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    Today, 05:43 AM
    I enjoyed reading all the comments in this discussion about the 358429 mold pattern and loads. That got me thinking so I looked and discovered - that is a mold I don't have at this time. Well, imagine that. Looks like I need to go shopping!
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    Today, 05:33 AM
    Recently I bought 100 pieces of new PPU brass in 6.5 Carcano caliber for the 91/38 carbine that I was testing. This brass has to be the most curious challenge I have ever seen, thus the comments here in the brass forming/reforming topic area. Here...
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    Today, 04:54 AM
    Photos are a very valuable suggestion for anyone's records file. Many years ago a friend of mine lost a Steyr Mannlicher bolt action rifle from a break-in. The police officer who took the report was not a "gun guy" and listed it as a Steyr Aug as...
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    02-21-2019, 09:12 AM
    Thin Man replied to a thread Meplat? in Cast Boolits
    The photo of a '58 Chevy blasted me with childhood memories. A close friend's father bought a new '58, color gold, convertible, with a full Continental kit on it. That was the car I drooled over for about a year, until it disappeared from their...
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    02-21-2019, 09:03 AM
    There is an old saying in the handloading circles. It goes something like "every firearm writes it's own rules about what it likes and what it doesn't like." Short translation, just because the H&G 68 works in one of your 1911 style pistols does...
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    02-15-2019, 10:19 AM
    I'm a long time fan of 3 inch barreled revolvers. While the weight of this one may deter some from thinking of it as a carry gun, I see the weight of a recoil reducer for a full power cartridge. Good job, Colt!
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    02-15-2019, 08:26 AM
    If you still have one good firing pin in the shotgun, carefully remove it (both pieces) and take it to your local machine shop. Also take the pictures of both the one and two-piece pins you just posted. Any competent shop should be able to make...
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    02-15-2019, 08:03 AM
    This thread has re-opened an old itch in me. Even before I started handloading (around 50 years ago) I decided I had a real "want" for a rifle in 300 H&H caliber. Now that craving has come back to me. Looks like I'm going to take a "never too...
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    02-12-2019, 07:46 AM
    Many (about 35) years ago, I was prowling a gun show and met a vendor who had two (2) original M24 barrels for sale. Both were 6 1/2", blue and absolutely brand new in the brown S&W wrappers. I asked the price and was quoted $35 for one or both...
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    02-07-2019, 06:41 AM
    I had a similar failure with a M19, blue 6", back in the early 1970's when this model was still in production. The frame fractured at the 6:00 position (relative to the bore). I spoke with S&W and they asked me to ship it back to them for...
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    02-07-2019, 05:58 AM
    Buckshot, did you "rough up" the original sight to get the J-B Weld to tack or did it bond without this step? I would also wonder about it's durability, if the sight should happen to catch the odd "impact" in regular handling would the weld area...
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    02-03-2019, 08:35 AM
    Thin Man replied to a thread online handle/username in Our Town
    Many years ago I visited a friend who worked at a desk just inside the front door of his business. As I walked in I saw he was kicked back in a reclining chair and was all spread out in it. That made him look even wider than he was. I eased up to...
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    02-01-2019, 07:59 AM
    I just had a passing thought about finding a mold in the .316" range. The nominal mold diameter for the 32-40 rifles is .319". Molds for this caliber are too large for our common "30" caliber bores and too small for the "32" and "8mm" bores. As...
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    02-01-2019, 07:18 AM
    Pressman, I suspect my carbine is also a converted rifle. It is marked Beretta Gardone, is dated '41 and was used very little. The stock and handguard are excellent and the metal has only slight dulling of the finish that appears original. Color...
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    01-31-2019, 05:03 AM
    We usually have moderate temperatures in TN so the extreme cold weather lubes don't get much attention here. (I better not step outside while writing this note. The vortex is still here!) Several years ago I was completely out of lube to keep at...
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    01-30-2019, 07:16 AM
    I recently picked up a 91/38 Carcano Troop Special Carbine in the 6.5 Carcano caliber. The rifle is in very good condition, especially the bore. Barrel measures 17 and a fraction inches long. It should have the traditional .268" groove diameter,...
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    01-29-2019, 08:39 AM
    I still have the Charter Arms Bulldog the SWMBO bought me as a Christmas surprise back in 1973. Over the years I have found it groups tighter with the lighter boolits than heavier. My aged hands also appreciate the reduced recoil. I tried and...
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    01-26-2019, 06:48 PM
    Thin Man replied to a thread scope value in Our Town
    I still pick up Weaver "D" series scopes to complete the older .22 rifles that come my way. Their smaller tube diameter makes them look just right on a .22.
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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
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