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    Today, 12:51 AM
    The original 444 had a slow twist that limited it to rather light bullets. Is that still true?
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    Today, 12:07 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Rim ease in Rimfire Area
    By far the easiest in my book is(was) the copper cased .22 that we had before WW2. The most difficult are these new .17 Magnum rounds, which have thicker brass in the rims than your typical .22, due to higher pressures. There are some "boys'...
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    Yesterday, 06:44 AM
    I miss 4759, but I'm not forlorn over it. So many options to choose from today. Not at all like it was when I caught the reloading bug from Dad in the '60s. Wouldn't like to lose Varget, Bullseye, or Lil'Gun, but I'd survive.
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    11-11-2019, 12:31 PM
    I suppose "inexpensive" is true for us reloaders. But is that going to be true of the O.P. and/or his grandson? Not wishing the O.P. to defile an original .38-55 barrel either, but the cheapest loaded .38-55 I see online is $1.00 a round, which...
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    11-09-2019, 09:48 PM
    Pictures would be nice. We all love to drool over pictures.
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    11-09-2019, 09:45 PM
    Oh HO! Not a 44 at all! Lucky guy! The 44 1/2 is a successor design introduced in 1903, which is a true falling-block, far stronger than the old 44. Your options are far greater. As far as we know, the 0 signified that the rifle was built...
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    11-08-2019, 11:23 AM
    In the survey spreadsheet I've been keeping, out of some 235 specimens for which I have filed data, I can find twenty .32-40s, but only seven in .38-55. The .38-55s are crowded toward the early serial numbers, too. Five are below s/n 4800, and of...
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    11-08-2019, 10:38 AM
    That's an idea, John. By some accounts there were some made in .44-40. I've never seen one. The barrel marking from 1896 onward always includes an 1894 patent date. Virtually all 44s had half-octagon barrels up until sometime after WW1,...
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    11-08-2019, 12:29 AM
    Well, it isn't a Favorite if it's chambered .38-55. Has to be a Model 44 or one of its' derivatives. Take off the forearm wood and read the numbers stamped on the face of the receiver. Tell us what you find. There were very few chambered for...
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    11-06-2019, 12:18 AM
    Maintaining headspace has been a major bugaboo of the .35 Whelen from day one. The traditional fix is to ream it out to .35 Whelen Ackley Improved, which sharpens the shoulder angle so it doesn't get set back with cast bullet loads. Use pistol...
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    11-03-2019, 10:04 PM
    The Stevens 44 and Favorites are particularly good. Stevens made guns to a price, but they never skimped on their barrels. And the motion of the Stevens breechblock on closing will crowd the cartridge into a tight chamber just like the target-grade...
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    11-03-2019, 07:57 PM
    My failing is pre-WW1 single shot "boys' rifles". I must have at least two dozen now. Some have new barrels, some are relined, some have lovingly been given the full London oil finish on the wood, all the Favorites have new link pins to tighten...
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    11-03-2019, 07:22 PM
    Dittos re: The Marlin 336 in .35 Remington. Just be aware that the Microgroove barrels need a boolit a couple of thou bigger than the usual .35 calibers, and they need a long bearing area to be accurate. 200 grains of gas-checked lead and 37...
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    11-02-2019, 02:27 PM
    Looks pretty good. Mine was plated, and retains only about 60% of the plating. Do you think yours was originally plated, too? The barrel I'm sure is intended to be a very tight fit in it's seat, not intended to be taken down. If it were easy...
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    10-29-2019, 11:12 PM
    If you use cat litter, don't let it get wet. It will soon turn to mud.
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    10-28-2019, 04:13 PM
    While you think of it, see if Numrich still has firing pins. The one on mine had lost a bit of its' tip, and that may be true of yours, too.
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    10-27-2019, 10:15 PM
    Until you get the hang of it, absolutely!
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    10-27-2019, 10:09 PM
    The design is common for .25, .32, and 9mm Kurz. So yes, they are all like that. Not hard to deal with once I drilled that little hole. Before that I was quite ready to ditch the thing. And I'm a fairly patient guy when it comes to mechanism. ...
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    10-27-2019, 08:47 PM
    I drilled a hole so as to hold the grip safety to the rear. There is no spring involved until the gun is back together. Then the back end of the striker spring guide bears on a little tab at the top of it. In THEORY the striker spring and guide...
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    10-26-2019, 09:01 PM
    Winchester has made a run. Get it while it's available; it probably won't be for long. I got 100 from Duck Creek last month.
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    10-26-2019, 04:38 PM
    Nice list, but no Tru-Line Junior?
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    10-26-2019, 02:46 PM
    If you go to Gunbroker, and then go to "Advanced Search", select the "Completed Items" tab, and then search the Keyword ORTGIES, you'll see all the pistols that have sold in the last ?? years. Look to the right in the fine print to see how many...
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    10-26-2019, 12:09 PM
    The old time auctioneers would cry, "the more you pay, the more it's worth!" Maybe compare the price to other striker-fired .380 pistols with 7-round magazines? I'll vouch for the fact that it's heavier than the modern Tupperware guns, being an...
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    10-26-2019, 02:55 AM
    I have a .32ACP that I found at an estate auction. Reading up, they were supposed to be a popular target gun during the interwar years. Those Chermins must have had good eyes; the sights are tiny. CAUTION: The takedown of the gun is tricky, and...
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    10-25-2019, 09:54 PM
    I have a 310 expander die assembly, expander mandrel marked .308. Probably suitable for most .30 calibers except .30-06 may be too long. (??). A bit grungy but no rust. Yours $10 shipped in a flat-rate box. No trades needed at this time. P/M...
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    10-25-2019, 09:43 PM
    I inherited a Gen II Junior from my Dad. Despite having many hundreds of $$$ tied up in more modern and more powerful presses, I still do pistol loading on the Junior. Dad had had a shop chum open up his turret to take 7/8 dies, probably in the...
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    10-25-2019, 09:13 PM
    As for a lathe - no matter what you buy you'll soon wish you had more. Just stay clear of the Sherline lathes intended for (I guess) model railroad and airplane builders. And DON'T buy from Amazon, Harbor Freight, or Northern Tool. You will have...
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    10-25-2019, 08:46 PM
    I'm not laughing......I've done it. [smilie=1:
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    10-25-2019, 05:10 PM
    Good. When properly fitted, the 44/Favorite action is considerably stronger. If not, the thrust is redirected onto the link, and the link holes get pounded oval. I like to describe proper lockup as being a wedge driven between the frame and the...
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    10-24-2019, 08:42 PM
    One tidbit I can recall from my reading is that every single bullet was swaged on a hand press. I have several boxes, some unopened, of bullets in varying weights made specifically for the Lovell wildcat. Yes, even empty boxes are bringing...
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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