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    Today, 07:51 PM
    Thanks, Cowpuncher. Iíve had a phobia about electricity ever since 8th Grade Science Class, where we had to trace volts, ohms and amps around a circuit and then go backwards and wind up with the same readings. I never got the same readings. Your...
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    Today, 01:34 PM
    The Forster is idiot proof. I’ve tested it myself.:mrgreen: I have done a couple on a mill, but it requires skill(obtained, presumably, by experience), and a lot of measuring, leveling, straightening, figgering, checking and rechecking. I do best...
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    Today, 01:13 PM
    Cowpuncher, As an electronics guy, maybe you could help me. I have two SAECO pots, for ladle pouring, both needing fixing. The heating elements donít heat. On one of them, I took it apart to find the wire from the thermostat to the end of the...
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    Today, 12:21 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Firearms magazines in Our Town
    Mine are all specialty/subscription mags or e-mags, except American Rifleman. Fouling Shot, ASSRA Journal, BPCR News, ARTCA Journal. And now the Sharps Collector Report, thanks to some super salesmanship from the leading lights of the Sharps...
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    Yesterday, 07:36 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Fast food tipping?? in Our Town
    I went into an Arby's on the way home on a stormy day. As I was walking to the counter, happily anticipating quick service because there was no one in the place, the girl in the Manager's cap was saying to the boy behind the counter, "The Computer...
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    06-22-2018, 12:42 PM
    Paper ephemera (boxes, instruction sheets, etc) supplied with the article is generally much rarer than the articles themselves. Survival rate is low. Certainly they would be worth something to a ďserious collector.Ē How much, I dunno. An...
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    06-22-2018, 11:59 AM
    I’ve got the larger version (an early Off-Hand) and IME it would be as well for you to make the locking block from scratch. The woodcut Parts Drawings are in the copies of Stevens Catalogs, and Numrich often posts them in its Parts Lists. It’s...
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    06-22-2018, 11:12 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Fast food tipping?? in Our Town
    These are the people that demanded a “Living Wage” for going through the motions and getting the orders wrong. I read the overhead menu and when my turn comes, I ask for a Number 4, Medium, and it’s for here. They answer, “Is this for here or to...
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    06-05-2018, 10:46 AM
    OK, thanks, Imashooter. A few sellers at the local swap meet seem to come up with the occasional pewter (or pewterlike) ware, and the rest have nothing but glass, aluminum, stainless, etc. Haven’t started seriously on yard sales, and the junk...
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    06-04-2018, 06:40 PM
    Would this be pewter? Kind of hot to fire up the pot and make a definite determination. Has the look and the heaviness for size. I picked it up on the off-chance that "S.N." might actually mean "Sn," or tin. I'm only out a quarter if it...
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    06-01-2018, 10:24 AM
    Iíve never noticed anything but improvements with fire lapping. Of course, it has to be done right, as you are doing, with cleaning and checking every few shots, and lead boolits, not jacketed. IME, you could not lap that barrel out 4...
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    05-31-2018, 11:47 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Target and Rifle in Rimfire Area
    Winchester runs off a batch of .22 WRF every now and then, and CCI used to offer a very accurate hollow-point version. When I was socking the stuff away, the price was the same as .22WRF Magnum. Try to get some from the ammo dealers rather than...
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    05-30-2018, 11:30 AM
    It depends on what you want the rifle for. An 1870ís soldier would not hit any more Comanche warriors if his ammunition was loaded with Postell or Creedmore design boolits rather than the 500 gr Government roundnose. A hunter would not get any...
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    05-29-2018, 09:34 AM
    Lymanís first Cast Bullet Handbook describes it as ďA fine round-nosed bullet which casts at .390 diameter.Ē
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    05-28-2018, 11:39 AM
    Those are great guns. I have a Lyman 48 sighted one in .30 Remington and a Weaver scope sighted one in .25 Remington. Both great shooters. Not common, as Remington was in a sense competing with its own discounted product. While they were on...
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    05-28-2018, 11:00 AM
    You might try a spray of Mould Prep or smoke the mould and pin with a BIC lighter or candle. The Internet Authorities frown on this practice, but it has tamed many a balky mould for me. But Iím always more interested in getting a pile of boolits...
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    05-27-2018, 11:45 AM
    When I used range scrap I would separate the jacketed bullets from the cast and plated ones. I fished the jackets out of the melt and used that exclusively for black powder grease groove boolits. If I could separate out all the .22 RF bullets I...
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    05-25-2018, 10:08 PM
    45-70 Chevroner, Your press is the notorious Lyman "EZY-Loader," and attempting to use it as a progressive press will likely wind up breaking either the handle wood or the bottom platform where the shell holders sit in the front. One has also...
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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