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    Yesterday, 06:58 PM
    I'm sure the powder is probably fine chemically, but my concern is that it's now ground down into fine powder. I've heard people talk about fine "flash powder" and how you should never use it in firearms. I'd be very hesitant to use this. I suppose...
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    Yesterday, 12:14 AM
    I dug through my old stuff, and found a handful of ancient U.M.C. 32 S&W rounds. They had all had their primers struck (misfires) and were just old, tarnished junk. I pulled them apart and found .310" 88gr round nose bullets, and about 7gr of black...
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    03-26-2020, 01:04 PM
    Looks like I'm far from the only one who tinkers with this old stuff. Thank for posting guys, and thanks for the info. When I first got it, I looked around all over the internet for info and found photos of my exact model, along with reference to...
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    03-25-2020, 01:18 AM
    Glad it's working out. Sounds like a neat gun!
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    03-25-2020, 12:13 AM
    Unfortunately the M57 does not take standard Tok mags. I picked up a Chinese Tokarev mag as a spare and it definitely will not work in my M57. I think the M57 is longer, holds an extra round or something.
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    03-24-2020, 11:51 PM
    Big companies that ship a lot get a significant discount. For example, I sent a revolver back for repair work last year, from Oregon to Florida, and was able to use my employer's corporate UPS account (with permission, and I paid) for the discount....
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    03-24-2020, 02:29 PM
    Thanks guys. I started with 1.3gr of 231, and promptly stuck a bullet in the barrel. I worked up to 2.1gr and clocked 480 fps through the chronograph. I don't have any .32 bullets lighter than 93 grains. I haven't tried any Bullseye or Red Dot,...
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    03-23-2020, 10:51 PM
    It's just a cheap, old, turn of the century revolver, nothing special. I think I'll just bump up the powder charge a little until I get about 600 fps. That should be pretty conservative for this old gun. I don't think these were really made to be...
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    03-21-2020, 08:07 PM
    I probably worded my question poorly. I wasn't necessarily asking if it should be done, just for ideas and directions from those who do it. I know there are those on here who safely load with smokeless for black-powder era cartridge guns. I also...
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    03-21-2020, 02:44 PM
    I picked up this old revolver last year some time, and have been tinkering with it off and on. It's an H&R top-break from around 1890 (black powder), and chambered in .32 H&R, near as I can tell from a little research. It seems that .32 H&R is a...
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    03-09-2020, 09:38 PM
    I'm still pretty happy with mine; shot a couple hundred rounds through each of them so far. They're just plain-Jane old police guns, nothing special, but for the money hard to beat.
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    03-09-2020, 09:24 PM
    You guys are right. The checkering on the Winchester Model 50 stocks I found photos of online is identical to the checkering on this one.
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    03-09-2020, 01:38 PM
    I do believe you’re right! I found photos online, and one showed the front where it connects with the receiver. It looks identical. The combined amount of knowledge and experience on this forum is impressive. Thank you.
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    03-08-2020, 01:16 PM
    The model 12 is one that I do not have, but unfortunately as I look up photos online, I see that the front of a buttstock for a model 12 is also inletted for the back end of the trigger guard. That's what seems unusual about this one, as it's round...
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    03-08-2020, 02:56 AM
    Unfortunately it's neither of those. I have both of those guns, and they're both notched in the front for the trigger guard. This one is not. The receiver must be rounded on the bottom.
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    03-08-2020, 12:55 AM
    I picked up an old stock for next to nothing because nobody know what it's for. I'm curious. Any ideas what this goes to?
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    02-29-2020, 02:31 AM
    A friend has one and I've shot it a few times. With full power loads it's quite a cannon. Because of the massive weight the recoil didn't seem too bad to me, but I only shot a few rounds each time. I kind of want one, but only for the novelty...
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    02-28-2020, 10:43 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Pensions... in Our Town
    It seems like pensions in general are becoming a thing of the past. I had a pension when I started with my current employer 20 years ago. A couple years in they changed their retirement system and discontinued pensions for those under 40, going with...
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    02-26-2020, 10:44 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Ornery Brass in Cast Boolits
    I just had this exact same problem. I got a bunch of cheap .38 Special brass and a bunch of them did the same thing when depriming. Each time, I had to stop and wiggle it out of the shell holder. I'm cheap and stubborn, and can't stand the...
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check