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  • bigted's Avatar
    Today, 07:11 AM
    This is my method exactly. Makes reassembly much easier and removes my need to curse the origins of many things my eye beholds as i struggle without using the "aligning pin". My Miroku Winchester hiwalls are living proof that this simple act of...
    9 replies | 479 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    Today, 07:01 AM
    Leadpot, thanks for the show n tell. I have never used 1/2 inch of compression and find your pictures to varify my experience, the bottom of my compressed loads seem to remain fairly lose and my conclusion is therefore kinda shown in your photo as...
    23 replies | 1096 view(s)
  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:16 PM
    Dick Hennebry has put out an inquiry as to the amount of interest there might be in shooting NRA BPTR midrange matches at the Cheyenne Rifle and Pistol Club. They have a CMP range that only has a few high-power matches a year, and if there's enough...
    0 replies | 61 view(s)
  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    08-19-2018, 11:08 PM
    If all else fails a private investigator often has access to data not easily found on the web. In my experience their resources can be better than normal LE/government sources. Phone number search may be a dead end due to the growing number of folks...
    9 replies | 489 view(s)
  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    08-19-2018, 10:50 PM
    Very interesting and quite helpful BUT as others have noted the samples for some categories are likely too small to give accurate data. Shot placement will always be key but when using real shootings that's hard to take into consideration. Funny how...
    42 replies | 990 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-19-2018, 08:43 PM
    I have photo's in the lever action section till i get some for here.
    6 replies | 243 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-19-2018, 08:38 PM
    Not so in my experience concerning super compressed loads of BP. What i have found upon taking them back apart is that the compressed powder column does not compress clear thru the whole charge. What i found is the top quarter to half was so...
    23 replies | 1096 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-19-2018, 08:23 PM
    Id be very proud to hear your IMR 4198 loads. I have heard that you can compress this powder and rel #7 like black powder. Any truth to this?
    23 replies | 1096 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-18-2018, 07:17 PM
    Went n did it. Had a moment of weakness rite as an opportunity presented itself in the form of a dandy 73 shooter chambered in 38 WCF. Began life in 1884 as a custom 28 inch barreled octagonal barrel but someplace along the way it lost some 3...
    6 replies | 243 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-18-2018, 06:30 PM
    bigted replied to a thread '73' came to my house in Leverguns
    Thanks for the replies. I loaded two different loads behind the same .401 lee flat point boolit. Lubed the large groove with SPG in a .409 die in the Lyman lubsizer. The first load was 35 grains Ol E 2F powder compressed with the boolit. Fed...
    5 replies | 292 view(s)
  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    08-17-2018, 11:43 PM
    No, we can't kill cowards who do cruel things to helpless animals or even children. Just because someone deserves killing doesn't mean we should do it. Restraint is a price we pay for living in a civilized society even though it sometimes makes no...
    65 replies | 1931 view(s)
  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    08-17-2018, 10:34 PM
    We lost a good man. Like others here I found his insight helpful and at times, entertaining. Mike
    33 replies | 867 view(s)
  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    08-14-2018, 07:51 PM
    I grew basil last year. Tough part was drying all of it.
    19 replies | 581 view(s)
  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    08-14-2018, 10:24 AM
    Sulphur Gulch Gunsmithing in Parker Colorado, is probably the best place, as the owner shoots the highwalls in competition, along with building and rebuilding the things.
    18 replies | 2936 view(s)
  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 10:38 PM
    Az, Iím not sure that a second felt on a 40 cal brush would be necessary when using the squeegee, so long as you used a flannel patch. Most of the time using the baco system one felt has been plenty.
    41 replies | 2048 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 06:59 AM
    bigted replied to a thread Which one? in Leverguns
    OR ... cut the Marlins barrel at the end of the current mag tube and have a nice short carbine along with a perfect caliber plus being the easy to swing, light weight and downrite dandy overall rifle
    35 replies | 1009 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 12:12 AM
    bigted replied to a thread Which one? in Leverguns
    Just from the option of shooting black powder through your 38-55, i would for sure go with the Marlin. The Marlin come apart easy to enable cleaning from the breech. Second reason is the pistol grip that goes a long way in my book. Marlins...
    35 replies | 1009 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-11-2018, 06:41 PM
    bigted replied to a thread .38-40 Load Advice in Leverguns
    Well guess this needs to be brought up again. GREAT THREAD!!! I have a parts 73 carbine going now myself. Couple parts yet to aquire then get it shooting before doing a finish on it. May just leave it rustic with all the patina on the OEM parts. ...
    42 replies | 13920 view(s)
  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    08-09-2018, 10:49 PM
    I have 3 of them. They shoot very well. Like Dan mentioned the hard part is getting it indexed. I wrote an article in The American Sharpsshooter about them a few years ago 2013 volume 5
    3 replies | 151 view(s)
  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    08-09-2018, 07:05 PM
    Don McDowell replied to a thread High wall in Single Shot Guns
    24-26 inches probably plenty long enough.. A couple of years ago they had a couple of 24 inch hiwalls on the rack one was a 22 the other a 4065 both were pretty sweet handling rifles.
    26 replies | 874 view(s)
  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    08-08-2018, 11:30 PM
    Don McDowell replied to a thread High wall in Single Shot Guns
    You can get them to leave the cheek piece off
    26 replies | 874 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-08-2018, 07:21 PM
    Oh somebody ... just anybody ... please post a picture of a 1876 or 1873 sporting the Malcolm scope. I just can not imagine how this is accomplished. Thanks
    41 replies | 1019 view(s)
  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    08-08-2018, 11:54 AM
    Don McDowell replied to a thread High wall in Single Shot Guns
    Awesome. What are the details on your new gem.
    26 replies | 874 view(s)
  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    08-08-2018, 09:03 AM
    The squeegy from the BACO system will thread easily on an 8x32 threaded bore brush.
    41 replies | 2048 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-08-2018, 06:33 AM
    Just occurred to me, maybe check the cartridge overall length of the cartridges that will chamber opposed to the OAL of those that will not. I need to go back to the beginning and read through all the posts as the deeper we get i forget what has...
    15 replies | 373 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-07-2018, 08:00 PM
    Think he is powdercoating his boolits. If something changed and there is thicker paint on some or coating temp is off what it used to be or a change in color ect ect ect.
    15 replies | 373 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-07-2018, 07:17 PM
    I also believe that your boolits very well may be the culprit. So lets go step by step; First off lets slug the bore and measure the results, Take a 44 cal pure lead balll from Hornaday or Speer, take some synthetic grease and smear...
    15 replies | 373 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-07-2018, 04:16 PM
    You guys that need custom molds , do not forget about Tom @ accurate molds. His work is just great and will cheaply build to your specs. The 444 Marlin does fine with a snoot full of real powder, cant remember what i got grain wise in my Hornaday...
    18 replies | 556 view(s)
  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    08-06-2018, 11:38 AM
    Yup, exactly, it'll be around 180 dollars for every good idea that wasn't..
    18 replies | 556 view(s)
  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    08-06-2018, 12:11 AM
    Biggest problem with the 42xx is going to be finding a good bullet mould. It's going to take a good bit of mould collecting I'm thinking.
    18 replies | 556 view(s)
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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