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    07-15-2018, 11:53 AM
    Pretty much economics, aesthetics, historical association and whatever floats your boat. The 74 Sharps, the Hepburn, the Ballard and the original Winchester are the easiest to take apart for cleaning and maintenance. The Sharps has the most...
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    07-15-2018, 10:57 AM
    For starters, I would get some distilled water and boil them until the rust starts turning black, wipe with fine steel wool to dislodge the loose stuff, and boil some more until no more loose particles come off. If there is only surface rust and...
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    07-09-2018, 10:15 AM
    When the extra barrel lengths were all the rage in 9mm, there were a lot of failures to feed caused by “limp wristing,” which was essentially holding the gun in the way that one did with the shorter barrel. You had to stiffen your wrist to take...
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    07-09-2018, 10:05 AM
    I use a Lee Factory Crimp die on my .32-20s, pistol and rifle. I also found a C-H Taper Crimp die in the same caliber at a Gun Show, and use that sometimes. An inquiry to Lee or C-H ought to get you what you need. I find a reasonable crimp,...
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    07-06-2018, 09:04 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Goex VS. Swiss in Cast Boolits
    The standard GOEX powders have worked in cartridges for some people, but my own experience, and the general impression I get from reading those of others, is that it requires more “finagling” to work well than other powders. Charge weights just...
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    07-04-2018, 11:40 AM
    A lot of space in the Biz Mags of the time was taken up by tales of the success of IBM’s “mentoring program” and Massey-Ferguson’s “mentoring program,” and so on. The bitter Manager notwithstanding, a lot of these degreed kids were in full...
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    07-03-2018, 11:17 AM
    Companies at least used to bring their Management up through the ranks. Whether as good as the company founder or not, they at least knew something about the business they were running when they were promoted to the top. Reading business...
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    07-02-2018, 10:34 AM
    I saw a High Standard Crusader once at a Gun Show. It had the knight with sword inlayed into the rather too bulky rear of the frame. Interesting gun. High Standard saw a potential market in .44 Magnum double actions after the movie Dirty Harry...
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    07-02-2018, 09:40 AM
    I would surmise that Keith’s remark on well-polished barrels leading anyway was directed towards the .357 Magnum. It was loaded to the maximum velocity back then, for public relations purposes, and was a notorious leader. Some of the lead-bullet...
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    07-01-2018, 10:23 AM
    If you start with .30-30 shells, lube with Imperial Sizing Wax and run them (gradually) into a .32-40 full-length sizing die with the expander/decapper rod removed. It gets pretty stiff down near the base of the shell, so I screw the die in...
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    06-28-2018, 09:38 AM
    It’s THE cast boolit smokeless powder. Also, the best priming charge for duplex black powder loads. Somebody was supposed to have announced a replacement equivalent would be forthcoming, but I haven’t seen it yet. My relined Low Wall likes 11...
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    06-27-2018, 06:25 PM
    Well, they announced a bunch of winners at the Quigley this year and promised to post them on the Web site when they got their Computer squared away, but I would say that the big winner this year was a guy named Jupiter Pluvius. Here was the...
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    06-27-2018, 10:39 AM
    The break-in process was invented by benchrest shooters who wanted to shave that last couple thousandths of an inch off their aggregate scores. It was done with standard smokeless loads for caliber and jacketed bullets. IIRC, it was a hot topic in...
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    06-26-2018, 08:46 PM
    See if you can find a copy of The Art of Rimfire Accuracy by Bill Calfee. He builds winning BR-50 rifles and pistols, used to write a lot of articles in the old Precision Shooting/Accurate Rifle magazines, and put everything he learned on the...
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    06-26-2018, 08:24 PM
    I used to know a guy who started with a cormorant hood ornament and built a Straight-8 Packard underneath it. So you’re in good company. :mrgreen: You might spring for a copy of Arthur Pirkle’s Winchester Lever Action Repeating Firearms, Vol....
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    06-24-2018, 07:51 PM
    Thanks, Cowpuncher. I’ve 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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    06-24-2018, 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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    06-24-2018, 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 don’t 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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    06-24-2018, 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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    06-23-2018, 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 “serious collector.” 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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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