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    01-15-2019, 09:11 PM
    Several years back I got a Browning HP Comp model, FN. I have loaded 9mm once in a while but always with jacketed bullets. 9mm was so cheap that it was easier to buy ammo and about as cheap as loading it. This HP shots extremely well so I bought 3...
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    01-14-2019, 07:49 PM
    Pic not showing much but bolt handle looks like a Savage Stevens product, not Win or Rem. I don't think the bolt handle should be on left which is why most would think Win 77. In fact are you sure all the parts are for the same rifle? The Sav/Stv...
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    01-14-2019, 07:36 PM
    Drm50 replied to a thread How do you manage? in Military Rifles
    When I was a kid I whacked more Milsurps into Sporters than you can shake a stick at. I only did 03s and 98s. They were cheap and a lot of people would buy one and start cutting it down and loose interest. These could be bought for 1/2 of nothing....
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    01-14-2019, 07:13 PM
    The 357 is marginal for anything except target and small game. I would have to go with 45 Colt because it is more useful. Yea, under ideal circumstances it will suffice but it's not the norm. I have never owned a 45Colt carbine but have had several...
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    01-13-2019, 01:15 PM
    The only thing I can add to the subject is non uniform ignition. I tried the same thing with 38sp in a K38 with 6" barrel. For same reason unburnt powder. I didn't get as far as checking that because groups opened up considerably. At first I...
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    01-12-2019, 01:03 PM
    357 hot shot barrel is a new one on me. I didn't know they made one all I've ever had was 44s.
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    01-11-2019, 10:58 PM
    I get 32 S&W & Colts fairly often on trades. They are service type revolvers with fixed sights and are of no interest to me. I am always looking for the target models in 32 and 32/20. Those are like gold and usually sell for twice what a 38sp...
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    01-10-2019, 08:29 PM
    Sold to RIHP
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    01-10-2019, 08:20 PM
    I too started young with a Ruger Single-6 and shortly after a S&W K22. I could shoot the S-6 well but the K22 much better. I don't think it had anything to do with grip shape. The lock time on S&W was much faster. The 1st center fire for me was a...
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    01-10-2019, 08:04 PM
    I've only done 22s. I have a Rem Rolling Block that was a 25rf. The bore was gone and I was given a new 513 Rem barrel by our gunsmith. He said if I put the barrel on he would do extractor and chamber. At school we had limited tooling for the old...
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    01-10-2019, 07:40 PM
    Drm50 replied to a thread S&w 1500 in Factory Rifles
    Sold a lot of them and owned many. Never had any trouble with any of them. They didn't seem to be any heavier than similar 98 style rifles. I only had one with synthetic stock & it was after market job.
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    01-09-2019, 07:24 PM
    I had a skinner made to my pattern before the custom knife craze started. I wanted no point and knife is about 4" long and 3" wide. Actual cutting edge comes back over the top half way. I have never used it on wild hogs but have relieved several...
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    01-08-2019, 09:15 PM
    I will not go into comparison of Heritage with Ruger or Colt because there isn't any. Back in the 60s up through 70s there were a lot of imported SA clones on the market. There were quite a few while not comparable to Colt and Ruger they were much...
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    01-08-2019, 02:32 AM
    I just sold a Walther P38/ original holster & extra mag ( not original) for $750. Gun was in excellent shape. It was a WW2 bring home and hadn't been shot since it was brought home in 1945. That was second one I had last year. I notice WW2 bring...
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    01-07-2019, 06:33 PM
    Did a little shooting Saturday. Me and Bro had three 9mm pistols. He had just picked up a nice S&W m39 and wanted to try it out. We don't load 9mm but have standard ammo for each gun. We had a mixture of factory ammo and I had a box of Herters 9mm...
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    01-07-2019, 06:11 PM
    22 shorts are like 410 shotgun shells, they soak you for a premium price for 1/2 the product. The advent of cheap semi auto 22 rifles shifted to HV LRs to insure they would cycle. Now they sell everything but HV LRs as specialty ammo. I remember...
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    01-07-2019, 05:53 PM
    Not to slam Win 88s & Brn BLRs but a 99 Savage is old school quality, until they started down the drain. The 88 & BLR are not really in same class. The 88 took a hit in quality after Win went under. The BLR has also slid in quality since Brn started...
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    01-06-2019, 12:22 PM
    Have a nice S&W m31-1 in 3" barrel , nickel with Jay Scott stag grips. Gun has wear on finish on front of grip frame and a little on the back strap. Lock up and timing good. I took this on trade and have no interest in it. I did shoot up a box &...
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    01-06-2019, 11:55 AM
    I have never seen CF 1866 and have only had a RF in really bad condition. That was several years ago and I only bought it to get a full box and partial box of original ammo. As far as the 44 American a sheriff in our county had a single shot...
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    01-04-2019, 11:47 PM
    Just the name Mossburg is enough to insure me I'm not interested. While all the other American gun companies were on a race to the bottom, Mossberg was there waiting on them. Who would have thought that a bottom drawer company would end up close to...
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    01-03-2019, 10:19 PM
    I shot 38/55 level loads in 375w using 250gr Ideal cast FN. Rifle was Marlin 375w using blown out 30/30 brass. Loads did under 2" at 100yds. If I was going to shoot this level of loads I would just blow out 30/30s instead of trimming 38/55 brass,...
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    01-02-2019, 09:02 PM
    From what I've seen the best value for under $400 in a 45acp would be a Ruger P series, used. They are kind of ugly but well made and dependable. I see quite a few of them used in like new condition for under $400. I don't care for them because I...
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    01-02-2019, 08:47 PM
    I live in SE Ohio, the Appalacian Region. It is rough as WVa & Ky. The other 3/4 of the state is fairly flat and was part of the plains. Some states have zones for rifle, shotgun, ect. I have hunted in rifle states since I was a kid. I have a rack...
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    01-02-2019, 11:12 AM
    Drm50 replied to a thread RugerNo. 3 in Single Shot Guns
    I've had several original Trapdoors & RBs as well as some rebarrels in 45/70. I shot a lot of cast Ideal 322gr Gould Express HPs at 1200fps. It was a pleasant target load. It also did well in Marlin 1895.
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    01-01-2019, 07:29 PM
    I bought my Dad a Ruger BH 357/9mm when they were first out. He tried a lot of 9mm ammo but none shot well enough to be practical. I think he threw 9mm cylinder away. We didn't load 9mm but we did 38sp & 357mg. We could see no point in loading 9mm...
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    01-01-2019, 03:13 PM
    Drm50 replied to a thread How much can they take? in Leverguns
    I have a early Marlin 1895 from 70s. The only reason I kept it was its accuracy. I have several original levers from late 1800- early 1900 and they all have wood flush with actions. I didn't like the extra wood on the newer Marlins. I remove a lot...
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    01-01-2019, 02:52 PM
    Drm50 replied to a thread De-bluing a barrel in Muzzleloading.
    Birchwood Casey makes a liquid blue and rust remover that works well. Several years ago a guy I know bought it to remove a rusty finger print from the action of Brn A5 shotgun. Gun was mint and the finger print was driving him nuts. He put BC on a...
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    12-30-2018, 04:21 PM
    Good luck, I've been looking for a 200gr range WC in 44 for over 3 yrs. I'm on list to buy one now but quota is going slow. I don't like Lee molds, I want one with well defined grease grooves, sharp corners, ect. The 44s are hardest to find, 38s &...
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    12-30-2018, 04:10 PM
    I got a 22 for my 5th birthday, buy the time I was 8 I had about a dozen assorted firearms. Most were given to me by relatives. Army rifles, old shotguns and 22 rifles. These were kept in my own gun case in my bedroom. My old man was keeper of the...
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    12-30-2018, 02:24 PM
    I wouldn't say Sav 99 is a better gun than JMBs lever designs, they are just different. Any rifles of unknown history as far as repairs or bubba jobs are project guns at the most. Winchester went down the tubes in 1963 because they couldn't compete...
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Shooting & fishing before I could walk
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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
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