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    Yesterday, 07:45 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Aguila Colibri in Rimfire Area
    My first tryout with Quiets was at a range out in Idaho. After about a dozen rounds out of my Ballard a guy came over wanting to see my silencer. The light was such that I could track each bullet in the scope, all the way to the target. :grin:
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    02-13-2019, 10:52 PM
    The Bentz was specifically developed for semi-autos. It is rather large, to assure that a wide variety of ammo will go in easily, but it is short, to engrave the bullet and center it up. I don't know of any bolt and lever actions, or even...
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    02-10-2019, 10:41 PM
    Chances are that it has some version of the "Bentz" chamber. Do not shoot any of the hypervelocity Stinger-type .22 ammo in it. Those have a longer case, which gets pinched at the mouth by competition chambers like the Bentz.
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    02-10-2019, 10:37 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Marlin 39 question in Rimfire Area
    I've got a tired old girl that has a 24" barrel and straight stock. Old enough that it's Ballard rifled. Don't know any more than that.
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    02-10-2019, 10:31 PM
    Many of my old-timer single shots have the original tang-mounted peep sights. As long as I have time, I can shoot them pretty nearly as well as with a period scope, even with 70-year-old eyes. Quick target acquisition is difficult to impossible,...
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    02-08-2019, 10:05 AM
    The .25-20 Stevens was originally a wildcat based on a now-obscure cartridge known then as the .30 Wesson, made specifically for a revolving rifle that was singularly unsuccessful. Stevens added it to their line in the 1880s, and it was a mainstay...
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    02-07-2019, 08:21 AM
    Boiling is the right way to remove old lube. Personally I'll say that it's the ONLY way.
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    02-05-2019, 06:06 PM
    Somebody wanted to see the Stith type mount on my Krag/Lovell: To remove the bolt from the rifle. you take out the large screw on the rear mount and swing the scope out to the right. The front mount pivots. A lot of Krag sporters have the...
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    02-05-2019, 05:58 PM
    Coupla shots of Bishop ads from the 1950s
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    02-04-2019, 07:28 AM
    As long as we're braggin". Went to an estate sale a few years ago and came home with a partially used 50 pound roll of 50-50. Yup, fifty pounds. Actual weight 42 pounds when I got it home. Paid $35 for it as I recall. :bigsmyl2:
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    02-03-2019, 07:59 AM
    gnoaah, does that set trigger look like this? I have the idea that it's a Hervey Lovell original.
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    02-03-2019, 07:48 AM
    This thread is the antithesis of another one somewhere decrying the "Bubba-izing" of precious milsurp rifles.
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    02-02-2019, 04:14 AM
    Yes, the .22-3000 is the .25-20 Stevens necked down. P/M me a regular email addy and I'll send you the whole album of photos of it. This mod isn't unique. The availability of the Armory barrels led to quite a few Krags being converted to the...
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    02-01-2019, 11:42 PM
    Well, here is an 1898 Krag heavily modified to shoot the Lovell 22-3000 wildcat. Armory .22 barrel rechambered, altered extractor, magazine trimmed back flush, mounted in a handmade stock, scope is unmarked but the mounts are certainly Stith. Wish...
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    01-29-2019, 09:02 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread 22lr. To 22 wrm in Single Shot Guns
    Sometime after WW1 the Government made a bunch of barrels to convert Springfields to .22 RF, allegedly for gallery practice. Groove diameter .223. It appears that these went on the market, and were bought by various gunsmiths for building Hornet...
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    01-29-2019, 12:27 AM
    Yeah, I know the type. To make matters worse, they're always shooting **** steel-case ammo, which is worth nothing for salvage. (But at least you can sweep it up with a magnet.)
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    01-24-2019, 01:56 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Aguila Colibri in Rimfire Area
    Curious about the "sticking in barrels" thing. What I have was bought a long while ago, circa 2000 - 2001 I think. I fired 100+ rounds of it through an 18" barrel Hopkins & Allen 922 which I had relined. Never had one fail to exit. In fact they...
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    01-24-2019, 12:03 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Aguila Colibri in Rimfire Area
    Learned to hate 'em. Yes, they work and are super quiet, but they leave a ring of HARD fouling in the chamber which is a PITA to remove. And you do have to remove it before going back to normal ammo, especially in single shots with tight...
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    01-23-2019, 07:46 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Sharps Powder? in Single Shot Guns
    In my first decade as a cast bullet shooter, I went through pounds of 5744. One key thing that finally dawned on me is that it wants to see 25,000 psi to burn clean and give decently low velocity variance. Heavy bullets and velocities above 1700...
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    01-23-2019, 07:28 PM
    The shallow taper of the original Hornet shoulder might as well be no taper at all. You cannot headspace off it, because the primer blast will drive the case forward to the limit of the rim recess anyway. I have a T/C barrel that wouldn't...
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    01-21-2019, 02:54 PM
    High explosives don't need confinement. Soldiers have been known to heat meals and coffee over a burning brick of C4. As long as you don't shock it, it doesn't detonate. Smokeless powder mills used to occasionally have "flares" in the mixers. ...
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    01-21-2019, 05:10 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Lead Wire Sources in Swaging
    McMaster Carr ?
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    01-21-2019, 12:43 AM
    Personally I started avoiding the club range on days when I was likely to have company. I frequently load at the bench, and distractions are a hazard. One time failed to be rude to Bubba, and I double-charged a .25-20 SS case. Nothing blew up, but...
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    01-21-2019, 12:29 AM
    Few years ago I came home with a used Savage/Stevens 200 in .223, for something around $200, if memory serves. Had had the barrel shortened to 16.25", and as it turns out the throat lengthened for ??? reason. Have two loads for it - one is...
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    01-18-2019, 04:31 AM
    A curse brought to us by 3D CAD and Finite Element Analysis software. In the 1950s one of the big name gunsmiths (Parker Ackley??) decided to find out how strong the commonly used military actions were. He blew up a number of them with big loads...
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    01-17-2019, 03:36 PM
    Yes, that's true, but you have to get the CHEAP blades. For decades now we've had "bimetal" blades that have a flexible low-carbon back, and only the teeth are high-carbon and hardened. Ditto hacksaw blades. Anneal them if you need a very sharp...
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    01-17-2019, 08:40 AM
    Granted that you're into swaging, but a ramble thru the NOE online catalog will find you a mould for the right bullet.
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    01-17-2019, 06:35 AM
    Might be time to look for information on how to make flat and vee springs. The muzzleloader people are the place to go. Maybe Dixie or Track of the Wolf. It's not terribly hard, once you have the right steel, which can be purchased from...
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    01-17-2019, 06:17 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread My 105 shell in Vintage Ammo
    Anybody remember the Bill Mauldin cartoon of Willie sticking his head out of the bunker, calling the the 105 gun crew: "Fire two more for effect, Joe. I'm making a stovepipe".
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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