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    Yesterday, 11:33 AM
    The original 1851 Navy was a .36. For fun the .36 is a pleasure to shoot and takes less powder and lead. The 1851 Navy in .44 is a modern creation, an 1860 Colt Army cylinder on the 1851 grip frame, though they shoot just fine. A step-up and very...
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    09-20-2020, 11:40 AM
    ACC has it. Websites are not cheap or easy to build. Changes are expensive. I spent many years in the industry. What might seem simple can be very complicated to the uninformed. Downloading apps and posting pictures does not make you a computer...
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    09-19-2020, 09:16 AM
    For full-length sizing, I uae the Redding Competition Shell holders. They provide repeatable sizing, +.002 Thru +.010, with most full-length sizers. I start with the largest that will chamber easily. You can go up .002 if you want to 'feel' the...
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    09-12-2020, 10:11 PM
    I've got some old Accurate 3100 that I use with 95 gr Partitions. I have had good results with H414 with 90-100 grains, H380 works well with the 80-85 grainers. I am using H4895 with some 55 Grainers. The Noslers 55's ( yes- .243's) hold up to...
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    09-11-2020, 05:47 PM
    I have both a 444 Marlin (1980?) and a 2017 Marlin 1895 45-70 and a (1979?) Marlin 1895 (early straight grip, curved buttplate). The 444 has the advantage of many light bullets for pleasure shooting and deer and smaller game. My 444 is a heavy...
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    08-31-2020, 10:04 PM
    Marble's has a current production tang sight for the 99 with the lever safety that is drilled and tapped. There are also Lyman, Redfield and Williams receiver sights that properly fit the factory D&T screw holes on the top of the receiver behind...
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    08-30-2020, 10:48 AM
    There are many powder burn rate tables and all vary to some extent. This table (adi-powders) may be most different of the 'average' burn rate table with many differences when compared to others. Burn rate tables just provide GUESSING points for...
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    08-29-2020, 12:25 PM
    I've used the Aguila SubSonic, HP and Solid, also have case from CMP that is Aguila Standard Velocity. Pleased with accuracy and reliability of all. No misfires, misfires I have run into is the new CIL brand and old Winchester bulk. The Aguila...
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    08-29-2020, 12:14 PM
    I have 2 NIB Ruger #3 in 375 Win. The barrels are drilled and tapped for scope mount bases. Weaver makes bases for them, Ruger did have bases, rings for them at one time, maybe still do?
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    08-24-2020, 09:36 AM
    Peening the threads is the way to go. Very, very light hammer, punch/chisel ground for the job and lots of patience. Go slow, lots of screwing... to check the fit of course.
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    08-24-2020, 09:29 AM
    I have always shot the lightweights, the 300 grain RCBS Flatnose GasCheck was my first choice, I've shot quite a few of the 'cheap' production bullets also. I quit on the heavy bullets long ago when working up heavy loads for elk due to recoil. I...
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    08-23-2020, 09:51 AM
    The most consistent powder measure I have found for very small charges is the Lee DELUXE Perfect Powder measure with the small drum. I check small charges by throwing 10 charges into the scale pan and weighing. I have found the variance over TEN...
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Reloading 50 years, started at 13
Hunted CO, WY mostly elk, antelope, some deer, a moose, mostly hunt, shoot Savage 99, Marlin
Eastern WY
Shooting, reloading, gunsmithing, horses


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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