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  • rfd's Avatar
    Today, 07:37 PM
    as P&P posted, it's all about a firearm's primary intended purpose. start there, first & foremost. for lotsa folks it's not so much about purpose as it is aesthetics, and then that cool 3" bbl "kit gun", with its 3 finger grip and heavy frame is...
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    Today, 05:59 PM
    love my S&W 642 centennial #103810 (no internal lock). cheapest i can find now is grabagun for $357/shipped.
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  • rfd's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:17 AM
    point to ponder - a cheap but very reliable EDC is probably better than an expensive but very reliable EDC, because if a "deadly encounter" ever occurs, the EDC in question will be "authority evidence confiscated" and gone for quite awhile, if not...
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    12-06-2019, 09:00 PM
    i'm in accord with ya on all of the above, sir. as to the rod, it should be of good wood, as God intended - not metal (nor of some modern space-age material). i use a brass rod for its added weight only whilst ramming, spearing, skewering, and...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    12-05-2019, 01:20 PM
    put in some good shooting time with a good load process. probably best initially done off the bench to set the sights, then move to offhand. this will help you on many levels to gain both knowledge and experience of the gun, components, and...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    12-05-2019, 12:22 PM
    a good and most appropriate question. for the first patched ball of the day, going down a clean tube, the push/tamp should be consistent and easy. this will be mostly true if fouling is addressed for all subsequent loads. if no fouling control is...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    12-05-2019, 07:57 AM
    don't be too eager to dismiss what may seem like nonsense. in reality it (the bouncing) works quite well, has no negative effect on accuracy, insures no air spaces in the tube, the ball is not "deformed" via the rod, compacts (not compresses) the...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    12-04-2019, 11:46 AM
    EVERY thing about the henry s/s is great ... except for the trigger pull ... maybe. i had both the .357 and .223 and both were well built and had the potential for near target quality consistent accuracy. but, at least for me, that dang trigger...
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  • Lead pot's Avatar
    12-03-2019, 11:38 AM
    I use this little saw from Harbor freight...
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    12-02-2019, 11:57 PM
    Mary, You can still find those S-38's for around $50. but they have to get good and warm so you don't have to nail them down. :) I used to run a TCK-4 de commissioned in 1947 from a Liberty Ship that ran two 813's in the finals and I converted it...
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    12-02-2019, 11:30 AM
    They might say it's salt free but I would be willing to bet that some sort of nitrates are used like potassium nitrate or even something that is high in nitrates like Celery juice or powder. Something is needed to dry the moisture to kill the...
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    12-01-2019, 09:51 PM
    In my opinion using Animal fats like Crisco is not the thing I would put in my lube. It might be marked no salt, but it has a preservative in it to keep it from turning black. What is a preservative made of? If you want to use animal fat render it...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    12-01-2019, 07:36 PM
    if the cartridge is oriented in the chamber, it won't matter what the action is, if the brass is only neck sized (and trimmed, if need be), and fed single shot. essentially, that's fire formed brass, whether straight .45-70 or a necked .30-06. ...
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  • Lead pot's Avatar
    11-29-2019, 11:13 AM
    That's the way a chopper TD should look.
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  • rfd's Avatar
    11-27-2019, 09:56 PM
    i can't see buying patching of a whole buncha different sizes for shooting ... ok for cleaning, however, but i've got more old cotton t's to rip up for that. currently using joanns red stripe pillow ticking for shooting patch strips and ball...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    11-27-2019, 06:46 PM
    there is a viable worth to "bouncing the rod" for some guns and shooters, and i will always load in that manner.
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    11-26-2019, 08:24 PM
    the holy black doesn't leak as bad as the BE and 231 but all powders leaked to one degree or too many, and though i still have 2 lee measures i had 4 at one time, each dedicated to a powder type. not worth my time, specially as ya get older and...
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    11-26-2019, 06:22 PM
    i have a few lee powder measures, and both leak fine powders like bullseye, w231, and 1-1/2f and 3f black powder. better quality measures from rcbs, hornady, and lyman rarely leak. my harrell's scheutzen powder measure hasn't leaked either for...
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    11-26-2019, 11:20 AM
    Lead pot replied to a thread copper tubing jackets in Swaging
    Yes it does but it's a 200 gr and it was supposed to be a clone of the 168 gr Sierra match King that falls apart past 7-800 yards made a little heavier and a rebated BT added.
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  • rfd's Avatar
    11-26-2019, 07:10 AM
    there are powder measures and then there are Superb powder measures. i've had a few each from lee, hornady, rcbs, and lyman. none of those hold a candle to a harrell's. this was a case of getting what you pay for, at least for me. for black...
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    11-25-2019, 09:45 PM
    Lead pot replied to a thread copper tubing jackets in Swaging
    If you have a concern with the core coming loose you can always bond it. Flux the jacket inside and put the core in and melt it with a torch. Adding a little tin in the core is also a good thing doing this. This will do two things, bond the core to...
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    11-25-2019, 09:24 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Taurus TX22 in Rimfire Area
    yes, comes with the threaded adapter for a suppressor or compensator. geez, never thought i'd buy a taurus. will see if it's a hit or miss ....
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  • rfd's Avatar
    11-25-2019, 06:44 PM
    none.
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  • Lead pot's Avatar
    11-25-2019, 11:35 AM
    :drinks:
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    11-25-2019, 10:15 AM
    John I just happen to have read that last night when I moved some old magazines. The issue was winter 09 #68 and it was still taped shut never opened. :) It said, drop tube was more considerably consistent followed by the none settled (just...
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  • Lead pot's Avatar
    11-25-2019, 09:49 AM
    A sugarloaf bullet is a very pronounced tapered bullet. It looks like a money bullet ogive cut off at the start of the shank
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  • rfd's Avatar
    11-25-2019, 09:32 AM
    drop tubes are the easiest to use and make, and will more than suffice ... but, a combo of both tube and vibrate would be best of all.
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    11-24-2019, 08:38 PM
    Tom that was back in the last century when I got it LOL. I don't think you can find a action for that price now.
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  • Lead pot's Avatar
    11-24-2019, 10:51 AM
    I will be heading to the Iowa City VA soon for some tests. If you change your mind let me know and I can pack some bullets or bring the mould.
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  • rfd's Avatar
    11-24-2019, 08:01 AM
    rfd started a thread Taurus TX22 in Rimfire Area
    Introduced earlier this year, and on a whim, I just put one on order after searching out as much feedback as possible on youtube and elsewhere. Nothing but two thumbs up from all the reviews so far, for what that's worth. There was an issue...
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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
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