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    Today, 07:00 PM
    I have Weaver K series scopes on several rifles and a shotgun. Most have been on rifles since 60s. They ain't Leupolds but in 60 they were popular scopes. They were built well and in K series they were trouble free. After they sold out they were...
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    Yesterday, 02:14 PM
    Drm50 replied to a thread I want pure lead! in Muzzleloading.
    To be sure of " lead" you are using I would get some known pure lead and cast some balls. If they load properly you know the flange lead is alloyed. Most of the old roofing lead is close to pure, some still is but some is alloyed with zinc.
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    12-02-2019, 06:01 PM
    I don't have a lot of knives. Got a Kabar that I don't carry because it's to big. Have a skinner I had custom in 70 before the craze. My hunting knife is a Canadian Trapper which I have carried for over 50yrs. It's on its third sheath. Small game...
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    12-01-2019, 05:52 PM
    My buddy has 1/2 mag 94 in 30/30 but his doesn't have shotgun butt or that sight. His dates from early 1920s. I have a pair of 55s with 1/2mags but they have standard butts and sights both from 1930s.
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    12-01-2019, 05:44 PM
    Two points, Marlin lever guns don't like SWC style bullets. Even Marlin 39 doesn't feed well with Trunicated cone style bullets. You can double clutch the lever, just back it off a little when cartridge top the carrier and nose of bullet will drop....
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    11-30-2019, 07:55 PM
    Never shot one. Handled used one in a shop. Owner told me he sold it 3 times since he took it on trade. Owners traded it back in because they couldn't get it regulated. It seemed clumsy to me, but I've owned a couple SXS rifles that were preWar made...
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    11-30-2019, 04:28 PM
    We had a Trapdoor when I was a kid. It had been cut down into a Sporter. My dad would only allow us to shot BP in it. Never questioned him because he had drove into us the danger of using smokeless in wire twist shotguns. I killed a deer with that...
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    11-30-2019, 04:15 PM
    I don't doubt you one bit. Every once in a while a cherry or lemon is produced. The nature of mass production. I've had TC Contenders and never had any problems. I had 22, 44mg and a 14" 30/30. No complaints but guys getting barrels in stiff rifle...
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    11-30-2019, 01:11 PM
    Me too, the TCs are better guns than H&R, Henry or import breakdowns. H&Rs are selling for $350-400 locally if in Ohio legal deer cartridge. I don't see the value in them. I'm not a fan of TCs either I think all the break downs are over priced.
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    11-29-2019, 09:11 PM
    I shoot nothing but cast and mostly WCs in all calibers in my S&W revolvers. I don't like Lee WCs. They may be ok at up to 50ft. but we shoot out to 100yds with Lyman 438-148 and Lee WCs key hole badly. Shooting in 357 cases out of m27 S&W. I didn't...
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    11-29-2019, 08:58 PM
    I like straight grip stocks for shooting open sights, except on bolt guns. I do think the stock shape, size and design on hard kicking rifles makes a big difference. I have #3 Ruger 45/70. The stocks on them are to short. I shoot heavy loads with...
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    11-29-2019, 02:43 PM
    I had a Martini in 22 Ackley Jet. I didn't have dies for it and modified a couple dies and used several other dies to form cases from 357s. It was 9 step procedure but produced nice brass. I had Rem Jet dies but they were usless to use as form...
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    11-29-2019, 02:30 PM
    I load 38super brass for Astra, Star and Destroyer carbine. I thin rim of brass in lathe, from inside edge. I have found 38S brass is hard on extractor , especially on Star. Probably not necessary in Astra & Destoyer but I turn them all. In the Star...
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    11-27-2019, 07:38 PM
    I shoot Hornady 55gr SX in all my 22CFs which are all BAs. It's good bullet and second choice would be Speer 55gr SP. I figure 55gr is lightest bullet that is practical for for my shooting which is varmit and seldom shoot over 400yds.
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    11-27-2019, 07:29 PM
    Got mine as hand me down about 1964. I have no idea how many boolits have been through it. I did replace the bolts with hardened bolts but just on a whim because I had them. I size and lube in winter I put a little Quartz heater on bench behind it...
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    11-25-2019, 08:07 PM
    I had a 458 American built on a 600Rem that had been a 6.5 or 350mg. I loaded them with 45/70 dies, no crimp I didn't know history of gun but it didn't shoot well enough to keep. The only other one I know a local has built on Argintine 98 with...
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    11-25-2019, 07:48 PM
    I don't know about sabot type slugs but Foster type will not harm FC guns. Although they generally don't shoot well out of FC guns 410s seem to be the exception. I cut off. 410 FC Moss and D&Ted and mounted scope. Gun would shoot 1.5" at 50yds. I...
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    11-24-2019, 10:43 PM
    I just recently traded off a #3 Ruger 44mg. Very good shooter. I have a 223, 45/70 and two 375wins in #3s. Now only 44mg carbine I have is 1970 Marlin 1894 saddle ring. Had both sighted at 60yds and both did 1" with same ammo. 240gr XTPs. I will...
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    11-24-2019, 12:46 PM
    Savage 99EG 250/3000 Win 95 30Govt06 Win 55 25/20 Win 55 32/20 Marlin 1897 Marlin 39 Marlin 1894 32/20 Marlin 1894 25/20 Marlin 1894 44mg (1970) Marlin 336 Marauder 30/30
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    11-23-2019, 01:50 PM
    I do a lot of trading and get run of the mill pistols often. If I get something interesting I will get or make ammo for it. I shoot it just to say that I have shot one. The common stuff I only shot to insure it's functional and safe before its...
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    11-22-2019, 04:19 PM
    I haven't had a Starr RB for a couple years. I've only had 357s and they shot decent. I saw one at a trade days sale last month with a $350 tag on it, in 357. It wasn't a cream puff.
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    11-22-2019, 03:19 AM
    Naw, I would leave it alone, clean bore and shoot mild cast.
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    11-21-2019, 07:18 PM
    Barrel length means a lot shooting shot loads if you have a cylinder or sawed off barrel. Without choke of some kind it's short range gun. I have a very hi condition 1897 Win that I got cheap after Bubba did a home choke job on it. I was going to...
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    11-21-2019, 06:58 PM
    If sight has to be cranked a long way towards base it was probably ment for a CF rifle that is wider across the reciever/ action.
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    11-20-2019, 11:05 PM
    The S&W is the one worth messing with. I would take grips of and submerge in in penetrating oil for a week. In loaded or unloaded state. Check to see if it is coming free if not give it more time. Don't force mechanical functions. It needs to come...
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    11-20-2019, 09:44 PM
    I put the rear sight off a post 64 Win 70 375 H&H and large ivory bead on front of a M12 Win. It was a FC that had been cut and Poly choke installed. I cut to 20" and installed sights. Killed deer with slugs and used it on rabbits and grouse. The...
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    11-20-2019, 06:59 PM
    My first brand new CF rifle was a pre 64 M70FW in .308. I still have it and it will do a 1" at 100yds. I have had a 6x scope on it since new and only change I made was to upgrade to a Leuplod from a Weaver K6.
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    11-19-2019, 09:02 PM
    I've had several original trap doors and shot BP & Unique both. I got old & lazy I went to 2400/ Dacron filler with 322gr cast at 1100fps.
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    11-19-2019, 08:48 PM
    Drm50 replied to a thread 30 remington in Leverguns
    That is one rifle I have never owned or shot in any cartridge. Shot lots of 30Rem out of #8 & #14s.
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    11-18-2019, 08:38 PM
    I've got a couple cases of Thunder Bolts, a couple of Cyclones both from way before Obama. This ammo is in bricks not bulk pack. Both shoot decent. Maybe not match ammo but dependable and accurate enough to pop a squirrel in the head at 100'. The...
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Army vet..ex coal miner
Shooting & fishing before I could walk
SE Ohio
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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