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    Yesterday, 11:39 AM
    You mean when we wrassle over the remote?
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    02-18-2020, 09:04 PM
    There are cheaper air beds out there than the Select Comfort/sleep number, but be careful. We had one years ago - the pump sounded like it was powered by diesel, and the baffles that form the chambers let go one night on my side of the bed. It was...
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    02-17-2020, 10:17 PM
    I finally bought a Sleep Number air bed. Dual chambers so Da Momma can set her side at what she wants, and mine at what I want. I've had it a few years and I like it.
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    02-16-2020, 01:15 PM
    Battis replied to a thread Antique or not? in Our Town
    I agree. But the shady area is sometimes the ammo: "...any firearm using fixed ammunition manufactured in or before 1898, for which ammunition is no longer manufactured in the United States and is not readily available in the ordinary channels of...
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    02-16-2020, 10:02 AM
    Battis replied to a thread Antique or not? in Our Town
    I will say that the store in question stood up for the 2A last year when a large group of people held protests against the store selling semi auto weapons. What did the store do? Nothing. They ignored them. And they went away. It's a single...
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    02-16-2020, 12:02 AM
    Battis replied to a thread Krag carbine 1896 in Military Rifles
    Great info and instructions. I'll be referring back to your posts as I do it (I was kidding about the tools, not the job itself). I've done repairs on other stocks, and I do have the other two Krags for a pattern. I have a side plate on the way...
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    02-15-2020, 07:59 PM
    Battis replied to a thread Krag carbine 1896 in Military Rifles
    Der Gebirgsjager posted: That's an interesting idea. It dawned on me that I have a ready made pattern - two other Krags. And I have all the tools I need - Sawzall, sledgehammer, nail gun...I'm kidding. Sort of...
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    02-15-2020, 07:50 PM
    Battis replied to a thread Antique or not? in Our Town
    I've done well there. I have a C&R license and they get a lot of guns that qualify, and a lot of antiques. Every once in awhile I run into a salesperson who doesn't like me, or his job and knows little about what he's selling. Once I leave with...
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    02-15-2020, 07:18 PM
    Battis replied to a thread Antique or not? in Our Town
    It didn't matter as far as the purchase - they still do background checks. I could have used my C&R and they wouldn't have done a background check, but then I'd have to log it in the C&R book. Oh well.
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    02-15-2020, 06:25 PM
    Battis replied to a thread Antique or not? in Our Town
    The store is in Maine. They do background checks on every firearm that uses self contained cartridges. They background checked me on an 1870 50-70 Trapdoor. That's fine - it's on their dime. It took them 2 months a few years ago to determine if...
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    02-15-2020, 05:57 PM
    Battis started a thread Antique or not? in Our Town
    I just bought an 1896 Krag carbine, made in 1897. The salesman said it's not an antique because it isn't black powder. I said it was made pre-1898. He said it shoots self contained cartridges. I said the ammo is not readily available (sure, you...
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    02-13-2020, 06:29 PM
    If heaven is heaven, why would you need to fish?
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    02-13-2020, 07:07 AM
    Have you tried firing a cap to see if it works as is?
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    02-12-2020, 11:12 AM
    Battis replied to a thread Krag carbine 1896 in Military Rifles
    Yeah, I posted about the carbine on that forum and one poster suggested replacing the side cover and adding an 1898 rifle rear sight. I just bought the side plate on ebay ($35). I'll get the sight and then decide about the handguard.
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    02-11-2020, 02:26 PM
    Battis replied to a thread Krag carbine 1896 in Military Rifles
    I checked them out - thanks for the tip. I'll watch them. I wish whoever put the Lyman sight on had used the no drill Redfield sight instead. I put the carbine on 60 day hold so I have some time. I'm thinking that I might replace the side cover...
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    02-09-2020, 06:17 PM
    Battis replied to a thread Krag carbine 1896 in Military Rifles
    I'm thinking that if...IF...I could find a Lyman #34 I could just slip it on that mounting, and I wouldn't have to make any changes. Like 444ttd said, it might take some time. I could also look for the Redfield. I'm going back tomorrow to take a...
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    02-09-2020, 05:09 PM
    Battis replied to a thread Krag carbine 1896 in Military Rifles
    Apparently those sights were offered by Lyman for the Krags from 1895 to 1943. The sights could be as old as the carbine. I'll check those sites you listed.
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    02-09-2020, 03:42 PM
    Battis replied to a thread Krag carbine 1896 in Military Rifles
    So, basically, if I get the carbine as a shooter and not to resurrect it, I'd have to find a Lyman 34 sight so I wouldn't have to butcher it any more. Anyone see one of those sights around? I can't find one, or even info on them.
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    02-09-2020, 10:25 AM
    Battis replied to a thread raise Lee press from bench in Our Town
    I bought the 9 1/2" riser from Inline Fabrications, and I'm glad I did. It's heavy, well made, sturdy and it looks better than anything I could have made. Good people to deal with, very fast (free) shipping)....
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    02-08-2020, 03:24 PM
    Battis replied to a thread Krag carbine 1896 in Military Rifles
    On the rack next to the carbine I was looking at was an 1898 carbine. I didn't pay much attention to it but I might have another look at it. It might be a cut down rifle but I don't think it had been bubba'ed like the one I was looking at (sights,...
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    02-08-2020, 10:43 AM
    Battis replied to a thread Krag carbine 1896 in Military Rifles
    Does the mount attached to the gun look like the one in the pic I posted? I can't find anything on Lyman 34 sights.
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    02-08-2020, 12:59 AM
    Battis replied to a thread Krag carbine 1896 in Military Rifles
    I have a restored 1896 carbine (replacement handguard, replacement rear sight, repro saddle ring, 1903 front sight), and I have an 1898 rifle. This one caught my eye. But you're right - it's too sporterized to restore. I posted the info on the...
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    02-07-2020, 10:24 PM
    Battis replied to a thread Krag carbine 1896 in Military Rifles
    Is it a Redfield sight? Does the mount on your Krag look like this one?
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    02-07-2020, 08:42 PM
    I looked at an 1896 Krag carbine today (serial number #69174). It was missing the rear sight and top handguard, but I know they're available. But, someone had removed the mag cut off and mounted a sight. Everything else looks good - the wood is...
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    02-07-2020, 12:29 AM
    Battis replied to a thread raise Lee press from bench in Our Town
    That does look pretty good. Is it 12 inches high? Let us know how it works. I found a bunch of items at the hardware store that I could use, but decided just to buy the pre-made riser.
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    02-06-2020, 12:26 AM
    If you need help pricing guns for sale, maybe I can help. If you want, send me the info on a particular gun, and I'll research it as best as I can for its value and get back to you. Take it one gun at a time and see what happens. Maybe other...
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    02-05-2020, 09:31 AM
    Battis replied to a thread raise Lee press from bench in Our Town
    I checked out plates and brackets at the hardware store, priced things that I could use, measured, checked out different woods, then said the heck with it and bought a riser from Inline Fabrications. It should be here this weekend.
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    02-04-2020, 03:51 PM
    Battis replied to a thread raise Lee press from bench in Our Town
    The Inline Fabrication Company sells the risers in three heights: 4", 7 1/2" and 9 1/2". But you have to let them know that it's a Lee NEW 4 hole Value turret press because the mounting holes are different. A simple overhanging board should do it.
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    02-04-2020, 03:15 PM
    Battis replied to a thread raise Lee press from bench in Our Town
    The spent primer tube hangs down the back of the press. From the base of the press to the top of the tube is 1 1/2". Which means that if the edge of the bench is more than 1 1/2" wide (or thick), which mine is (2 1/2"), the top of the tube will...
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    02-04-2020, 01:24 PM
    Battis replied to a thread raise Lee press from bench in Our Town
    I have the "new" Lee 4 hole value turret. The spent primer tube/hose actually drops between the linkage and the bench top, so it gets squished unless I overhang or raise the press. The girl that answered the phone at Lee knew exactly what I was...
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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
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