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    12-13-2017, 12:08 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Stevens 44 in Single Shot Guns
    As long as we’re on the general subject of Stevens 44s, it may be of interest to some that S&S Firearms sells aftermarket mainsprings for the 44 for $27 a pop plus shipping. Such is my dislike of spring making that I bought three of them, and they...
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    12-12-2017, 09:55 AM
    I walked into the Gun Store in the early ‘70’s and there on Consignment was a deluxe takedown Winchester 1895, in the leg-of-mutton case. It was going for about what I was paying at the time for junker Single Shots because, as the clerk explained...
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    12-10-2017, 09:22 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Tucson gun show in Our Town
    Kind of depends on what you want out of a Gun Show. People who go looking for one specific thing at one (low) price would probably be disappointed. It’s not as big as, say, the one at the Phoenix Fair Grounds. More medium sized; slightly smaller...
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    12-10-2017, 01:42 PM
    Wow. Color me envious. Niedner had a proprietary Baby Magnum that was (IIRC) something like a .218 Mashburn Bee. But no doubt he made up a lot of Hornets as well. Unfortunately, Michael Petrov, the Guru of all things Neidner-related, has...
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    12-10-2017, 01:34 PM
    They don’t look like they are made all that well (I can see some flash on the bases of the bullets where they are crimped in the shells) but they shoot for me as good as any of the better High-Speed .22s and they actually reach the advertised...
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    12-09-2017, 12:15 PM
    IMO, Cimarron is the importer to buy from if you want a SA clone. I have a 7-1/2” .32-20, with the black powder frame, that is tight, crisp and accurate. I do believe, however, that the dual-detent cylinder axle that functions as the “safety”...
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    12-08-2017, 11:00 AM
    Ive looked longingly at that model at Gun Shows for years, but I simply have no more room in the safe. Hope to get the full-bore Virtual Cyber Ownership experience reading your adventures with yours. I’ve heard that a leather glove for your left...
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    12-08-2017, 10:47 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Savage 99 in 25-35 in Leverguns
    I almost never see a Savage 99, in any condition, going for less than $400 at a Gun Show. Calibers other than .303 Savage or .300 Savage generally increase the asking price. I lucked into a wrecked one once for $75, and grabbed it. It was a...
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    12-07-2017, 06:22 PM
    Mine is a NEI dual cavity aluminum version of the Ideal 557489. It has the rebated groove and flange at the back for tying or gluing on the rolled paper for the cartridge. NEI is now out of business, of course, and I think Rapine (the other likely...
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    12-07-2017, 02:58 PM
    Thank you all for reading, and for the compliments.
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    12-06-2017, 09:08 PM
    Your Mystery Mould looks like a Yankee. The three-banger version (or the two, for that matter) doesn't show up very often. Yankees had dowel-wood handles, rounded on the ends, and held on by thin wraps of wire in a narrow cut or slot in the...
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    12-06-2017, 10:36 AM
    They called it “season cracking” in the old days. The tension of the neck on the bullet eventually resulted in the vertical crack you see. A lot of WWI surplus ammo sold by the DCM between the Wars had these cracks, before or after firing. With...
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    12-06-2017, 09:42 AM
    If there was an ACME Company, I would hope that this is the design they would offer. Funny, I never saw the Coyote try using a gun on the Road Runner. Doubtless the Cartoon Police didn’t want to damage The Children psychologically. And look how...
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    12-06-2017, 09:18 AM
    I got a NOE copy of the Big Lube design in .44-40. When I cast my then-standard black powder alloy, jacketed bullet cores melted out of range scrap, it didn’t shoot as well as the standard Ideal 42798, although the barrel was much cleaner with...
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    12-05-2017, 11:45 AM
    “He’ll shoot his eye out!” (Sorry; I had to say it. It’s Christmas season, after all.) :mrgreen: I also use my rebuilt Sheridan Silver Streak on the nuisance pests around here, pack rats and ground squirrels. The .20 caliber pellets that...
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    12-05-2017, 11:26 AM
    +1 on the advice that a manual should be your first purchase. Probably the latest Cast Bullet Handbook would do for starters. I am also puzzled by the statement you want the cheapest/you don’t want a Lee Loader. It might be illuminating if you...
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    12-04-2017, 12:35 PM
    You can certainly make paper cartridges for your muzzleloader, but they are meant to be torn open, the powder poured in separately and the bullet and paper rammed down on top of it. There is no need for this paper to be combustible. Combustible...
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    12-04-2017, 12:14 PM
    I use the regular solvents with one of those Tornado brushes. If it doesn’t come out with that treatment, it probably isn’t lead, and will need some kind of lapping or abrasive treatment.
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    12-04-2017, 12:01 PM
    I didn’t vote either. Match castings and those for load development and “annoying the animals” off the bench on the Silhouette range get weighed into groups and inspected for flaws after I’ve cast a pile of them. If I see flaws when I open the...
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    12-03-2017, 11:23 AM
    That’s basically what a friend showed me. I was drilling out a barrel for a liner and the drill stuck. After I got it out, he recommended his brass drill modification to reduce the potential for hogging in and sticking, even in steel. He took a...
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    11-27-2017, 08:28 PM
    I have an Atlas that had a stuck 3-jaw on it. I anointed the spindle joint with Kroil, chucked a piece of hexagonal stock in the chuck, put a long box wrench on the stock, rotated the chuck until the wrench was at a 45 degree angle, locked the back...
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    11-26-2017, 02:23 PM
    Starting with grease groove boolits is prudent practice. Paper patching is only “easier” if you don’t already have a lubrisizer with the proper dies, but do have the proper diameter boolit, the appropriate thickness paper, and a means for cutting...
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    11-26-2017, 01:27 PM
    Once the mould is up to temp, I turn it over after filling and press the sprue plate and puddle against some sort of heat sink for a few seconds. I used to use a damp wad of rags, but the water would evaporate before the casting session finished...
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    11-20-2017, 10:46 AM
    That’s how they got rid of me, too. Seems to be the secret dream of all these minor league adminies that if they could only get rid of all those grubby Manual Trades, Repair and Beautician courses cluttering up their catalogs, and replace them with...
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    11-20-2017, 10:09 AM
    A lot of us are hoping somebody will see the light and re-reintroduce SR-4759. You might try (X)MP-5744, which is a bulky, crunchy powder on the same pattern, for the same applications. I’ve rarely found it to be as accurate as similar loads with...
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    11-19-2017, 01:03 AM
    In the mid to late 90's, I was fortunate enough to take a Machine Tool Technology Class at the local Community College. I took it over and over, with no interest in grades, course credits or graduating. As far as I was concerned, I was renting $1M...
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    11-17-2017, 10:10 AM
    Get some Sweet’s 7.62, follow the directions and keep applying it until the green or blue color is gone. The stuff is loaded with ammonia, which will complex and remove copper and nickel fouling. Make sure you don’t slop it around the action,...
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    11-16-2017, 10:32 AM
    I also bought one of those Wal-Mart steam cleaners and used it on my muzzle loader via a Tygon tube and threaded adapter in the nipple hole. Like Oldracer, I was amazed at the volume of black goo that came out of the barrel that I work so hard to...
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    11-15-2017, 07:21 PM
    The drill is out. Good thing I chose to Mickey Mouse the drill extension by tapping the drill shank and using threaded rod with a smooth turned end for the drill chuck rather than doing a more “professional” job by threading a short section on the...
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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
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