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henry_r
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Lee speed checkering.
      #302431 - 27/06/17 06:39 PM

I'm trying to collect information for my long term, commercial MLM II project.

From what i understand Lee Speed rifles were generally checkered with flat top checkering. (Please correct me if this is wrong).

Is there a typical number of lines per inch that was used? Was there a standard dimensioned cutter used. (Side angle/bottom flat width etc)
Were they layed out at 3.5:1, 3:1 or something different again.

Any pictures of lee speed checkering you are willing to post would be great too.

Thanks.
Henry.


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TH44
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Re: Lee speed checkering. [Re: henry_r]
      #302587 - 01/07/17 09:00 AM

This is the original on my Westley Richards Lee Speed





TH44


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Roy
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Re: Lee speed checkering. [Re: TH44]
      #302588 - 01/07/17 11:55 AM

Hi Henry,

You can check out the checkering on my various rifles on the link below. If you would like more specific images of particular rifles then please feel free to email me.

http://wilkinsonfscollection.com/wilkins...ing_Rifles.html


Cheerio,

Roy

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My Website: www.wilkinsonfscollection.com

http://wilkinsonfscollection.com/wilkinsonfscollection.com/The_Lee-Speed_Rifle.html


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henry_r
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Re: Lee speed checkering. [Re: Roy]
      #302642 - 02/07/17 05:41 PM

Thanks TH44 and Roy.

Excellent pics TH44, i had never noticed the different border lines on different edges of the checkering.
Am i correct in thinking yours is nicely worn diamond top checkering?

Roy, i have spent LOTS of time on your website, looking, learning and soaking up details. I'm sure i will be back many many times before this is over. (I also never wanted a fighting knife either, now...) I noticed more of your rifles have diamond topped checkering as opposed to flat top. Between that info and the boarder lines i have more thinking to do.

Edited by henry_r (02/07/17 05:49 PM)


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TH44
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Re: Lee speed checkering. [Re: henry_r]
      #302654 - 03/07/17 06:30 AM

Henry - The rifle was in not very good condition when I bought it 40+ years ago (for 8 - $10!!!) and I had the metalwork reblued

The fore end was damaged and I had it repaired and rechequered but left the wrist as it was original. It is as you say, slightly worn diamond top chequering
The fore end is flat top, but this was probably done with the repair

Good luck with yours

Tony


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