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Paul LevermanThanks, Cor. That's good info, and I appreciate your input. It's kind of what I figured was happening. I think what it boils down to is why try to re-invent the wheel. Remington did a good job,as well as the others, so is it worth it to start over? Someone, somewhere will come up with an alternative, and that's ok, because we don't want to become stagnant.
Warwick, I am very familiar with Barnard. I have a PL. It is truly a work of art. I am, however, in the same boat as yourself regarding the exchange rate. A little better, maybe. I think today it was 71 cents, but really, I am in no hurry to switch my cash over. It will turn the other way soon enough.
Barrels....well, barrels are barrels. Find one that works, stick with it. If it doesn't, what's Nathan's expression? Bin it. They really are an expendable, and there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to their life span. I still have my first Savage. I couldn't tell you what year I bought it, but I can tell you without a doubt that it has a few (2350+, by count of primer boxes that are empty) rounds through it.
It now shoots a 1-1/4" three shot groups, so it's a boat gun. I thought I would get a second Savage because........well, because look at the first one. That second one was a real piece of sh#t. I tried to work up a load for it, and gave up. Maybe 200 rounds and nothing. It's up for sale.
Actions, however, last forever, or so it seems. My Long Branch is a year younger than yours, Warwick, and you know as well, there's not a thing wrong with it. (A side note here: your vernier sight is a totally different animal to mine, with that threaded adjuster. That is rather unique, never seen one like that.)
Starting to ramble.....must be time to go. Later.