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  • Bent Ramrod's Avatar
    01-17-2018, 11:30 PM
    For me, it depends on the brass. Military brass tends to be harder than civilian, in my experience. Hornady brass seems to be excellent; when I made .35 Winchester out of their .405 cases, I annealed afterwards just because I felt guilty. Didn't...
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    01-17-2018, 10:57 PM
    I was out yesterday with a friend doing our monthly plinking session with cap-and-ball revolvers. This time, I took my old Armi Sport Walker clone. I had traded for it maybe 25 years previously and it is one of those guns that is as much a...
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    01-15-2018, 12:37 PM
    If your .25-20 WCF is the normal lever, pump or bolt action with 14Ē twist, iron sights, and you only want one boolit design, I would first look for a 75-77 gr flat point. Failing that, I would go for the Ideal 257420. For all-around use, these...
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    01-15-2018, 12:08 PM
    I have the mil-dot reticle on my MVA scope. Iím still in the process of educating myself on the workings (or not) of the windage adjustment, so itís very useful to hold off on a target when the winds (or something) are shifting and time is running...
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    01-13-2018, 05:18 PM
    Thanks, uscra112. My list of projects needs to be pared down before tackling that one, though. Has anyone tried the Huber Concepts trigger for the Krag? They seem to be the only outfit that makes one for this model rifle.
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    01-13-2018, 08:58 AM
    Back in the Good Old Days when surplus .308 brass could be bought at a few cents a pound, it would have been cost-effective to buy the dies and reform to .243. Now, not so much. Somewhere around here I have a .30-06 to .250 Savage caseform die...
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    01-12-2018, 12:16 AM
    This one started out as an 1899 action with an aftermarket carbine stock. After some parts scrounging, I turned a Douglas 12" twist barrel down and milled integral Weaver type bases onto it, added a Lyman #1 cocking piece sight, a Redfield front,...
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    01-11-2018, 10:44 AM
    No reason it wouldnít work. Same technique as used with a tong tool, held horizontally over a trash can. Only problems would be fashioning some kind of sideways mount for your press, and the need to guide the cases by feel so the decapping pin...
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    01-11-2018, 10:23 AM
    I use SAECO and LBT hardness testers. I generally check a culled boolit or two out of each batch, and donít bother with the filing of flat portions on the lead that LBT recommends. These are generally sorted for weight within a couple days of...
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    01-10-2018, 11:44 AM
    They are very uncommon. I looked for one in .25 Remington for years but only saw a couple, and way out of my price range. A friend had one in .35 Remington that shot very well. Itís actually more like a mixture of Marlin and Savage 99 inside. ...
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    01-05-2018, 01:06 PM
    Anybodyís loading data is certainly of interest and value, but should be combined with oneís own experience and the factory recommendations and loading manual starting and maximum loads. Elmer Keithís comments on the tactics of such approaches have...
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    01-04-2018, 01:38 AM
    According to Frank deHaas, the frame should be thicker than that of a 44. Also, that purplish bluing job is very characteristic, as the cast frames of the 417 were casehardened without colors and then hot blued. The long lever following the pistol...
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    01-03-2018, 11:14 AM
    Might be a little pedantic, but I believe your action is the later Stevens No. 417 “Walnut Hill,” which had a slightly heavier frame with the parts more carefully fitted than a run-of-the-mine 44, and a “Speed-lock” hammer and trigger arrangement. ...
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    01-01-2018, 12:03 PM
    I have a Beeman P-1 air pistol that has a two-position stop on the cocking mechanism, for low- or high-power. I guess it could be considered a multistroke cocking mechanism for someone without the arm strength to pull the lever all the way the...
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    12-31-2017, 01:13 PM
    I don’t have the 454613 in my references. It it a new design? Sometimes you have to just live with a mould for a while until it starts working. Even with easy moulds, I leave them open to cool so the maximum amount of oxidation (fire bluing)...
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    12-26-2017, 01:12 PM
    Iíve bought their .25-20 Single Shot brass, and itís better than the late offerings of the original stuff was. Iíve also bought their .44-77 Rem&Sharps brass, and itís very good. I sure hope that company stays afloat. They are a major resource...
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    12-23-2017, 11:12 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Stevens 44 in Single Shot Guns
    The stingy little links in the original Favorites were just a stamping of low-carbon steel, case-hardened. My replacement was a piece of tool steel, with drill rod link pins, that just cleared the top of the lever and the bottom of the block. It...
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    12-21-2017, 12:57 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Stevens 44 in Single Shot Guns
    It may be the ďMonday and FridayĒ syndrome. Stevens rifles were built to a price, and they put all their effort into their barrels, which set many records. Once done, even they could be mismarked, or grabbed out of the wrong stock bins for...
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    12-20-2017, 04:54 PM
    I don't recall any specific instances where Capstick changed any important facts or inserted nonexistent situations into his retellings. He just reworked the as-told narrative into a more dramatic retelling. The addition of dialogue that may not...
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    12-20-2017, 10:56 AM
    I shot up all the P-5066 I had in my .32-20 revolvers. As I recall, it was the successor to DuPont #6, which was slightly slower-burning than #5. It was supposed to replace both of them, and, as far as I could see, the loading and performance were...
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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