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    Yesterday, 05:18 PM
    Have you measured the chamber length? Are you SURE that the revolver is chambered for .38 Long Colt and not .38 Colt New Police? If you need .38 Colt New Police (same as .38 S&W, .787" case), I can help you out.
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    Yesterday, 01:57 PM
    I expect that this was was rebarrelled somewhere other than at the factory. The shim, done correctly, makes a serviceable repair if the barrel is not over-torqued so as to induce a thread choke. If the barrel comes loose again, recommend light...
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    Yesterday, 11:36 AM
    This has been my observation also. Filson quality today is not up to what I bought 50 years ago. These days prefer Codet out of Canada or Johnson Woolen Mills from Vermont. The Varusteleka Oy goods out of Finland are very good. Their...
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    Yesterday, 11:30 AM
    I use the Accurate flat-nosed version with 40 grains of IMR4064, RL15 or Varget with a 1-grain Dacron fill tucked loosely into the case mouth, NOT pushed down upon the powder! ...
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    Yesterday, 10:30 AM
    Rear sight can be drifted to correct windage. Rear sight is usually staked in position, but it might not be.
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    07-15-2019, 01:02 PM
    A good way to counterbore is to use a rotating pilot chamber reamer having a pilot which "fits" and run the reamer into the muzzle only enough that the case shoulder on the reamer cleans up the damaged crown. The neck and throat of the reamer will...
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    07-14-2019, 11:01 PM
    The ogival flat-nosed Cowboy bullets feed better in lever-action rifles than the sharp-shouldered Keith type, but if shooting revolvers only the Keith design with large meplat and full-diameter front band above the crimp groove, which fits the...
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    07-13-2019, 06:56 PM
    Fairtrimmer's military OX stock oil finish from Brownell's and follow the directions.
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    07-12-2019, 06:02 PM
    I've found that if your Star machine in .38 Special or .45 ACP is set up and adjusted to meter a safe charge of Bullseye, that you can refill your measure and meter the same volume of 452AA or WST and you will have a safe load which gives just a bit...
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    07-12-2019, 05:07 PM
    Only instance I am aware of a grass fire being started is when full-scale muzzleloading cannon are shot. Normal range precaution is to have a Fedco 5-gallon backpack pump available to extinguish small fires as they occur. ...
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    07-12-2019, 05:01 PM
    IIRC Renegade barrel was 15/16", Hawken 1". Don't have mine anymore.
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    07-12-2019, 04:37 PM
    Hopi yellow, or black pinto "Maawiw' ngwu" beans are wonderful if you live somewhere you can get them. My late aunt used to send them to me from Arizona. These days seek out October Bush or Six Nations Beans you can find at farmer's markets in...
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    07-12-2019, 03:52 PM
    Tex, Please correct me if this is incorrect, but IIRC chili with beans was an attempt to stretch the contents of the pot farther when there were more mouths to feed, but not enough meat, either due to poverty, or bad luck hunting. I believe also...
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    07-12-2019, 10:49 AM
    Longer barrels are also much quieter! Especially when shot with "Cat Sneeze" type loads. Fiocchi .32 S&W Long factory wadcutter, fired in my relined and rechambered English rook rifle having a 25-inch barrel is no louder than an air rifle.
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    07-11-2019, 08:50 PM
    The olive oil-beeswax works fine in rifles. You may need to adjust the amount of olive oil to get the consistency you want, but with bullets having a large lube groove and adequate lube capacity, you can run 100 rounds of black powder with no...
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    07-11-2019, 03:42 PM
    Done PROPERLY, annealing the case body only, and protecting the head k, l, m regions from heating this would help and is safe. You DO NOT want to anneal the entire case, only the mouth and upper 3/4" of the case body. Standing the case heads in...
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    07-10-2019, 03:09 PM
    RCBS Cowboy dies work great. But if you come across a set of RCBS .4C55 MkII dies they will work well to also load not only .455s, but the shorter .45 Cowboy Special cases and .45 Auto Rim as well as being able to be backed off for .45...
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    07-10-2019, 12:56 PM
    This is mostly a case sizing issue, not a brass issue. A typical .45 Colt chamber is .480+" in diameter. Modern dies resize the brass to .470-" in order to provide adequate bullet pull with .451-.452" diameter jacketed bullets. Excessive...
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    07-10-2019, 12:17 PM
    You can improve the cavity geometry from that used on the original stab-based originals. Order the Accurate mold of your choice. I would use one with a crimp groove unless loading BP only. Send to Erik Ohlen to have him do inset-bar...
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    07-09-2019, 03:12 PM
    If bullet is sized so that you can push bullet through chamber and out front of cylinder by hand pressure only, feeling slight resistance, wiping a film of bullet lube on the throat walls, fit is then perfect. If bullets falls through chambers and...
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    07-09-2019, 09:43 AM
    Don't need a group buy. Accurate already has the original mold similar to #454190 already cataloged, either with or without a crimp groove, you just need to outsource the HB pins. can do them for you. ...
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    07-09-2019, 09:36 AM
    They are not cast, but swaged. Appear to be dead-soft pure lead with clear wax film lubricant as is used on their .22 LR. Do not lead at 900 fps and are accurate from my Colt New Service M1909.
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    07-09-2019, 07:41 AM
    Sample current production Winchester 255-grain lead factory rounds I have pulled are. Expect early BP rounds absolutely were.
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    07-08-2019, 01:10 PM
    I recently did the same thing with 4s and 8s, simply mixed them, a 2:1 ratio by volume of 4s to 8s seems to pour well and settle into .44 and .45 cases. Have not tried this in .38/.357, I stick to straight 8s there for pellet count.
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    07-08-2019, 12:27 PM
    You actually don't need a .35/.30-30 reamer. Use a .30-30 reamer substituting the rotating pilot with one of appropriate diameter to fit the .35 barrel you are chambering, then use a separate neck and throater to cut the neck. If you have a...
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    07-08-2019, 10:37 AM
    2-1/2 drams of black powder, or smokeless equivalent with 7/8 oz. shot in 2" shell was standard British loading, equivalent to a US 20-ga. load. Remington-UMC probably pre-WW1, possibly made for export. Any indication whether they are smokless...
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    07-08-2019, 10:19 AM
    Good reason to take gage pins with you to gun shows! Best combination I have found to load revolver ammo in .45 ACP/AR, .455 and .45 Colt has been an older RCBS .455 MkII die set. Handles the 0.76" Starline, Hornady and Fiocchi brass well, as...
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    07-08-2019, 09:53 AM
    I use RCBS .455 MkII steel dies for loading .45 ACP, .455 and .45 Colt for my S&W and Colt M1917, Colt M1909 and New Service .455 revolvers. These rounds also fit in my two Rugers and fired brass from the Ruger when FL sized in the .455 steel die...
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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