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  • Bent Ramrod's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:36 AM
    My experience with the Winchester Single Shot is limited to refurbishing wrecks back into shooting condition. This has included fixing broken firing pins and converting rimfire pins to centerfire after bushing the breechblocks. I’ve never had a...
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    09-19-2019, 09:58 AM
    I like the Forgotten Weapons series. Also the ones with SGT Ermy. The Larry Potterfield gunsmithing videos are pretty good, too.
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    09-18-2019, 11:29 AM
    As mentioned, your setup looks to be for groove-diameter patched boolits. Martinibelgian and the late Montana Charlie have done more published work on that variant of paper patching than most of the rest of us. Such boolits have to be seated in...
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    09-16-2019, 11:49 AM
    For grease-groove BP loads, boolits sized to throat diameter, I’ve used everything from polyethylene (both types) to Walters’ veg fiber to the thin corrugated cardboard used to keep calendars from being mangled in shipping. Haven’t seen any...
    41 replies | 3558 view(s)
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    09-14-2019, 09:02 AM
    I have Low Walls and Single Action revolvers in both calibers. The only practical difference I see between the cartridges is that .38-40 components aren’t as common as .44-40, and that the .38-40 shell is more prone to lube dents when full-length...
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    09-10-2019, 10:20 AM
    I’d wondered what happened to Kasenite. Brownell’s offers their own product, called “Hard’N’Tuff” that basically does the same thing. Can’t imagine anything on a flintlock that would need the high tensile strength that through-hardening steels...
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    09-07-2019, 08:37 PM
    I forget which gunsmithing or machining book it was in, but the author remarked that square threads were not the proper setup for something that was to be screwed together, unscrewed, and screwed back together more than a couple of times. Unlike...
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    09-05-2019, 11:39 AM
    Buffalo, Wyoming has nothing to do with Buffalo, New York. Ever. :mrgreen: (*rim-shot*) But I have to say that if I was getting a traditional lever action repeater, I’d go for the traditional .44 caliber. I have SA revolvers in both...
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    09-02-2019, 12:12 PM
    Back in the late 1870s-early 1880s, the proliferation of chamberings in a given caliber were only starting to arrive on the scene. “.38-100” and “.44-100” meant thirty-eight hundredths or forty-four hundredths of an inch; ie, thirty-eight or...
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    08-31-2019, 09:06 PM
    The Tucson Rifle Club is at Robles Junction, also called Three Points, about 20 miles west of the 19 freeway in Tucson. Ranges go from a couple feet out to 1000 yards. About all they don’t have is shotgun stuff. There’s a trap and skeet range...
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    08-31-2019, 12:05 PM
    For beyond 400 yards, at least, you will need more length and weight. As soon as I got my 540-gr Paul Jones Creedmoor mould, it became my go-to grease-groove design for any “serious” shooting at mid-range or beyond, dethroning my former favorite,...
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    08-31-2019, 11:41 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread unburnt unigue in Cast Boolits
    You can try a tighter crimp, or maybe use a Lee Factory Crimp die next time. But Unique, though a great powder, is dirty burning at the best of times. I haven’t noticed any quantum leap in cleanliness with the alleged “new, cleaner-burning” Unique...
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    08-29-2019, 12:24 PM
    The original “CMR” designation meant “Combination Muzzle Resizer,” to distinguish the die Lyman made for their Tru-Line Jr. turret press from the old Ideal “MR” or muzzle resizer made for the tong tools. The Combination Muzzle Resizer resized the...
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    08-26-2019, 10:02 AM
    John Taylor might be able to do it. He posts on this site frequently.
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    08-23-2019, 04:40 PM
    I’ve seen a fair number of factory dies with a slight dishing in the center of the “I” punch, and a couple with an aftermarket hole drilled down the center. The function of these configurations is, I believe, keeping the buildup of lube on the top...
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    08-23-2019, 10:44 AM
    Looks like one of those Moore “teat fire” cartridges. They were an evasion of the Smith and Wesson patent that allowed rimmed cartridges to be inserted in the rear of bored-through cylinders. You’d push those cartridges into the cylinder of...
    7 replies | 485 view(s)
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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