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    Yesterday, 09:29 AM
    I once saw a video of a guy shooting a rolling block pistol. His motion was so fast on reloading that you might have been forgiven for thinking it was a SAA.
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    Yesterday, 08:45 AM
    And with modern brass and primers, how often will that happen at black-powder pressures, unless the firing pin is very badly fitted? Which the O.P. won't have if he buys a reproduction. (It is worth checking carefully when selecting a used...
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    Yesterday, 08:23 AM
    The sidehammer Sharps doesn't push the hammer to full cock by itself. Nor does the hammer have to go to full cock to load the chamber. You close the action with the hammer on half cock. If these repro 1885s go to HALF cock, that's fine....
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    07-18-2018, 04:37 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Stevens 44 in Single Shot Guns
    Long story short: I'm modifying the .17WSM brass to duplicate the full length of the .25 Stevens cartridge. This is very involved, since the brass is not annealed, nor can it be, so expanding the neck is a royal PITA. It can be done, but yields...
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    07-18-2018, 06:16 AM
    And those all have safeties, which the 1885 does not. To put an 1885 on "safe" you have to hold the hammer with your thumb and pull the trigger to let it down onto half-cock. Not very positive with cold, wet hands or while you're distracted. ...
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    07-18-2018, 01:15 AM
    All good until you have to take that Japanese "High Wall" apart. By most accounts it's a nightmare inside. And I'm underwhelmed with the way the 1885 leaves the hammer at full cock. Unsafe IMHO. Only advantage is faster followup shot, but...
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    07-18-2018, 01:02 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Stevens 44 in Single Shot Guns
    I used one of those new 4140 blocks to convert a .32 Long RF 1915 to centerfire. Guy did a fine job on them. He had 'em on Gunbroker, happily. I won't do business with evilBay. Unless you are needing to preserve headspace to an existing...
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    07-17-2018, 08:17 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Stevens 44 in Single Shot Guns
    My log has blown that theory out of the water. By far the most .32-40s I've logged since I wrote that are in fact in the 27000 to 30000 range, and have the central extractor.
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    07-17-2018, 07:57 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Stevens 44 in Single Shot Guns
    BTW I have also acquired a near-mint 44 in .32-40 with the central extractor. Underside of the breechblock is cut just the same as every other central extractor block I've eve3r seen. So they didn't, at least on this one, make any change to the...
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    07-17-2018, 07:08 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Stevens 44 in Single Shot Guns
    And just to muddle the waters still further......I took delivery today of a very, very nice 44 in .25 Stevens. So nice that I'm ashamed to say how little I paid. Bore is virtually mint, rifling still sharp, and it slugged .255, like some others...
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    07-16-2018, 05:12 PM
    Formal offhand target shooters (i.e. the immigrant German "Schuetzen" shooters) determined by 1900 that their best calibers fell between .28 and .33 - even the venerable .38-55 gave too much recoil to let a man shoot a score without excessive...
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    07-15-2018, 11:36 PM
    +1 on the rolling blocks. Extremely simple mechanism, and not infrequently they win prizes in BPCR matches. Their only fault IMHO is that the firing pin has to be watched to make very sure it is free in the breechblock. It can get stuck, and...
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    07-10-2018, 03:35 AM
    You can use any primer you want in the .30-30, and never need to open flash holes. It's a rimmed case, so the headspace can't be affected. I've sometimes thought about creating a rimmed .35 Remington. All it takes is shortening .30-40 Krag...
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    07-09-2018, 08:30 AM
    Micrometer. If you have a digital caliper, that will be good enough for this job. But you might think about adding an economy model 1" micrometer to your tool set. I can guess that Winchester wasn't too fussy about groove diameters because...
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    07-09-2018, 12:13 AM
    Why do you need to crimp at all? Only needed for lever actions. BTW you can usually get a pretty good taper crimp by gently running the loaded rounds into a .32-20 sizer die with the decapping stem removed. Go only until you meet resistance...
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    07-09-2018, 12:07 AM
    Then I stand by what I posted - you have a rifle with what would today be considered an abnormally small neck. Mike a fired case from one of your factory rounds. Compare with your reloads. Post both numbers for us. Interim solution will be to...
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    07-08-2018, 09:36 PM
    Those guns were intended for paper-patched boolits. The boolits were dead soft lead, and with the patch in place were smaller than groove diameter. This enabled them to fit into a fouled throat easily. On firing they would bump up to fill the...
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    07-06-2018, 07:21 AM
    Lotsa good comments here. I only want to add that the issue with Stingers and other such ammo having a longer than normal case is that the mouth of that case gets crowded into the leade of the target style chambers, which greatly increases the...
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    07-03-2018, 11:50 AM
    Great post, B.R. ! Sooo true. I was reading the Harvard Business Review cover to cover about the same time, and learned the same thing. Long ago my father-in-law, who had been president of a large Boston bank in his day, remarked to me that...
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    07-02-2018, 06:19 PM
    Remington is still owned by Cerberus. Big-money holding companies like that impose a "tax" on every company they own to pay the salaries of their executives. It's a factor that killed the American machine tool industry in the '70s and '80s, (I was...
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    07-02-2018, 03:35 PM
    The .35 Rem having such a small shoulder is very prone to shoulder setback when using light loads. How do I know? My first exploit in casting was for my Dad's 336 Marlin, and I shot a short ton of semiwadcutters out of it using light loads. ...
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    06-29-2018, 10:43 PM
    I go to great lengths to get Swiss BP. It's not cheap, but it burns cleaner and more consistently than anything else. GOEX is for re-enactors who need lots of smoke, IMHO. Some people are touting Old Eynsford, (from the same people), for...
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    06-29-2018, 10:10 PM
    I've got half a dozen partial canisters of previous "black substitute" failures cluttering up the magazine. Haven't tried this one, and won't. As far as I can see, the sole and only reason for substitutes is to let gun shops sell something for...
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    06-28-2018, 01:48 AM
    My .35 Rem is my old Dad's 336 deer rifle. When I inherited it I fired a ton of 158 grain GCSWC sized .359 through it, just plinking. That went on for years. It was the first gun I ever cast for. All that time, (over 25 years now) I've lived in...
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    06-24-2018, 06:31 AM
    Since you will also be flaring the case mouth to ensure that the patch doesn't tear, I want to suggest a Lyman "M" die. If an expander plug of the right size isn't a catalogue item, (and it's probably not), it's a much easier item to make.
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    06-23-2018, 10:48 PM
    ROFLMAO! I wish I'd thought of that!
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    06-20-2018, 07:58 PM
    On another forum is this thread, implying that C. Sharps may be contemplating a modern repro of the Hopkins & Allen 922 Junior. https://www.assra.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?num=1529156867/0 Pics here: ...
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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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