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    Today, 02:44 PM
    Wat did I say that suggested an unethical kill? Everything I mentioned will kill quickly.
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    Today, 08:47 AM
    How dead is dead? I don't like light for caliber bullets or hollow points but deer hit with them are just as dead as the ones I shoot with heavy for caliber, large meplat bullets. I like penetration, others like the expansion and lesser...
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    10-16-2020, 09:07 AM
    That is all excellent work. I particularly like the shooting pouch & horn.
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    10-16-2020, 09:04 AM
    Tuesday my gunsmith called me and said another customer had left 4 lbs. of black powder at his shop for anyone who wanted it and coughed up the first $20.00. Told him I was on my way. What a treat! Two lbs. of DuPont, one FFg and one FFFg and a...
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    10-15-2020, 04:46 PM
    My experience has been they don't form very well, annealed or not, high failure rate. I'm ambivalent about them otherwise. I did buy some Starline 44-40 once because that's all that was available.
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    10-15-2020, 08:27 AM
    Pace, a simply gorgeous rifle. Given my experience with 3 Shiloh's since 1986 I expect it will shoot as good as it looks.
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    10-13-2020, 08:45 AM
    Matter of taste and as some have posted, proficiency. IF I had to choose I'd take a DA revolver. Fortunately I don't. I have semi-auto's and they are purely tools. I've been shooting them enough over more than 50 years that I'm...
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    10-13-2020, 08:33 AM
    sharps4590 replied to a thread old & new? in Factory Rifles
    That's more than a little presumptuous. I've hunted from Maine to Arizona and Wyoming to Virginia, in bone dry to pouring down rain & wind and falling snow, below zero to 80 degrees, from darn near sea level to 11,000 ft.. I think that's fairly...
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    10-12-2020, 07:13 PM
    Assuredly NOT any kind of dueling pistol.
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    10-12-2020, 07:07 PM
    sharps4590 replied to a thread Remember Skeeter???? in Our Town
    Yeah, I remember Skeeter....and most all mentioned and they were great. Lucian Cary evades my memory though. I don't remember him. Mike Venturino wrote for ST and he wrote about firearms I was immensely interested in. I didn't renew my...
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    10-10-2020, 08:23 AM
    sharps4590 replied to a thread old & new? in Factory Rifles
    I have two stainless revolvers, simply because the S&W 696 was never made in blue during its short life and Freedom Arms doesn't make the Mod. 97 in blued steel. None of my rifles are stainless nor plastic. Oldest is an 1850's-ish, Manton, 16 bore...
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    10-08-2020, 04:47 PM
    Godd bear BPL!! Congratulations...and I am a bit envious. I can't imagine a better way to hunt bear than behind dogs. Now, that rifle. Being a long time German sporting firearm aficionado...it is stunning! Details of the rifle? I'm surprised...
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    10-08-2020, 07:08 AM
    Well done! I bet no one else has ever done something A) just to see if they could or B) just because they wanted to....whether either worked or not.
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    10-06-2020, 07:33 AM
    A Manton, 16 bore double, muzzleloading shotgun from approximately the 1850's and yes, I shoot it. It is in remarkable condition. Then either my Goldmann double rifle in 11.15 X 60R from the 1870's or my 1871 dated Husky roller. Then, most of my...
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    10-01-2020, 06:01 PM
    sharps4590 replied to a thread Ruger to get marlin in Leverguns
    I've never been a Remington guy, just a matter of taste. I would still hate to see them disappear given as long as they've been around.
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    10-01-2020, 07:01 AM
    Heck, on the old stuff just keeping it original and runnin' ain't cheap...that and I am loathe to alter things from original, rifles or cars.
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    10-01-2020, 06:54 AM
    I suppose it would be too much to ask that they restart producing Ballards. . . . . . . . One can only hope....in futility I fear. Perhaps Ruger will continue some of the more popular lever rifles and get them back to some semblance of sleek,...
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    09-30-2020, 06:52 PM
    sharps4590 replied to a thread Uberti 73 Winchester in Leverguns
    I bought mine at a local auction and I think it's the sporting rifle. It has the pistol grip, fairly decent checkering. It had belonged to a late friend and I wanted something of Bill's. It was between the '73 and an Uberti '76 in 50....well...
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    09-30-2020, 02:12 PM
    You just need a jack that goes higher and taller jack stands...:mrgreen: I was thinking about a lift but I'd need to make my upcoming shop addition a lot taller. I looked at some of those portable lifts but they only go to 4 foot. That would...
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    09-29-2020, 05:18 PM
    His is an actual mold and his bullets were soft, plumbers lead. Yeah, we're old and have old stuff...lol. If I remember right I think he bought it from Dixie. His rifle is also a Parker Hale. Thank you for the Info. I'll share this with Dave...
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    09-28-2020, 11:59 AM
    Buckshot, a dear friend of mine has a Whitworth and the hexagonal mold for it. Could I bother you to ask for your load and the procedure you use for PP'ing the bullet or, if you do? He brought it out to the house and our results were not very...
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    09-28-2020, 11:53 AM
    sharps4590 replied to a thread What's your favorite in Leverguns
    #1 choice is condition but, I don't buy hardly anything post WWII. After condition, flip a coin for Winchester, Marlin or Savage. Henry and Rossi don't enter into the equation.
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    09-28-2020, 11:47 AM
    sharps4590 replied to a thread Uberti 73 Winchester in Leverguns
    They are pretty nice rifles and mine has proven accurate with both smokeless and black powder. I opted for the 44-40 because I'm such a hide bound traditionalist and, I had one 30 years ago and sold it to a guy who wanted it a LOT worse than I did....
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    09-25-2020, 02:22 PM
    Wow....just reading this thread confirms what I already knew...that is how much I don't know. I bought a 9 X 19 Grizzly, with stand from an acquaintance worth the money to me. 90% of what I do on it has more to do with working on brass cases...
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    09-25-2020, 02:10 PM
    A bit impatient, are we?
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    09-25-2020, 08:29 AM
    Good outfit. I was fortunate enough to have an article on the 8.15 X 46R that I submitted published in their periodical. I figured the cartridge had been beat to death but the editor opined that as new folks come into the hobby all the time the...
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    09-24-2020, 09:59 AM
    It warms the cockles of my heart to read your last statement, "but I like hard copy". Too many believe everything they need to know is on some web site somewhere.
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    09-23-2020, 04:48 PM
    I'm on a first name basis with the guy at the service counter at the shop I take my 2 cycle's to....:bigsmyl2: Since I started using ethanol free premium our visits have become less frequent. The last time I tried to work on, and when I swore off...
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    09-23-2020, 04:33 PM
    I don't know Idaho. The line does seem to be quite distinct, however.
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    09-22-2020, 01:14 PM
    Yes I am....if I'm the one trying to work on them!! Dad could give one a dirty look and it would run better.
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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