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Re: Marlin case colors
Iíve noticed some beveling on lock plates. I find the lock plates very easy to inlet them as they are. 326 of my restocks have been from blanks Iíve done two A3ís and a ton of field guns. They are all the same to inlet. Metal has no conscience. The back of the lock plate ( itís a stop-block to keep the plate from sinking in) is cut on a pretty good taper. That keeps you from over-scribing the lock plate and having a gap. The big issue is the top lever. Cut it off, drill a hole in the frame, add a coil spring and the L.C. Smith story would be a lot different. And yes Iíve thought about converting a few to a coil spring top lever.