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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    08-14-2018, 07:51 PM
    I grew basil last year. Tough part was drying all of it.
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  • 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.
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  • 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 | 1848 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
    31 replies | 648 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...
    31 replies | 648 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. ...
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  • 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 | 121 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 | 774 view(s)
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    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 | 774 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
    40 replies | 817 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 | 774 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 | 1848 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...
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  • 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 | 320 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 | 320 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...
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  • 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..
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  • 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 | 483 view(s)
  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    08-05-2018, 10:26 PM
    Kurt I couldn't remember it it was him or Semtav that did that, but I do remember it shot reasonably well.
    18 replies | 483 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-05-2018, 09:44 PM
    Well Kev, looks like you have answers to your question. Question is now ... are you dissatisfied enough to desire the gamble of messing with it or shoot it as is. Seems like there is a few options if messing with it is in order. All depends on...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    08-05-2018, 09:30 PM
    Search on the Shiloh site. I can't remember for sure who it was but somebody a few years back had a Shiloh built with a .429 barrel and used a 45-90 case necked down. Think he called it the 44 wesson.
    18 replies | 483 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-05-2018, 09:28 PM
    I would really like to see pictures of a 76 with a malcolm scope on it. I can not picture how that would work in my minds eye.
    40 replies | 817 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-05-2018, 08:49 PM
    bigted replied to a thread Winchester 94 30wfc in Leverguns
    Maybe a small speck of lead in the throat or just at the end of the chamber. Nother thing i would look at is the ammo. Has some small thing happened in your seating, flairing or boolit seating, or , is it possible that your brass is old and work...
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    08-05-2018, 11:45 AM
    bigted replied to a thread '73' came to my house in Leverguns
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  • bigted's Avatar
    08-05-2018, 11:31 AM
    bigted started a thread '73' came to my house in Leverguns
    Have been gathering parts and "building" a Winchester 1873 carbine in 38 WCF cal. Have most of the parts , however, i get impatient and this is the case here. I do not desire to further "bubba" my project and seems some parts are going to take...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    08-05-2018, 11:14 AM
    Its ain't bragging if it's the truth :drinks: Altho I was disappointed to see that three some didn't have to have a shoot off to determine 1,2 and 3 overall...:wink:
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    08-05-2018, 08:33 AM
    A good blow tube routine combined with a high quality lube works very well. Problem is most folks don't get into that good routine until they've had a bunch of trigger time. Wiping the lube isn't as important , but proper solution on the patches...
    43 replies | 1609 view(s)
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    08-03-2018, 10:59 PM
    Don McDowell replied to a thread High wall in Single Shot Guns
    32-20 is pretty versatile as far as powders go. Unique, 2400,Lilgun and 5744 all work well in my rifle.
    26 replies | 774 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-03-2018, 10:55 PM
    Paper comes in a variety of makes and abrasiveness. Some paper has a high clay content and some is pretty mild with rag content instead of clay. The clay paper will be pretty abrasive on the barrel metal ... most especially an old 100 year old or...
    38 replies | 1017 view(s)
  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    08-03-2018, 03:23 PM
    Don McDowell replied to a thread High wall in Single Shot Guns
    Due to the smaller size and trimmer lines of the action. The smaller cartridges like the 25-20 etc was what that version of the 85 was designed around.
    26 replies | 774 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
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