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    Today, 08:28 PM
    I had one as a kid, teenager and adult. I used it as my deer rifle for quite a few years too. I bagged several deer with it as well. Nothing wrong with them. I gave mine to my brother in law and he didn't like it as he didn't want to reload and...
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    08-14-2017, 10:03 AM
    Earlwb replied to a thread Midland Gun Co in Factory Rifles
    I would just make or get a few dummy rounds. Then see how the dummy rounds work in the action. If it feeds loads and extracts OK then there is nothing to do. If it is that small piece broken off of the bolt face edge then it should not be a issue....
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    08-11-2017, 10:08 PM
    Well the .222 Rimmed originated in Australia. It spread out from there. Mostly they used it in single shot rifles based on the Martini Cadet actions. They also used the case to make a number of wildcat cartridges too.
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    08-10-2017, 09:55 AM
    They used to load different types of ammo. One type for semi-auto pistols and the other type for submachine guns. The submachine gun ammo was loaded to much higher pressures than the pistol ammo was loaded. Also since the submachine guns were slam...
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    08-06-2017, 10:44 PM
    Earlwb replied to a thread old ammo in Vintage Ammo
    Nice. The .45-70 was popular with the military for a very long time due to its excellent stopping power. If someone was hit with the heavy .45 bullet it would definitely stop them. It pretty much didn't matter where someone got hit either. What is...
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    08-06-2017, 10:35 PM
    I do not see a problem using the .22 TCM. it is a fine cartridge. It ought to work with the pistol just fine after the barrel is relined, and the chamber cut for it. You can reload for it and use the more minimum load charges though, if you feel...
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    08-04-2017, 05:28 PM
    texasnative46, Yes you are correct, the 1888 S bore rifles are great shooters. I still have mine too. I paid something like $29.95 for it at the time plus shipping. They sent it to my door direct too as it was made before 1899.
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    08-03-2017, 10:14 PM
    As I see it, the various ?x57mm Mauser cartridges are all quite good. the venerable 5.6, 6.5, 7, 8 and 9mm rounds are still excellent cartridges. Heck any of the various calibers made over the years are still good to go even today. Most of the new...
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    07-19-2017, 09:50 AM
    Earlwb replied to a thread Early powder in Vintage Ammo
    Well the French used that kind of propellant in their 8mm Lebel ammunition for a while. They were probably the first. There were three or four different liquid explosives that were used to make this type of ammo. Basically they were using...
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I started hunting and using guns when I was about 10yoa. I have been doing it ever since, sometimes with a hiatus for a while though. I first got into reloading when I was 16yoa with a 7.65 Argentine Mauser and a 12 ga shotgun. I really enjoyed that too. I do have quite a few bullet molds that I have acquired over the years and I cast many bullets myself to be used.
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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