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    07-18-2019, 04:15 PM
    I have a Tip-Up Ladies’ Model in .25-20SS and a heavy barrel model without the wood forend in .32 Rim Fire. I shoot mild smokeless loads in the former with no problems, and, of course, smokeless is all one finds in the rare cartridges for the...
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    07-18-2019, 11:46 AM
    I proceed on the notion (true or not) that the original setup was more-or-less square and the only variable was wear on the parts as the lever was opened and shut, and the firing stress. In any case, with me it’s been cut-and-try. Stevens rifles...
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    07-18-2019, 11:03 AM
    The Buffalo Arms cases I have were made from .348 Win brass. They’re all 2-1/4” long, so either they stretched them or the base sizing necessary to form them lengthened them sufficiently. My rifle’s previous owner neck-turned some of the brass...
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    07-18-2019, 10:53 AM
    Thanks to all for the kind words, and congratulations to your daughter, Old-Win. That Diamond is an unforgiving target, even when there isn’t a gale blowing. By coincidence, on this trip I was reading Randy Wright’s book on the Golden Age Of...
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    07-17-2019, 09:32 AM
    I don’t have any personal experience of the SAA “safety” issue (nor do I want to do any such research), but from my reading, it isn’t just that the safety notch on the hammer is fragile and the trigger sear is easily broken. The same ergonomics...
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    07-11-2019, 02:09 PM
    The Page Lewis links are nice and big; I have no explanation as to why it “needed” modification. The rifle was found in very good condition, except for the link and (IIRC) a missing takedown screw. I had to make a new one of those, too. The...
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    07-11-2019, 09:31 AM
    Would it be possible to peen the center of the link (between the holes) slightly with a hammer and punch? With the pins in the link holes to keep them open, careful tapping and measuring and checking for fit would stretch the link a few...
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    07-09-2019, 12:46 AM
    I started most of my load developments for .45-70s with the Ideal 457124. It’s a copy of the Government bullet for the Trapdoor. It never failed to give good accuracy in all of them. It works well to 400 yards or so. Accurate should have a clone...
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    07-08-2019, 07:38 PM
    Quigley time was fast approaching when disaster occurred. I broke the lever spring on my paper-patch Sharps #3 rifle. This was not a simple drop-in replacement, as the barrel had been modified and a new spring would also need modification in order...
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    07-08-2019, 05:46 PM
    That is indeed bad, Pressman, sorry you had to go through it. Of course, things like that always happen at the worst times. Middle of night, weekends, holidays, whenever everybody's away from work. Don't know why people think sheetrock is...
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    07-08-2019, 02:32 PM
    I masked and sprayed an Ideal #1 Lubrisizer with a 96-cent Wal-Mart rattle can of Gloss Black. If there’s a difference between what it looks like and what the finish on my other #1 and my Ideal #5 Powder Measure (except for aging and battering),...
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    07-07-2019, 12:08 PM
    I have a Page-Lewis .22 that has the same firing pin misalignment problem. Spotting an empty case with Dykem Blue and judiciously beveling the lower part of the pin that didn’t touch the case rim reduced the number of times I had to snap it twice...
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    07-06-2019, 10:44 AM
    My old homestead as well, before I retired. Went through the 5.8 in the Nineties; that was bad enough. Most Facebook friends and some text, phone and e-mail contacts living in Ridgecrest and Inyokern said they were OK after the 6.3, but only a...
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    07-04-2019, 12:57 PM
    I’ve never noticed any leading in BPCR rifles, shot with black powder, using Lino/wheelweight range scrap, except in one instance, where I shot some Money boolits while blowtubing on a 107-degree day. When I went to wiping between shots, the...
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    07-01-2019, 09:58 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread 4759 in Canister & Surplus Powder
    That was the last iteration of the packaging before IMR dropped it. One-pound round plastic jars instead of the 8-oz flat square metal cans it previously came in. Get it while you can.
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    06-26-2019, 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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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