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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-02-2011, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Default Navy Arms Rolling Block Actions

I was cruising around the web looking at single shot actions and came across this.

At the bottom of the page they offer a Rolling Block action for builders. That's right, a brand spankin new roller action.

Anybody have one, or a Navy Arms Rolling Block rifle? Are they good, bad, or indifferent? Any idea where they are made?

This really has my interest.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-03-2011, 01:42 AM
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Hello, Like most Italian made repros, I think it's luck of the draw. There was a write up in the ASSRA Journal a few years ago about a shooter that had a blow-back with one of these rifles. On the original Remingtons, the clearance between block & hammer is so tight, that a ctg. that is slightly too long, will not permit hammer to fall all the way to hit pin...This is a safety feature..the instant that hammer begins to fall..the block is prevented from opening. Lone Star actions are set up this way also.
It seems on the rifle that blew..the firing pin was stuck forward..when the hammer never reached the firing hit block & drove forward, firing ctg. BUT on this particular rifle there was nearly 1/8" clearance between hammer & nothing to stop action from opening.
Only the tang sight saved the shooter from serious harm.. ctg. case slammed into staff, which drove into glasses frame & cut shooter above eye.
Shooter suffered burns to face.
I would check these actions out carefully!
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That's scarry.

The only Rolling blocks I've ever owned or really inspected closely were originals. Mostly model 1 black powder rotary extractor actions. I'd really like to put a nice Roller together in 30-30 or the like but haven't come across a smokeless action that wasn't either all worn out or in pristine, collectable, expensive condition. There is a 7mm at a local shop that has been sporterised but the owner aparently thinks it's made of gold judging by the price he put on it. When I came across this I had a bit of hope, but aparently it may not be as simple as that.

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I have a Navy Arms branded rolling block in 45-70 caliber. It was made
by Davide Pedersoli. I shoot trapdoor level handloads and find it to be
very accurate and easy on my arthritic shoulder. I would assume that
the twelve pound weight of the rifle helps that situation. Fit and finish
is very good, I would not hesitate to purchase another rifle produced
by the Pedersoli company.

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I have two Navy Arms rolling blocks built in the 70s by Pedersoli of Italy. Are tehy perfect copies of the Remington? No, but hey are a decent copy. I used to shoot smokeless out of one of them (the other is eventually going to be rebarreled and chambered for the 50-70) but have since switched to black powder and cast lead.

The Rolling Block action is an old style and not an overly strong one. Some trapdoor level loads will destroy them.

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