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    Today, 12:06 PM
    Norske replied to a thread New scopes on old rifle in Leverguns
    Most of my rifles are a Ruger M77s and the factory ring spacing works. However, I do own a "round top" Ruger M77 that needed a front extension (extension to the rear over the receiver opening) to hold the compact scope I chose for that rifle.
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    02-26-2020, 11:16 AM
    Both my SBH revolvers and my Marlin 1894 prefer 2400 powder above all others. 20 gr 2400 and a jacketed bullet in the Marlin is very accurate, but the revolvers prefer cast bullets. It's a difference in groove diameter and twist rate. When I'm...
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    02-24-2020, 10:49 AM
    Norske replied to a thread New scopes on old rifle in Leverguns
    The length of the scope tube between where rings can fit varies, not only among brands, but among models within a brand. My 99 has a Leupod 2-7X. Look for that critical dimension in the scope maker's description. I'd pay more attention to scope...
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    02-20-2020, 06:46 PM
    Norske replied to a thread Skinner aperture sight in Leverguns
    I tried a Williams aperture rear sight that fit the scope mounting holes in my Marlin 1895. A rear peep won't work to well for me and my variable bifocals. I find myself looking through 1 1/2 apertures. Which one is real??
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    02-20-2020, 11:55 AM
    Hard mil-spec primers can be found. Sorry, I don't know the brand for sure (CCI?) or the number.
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    02-20-2020, 11:50 AM
    "Straight" cases aren't straight. They are tapered slightly. Look at the case dimensions in your loading manual. A carbide die sizes them straight, an all steel die sizes them tapered so they fit the chamber correctly. I have a 45ACP pistol with...
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    02-19-2020, 12:29 PM
    Shotgun powders are made to burn cleanly at low pressures (and temperatures), so most will burn even cleaner at handgun pressures. There are 3 "Clays" powders, the other two are International and Universal. Consult tested loading data to find...
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    02-18-2020, 12:04 PM
    If you try other primers, be aware the power varies by brand. For example, Winchester primers are designed to reliably ignite graphite coated double-base powders. My Western Powders reloading manual lists only Winchester (rifle) and Federal...
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    02-17-2020, 11:03 PM
    If you are over-sizing your cases so they feed easily, they could be pushing forward when the firing pin hits, allowing the primer to back out slightly, then get flattened when the full powder charge ignites. It's one reason primer appearance isn't...
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    02-11-2020, 11:51 PM
    My 1895 has a Leupold 1-4X slug gun scope with the heavy cross hair option. It's in an old Lyman pivot mount. It works well in the black bear stand. But for really low light, I had that little brass bead in the front sight ramp replaced with a...
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    02-11-2020, 11:40 PM
    Marlin does make a 44 cal barrel with a .429-.430 bore and 1 in 20" twist, but it's chambered for 444 Marlin. I sent Marlin customer service an e-mail asking for a similar barrel that would fit my 1894 so I could shoot the Lee 305gr cast bullet...
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    02-11-2020, 11:34 PM
    Don't worry about it, enjoy it. Even inexpensive rifles are very accurate in these days of CNC machining.
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    02-11-2020, 11:32 PM
    I love my early Ruger MK2. Out of the box, it tends to interlock bullet holes at 100 yards. (Even Ruger owners get lucky sometimes.) My favorite gunsmith and I agree that I only can justify owning a 22LR, a 22-250, a 6.5X55, and a 338WM. All my...
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    02-11-2020, 11:25 PM
    I've tried H110/W296 many times in my SBHs and my Marlin 1894. I still get better accuracy with Alliant 2400. 2400 only needs a standard primer, but those graphite-coated ball powders work best with at least a Winchester LP or someone else's...
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    02-11-2020, 11:17 PM
    My old (1967 edition) Lyman manual lists 400 gr bullet and 38.5gr IMR3031 as a factory equivalent load. It is pleasant in my Marlin 1895.
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    02-06-2020, 05:27 PM
    My mouse load for my Marlin 1894 and SuperBlackhawks is a 240 grain bullet and only 12 grains of Unique powder. The most accuragte loads are 20 grains of Alliant 2400 and a cast 240 in the handgun and a jacketed 240 in the rifle. With their...
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    02-06-2020, 05:18 PM
    Rusty, How is the recoil in that rifle which is kind of light for a 375? I ask because when I shoot Buffalo Bore in my Marlin 1895 45-70, I wish my 7 1/2 pound rifle weighted closer to 10 pounds.
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    02-06-2020, 12:05 PM
    What's the groove diameter of your barrel? The bullet should fit (or be slightly over) the grooves.
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    02-06-2020, 12:01 PM
    I used to live next to a 35 Whelen fan. His powder of choice was Alliant Reloader 15. Published data at the time had a significant velocity advantage with that powder.
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    02-06-2020, 11:58 AM
    No, didn't save it.
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    02-06-2020, 11:57 AM
    Yup, a gun writer named John Barsness pointed out a few years ago that the Creedmoor case is identical in dimensions to an improved 250-3000. JB hangs around under the name Mule Deer. As the owner of a 300 Savage, i suspect the...
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    02-04-2020, 12:32 PM
    Norske replied to a thread First Lever Action? in Leverguns
    My first levergun was a Browning BL22. Accuracy was very good with standard velocity ammo. But t was so light, offhand shooting was iffy. My second was a Marlin 1895 45-70. It's my black bear rifle of choice. My third was a Browning BLR...
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    02-04-2020, 12:22 PM
    My 358 Browning BLR shoots every bullet I've tried accurately if I use IMR 3031 powder. No other powder works as well with any bullet. According to the Western Powders loading manual, it's the volume of gas that bends Garand operating rods. ...
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    02-04-2020, 12:17 PM
    I have dies and molds for 9mm, but haven't reloaded any yet. If I buy 9mm ammo on sale (it's always on sale somewhere), I get loaded ammo for the price of jacketed projectiles. That saves me the cost of primers and powder.
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    02-04-2020, 12:05 PM
    If what I read somewhere a few years ago is true, it's great trivia. The standard powder for 30-06 was IMR 4895, and it was made in huge batches (trainloads of 600 ton batches) during WW2. If a batch had a slightly faster burn rate than desired,...
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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