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    Today, 09:15 AM
    About 5 years ago a friend who works in Atlanta (that puts him 3 hours from me) told me about his co-worker who had just inherited his father's firearms. The father had a large collection of mostly rifles, with a few shotguns and handguns mixed...
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    Yesterday, 10:51 AM
    cabezaverde- I checked the shack and found I misquoted my brass supply. Mine is W-W Super brass, have 100 rounds. Still yet I question whether this or the Starline is the thicker, tougher, stronger brass. Regardless of which fits this definition,...
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    01-15-2018, 04:42 PM
    I have written (e-mail) to Starline several times about whether they will ever offer 375 Winchester brass. Never got a reply. All of the data sources who speak about the comparisons claim 38-55 brass is .007" thick at the neck/mouth, and 375...
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    01-15-2018, 12:52 PM
    I have seen this before for either of 2 causes: (1) The actuator spring is absent, or out of place during the assembly (they love to go on vacation during reassembly), or the actuator itself is out of it's seat in the frame. Take your pick on...
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    01-15-2018, 12:05 PM
    I am trying to recall that some years ago there was conversation that on occasion the frame mounted lock would disassemble itself and parts would wander around inside the frame. It was reported that this had actually happened. When this occurred...
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    01-15-2018, 11:49 AM
    My project involves a Winchester 94 Big Bore in 375 Winchester caliber. Original 375 Winchester brass (for length and neck thickness) has become hard to find and too expensive to buy when found. I have a supply of Starline 38-55 brass (2.080") and...
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    01-15-2018, 09:54 AM
    My 94AE in 45 Colt will barely (and not always) feed up original length RF loads at SAAMI spec 1.600" COL. I am still loading RF designs but keep them to a max COL of 1.575" and they slide right into the chamber. When time and weather (temp!)...
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    01-15-2018, 09:38 AM
    IIRC your '92 will have a 1:20 rate of twist. With that in mind you may find best accuracy and group size with the shorter boolits rather than longer, that translates as lighter rather than heavier. That has been my experience in 2 quarter bores I...
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    01-14-2018, 08:02 AM
    From an estate I found a Winchester 94AE in 45 Colt caliber. Very clean, shows little use. My search for details shows a 36" rate of twist for the rifling, will make some different loads with 220-250 weight boolits and let the rifle tell me what...
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    01-14-2018, 07:37 AM
    I suspect that boolit would be a hoot in the .30 Carbine. Years ago I got a Lyman 311033 mold which is simply a HP version of their 311008 design for the 32-20. Cast with ACWW material this one is described by a friend as being "explosive" when...
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    01-14-2018, 07:22 AM
    Thin Man replied to a thread I wish! in Cast Boolits
    Yup, TN disallows center fire small game calibers. That keeps my 22 Hornet, 218 Bee and 25/20 assortment relegated to varmint and tin can control duties. Dangit...
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    01-14-2018, 06:54 AM
    When I needed this caliber of brass there were none anywhere for sale. Dies are CH4D from Buffalo Bore, but they show out of stock at this time. You might call them to ask about ordering this caliber set and to hear about their price. I found a...
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    01-13-2018, 10:41 AM
    Thin Man replied to a thread California fire/flood in Our Town
    We had the same story in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park a few years ago. A couple of juveniles set small vandalism fires that got out of control and ran over the mountains due to high winds. Then Gatlinburg had serious fires with the...
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    01-13-2018, 10:32 AM
    This thread's topic reminds me why I stay disgusted with TN's small game regulations. I would absolutely love to hunt small game with any of my rifles in 22 Hornet, 218 Bee, or 25/20 Winchester calibers. I suspect there are various concerns about...
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    01-13-2018, 10:19 AM
    We would have welcomed them to Tennessee with all the other manufacturers who have arrived lately (and are still coming).
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    01-13-2018, 10:04 AM
    All this discussion is relevant to what happened at my shop yesterday. A young man came in with a Spike's Tactical 5.56 pistol. It had a pistol buffer tube, no brace, and a 10.5" barrel. He claimed he had assembled the entire package himself. In...
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    01-13-2018, 09:09 AM
    About 5-6 years ago a lady came to us to have her great uncle's pistol from the "Great War" inspected and cleaned. She wanted to learn if it would be safe to fire and had that plan in her mind. I opened the flap holster and took out what appeared...
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    01-13-2018, 08:56 AM
    Thin Man replied to a thread Sams club closing. in Our Town
    We live 20 miles from a Sam's Club, and there is a Costco within 4 miles of that Sam's. Our community has 2 Walmart stores. About 4-5 years ago a block of land barely outside our city was bought with the announcement we were going to see a Sam's...
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    01-08-2018, 10:55 AM
    Just about anything in 25 auto and 22 Short only - auto or revolver. These calibers can and have killed people with correct bullet placement. The first murder trial I sat through involved a killing with a revolver (22 Short only) and a single hit...
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    01-07-2018, 02:14 PM
    The Springfield Armory, Kimber, Sig Sauer, and other new and similar designs all look and usually perform well. They also carry a nice price tag. For my needs I still prefer a Firearms International Model D or a Browning 1955. Have both and they...
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    01-07-2018, 01:59 PM
    Many years ago (about 45 of them) I owned a Marlin model 62 lever action in 30 Carbine. It was a fun little rifle and surplus ammo was readily available. I bought a RCBS die set and started handloading for the rifle. Ran into a problem getting...
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    01-07-2018, 09:54 AM
    I made test runs with 2 new-to-me molds: (1) Lyman 452374 (2X), ball design for the 45 acp, and (2) Lyman tong tool 32 S&W, RN design (also works in 32 auto and 7.63x25 Mauser and 7.62x25 Tokarev). Did nor make enough of either to save and use,...
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    01-06-2018, 07:58 AM
    Thin Man replied to a thread J-words in .309 ???? in Our Town
    A second vote for the 7.62x39 if the grooves in the rifle are that diameter or smaller. IIRC the original codes for this caliber called for grooves at .311" but with any rifle a few test rounds will tell you if these bullets are a good match - will...
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    01-01-2018, 11:46 AM
    Thin Man replied to a thread 38 super in Cast Boolits
    vzerone, thanks for the heads-up. I have this pattern in both a double cavity mold and a single. I got the single with the plan to HP it. Your note will drive me to compare these molds to see if they appear the same or different. I have cast...
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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