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Old 11-24-2004, 06:28 AM
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hi guys

anybody know a good source of information on the Dix Brothers' Falling Block Works in Troy Michigan during the 1960's and 1970's?

i have a cute little 25-20 built on what i think is FBW's Model J.

am looking for any books or magazine articles or catalogs or instruction manuals etc re FBW.

anybody ever see any of these for sale? i'd love to get a couple more of them.

thanks, folks

lapsub
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Old 12-14-2004, 02:24 PM
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falling block works

wow, one hundred and eleven views and not a single reply......i must be asking a really tough one!

"oh well".....
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Old 12-15-2004, 05:38 PM
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I hd a 7x57 built on a FBW Mod J. Absolutely a great action and rifle. I sold it about a year ago and sent several old magazine articles along to the new owner. Havent seen FBW mentioned in print in years. You have a good one there. Good luck in finding another
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Old 01-02-2005, 09:40 AM
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Question Falling Block Works actions

I have two FBW actions available. These are NEW in the white.


1-Model K (SMALL), 3/4" barrel shank.

1-Model J (Medium), 1" barrel shank

For gunsmithing, see" MR. Single Shot's Gunsmithing-Idea Book",by Frank DeHaas, TAB Books,Inc.

Will also provide interesting story of purchase.

Price-$1600.00 firm for both-will not seperate-FFL req'd.

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Old 01-02-2005, 11:23 AM
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I have two FBW actions available. These are NEW in the white.


1-Model K (SMALL), 3/4" barrel shank.

1-Model J (Medium), 1" barrel shank

For gunsmithing, see" MR. Single Shot's Gunsmithing-Idea Book",by Frank DeHaas, TAB Books,Inc.

Will also provide interesting story of purchase.

Price-$1600.00 firm for both-will not seperate-FFL req'd.
howdy

i am not sure which model i have, it is a .25-20 but i don't know the barrel thread. it sure seems small to me!

what cartridges are appropriate for the J versus the K?

thanks!

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Old 01-02-2005, 03:26 PM
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howdy

i am not sure which model i have, it is a .25-20 but i don't know the barrel thread. it sure seems small to me!

what cartridges are appropriate for the J versus the K?

thanks!

lapsub
Model-K=22Hornet thru 222mag,44mag & etc.

Model-J=thru 30-06,45-70 & etc.
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Old 01-24-2005, 03:35 PM
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Falling Block Works

Falling Block Works, Inc. began manufacturing their Model "H" pattern single shot action in 1971. Located in Troy, Michigan, the company was owned by Leo and Joe Fix. The action was simple and capable of being chambered for any shoulder held cartridge. Over the years the Fix brothers designed and sold the Model "J", "K", "L", and "S". The mechanical workings of the actions are very simple and and strong. Actions were available polished and blued, stock attachment was with thru-bolt, the only options available was choices of fancy levers. Semi-finished stocks were available from Fajen and Paul Shuttleworth. All actions, except the Model "K", were proof tested to 67,400 CUPS. The FBW was made up till about 1990.

As a custom barrelmaker/gunsmith, I have barreled many FBW actions, mostly Model "J's", the action builds into a very accurate and reliable rifle. I have original FBW catalogs (not for sale) that have cross section drawings of the "J" action (all actions are similar), and will gladly email details of various actions if asked. If anyone has further questions about this
action let me know.

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Old 01-26-2005, 08:02 PM
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I have a new, unfinished rifle in 40-50 SBN that I might consider selling. I bought it a few years ago and have not got around to finishing it. It has a Hoch heavy barrel, palm rest rail and palm rest, a brass Schuetzen buttplate and wood is ready to finish. Other stocks are available elsewhere if you want to change conformation. Email photos available to those interested. Emery
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Old 01-28-2005, 12:16 PM
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Falling Block Works

Would you be able to send pics of FBW's? Thanks
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Falling Block Works, Inc. began manufacturing their Model "H" pattern single shot action in 1971. Located in Troy, Michigan, the company was owned by Leo and Joe Fix. The action was simple and capable of being chambered for any shoulder held cartridge. Over the years the Fix brothers designed and sold the Model "J", "K", "L", and "S". The mechanical workings of the actions are very simple and and strong. Actions were available polished and blued, stock attachment was with thru-bolt, the only options available was choices of fancy levers. Semi-finished stocks were available from Fajen and Paul Shuttleworth. All actions, except the Model "K", were proof tested to 67,400 CUPS. The FBW was made up till about 1990.

As a custom barrelmaker/gunsmith, I have barreled many FBW actions, mostly Model "J's", the action builds into a very accurate and reliable rifle. I have original FBW catalogs (not for sale) that have cross section drawings of the "J" action (all actions are similar), and will gladly email details of various actions if asked. If anyone has further questions about this
action let me know.
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Old 01-28-2005, 12:18 PM
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Falling Block Works

Would you send some pics of the rifle? Thanks

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I have a new, unfinished rifle in 40-50 SBN that I might consider selling. I bought it a few years ago and have not got around to finishing it. It has a Hoch heavy barrel, palm rest rail and palm rest, a brass Schuetzen buttplate and wood is ready to finish. Other stocks are available elsewhere if you want to change conformation. Email photos available to those interested. Emery
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Old 01-29-2005, 03:13 PM
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Would you be able to send pics of FBW's? Thanks
357max;

Please send email to my personal email: [email protected] and I will send pix of FBW actions and finished rifles.

Best Regards,
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Old 02-06-2005, 05:41 AM
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Hi, just joined this board. I am looking for info/ parts for a FALLING BLOCK WORKS action. got one recently that was never barreld up, but does have a barrel in it. I need an extractor or plans to make one. Not sure what caliber I will wind up with yet, Just fishing.
Action is marked FALLING BLOCK WORKS, Maybee MICH
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Old 02-07-2005, 06:22 PM
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I am in the process for barrling a F.B.W. modle J. I'm looking for advice on the best way to cut the extractor slot in tbe barrle shank???
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Old 08-06-2006, 08:00 PM
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Question Falling Block Works Stock

I have FBW "L" action and would like to know who makes stocks for these actions?

Phil
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Old 01-19-2007, 07:23 PM
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J actions

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Falling Block Works, Inc. began manufacturing their Model "H" pattern single shot action in 1971. Located in Troy, Michigan, the company was owned by Leo and Joe Fix. The action was simple and capable of being chambered for any shoulder held cartridge. Over the years the Fix brothers designed and sold the Model "J", "K", "L", and "S". The mechanical workings of the actions are very simple and and strong. Actions were available polished and blued, stock attachment was with thru-bolt, the only options available was choices of fancy levers. Semi-finished stocks were available from Fajen and Paul Shuttleworth. All actions, except the Model "K", were proof tested to 67,400 CUPS. The FBW was made up till about 1990.

As a custom barrelmaker/gunsmith, I have barreled many FBW actions, mostly Model "J's", the action builds into a very accurate and reliable rifle. I have original FBW catalogs (not for sale) that have cross section drawings of the "J" action (all actions are similar), and will gladly email details of various actions if asked. If anyone has further questions about this
action let me know.
Howdy ole 7 groove,

I'd like to take you up on an e-mail of the cross section drawings of a J action. I have one in .45-70 cal. with a 28 inch barrel, one inch acros the flats, with a stock of heavy burled VA mountain walnut.

Seems that Ranger 53 just joined as well and I made a total idiot of myself thinking those posts were meant for me! Oh well, with all the morphine and Fentanol that I take for pain I guess I am allowed one mess up as a new member? If you need my e-mail address just pop me an answer back and I'll post it to you asap! After working undercover for a few years and never getting a scratch I managed to have a horse wreck and nearly got myself taps.

I really hope that you are still a member of this list and can help me with this problem! I also shoot an M1-A, a .308 caliber police model sniper rifle, Colt 1911 .45 ACP's and .45 single action Colts. My favorites though are single shots, flintlocks, and caplocks. My favorite load for my .45-70 brings a 350 grain hollow point out the barrel at 1850 fps. If the good Lord allows me a couple more years I'd like to go to AK to try and tag a grizzly.

Thanks for your time.

Best Regards,

GA Ranger
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Old 01-19-2007, 07:33 PM
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J actions

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Falling Block Works, Inc. began manufacturing their Model "H" pattern single shot action in 1971. Located in Troy, Michigan, the company was owned by Leo and Joe Fix. The action was simple and capable of being chambered for any shoulder held cartridge. Over the years the Fix brothers designed and sold the Model "J", "K", "L", and "S". The mechanical workings of the actions are very simple and and strong. Actions were available polished and blued, stock attachment was with thru-bolt, the only options available was choices of fancy levers. Semi-finished stocks were available from Fajen and Paul Shuttleworth. All actions, except the Model "K", were proof tested to 67,400 CUPS. The FBW was made up till about 1990.

As a custom barrelmaker/gunsmith, I have barreled many FBW actions, mostly Model "J's", the action builds into a very accurate and reliable rifle. I have original FBW catalogs (not for sale) that have cross section drawings of the "J" action (all actions are similar), and will gladly email details of various actions if asked. If anyone has further questions about this
action let me know.
Howdy ole 7 groove,

I'd like to take you up on an e-mail of the cross section drawings of a J action. I have one in .45-70 cal. with a 28 inch barrel, one inch acros the flats, with a stock of heavy burled VA mountain walnut.

Seems that Ranger 53 just joined as well and I made a total idiot of myself thinking those posts were meant for me! Oh well, with all the morphine and Fentanol that I take for pain I guess I am allowed one mess up as a new member? If you need my e-mail address just pop me an answer back and I'll post it to you asap! After working undercover for a few years and never getting a scratch I managed to have a horse wreck and nearly got myself taps.

I really hope that you are still a member of this list and can help me with this problem! I also shoot an M1-A, a .308 caliber police model sniper rifle, Colt 1911 .45 ACP's and .45 single action Colts. My favorites though are single shots, flintlocks, and caplocks. My favorite load for my .45-70 brings a 350 grain hollow point out the barrel at 1850 fps. If the good Lord allows me a couple more years I'd like to go to AK to try and tag a grizzly.

Thanks for your time.

Best Regards,

GA Ranger
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Old 02-23-2007, 04:17 PM
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Falling Block Works, Inc. began manufacturing their Model "H" pattern single shot action in 1971. Located in Troy, Michigan, the company was owned by Leo and Joe Fix. The action was simple and capable of being chambered for any shoulder held cartridge. Over the years the Fix brothers designed and sold the Model "J", "K", "L", and "S". The mechanical workings of the actions are very simple and and strong. Actions were available polished and blued, stock attachment was with thru-bolt, the only options available was choices of fancy levers. Semi-finished stocks were available from Fajen and Paul Shuttleworth. All actions, except the Model "K", were proof tested to 67,400 CUPS. The FBW was made up till about 1990.

As a custom barrelmaker/gunsmith, I have barreled many FBW actions, mostly Model "J's", the action builds into a very accurate and reliable rifle. I have original FBW catalogs (not for sale) that have cross section drawings of the "J" action (all actions are similar), and will gladly email details of various actions if asked. If anyone has further questions about this
action let me know.
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Old 02-23-2007, 04:25 PM
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Ole7Groove,I,am another pest who would REALLY appreciate a picture,blueprint,or some form of dimensions
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fbw actions

I have had 2 mod j's for a while both shoot well.
i would like to get a copy of the exploded views.
I have heard that one of the owners is living in rapid city mi.
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Old 03-18-2008, 12:51 PM
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The model L was designed to take the longest and largest BP cartridges. I know... I still have 3 of the Model L actions. I also have the Model S, K, J & H. actions but they are not for sale. I have made many of these into single shot rifles up to and including the .50-140 cartridge.
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