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    05-14-2019, 08:49 AM
    1Hawkeye replied to a thread Marlin 1894CL .32-20WCF in Leverguns
    I use Arsenals 311008 in a 4 cavity mold it's my favorite mold. For a powder charge I use 4.5 grs of unique and I'm using starline brass. I had a marlin like you but let it go when I found a Stevens 44 in the same caliber.
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    05-11-2019, 06:10 PM
    Yes big al the are made here from uberti parts and may I suggest if your going to be an internet TROLL you try ar-15.com or the smith & wesson forum they like your kind over there. I know what I was told BY A COLT EMPLOYEE who handled the 2nd gen bp...
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    05-10-2019, 08:42 PM
    When I worked in the firearms industry Henry was just starting to sell .22's and the company I was with was working with Colt our Colt rep told me about the how Henry's owner got there start up funding. It was buy assembling all those second...
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    05-10-2019, 08:07 PM
    Sorry about your not being able to get through to arsenal. He must be pretty busy I think he's a one man operation.
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    05-09-2019, 02:09 PM
    My old Lyman manual shows 8.3 grs of unique with a 200 gr as factory equivalent and I have used it in original 73's,92's,and uberti Henry reproductions. If you are looking to cast your own Arsenal #432-210 is a great mold for the.44-40.
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    05-07-2019, 02:17 PM
    For a 405 gr try 38.0 grs of imr 3031 it's pretty close to Bp velocity. The service load for a td was a 500 gr RN at 1185 fps. A lot of folks try to magnumize a .45-70 and it's not necessary that 500 gr slug was designed to go through a cavalry...
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    05-07-2019, 08:41 AM
    1Hawkeye replied to a thread 44-40 boolit in Leverguns
    I use Arsenals 432-210 with excellent results and it's crimp grove is just right for a .44-40
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    05-05-2019, 12:37 AM
    If the serial number starts with a K then it left the factory as a gun kit. Which could explain the polyurethane coating. My lgs put out a real early TC Hawken this afternoon with a powder horn and a sling in good shape for 200.00
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    05-05-2019, 12:31 AM
    Yes I think when he's got a heavy work load the emails kinda stack up. From the look of things on his website I think he's got about a week long backlog now.
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    05-04-2019, 09:49 PM
    Contact Jared at Arsenal. If you want a 4 cavity mold that is 2 & 2 he will do that kind of work. For the .32-20 he offers a 4 cavity mold that 2 cavities are gas check and 2 are flat base as a standard item. So for what you want its possible. Iv'e...
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    05-04-2019, 02:11 PM
    1Hawkeye replied to a thread building a rifle in Muzzleloading.
    For something the size of what you are building an L&R Manton lock would look good.
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    05-01-2019, 10:21 PM
    Yep beemer they were polish model 29 training rifles.
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    05-01-2019, 10:13 PM
    Shiloh makes their own barrels the reason for the shiloh size dies is because in a .40-65 they use a .410" bullet rather than the original .406" that winchester used originally. If I had to guess about the cost its probably in the 700-800 range but...
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    04-28-2019, 03:13 PM
    No worries kmw I just have my dads habit of over-engineering things. If its rock solid without being attached to the wall can be a plus if you ever want to redecorate the room. My first loading bench was a computer desk from williamsburg pottery...
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    04-27-2019, 06:35 PM
    For the smaller calibers a 44 is fine .25-20 .32-20 .44-40 Where the problems started was in .32-40 and the .38-55 because folks were using the high speed ammo loadings rather than the black powder pressure loads. If the lever has a bit of up & down...
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    04-27-2019, 04:01 PM
    Yes, I remember the .30-30 win ones I had were not very accurate and very loud. As a kid I did think it was a great idea though even if you couldn't use them in a tube magazine.
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    04-27-2019, 03:56 PM
    Its one of the T/C molds towards the end of there mold making days for some reason they changed the shape of the maxi-ball design just before they ceased production. I don't have any info to tell you the weight but I think its about 435grs I...
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    04-27-2019, 03:49 PM
    I chuckle when they say "made in america or not made at all" considering that the .22lr that is there claim to fame that the company has been built around is a rifle designed and manufactured by the West German firm of Erma in the late 60's,70's, &...
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    04-27-2019, 03:35 PM
    Its kinda a belt AND suspenders thing.:smile: My bench is 96" long and L shaped 25" wide with a 20"x 48" end and the 4x4 legs are in every corner. When it was a 48" x 96" HO train layout it was a little wobbly so I figured I would bolt it to the...
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    04-26-2019, 11:45 PM
    Thats what you want solid as a rock with no wobble, flexing or creaks and then when the bench is done and the tooling installed you can figure out any storage or shelves you might want.
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    04-26-2019, 07:59 PM
    Yep since my last post here I added two more Arsenal molds to the collection a 311008 .312" 124gr and a 379449 .381" 280gr. Both are 4 cavity molds and I'm very happy with them. The 311008 is being used in a Stevens #44 in .32-20 and the 379449...
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    04-26-2019, 07:48 PM
    Well I tried the 3 Lowes near me and struck out they had gotten rid of or don't carry the lead boots. I guess if I'm on a road trip and have time...
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    04-26-2019, 07:43 PM
    I have always built my benches with a 2x4 frame on 4x4 legs with 1"plywood for a top and a loose piece of masonite on top of the plywood. The frame is secured to one or two walls. (my current bench is L shaped and in a corner) I don't attach the...
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    04-26-2019, 07:22 PM
    1Hawkeye replied to a thread Sheridan Blue Streak in AirGuns
    Yep its a 5mm and they were a beast of a air rifle. When I was a kid my friends dad had one with only 5 pumps it would crack like a .22lr going off he used it around the house and garden on pests. We use to use it on cans & small game and always...
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    04-26-2019, 07:06 PM
    I tried some lyman 311359 115gr spire points over 9grs of unique in a .303 martini carbine I had for a while. The carbine had a great bore but at 25 yds I couldn't keep any of the rounds on a 10" steel plate and the G.I. ammo I had shot the same...
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    04-26-2019, 06:45 PM
    1Hawkeye replied to a thread Box of 3 and a blank in Vintage Ammo
    I wonder if that 3 round box was intended as a sales mans sample packet ?
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    04-26-2019, 06:41 PM
    I remember them as a kid in the late 70's-early 80's. I had a box of them in .30-30 Win.
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    04-26-2019, 04:34 PM
    Not bad but for that kind of money I'd send a 336 out to JES have it rebored to 38-55 and be ahead by several hundred bucks.
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    04-26-2019, 12:02 PM
    Try Tip Curtis frontier shop in Cross Plains Tn. He's who I got my stuff from and he's got a lot of pre inlet stocks. Also a company called tigerhut has pre inlet stocks. There is a colonial market fair at ft frederick Md this weekend and I think...
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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
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