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    Yesterday, 11:32 AM
    To me, the oddballs, crackpots, blowhards and know-it-alls are just a cherished part of the Gun Show entertainment experience. A friend and I would go in for a table once in a while, and he would put his 1921 Thompson on the table as a display,...
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    06-24-2019, 11:21 AM
    It looks to me like the head of the knocker hits the tenon on the handles that the mould screws into. There shouldn’t be any damage to the mould itself, if that’s what's going on. Kind of ingenious, assuming that the casting always sticks in the...
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    06-23-2019, 11:29 AM
    Most black powder accessories outfits will have a number of spouts available, threaded to fit most powder flasks, and rated in grains dispensed. My standard flask is a “Peace Flask” with a bunch of these spouts, holding 15 to maybe 70 gr. Any...
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    06-21-2019, 10:39 AM
    The Walkers look big, heavy and stout, but there isn’t much “meat” on the frame where the cuts and threaded holes are made for the mechanism and the cylinder arbor. The arbor on my ASM Walker actually came loose on the threads from shooting; I had...
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    06-21-2019, 09:38 AM
    Mine was a very nice condition S&W Hand Ejector in .32-20 I sold to a lady who lived way out in the County and needed a “house gun.” I already had a Colt SAA that would handle heavier loadings and back then figured having two revolvers in the same...
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    06-18-2019, 10:17 AM
    I’m sorry to hear of your losses. With surface rust, if there is no serious pitting in the cavities or on the pins, I would just start casting. Eventually the red rust will turn black from the heat of casting, and the loose rust will wipe off or...
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    06-17-2019, 06:51 PM
    Hollow point pins make dandy heat sinks. Turn up the alloy temperature. I’ve also found if I hold the HP pin in a flame until it heat blues, it reduces the wrinkle potential.
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    06-14-2019, 07:42 AM
    A friend did that for a 92 Winchester back in the 70s when .44-40 cases were hard to find. The extractor caught the rims all right and the brass was stout enough for standard .44-40 loads. There was some bulging ahead of the base, making the...
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    06-07-2019, 08:58 AM
    Hopelessly obsolete. I’ve got five of them, 3 SS, two WCF; I should know. :mrgreen:
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    05-31-2019, 08:02 PM
    Naramore wrote another, larger book in 1954 called Principles and Practice of Loading Ammunition. In many ways, it goes more deeply into the subject than even Sharpe’s book did. It has sections on developing loads with unknown powders, repairing...
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    05-30-2019, 09:06 AM
    I have a Colt Pocket Positive that didn’t quite index like that. Pulling the trigger all the way back usually finished the turn, but one day it didn’t and the throat part of the barrel inside the frame split. I ordered a used hand from Numrich...
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    05-30-2019, 08:14 AM
    I’m no electrician, but I never saw a grounding setup like yours, George. Wouldn’t there be occasional inductive effects in the ground wire from fluctuations in the live ones? All the grounding at the worksites I was at was accomplished the same...
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    05-29-2019, 11:08 AM
    Reading Keith’s stuff never gets old. He was a natural-born storyteller, and an instinctive experimental designer. A lot of the material in Sixgun Cartridges and Loads was incorporated into his later book Sixguns. His other little Samworth...
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    05-28-2019, 11:34 AM
    There is a proprietary conductive plastic marketed by 3M under the trade name “Velostat.” We had a Shoe Tester at work which determined the resistance of their conductive soles. They needed regular monitoring, since walking on the ground would...
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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