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    Today, 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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    10-03-2017, 01:52 PM
    For forty responses you may very well get 40 different lubes as everyone has their favorite. Avoid spit patching and stick with a natural oil / grease based lube. I have always used a mixture of one real beeswax toilet ring mine with a pound of...
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    10-03-2017, 01:34 PM
    I ended up with two pair of the old nutcracker style handles - they work OK for the 4 cavity Lyman mold blocks that I have - but I will admit that if I'm going to have a 4 cavity mold, I much prefer the NOE aluminum with plier handles - but then I'm...
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    10-03-2017, 09:13 AM
    I think we all are weeping in our hearts for the Las Vegas shooting and the acts of one man has affected the lives of so many who will never get over it. It amazes me how fast Hillary climbed on the gun control and silencer band wagon and then...
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    10-02-2017, 08:24 PM
    poppy- if there is nobody that needs what you have according to your requirements that you posted - and your offer is certainly a generous one - you could always put them up for auction in the WTS/WTS section as a fund raiser for either the flood...
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    10-01-2017, 08:22 PM
    As they've already pointed out, your triggers need to be adjusted. This is done by turning the little screw in the trigger plate between the triggers. Easy to "arm chair quarterback", but if it was mine and it is used, I'd remove the trigger guard...
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    09-30-2017, 01:39 PM
    I had the opportunity to purchase a RB Ideal mold that I had been needing from Dpmsman - he had advertised a number of RB molds in the WTS/WTS section. A perfect transaction! Great communications, easy payment method and FAST delivery! The mold...
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    09-30-2017, 09:20 AM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread All About Me in Our Town
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all who are undergoing health issues and may the Lord toouch each of you with His healing hands. As hard as it may be at times, keep your spirits and Faith up.
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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