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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:24 am 

Joined: Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:28 am
Posts: 32
Location: Sarnia Ont
A winter project I started...
It's an old Hungarian Telley Super ( .177 ) which I'm giving it a slight makeover / tune-up .
The piston seal is leather and badly worn.
Is there anyone who has replaced this seal before the a replacement available ?

PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:49 am 

Joined: Thu May 07, 2015 8:30 pm
Posts: 1184
Location: Eastern Townships
I have made a few leather seals myself, as well as other members here. I actually made one yesterday for a Slavia 618. Rather easy to do with metal home made dies, or wooden board and socket. Plenty of infos and pictures on the net. Basically you want to shape a flat piece of leather into a cup. You may or may not need to remove a rivet and drill and thread a hole to install the new seal. There are replacements available in the UK I think, but for the money, it's worth to try to make your own. Some links: ... -Assembly/

Here I made a new one for a FEG Marla, which is a Relum Telly clone:


Don't have many pics handy right now, but here are some to give you an idea:

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:21 am 

Joined: Mon May 26, 2014 1:08 am
Posts: 480
Location: Thunder Bay
Very nice work on that seal.

12 springers and a couple of pumpers.
2 lathes and lots of scrap metal.

I'm not multitasking. I'm doing something else until I remember what I was doing.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:38 pm 

Joined: Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:35 pm
Posts: 6015
Location: P.G. B.C.
Nice job - my Dad made a leather seal for my brother's little Salvia .177,- back in the 50's.

I don't know how he actually made it, but it was more powerful after the new one was installed,

than when brand new.

Best Wishes

PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:08 am 

Joined: Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:28 am
Posts: 32
Location: Sarnia Ont
Thx for the info guys ! :D
This is a project that I'll drop for a week or so then get back into it

Mine has the rivet , which tapped out , easy enough , and it looks re-useable as well as the retainer ( mine is plastic ) . Forming the leather disc is next and I'm tending on slowly tapping it and the rivet / disc back in place , hopefully..using the boiled water method for forming.

Looking down the barrel the rifling was almost full of lead and had , literally , a smoothbore look to it.
After some extensive brushing the lead began to chip out ...I could see it breaking out in patches along it's length ...never seen that before...
I'm still in the process of clearing out the rifling but I need to get a new brush :roll: and then get a good look at the crown .
I'm taking photos , along the way , and once done I'll post the project .

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