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    Today, 01:00 AM
    I've had several Krags and they all shot 308 Jackets. The last really good one I had was a Short Rifle. It's the only one I shot cast. I shot a#308278 Ideal bullet of about 195gr as cast /12.5gr Unique at about 1400fps. This shot well but no...
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    11-10-2018, 11:12 AM
    I shoot my own cast in all my handguns except a Ruger SBH & Brn Hp target model. The rest of my handguns are target guns that are all under 1000fps. I shoot WCs and cast them as soft as I can get away with. I killed a deer with a 242gr 45cal WC...
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    11-09-2018, 09:19 PM
    Drm50 replied to a thread Big Bore Regret..? in Leverguns
    When I got a 1895 on trade in was like new. The first thing I did was to take a lot of wood off butt and forearm. Slimming it down to flush with action like the old Marlins & Wins. When I took off the butt plate I found a surprise. Previous owner...
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    11-08-2018, 10:21 PM
    Drm50 replied to a thread Plugged barrel in Muzzleloading.
    When I was in business the little rural town I live in was ground zero for miles in deer hunting area. It never failed to have guys with stuck bullets, brushes, jags and ram rods everyday. The problem with brushes and jags was that they usually...
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    11-08-2018, 09:24 PM
    Drm50 replied to a thread Glenfield 30 in Leverguns
    I don't think I have ever seen a 30GT. I have had several Glenfield 30s all models with pistol grip stocks. I had a Texan 336 once back in 70s and wish I had held onto it, they are scarce and pricey if you find one. I never could warm up to Levers...
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    11-07-2018, 12:44 AM
    That's the way I carried my 22 ammo since I was old enough to hunt alone. I had a blow out in the old tobacco pouch about 10yrs ago. Couldn't find another and now have some kind of pouch made of nylon that sunglasses came in. It was best thing to...
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    11-06-2018, 07:13 PM
    We tried to use a bushing and press to reduce case. We didn't have a big enough press and bushing would just dig in and sieze. We ended up turning them in lathe. The rim dia was just close enough the extractor worked. I had gotten a box of Rem 43...
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    11-06-2018, 12:13 PM
    I have a few #3s and always looking for good deals on them. My Gun Smith who was a real old fashion smith did one to 219 Zipper for a customer. Guy wanted 26" barrel heavy taper and bought a wood set like a Win Hi-wall sporter. Stock was longer...
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    11-06-2018, 10:24 AM
    I've owned hundreds of handguns and many of them wouldn't shoot worth a hoot. I will say that I have had little issue with premium US manufactured guns. This doesn't include new production of last 20yrs. A lot of guns I get I have no interest in...
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    11-05-2018, 08:01 PM
    My old man bought a 43 Span at auction that was billed as a 45/70. He was perturbed to say the least. I normally wouldn't have fooled with it but was one of best military RBs I've ever seen. I had a Rapine 387gr RN mold and dies. So I made up 20...
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    11-03-2018, 10:31 AM
    Drm50 replied to a thread 30-30 vs Whitetail doe in Leverguns
    Outstanding, how old is nephew? Looks 14 or 15. I only have one nephew, got a raft of nieces. I use to loan out my guns to him at that age. Now he's going on 19 and he tells me if it gets "stolen" he will pay me for it. That is the ongoing joke...
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    10-31-2018, 08:08 PM
    I'm not fimilar with that bullet and I haven't shot light bullets out of my Win. 94. I have done a lot of experimenting with 30/30 in Marlin 336. I have got excellent results with 110gr Speer Varmiter Hp with 37.0gr of IMR 4064 at 2710. Have also...
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    10-29-2018, 09:28 PM
    In new guns there are 10/22s and Marlin 60s. I was 10/22 cheerleader until they replaced trigger housing with plastic. Now If buying new would probably be the Marlin. The Marlin has stayed pretty much the same since put on the market. The 10/22...
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    10-29-2018, 12:57 AM
    I used 2400 since 60s in 357, 41mg & 44mg. & had unburnt powder in all them, even in 71/2" & 83/8" barrels. Used 22.5gr 2400/240gr JHP load in 44mg carbines too. They all shot well so I never got around to seeking different powder. I did fool with...
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    10-28-2018, 01:01 PM
    I have dies for most all military cartridges, and have had them for over 50 yrs. They are all Lyman or RCBS. When I was a kid loading was the only practical way to shoot 6.5 & 7.7 Jap. A box of Norma ammo approached the value of the rifle in...
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    10-27-2018, 08:32 PM
    Drm50 replied to a thread Savage 219? in Single Shot Guns
    That is a nice stock, best I've ever seen on any single barrel gun. I had a 30/30 that someone did a nice job of having a Redfield reciever sight contoured to barrel. It was silver soldered on. Really a good shooter. A buddy of mine cried until...
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    10-27-2018, 10:17 AM
    Drm50 replied to a thread Savage 219? in Single Shot Guns
    The forearm hardware is also different. The early guns had the single heavy lever that snaps against barrel stud. Later guns had the S shaped heavy stamping and rest of assembly was a stamping. I forget what model Stevens 94 guys used on 219...
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    10-26-2018, 09:02 PM
    Drm50 replied to a thread Savage 219? in Single Shot Guns
    By the way it is about twice the gun a H&R Handy rifle is. Savage 220 was similar shotgun version of 219. Some 219 barrels will also fit Srevens 94 shotguns of early manufacture. Firing pins on shotguns sometimes need bushed and diameter reduced.
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    10-26-2018, 06:06 PM
    Drm50 replied to a thread Savage 219? in Single Shot Guns
    I have had several Savage 219s, I would buy at $169 with out blinking. Good condition 219s bring $300 and up around here. The most common is 30/30. The smaller calibres like 22Hornet bring more. It was also sold with shotgun barrel combo. I've...
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    10-26-2018, 03:24 PM
    Drm50 replied to a thread .30-30 110 grain loads in Leverguns
    I have shot a lot of 110s out of 30/30s. The Speer 110hp I loaded 37.0gr IMR-4064 at approx 2700 fps. It's called Varmiter, and that's what it's for. I do believe that there is a warning on this bullet not to use in tube magazines. Also used a lot...
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    10-25-2018, 09:00 PM
    How about the ammo? Is it possible shoulder is set back?
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    10-24-2018, 11:04 PM
    I have a Roy's Pancake for Ruger SBH 71/2", I used it for awhile but it was uncomfortable to me. I'm having a 3" wide Ranger Belt made custom right now, just for toting 6" N frames. I'm having a slot like in a western rig put in it. I'm going to...
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    10-24-2018, 10:43 PM
    That's a nice old Stevens Straight Line target pistol. If it's in good condition should make you a good plinker. Standard velocity is good advice for 22 of this era. I haven't seen any Stevens pistols sell for a few years. The price on these has...
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    10-23-2018, 10:46 PM
    I too prefer reciver sights on my deer rifles. I think a reciever sight in relation to front sight must be on individual bases on height of front sight. I have 4 Marlins with Lyman 66s. I did change sights but not because of height. The 39 and 94...
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    10-23-2018, 11:17 AM
    3 yrs ago I got a 375win in Marlin lever. Brass was almost no existent unless you wanted to pay $2 or more for empties that had be fired ???XXX times. I blew out 30/30 brass with 7gr Bullseye with Cornmeal on top. Worked perfect. Only use these...
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    10-21-2018, 02:10 PM
    That's same load I use in Ruger SBH 44mg/ 240gr JHP. It's a stout load and only reason I use it is for deer and it is accurate. Not fun to stand and shoot for fun.
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    10-21-2018, 02:05 PM
    Weaver has a lot of one piece bases that can be easily modified for such problems. I use one that is intended for a H&R 22mg semi auto rifle on a lot of bolt 22s. It is the right radius for the recievers on most 22BAs. Bases are alumilum and...
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    10-21-2018, 01:51 PM
    I have a buddy who is the cheapest human alive. He bought a Marlin 1894 357, when they first came out. He bought / buys the cheapest bulk cast 158Gr RN he can find. Then he hits all the manuals to figure out what powder he can get the most loads...
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    10-20-2018, 10:07 PM
    I drop charges in 50rd blocks, check scale every 10th one and pass a light over the block visually checking powder volume.
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Army vet..ex coal miner
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
GC Gas Check