm is inletted in a octagonal profile.

    You should be able to open the forearm with some small sanding blocks of different sizes and sandpaper. I also have used sockets from a socket wrench wrapped in sandpaper to open barrel channels.

    If you use the barrel with sandpaper wrapped around it, I would first wrap the barrel in masking tape to protect the bluing.

    FWIW,
    Justin

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    Too Late

    I used 60 grit and it got the job done. Seal it with some polyurethane stain and looks great. Now waiting on the trigger.

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    Smile Sanded it open

    Well the tip of forearm looks great,but its round now. I did wrap the barrel with paper and tape and then sand paper. That kept it protected. But then I did wrap sockets with sand paper it worked nicely. So I with two .080 shims and sanding ,its now free floated. Waiting for the return shipment of Trigger from Lee Shaver in Missouri . Thanks guys for responding.

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    My forearm on my 1885 is also free-floated and i believe my exceptional accuracy is in large part due to this. The forearm only touches the barrel where the screw and escutcheon is, which attaches it to the barrel.

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    Thumbs up Winchester 1885 220 swift

    What caliber is yours ? I just received trigger back from Lee Shaver ,its definitely lighter . Maybe I'll shoot it today ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Worker View Post
    What caliber is yours ? I just received trigger back from Lee Shaver ,its definitely lighter . Maybe I'll shoot it today ?
    My highwall is based on an MVA action and is in 40-65.

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