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  • bedbugbilly's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:43 PM
    What is the extent of the break in the stock between the barrel tang and the lock r=that shows in the photo? Can you post a photo of that area (lock mortise) to show the extent of the break? What condition is the bore in as far as any rust /...
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    Yesterday, 08:53 PM
    Before your start using a 12' breaker bar on it, I would put some inletting black or similar on the end (of the threaded portion) and see if it is bottoming out on the edge of the counter bore. Just because it is a TC breech plug does not mean that...
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    Yesterday, 12:51 PM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread Cracked stock in Muzzleloading.
    What you are referring to as "missing" where the nipple is, is a screw in drum. These are readily available in different diameters depending upon what the lock plate requires. They are available underlined for the nipple and a boring jig for...
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    Yesterday, 12:05 PM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread Barn/ outbuilding gun in Our Town
    Not on the farm anymore but I used to keep a single barrel .410 "Topper" with a box of shot shells. Handled anything that needed to be handled - rats, 'coons, 'possums & woodchucks.
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    Yesterday, 12:00 PM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread USPS Money orders in Our Town
    While you may not agree with it, a local PO is no different than a small business - they are not thee to cash checks postal money orders, private money orders, etc. Yes, the SELL them - but a grocery store sells food as well and do you expect them...
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    10-19-2017, 12:16 PM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread Cracked stock in Muzzleloading.
    Better pictures and one of the entire gun and closeups of the butt stock, lock area , frowned, etc. along with what you are referring to as "delaminating"? would be helpful. As far as growth rings, I doubt that the wrist is broken like that (and it...
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    10-19-2017, 11:25 AM
    Thank you Bent Ramrod - greatly appreciate the information. It clears up my question as well on the caliber as I had always thought that they were 54 caliber and always heard them referred to as that many years ago when I was shooting N-SSA and...
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    10-19-2017, 08:45 AM
    dagger dog replied to a thread Pepper Mills in Cookin' Recipe's
    Check out Campmor they have a small coffee burr mill, hand cranked and adjustable, I have 3, 1 for pepper 2 others for spices. They will flat put out the pepper!
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    10-19-2017, 12:09 AM
    I have googled and can find plenty of info on the 52 cal Sharps Rifle as used by Berdan's Sharpshooters in the Civil War but so far, nothing on the cartridge itself and I don't have a good "cartridge reference book". Can someone tell me the...
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    10-17-2017, 10:42 PM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread Truck gun in Our Town
    Other than my normal "carry" - if we're going to be out on back roads or lightly traveled roads out in the boonies here in AZ, a Winchester 30-30 Ranger Carbine slid into a case. Small, light but will pretty much handle whatever needs to be handled.
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    10-17-2017, 11:52 AM
    You could call your state's DNR to get a clarification. I would be under the same assumption as dondiego - i.e. I would interpret that a "traditional" or "primitive" season would allow either flint or percussion while utilizing a "traditional"...
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    10-17-2017, 11:39 AM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread Welp, I'm screwed. in Our Town
    As someone who has been afflicted with this dreaded disorder for 55 years, I can only offer you four words - "THERE IS NO HOPE". :-) Looks like you made some pretty nice looking boolits - congrats and now you can have the fun of shooting them...
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    10-16-2017, 12:10 PM
    I was never in to cartridge guns much when I was a kid other than a 22 for tree rats and a double 16 for pheasants and rabbits. I was always interested in muzzleloaders and I probably took my first shot with one when I was about ten. I built my...
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    10-15-2017, 12:56 PM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread Our fall shoot in Our Town
    Great videos waksupi! Sure looks like a good group and a lot of fun - and that's what it is all about. There is just something very special about being able to shoot with a good bunch of people, smell the smoke, drink coffee over a fire and just...
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    10-15-2017, 12:40 PM
    I lived in lower Michigan all my life - rural on a farm but the village closest was about 2,000 people. I used to know everyone, now I know very few - the township swells to about 60,000 in the summer due to all the lakes we have in the area. I...
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    10-14-2017, 12:20 PM
    I shipped a sword to a collector in the Republik of Kalifornia a couple of years ago and he insisted that it be shipped "Overnight Express Mail" and insured - which I was more than happy to do as it was on his dime. I packed it securely and shipped...
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    10-14-2017, 12:02 PM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread Gun theives sentenced in Our Town
    Yep! And regardless of what "justice" is handed out - we all end up paying for their incarceration. At least they are off the streets though. And we all know if the Left got there way in gun control and the 2nd Amendment - those criminals would...
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    10-14-2017, 09:29 AM
    dagger dog replied to a thread Meet Opal in Our Town
    LuLu sez howdy
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    10-13-2017, 11:50 AM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread Re-lining in Muzzleloading.
    Another +1 for Bob Hoyt - he has had a fine reputation for years for the quality work he does - if I were to have on re=bored or relined - he would be my first choice. I know a number who have had them re-do rifled musket barrels and they swear by...
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    10-13-2017, 11:42 AM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread Meet Opal in Our Town
    Congrats on your new addition! Opal is a real sweetheart! I have a feeling you two will be "best buds"!
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    10-12-2017, 08:12 PM
    First thing, you said he told you it would be "dropped shipped" - which means he places the order (most likely) with the manufacturer and they then ship it directly to you. But you admit you don't know what "drop ship" means - so did you ask him? ...
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    10-12-2017, 12:01 PM
    Great post - thanks for sharing! Your son will always remember the hunts with you as you will as well. Never been in your neighborhood but it sure looks like beautiful country to hunt in and enjoy!
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    10-11-2017, 02:20 PM
    Proofhouse puts your 1849 Pocket Model as being made in 1864. See link below. http://proofhouse.com/colt/index.html Good luck with your sale - it's an interesting one and it would be nice to know if it is factory plated or plated later on in...
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    10-10-2017, 04:55 PM
    dagger dog replied to a thread Cataract surgery in Our Town
    Had both eyes done six weeks apart 5 years ago, blood vessel to the retina ruptured on my dominate eye before the 6 week follow up , and had to have shots injected through the eyeball, wound up with very distorted vision in the right eye. I still...
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    10-06-2017, 10:00 PM
    Barrel length and barrel size (across the flats) on the .45 Hawken? Thanks.
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    10-06-2017, 08:04 AM
    Don't over think it. Caps come in tins so they can safely be carried in the tins they come in or an alternate such as an Altoid tin which will be easier to open with cold hands. They can be carried in a straight line capper or one of the Ted Cash...
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    10-06-2017, 07:20 AM
    A highly technical tool for urning macaroni in spaghetti . . . . :-)
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    10-05-2017, 05:50 PM
    Better than playing music or hawk sounds would be to play Hillary crying about loosing the election. . . the neighbors probably wouldn't complain but I'm sure the birds would leave en masse as fast as they can. Sorry, couldn't help it. If I'm...
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    10-03-2017, 07:05 PM
    I have no dog in this fight but just a general observation. We all, over time, end up spending a bunch of $$ on different handguns (for those that carry) until we find the "perfect" one - which rarely exists as you can always find "something" you...
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    10-03-2017, 06:14 PM
    Beautiful job! An excellent restoration! Thanks for posting - enjoyed the pictures greatly!
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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