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    Yesterday, 10:08 AM
    I recall seeing a picture of an actual Stevens Maynard in one of Grant’s books. He speculated that it was a toolroom model made at Stevens after they took over Massachusetts Arms, to assess the possibility of manufacturing them at Stevens’ factory....
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    05-26-2020, 12:37 AM
    If the excess brass is 1/4” or more, I use a tubing cutter for most of it. Then it’s over to the Universal expander and then the case trimmer. If I have a file/trim die, a hacksaw cut and filing the end smooth.
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    05-24-2020, 01:13 PM
    In the 70s, Jensen’s Custom Ammunition used to have bins full of that ammo, mostly unpackaged in bulk. I recall the rims said WCC 60 and R A (forget date). Loaded with a cute little FMP pointed boattail, smeared with lacquer, and some very fine...
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    05-24-2020, 12:38 PM
    I shoot a percussion Sharps replica, Gallagher replica, an original Maynard and a Parker-Hale Volunteer. The Sharps is especially critical, as the cap flash has to go through two right angles and penetrate the back of a paper cartridge to fire. ...
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    05-21-2020, 02:04 PM
    He posts on the ASSRA website; handle rodneys.
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    05-21-2020, 11:45 AM
    Rodney Storie sells casting sets for the Stevens Tip-Up rifle action. You might see if he has extra castings for the barrel wedge and button. The pivot pin would be best turned and threaded to fit. The wedge casting will need to be spotted and...
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    05-20-2020, 08:47 AM
    I had a partial large, old can of 4831 with rust from the inside of the can mixed in with the powder. The powder was otherwise dry and odorless. The inside of the can was rust speckled, but not rusted through. I picked a nice breezy afternoon,...
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    05-15-2020, 11:37 AM
    I can’t imagine this happening with a Ruger, but some of the cheaper Italian clones (the leftovers that are rejected by the name-brand importers and are sold for cheep by the No-Name-os) sometimes have a poor hammer fit against the rear of the frame...
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    05-13-2020, 11:42 AM
    Properly-sized mops on short handles are good for drying chambers after wet patching after firing a black powder cartridge in a match. Wet chambers tend to lengthen the cases on firing. Also, I find a .38 or .32 mop is perfect for getting the...
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    05-12-2020, 11:05 AM
    Whenever I’m down to the last couple ounces of my stash of Hi-Vel #2, I find another full can at a gun show somewhere. It’s like a radioactive half-life, or those oil leaks from sunken ships that keep diminishing but still go on forever. Obviously...
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    05-04-2020, 11:18 AM
    If I was in the OP’s shoes, I would scrounge the auction sites for a .32 S&W Short Ideal No 1 nutcracker tool in usable condition, for cheep. Lead can be melted in any usable container with a torch or on a fire, and a teaspoon and gloves used to...
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    05-04-2020, 10:42 AM
    The mould may be too hot. I find that scrap lead alloys that form that crystalline surface will sometimes shrink away from the cavity surface like that. The mould may have cooled while you reset your spruce plate, and heated back up again after a...
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    05-02-2020, 08:46 AM
    The 44-1/2s had a spring and plunger in the top of the lever that bore on the bottom of the link to keep the lever up. If this assembly gets stuck, with hardened oil, rust, a broken spring, etc, it will stay down and the lever won’t snap up. ...
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    05-01-2020, 09:35 AM
    They don’t seem to move at gun shows unless they’re in the $5-10 range. Unless they are really unusual or really large, like the Speer Wildcat edition or A-Squared’s compendium. Even then, they can languish if they are $15 or over.
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    05-01-2020, 09:29 AM
    I grind the end off an extra or broken tap for bottoming those blind holes. I want every partial turn of thread I can get. For the tapping, I start with a plug tap, continue with a normal bottoming tap and then use the ground flat tap for the...
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    04-30-2020, 04:26 PM
    Thanks, Ken, but if I bought another incomplete tool to get a part for an incomplete tool I already have, then I’d need to find even more parts to complete the even-more-incomplete tool that I’d just bought to get the spares for the last one...and...
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    04-30-2020, 10:19 AM
    Ken, I’ve got two of them, both New Havens. One has nothing on the frame, but the other has what looks like “4 3 3 M” stamped around the base of the nickeled lube reservoir. The first was all original, complete and in very good condition...
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    04-28-2020, 12:21 PM
    I schmear grease over the round balls in the cylinders. It gets all over on firing, but enough stays in the chambers and barrel to keep everything lubricated and shooting. A friend shoots Pyrodex in his .36 Navy with Wonder Wads underneath the...
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    04-28-2020, 11:40 AM
    The “gold” color is more a function of heat than tin. Lead forms a number of different oxides, depending on temperature and time exposed to air. The lowest oxidation state is called “litharge.” It is yellow. Longer exposures to heat and air go...
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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