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    Today, 01:19 AM
    It's not that I don't want to buy from Starline - they won't ship it to me. Midway has changed their policies about not shipping to MA - I had to send them a copy of my LTC, which is fine with me. The brass is on the way (and dies from Amazon).
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    Yesterday, 09:39 PM
    I checked their website and the Star is gone. Less than 24 hrs. I guess $350 was a good price. They do have another Star in 9mm Luger for $295. I have a Nylon 66 that was my fathers. I've had it for close to 45 years. I took it totally apart...
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    Yesterday, 09:27 PM
    I bought one last year in Kittery for $550. Winchester, good bore, good wood, all original. Great shooter. I also got an Argentine Mauser with a bore that did not look good. As suggested by someone on this forum. I shot a bunch of jacketed...
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    Yesterday, 01:23 AM
    Battis replied to a thread Today's kids in Our Town
    No, you're the one that can't grasp the concept that hitting a kid is abuse. I said that the guy started punishing his kid and ended up ripping his ear off. If you can't outsmart a kid or punish them without hurting them, then you should seek...
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    Yesterday, 01:06 AM
    Battis replied to a thread Today's kids in Our Town
    I once arrested a guy who began punishing his kid and ended up pulling the kid's ear halfway off his head. Is there some sort of pain meter that lets you know how much is enough? So many times, a parent will have a bad day at work, or feel like...
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    07-20-2018, 09:32 PM
    I just went to a store in Maine and checked out the used handguns. They had a Star 9mm Largo (also stamped 38). If I had found the Astra and the Star maybe six months apart, I'd get both. Can't do two in a week. The Star looks like a good gun.
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    07-20-2018, 09:37 AM
    This is a "what the heck" question... Has anyone ever come up with a way to test primers? Pull the bullet, dump the powder, test the primer... Maybe put the primed case in a vise, drop something on the primer, or tap it? Could headspace be an...
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    07-19-2018, 09:58 PM
    I'm going to take the bolt apart to see if the firing pin is gunked up, as Der Gebirgsjager suggested. It would be nice if that was the problem, but it's probably the primers. Getting the brass is a problem - Starline, Midway, Grafs, won't ship to...
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    07-19-2018, 04:42 PM
    If most of the ammo that I got with the gun is bad, that turns a great deal into a good deal. The ammo is dated '62 & '63. I haven't removed the firing pin yet but I cleaned the bolt and sprayed CLP and wiped some more. It seems to function...
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    07-19-2018, 03:03 PM
    I tried hitting them again - nothing. I pulled the bullet and powder out of one at home, dropped the primed case in - nothing. Then I put a primed 9mm Luger case in and it popped. I can use 38 acp in this gun. I have Lee 38 S&W dies but I don't...
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    07-19-2018, 01:23 PM
    I took the Astra 400 to the range with some old ammo (1962). I cleaned and oiled the gun, everything seems to work, but out of 15 rds, only 5 fired. I have a set of Wolff springs on the way, so nothing has been replaced yet. The primer strikes on...
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    07-17-2018, 09:51 PM
    I just ordered a set of springs from Wolff. It makes sense. I have 5 Winchester Self Loaders (blow backs) and I replaced the springs on 3 of them. Any way to find out the date of this gun? The gun shop said 1938 but the paperwork and the box it...
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    07-17-2018, 08:15 PM
    I would take some of the screws and nipples to a local hardware store and use their thread measuring tools to see if the threads are metric or standard.
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    07-17-2018, 08:09 PM
    Well, I stripped it down and everything looks really good, but that is a tricky gun to reassemble. It 's definitely well made. I was wondering if the recoil spring had to be replaced, but I'd say it's plenty strong. Working the slide reminds me...
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    07-17-2018, 05:57 PM
    Thanks for the disassembling info. I saw one a year or so ago but passed on it. This gun and ammo was on consignment at a local shop five miles away. The ammo was selling locally at $25 per box last year, but I haven't seen any around here since....
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    07-17-2018, 04:40 PM
    I think I got a good deal. 1938 Astra, original box, 3 mags, cleaning tool, 11 boxes of ammo. $399.00 Now, I gotta break it down and see what's what.
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    07-15-2018, 09:49 PM
    I should have posted it somewhere else, not under Factory RIFLES. Ooops.
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    07-15-2018, 03:55 PM
    Battis replied to a thread Today's kids in Our Town
    My first year as a Truant Officer (after being a cop) I went into an elementary school (young kids) and a little kid was flipping out, breaking stuff, throwing stuff, and all that the teachers did was route the other kids away from him. Well, I...
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    07-15-2018, 02:29 PM
    That would explain why I cant find info on it - it's a Winchester 1911SL, not a Remington 11. Like I said, I have two Remington 11s, and they have the fiber cushion in the rear of the receiver, but the Winchester 1911 SL has a fiber barrel buffer. ...
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    07-15-2018, 12:20 PM
    This might belong in another forum... I'm looking at a Remington 1911SL shotgun (12 ga). Not the Model 11, but the "Widow Maker." I have two Model 11s that have a fiber buffer inside the receiver. From what I understand, the 1911 SL Widow...
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    07-15-2018, 11:27 AM
    Battis replied to a thread Today's kids in Our Town
    My kids, son and daughter, always played a sport - baseball, soccer, track, ice hockey. In sports, they learn structure and discipline, but you also have to keep an eye on coaches and the way they work. Some can be abusive. We had a rule - if you...
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    07-15-2018, 10:54 AM
    Battis replied to a thread Today's kids in Our Town
    As far as teachers spanking slapping, hitting or whatever...that's a friggin' Bozo No No. I'd still be in jail if a teacher ever laid a hand on either or my kids. It amazes me that some people would go to war to keep the government from touching...
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    07-14-2018, 10:27 PM
    Battis replied to a thread Texas Drivers in Our Town
    I live in Massachusetts. In the past few years, we've taken trips in Wyoming, Montana, North and South Dakota, and Utah. Each trip is 1,500 to 1,800 miles of driving over a week or so. I can count on one hand the number of tailgaters or rude...
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    07-14-2018, 01:14 PM
    Battis replied to a thread Today's kids in Our Town
    Yeah, well, I work in the school department (Truant Officer) and I can tell you that there's lots of kids who get beat that don't deserve it.
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    07-13-2018, 02:26 PM
    My wife holding a Walker at the James Julia auction in Maine - not reasonably priced.
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    07-11-2018, 01:59 AM
    At the Kittery Trading Post, I have bought a .351 WSL, a .35 WSL and a .401 WSL. I got a .32 WSL about a half hour away in MA. I recently bought another .351 in NH that I tried to trade at the Kittery Trading Post for a Marlin 1889 but they...
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    07-06-2018, 10:34 PM
    I was raised as a Catholic, but I'm not what I'd call religious now. But, it's a fact that suicide is the only sin you cannot confess.
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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"
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