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    Yesterday, 07:58 PM
    Yes, I do. We had just that sort of elitism going on the vintage motorcycle racing scene that I was involved with in the 1980s. The AMA-sanctioned Vintage rulebook was carefully crafted to keep the lower-cost two-strokes from ever competing with...
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    Yesterday, 04:39 PM
    AMEN. IMHO prohibiting the Henry to a novice shooter smacks of an elitist attitude that no small-time sport like ours can survive for long. Building or buying even a marginally competitive High Wall, Stevens or Ballard will cost three to five...
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    Yesterday, 12:31 PM
    If a competitive break-open is what is needed, Henry should start making replica Maynards.
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    09-19-2018, 10:10 PM
    Agree that what is needed is a "boys' rifle" size single shot in .22 LR, not a fullsize. Admittedly my collection of these delightful little rifles is overflowing the safe, so I'm hardly unbiased, but even for adults, that size and weight rifle is...
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    09-18-2018, 10:35 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Who likes 22 Short? in Rimfire Area
    Those were the days. I spent a summer with a cousin in rural Maine, about 1956 or so. If we had 50 cents between us we'd walk to the little crossroads store to buy .22 ammo (probably shorts) for his flimsy little single-shot rifle. We were all of...
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    09-18-2018, 10:19 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread stevens in Single Shot Guns
    I've made a 1915 Favorite with two breecblock/lever/link assemblies, one the original .32 Long rimfire, the other .32 Long Colt centerfire. Same barrel, of course. Stevens used to tout the easily-swappable barrels and breechblock/lever...
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    09-18-2018, 09:10 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread stevens in Single Shot Guns
    In your case you can make a second barrel out of a cast-off Marlin 60 .22 barrel. I have bought good Model 60 barrels off Gunbroker for as little as $50. Needs a lathe and a reamer of course. The firing pin usually requires no alteration.
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    09-18-2018, 07:29 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread stevens in Single Shot Guns
    It is possible, but a lot of work, to make .25 RF ammo from .17 WSM. I've done it, but the brass is so much thicker that the Favorite's puny hammer-blow will not fire it. If you find a .32 RF Favorite with a good barrel, the components are...
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    09-18-2018, 06:48 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread stevens in Single Shot Guns
    A side plate Favorite is rare as frog fur. Even in .25 it's a SERIOUS collector's gun. Do NOT mess with it on any excuse! Pictures ASAP of course, please. Noone really knows how many were made or when. Some claim 1889 to 1893. Judging by...
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    09-17-2018, 03:29 PM
    OK, I understand how they did it, even if I don't approve. I have to assume that they've engineered the firing pin retention well enough to take the back-pressure by itself. The feature may make reading pressure from primers a little different,...
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    09-16-2018, 09:11 AM
    Questions, just 'cause I'm interested in any new single-shot: This "rebounding hammer" - - - - does it only rebound after you've released the trigger? Hope so. The hammer should back up the firing pin after ignition, so the pressure doesn't try...
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    09-16-2018, 06:39 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Who likes 22 Short? in Rimfire Area
    Given that we have LR loadings that duplicate the Short loadings, I don't see any utility in Shorts at all, unless you've got an old gun that is specifically chambered for them. Dead letter in my files.
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    09-14-2018, 05:44 AM
    If that mould actually drops at .312 inches it'll take a lot of sizing to work at all, IMHO. The lands diameter of the K-31 is only .299" in most rifles. The old 203 looks in Quickload to be too slow for cast bullets. But if that's what you...
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    09-13-2018, 11:17 PM
    You remind me that mint K-31s are said to have a short throat and leade. If not worn, bullets with a fat ogive won't chamber. Which leads back to the 311414 as being a good choice. Mine IS worn, else that Eagan I mentioned wouldn't fit.
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    09-12-2018, 07:26 AM
    Still using a very old round-tray Lee for small primers, because it hasn't broken yet. I use a Hornady Hand Prime for large primers. Even at my height, I never did more than 200 rounds a week. Hate the idea of switching over my press to...
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    09-11-2018, 09:57 AM
    Was about to post that myself. Ed's Red with a full portion of the acetone is the best thing I've found. I don't shoot .38s in my .357s because it's still a pain. Don't shoot .22 shorts, either. The worst was those Aquila .22 Colibri, which...
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    09-09-2018, 08:24 PM
    For them as don't know, Rogers OH is almost on the WV line, definitely rural. I see ads for that meet in Farm & Dairy all the time. Not far from my retirement BOL, but owing to disability I can't do shows and flea markets anymore. I do still do...
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    09-09-2018, 08:00 PM
    A few years ago I came into a small quantity of 160 grain Eagan MX-3 bullets, cast very hard, gas checked. On the supplier's recommendation I used 21 grains of Blue Dot, for something over 2000 fps, in Norma brass, CCI LR primer. Rifle is dead...
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    09-08-2018, 10:47 PM
    PLEASE don't carve up rare .30 Rem brass, should you happen to find some. Some folks still own rifles that take it. A few years ago I helped a friend restore his father's old deer rifle, and it took me months of searching to scare up a couple...
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    09-08-2018, 03:06 PM
    This thread gives me an opportunity to mention a serious drop-safety issue with early Contenders. The Gen 1 has a unique set trigger system, which is why you can dry-fire it without ever cocking the hammer. (Try it.) While this setup makes...
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    08-31-2018, 07:29 AM
    Varget will be way too slow I wouldn't even bother trying. My plinking load using the 3118 bullet is 6.5 grains of Red Dot. Load Chronys at 1450 fps from a 22 inch carbine barrel. Pistol primers give me better accuracy. 3118 as I...
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    08-29-2018, 12:00 AM
    Clickbait.
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    08-26-2018, 06:45 AM
    By itself it's a silvery metal with a fairly high melting point. It was added to lead to increase the surface tension so you got rounder shot when the shot was made in shot towers. If you melt it, be aware that the dross, if allowed to contact...
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    08-26-2018, 06:33 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Remington Rifle in Rimfire Area
    ^^^ This ^^^ I dunno how many such orphans I've accumulated over the years. They make great thought experiments, but that's all.
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    08-26-2018, 06:28 AM
    Depends a lot on what machine tools you have. Although I knew a guy in England (sadly now deceased) who built an entire Sharps-Borchardt on a little benchtop hobby mill, it took him a loooong time. Sandwich gets you out of having to broach...
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    08-24-2018, 12:18 PM
    That explains how they get that way - multiple reamers of different sizes used on one cylinder. Although how you get three spindles that close together is a subject that would interest me. (I did half of my career in machine tools before I went to...
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    08-24-2018, 08:34 AM
    Doug, I'm curious. The more I read, the more I get the notion that Rugers are notorious for having random throat diameters - moreso that Colts or S&Ws. I'm not a pistol collector - my only serious revolvers other than .22s are one Colt .38,...
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    08-24-2018, 07:03 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread marlin micro groove? in Leverguns
    Don't know what you mean by "smush", but if you mean that soft lead will fail to take the rifling and "strip", the answer is no. Col. Harrison, of American Rifleman cast bullet handbook fame, published a rigorous engineering analysis using factors...
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    08-23-2018, 06:48 PM
    Funny how guns that gave people trouble into the smokeless era are now better preserved than others. They got packed away in an attic and became time capsules for us to discover. And to try to figure out. BTW I reminded myself that some people...
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    08-23-2018, 06:38 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread marlin micro groove? in Leverguns
    That, and Microgroove barrels want boolits with a long bearing area and a short nose. Ed Harris did a couple of excellent writeups in the Rifleman about this, going back to the early '80s, (I think.) The one I distinctly remember was titled...
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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