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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    Today, 05:18 PM
    Pretty much all of the powders mentioned above have worked well for me in a variety of cast boolit cartridges, but I'd like to add H322 to the list. It shoots spectacularly well out of a Ron Smith re-bored large action Martini that I have in .338 /...
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    Today, 02:57 PM
    I haven't had a chance to shoot either of my .25-20SS rifles yet either, but with some scrounging around I have dug up about 60 + rounds of brass, an original Winchester mould, an Ideal tong tool, and a 3 die set of CH4D dies in .25-20SS. I have a...
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    Yesterday, 02:17 PM
    We have a bumper crop of raspberries this year. Several years ago my wife planted a few canes along our back fence and they have grown like crazy. She spreads them out on a flat pan to freeze and then bags them up for future use. We have bags and...
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    Yesterday, 01:32 PM
    There are quite a few levers in my collection, but one of them that stands out is an 1894 Take Down octagon rifle in .30 WCF. Mfg in 1895, so the second year of production for the '94 model and the first year of production for the .30 WCF...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    07-15-2019, 06:00 PM
    Well, that depends ... are you shooting a rifle with a round bore or a square bore such as a Puckle Gun? (The Puckle Gun had the option to shoot square bullets at "non-Christians" ...) :kidding:
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    07-15-2019, 01:25 PM
    I didn't get any actual reloading done, but I've been sorting out a few surplus (?) items to put on my table at this weekend's local gun show. I'm sharing a table with a friend of mine. It's absolutely amazing just how MUCH STUFF I have down in my...
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    07-12-2019, 02:05 PM
    Reverend Al replied to a thread We're buying a house! in Our Town
    I wholeheartedly agree with the idea of making extra mortgage payments paid against the principle outside of your regular payments. As a rule of thumb every dollar that you pay against the principle outside of your regular mortgage payments also...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    07-09-2019, 04:47 PM
    If you feel like having a bit of fun with your guests at your next BBQ you could always try this ... :shock:
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    07-09-2019, 01:43 PM
    Pretty much any suitable 30 calibre mould (.310 / .311 as cast?) should powder coat up to .314" ish and be more than suitable for an Enfield or Mosin. A few years ago a nearby distributor was selling 123 grain pulled bullets from 7.62x39 ammo at a...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    07-09-2019, 04:33 AM
    Yes, I love my old single shots and have a variety of High Walls, Low Walls, Ballards, Maynards, Stevens, Martinis, Rolling Blocks, German Schuetzen rifles, etc. A total of 40 years of efforts in finding and then buying interesting old relic rifles...
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    07-09-2019, 04:21 AM
    Yeah, a friend who talked me into getting one of these also did a home-build work around on the primer catcher on both of ours, but I still need to coat the handles on mine with something. The bare metal is just way too hard on the hands when doing...
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    07-08-2019, 02:39 PM
    Yep, same here. I took my load data from 2 magazine articles by Mike Venturino about reloading for the .40-82 WCF. I had the same results he did with hang fires and shotgun sized "patterns" rather than "groups" as close as 25 yards. Once I used...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    07-08-2019, 02:25 PM
    Very interesting reading! (I checked out the links as well ...)
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    07-08-2019, 02:05 PM
    Actually they do shoot far better than you would expect. It's just the crude sights and the extremely short sight radius that hurts their accuracy ...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    07-07-2019, 06:16 PM
    Still usable with listed data for specific cartridges ...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    07-07-2019, 02:07 PM
    Which cartridges would you like to reload with it? I have several old editions of the Lyman / Ideal manuals that list loads for Dupont #6. (I have a bit of it too and have used it to load some "vintage" reloads for a Colt double action revolver in...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    07-07-2019, 01:53 PM
    Ouch! Wish you'd asked sooner since .40-82 WCF can be formed from Starline .45-90 brass that is fairly easily purchased from several Canadian distributors. A set of dies, a suitable 240 to 260 grain mould, a bit of brass, and you're off to the...
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    07-07-2019, 01:46 PM
    Like many I use a food dehydrator (7 tray) since my wife rarely used it. She felt it was too big and cumbersome so I bought her a little 4 tray unit that she DOES use and I took her older, bigger unit. Works great for brass. Drain from the...
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    07-07-2019, 01:36 PM
    I have 3 Forster bench mounted trimmers (2 different lengths of bases plus one set up specifically in .17 calibre) plus I bought their drill press mounted power trimmer since I already had lots of collets and pilots to fit my existing Forster...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    07-06-2019, 02:05 PM
    There are a number of vintage to downright antique rifles in my collection chambered for cartridge cases that were LONG thought to be "obsolete", but with a bit of effort (and in some cases a FAIR bit of effort) I've duplicated cartridge cases that...
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    07-06-2019, 01:41 PM
    I haven't tried it out yet, but I have one of the old, now out of production, Outers Foul Out II's. I was going to build one since there are detailed plans on the net on how to home-make electrolysis bore cleaners, but I bought this Outers unit at...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    07-05-2019, 02:10 PM
    "Barn Grade" guns are still good guns! (I have a few of those as well as my "museum grade" guns ...) :guntootsmiley:
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    07-05-2019, 02:03 PM
    I shoot them in a little Beretta 950 and it's a hoot to shoot. Not fussy as to what it eats either, which is a good thing as most my supply of .22 Shorts is a mixed bag of different brands in a coffee tin that have accumulated over the years from...
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    07-04-2019, 01:07 PM
    Reverend Al replied to a thread Shepherds Pie in Cookin' Recipe's
    When my English Grandfather used to mix together any sorts of mixed leftovers he had on hand and made it into a soup, a stew, or savory meat pie filling he always called it "Slumgulleon" ... (which I always thought meant that it was something that...
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    07-02-2019, 01:25 PM
    Reverend Al replied to a thread Shepherds Pie in Cookin' Recipe's
    I've used this recipe and it is good. They used cream of mushroom soup rather than gravy and it works well. If you prefer you can always substitute some home-made gravy. Best Shepherd's Pie Recipe Ingredients: •2-1/2 pounds potatoes,...
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    06-28-2019, 02:06 PM
    My latest acquisition is a late 1880's WW Greener hammer SxS 12 bore, "The Trap Gun". These were a heavy 12 or 10 bore shotgun designed for shooting in live pigeon competitions or for shooting glass target balls. This is the type of shotgun that...
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    06-26-2019, 02:06 PM
    "Echo" also made that style of "swing mount" for many guns ...
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    06-25-2019, 09:03 PM
    I don't know if you have a Sellier & Bellot distributor anywhere near you, but they still offer loaded 5.6x52R / .22 Savage High Power ammunition in boxer primed reloadable brass at very reasonable prices. You'd likely have to search far and...
    22 replies | 817 view(s)
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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