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by Der Alder
Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: Weld up reciever or use a 80%?
Replies: 2
Views: 199

Re: Weld up reciever or use a 80%?

IMO its easier to buy a kit that has the front shroud section cut off as long possible in the rear like Centerfire has (usually with the front rail and recuperator holes), this way you can square it up in the rear past the camming piece area (saves from camming piece fitting), then use an 80% receiv...
by Der Alder
Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: Bolt stuck
Replies: 23
Views: 615

Re: Bolt stuck

I've more than once gotten a bolt locked into a barrel extension and forgot to install the charging handle while building, though this isn't your circumstance, a method that works well for me is to place a towel on a hard surface (like your garage floor) and with the butt stock removed give the gun ...
by Der Alder
Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: WTB MG34 feed tray
Replies: 8
Views: 276

Re: WTB MG34 feed tray

Another place you could try calling is BRP, though they don't have any listed on their site, sometimes they have parts not listed. They used to have them, so they may have one lying around.


Good luck.
by Der Alder
Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: WTB MG34 feed tray
Replies: 8
Views: 276

Re: WTB MG34 feed tray

Maybe also try asking on the Weapons Guild site, which a builders website... many members there have tons of parts from kit building.

Only thing thing is, if you are not a member already I think there is a minimum number of posts before you can post in the WTS or WTB sections.
by Der Alder
Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:24 pm
Forum: MG42 Photos and Video
Topic: .308 conversion
Replies: 2
Views: 154

Re: .308 conversion

All you can do is try it first like John suggested. Depends on ammo and how loose or tight your gun is. That said, if if does not run in .308 you can try getting a .308 booster cone like the early MG1's used (which is hard to find now) or get a MG3 flash hider and barrel bearing (they are meant to w...
by Der Alder
Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: Milling out MG3 receiver
Replies: 3
Views: 308

Re: Milling out MG3 receiver

So far as I know RTG never made receivers, but they did sell BRP receivers...thats probably what you have if it came from RTG.
by Der Alder
Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:26 pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: MG3 Barrel
Replies: 1
Views: 112

Re: MG3 Barrel

Well the price of original barrels, be it 8mm or 7.62 is never going to get any cheaper than they are now short of ending the barrel ban which is very unlikely. IMO $400 for a hammer forged chromed 7.62 NATO spec barrel is not all that bad considering you will never wear it out shooting in SA in a l...
by Der Alder
Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Time for Change.
Replies: 15
Views: 753

Re: Time for Change.

There is so much info here, even besides the stickies. Before my first semi build I spent hundreds of hours here reading, going through old posts, hundreds of pages as sort of a nightly hobby. Such a wealth of info is here for those willing to take the time. I'd start on the first page from ten year...
by Der Alder
Sat May 27, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Time for Change.
Replies: 15
Views: 753

Re: Time for Change.

Good luck Steve...thanks for all you've done.
Congrats John....we are in good hands. :)
by Der Alder
Wed May 03, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG42/M53 canvas action cover mystery
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Re: MG42/M53 canvas action cover mystery

Which is why most were never used and are now in great shape.... Anytime close to combat they were probably disguarded and seen as a waste of gear to those in combat, probably another 'army intelligence idea' if you know how most militaries work....speaking from the point of US gun covers, cases and...
by Der Alder
Wed May 03, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG42/M53 canvas action cover mystery
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Re: MG42/M53 canvas action cover mystery

When the gun is being transported or stored action covers help prevent snow rain and dust from entering the action...same as muzzle caps.
by Der Alder
Wed May 03, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: MG34 General Discussion
Topic: Re painting a lafette mount
Replies: 3
Views: 354

Re: Re painting a lafette mount

Cover it with flat clear engine paint.
by Der Alder
Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Introductions (or one way to increase your post count).
Replies: 279
Views: 41047

Re: Introductions (or one way to increase your post count).

Hello All, They call me "TANKER" or "M48TANKER". I chose that name years ago and have used it on many different forums. I was a "Gunner" on an M48A3 tank in Vietnam during 1969/70. After I graduated from college with a degree in Business Administration....I lost my stu...
by Der Alder
Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG blew up in my face! Need help
Replies: 36
Views: 1153

Re: MG blew up in my face! Need help

its all there if you look...all I can say at this point is good luck..over and out.
by Der Alder
Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG blew up in my face! Need help
Replies: 36
Views: 1153

Re: MG blew up in my face! Need help

8mm shells look near ready to blow. Did you check headspace? I checked it face of the bolt to the barrel has 0.5mm clearance with rollers fully locked, the same as my old yugo. If headspace was bad then it would show on first 10 rounds? Do you have automotive feeler gauges? Can you take your best b...
by Der Alder
Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG blew up in my face! Need help
Replies: 36
Views: 1153

Re: MG blew up in my face! Need help

That sounds about right...recups of all types including the MG3, the head does not fully compress flush with the tube. The question on them always is if the spring rate is still in spec. According to the manual it should be flush and barrel should be stopped by the cam and not the recuperator. http...
by Der Alder
Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG blew up in my face! Need help
Replies: 36
Views: 1153

Re: MG blew up in my face! Need help

My advise is to use surplus barrels and check them for head space. Glad you are OK BTW. Also I got two recuperators, both Yugo and they don't compress flush, the plunger stops with about 5mm still to go. That sounds about right...recups of all types including the MG3, the head does not fully compre...
by Der Alder
Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG blew up in my face! Need help
Replies: 36
Views: 1153

Re: MG blew up in my face! Need help

My advise is to use surplus barrels and check them for head space.
Glad you are OK BTW.
by Der Alder
Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: MG42 General Discussion
Topic: MG blew up in my face! Need help
Replies: 36
Views: 1153

Re: MG blew up in my face! Need help

Here is a pic of one of my surplus MG3 barrels.

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by Der Alder
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: MG42 Build It Yourself
Topic: Help with Build
Replies: 52
Views: 1442

Re: Help with Build

Honestly to me it doesnt look so bad though im no machinist i pride myself on being able to do most anything with hand tools (within reason) alot of the marks your seeing though from my cuts are just a runaway dremmel it scratched the hell out the the area around the cutouts but its all cosmetic, i...

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