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2/21/2020 11:35:28 PM
Posted: 2/27/2007 7:14:57 AM EST
I don't think the long rivets I used in this build were long enough. On other builds I got nice formed heads with Plinker's jig, but this one only allowed for a little button. It was fine at first, but has loosened up with shooting, moving back and forth (lft to rght0. I am not as worried about the shape of the head as I am not damaging the receiver on this finshed rifle. Here are my options as I see them.

1. Have a friend hold the rifle steady on an anvil ( maybe wood shims to aid in holding the rifle square.) 3lb hammer and a 1/4" punch, and whack it once real good.

2. Put it back in the Plinker's jig and smoosh it with the flat head. I'm afraid I might twist or otherwise damage with the receiver.

3. Drill the head off the rivet, drive it out with a punch and replace and refinsh the rivet using the Plinker's jig. Here I'm afraid that I will wreck the finish and haver to refinish this already oiled and fired (quite a bit) rifle.

So I guess what I'm asking, will the hammer and punch idea work? Thanks, tips appreciated.
Link Posted: 2/27/2007 7:38:03 AM EST
You can maybe have someone weld some material on the end of the rivet and resquash it.
Link Posted: 2/27/2007 8:07:31 AM EST
Picture would help, sound like you need to drill it out and remove the bad rivet, then put a new one in and squash that sucka.
Link Posted: 2/27/2007 9:20:31 AM EST
Pound it on your vice anvil.

I hammer my own rivets on all my builds. I have a cheap harbor freight bench vice (just broke it the other day) that I drilled a shallow dimple in the anvil of the vice to support he right side rivet heads. I then clamped my receiver to the anvil. On two of my builds I pounded the hell out of the left side rivot heads with a hammer and a punch.

On my 3rd build I made a nice home made tool that forms a really nice rivot head.

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