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    Yesterday, 08:52 PM
    I use Hornady SX &SJSX 55gr in all my CF 22s from 222 to 220Swift. I picked them because of their performance on groundhogs. There are many accurate 22 bullets but they don't open up at 3000-3200 fps. The other bullets don't seem to kick in until...
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    Yesterday, 12:29 PM
    Never had a TC but had a couple rifles in wasp. My load was 30gr of IMR-4895/ 55gr bullet at approx 3550fps. I don't know how that would work out in short barrel.
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    11-16-2018, 11:25 AM
    Drm50 replied to a thread Scopes and Mounts in Factory Rifles
    There use to be some decent scopes out of Germany up until 70s. They were of Weaver quality and priced about the same or less. I use to buy 4x & 6x from Graf Dist from Germany. All the good mid priced German stuff went off the market, including...
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    11-15-2018, 08:02 PM
    I'm not shooting any bullseye competition but have found CCI St-Vel shoots well in S&W 41, several Hi Standards, old Ruger Mk-1 and many good field pistols of major brands. Unless I was shooting in competition the cost of match ammo is a waste. I...
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    11-15-2018, 07:40 PM
    Drm50 replied to a thread Scopes and Mounts in Factory Rifles
    I have a lot of Weaver scopes bought new in 60s. At the time Weavers were not considered cheap. They were probably biggest selling scope in US. I will admitt they aren't as clear as new scopes but they never were. I won't put a cheap scope on any...
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    11-15-2018, 01:49 PM
    I have had a lot of Ruger Blackhawks, 3screw. At one time in 60s I had one of each in each barrel length, some pairs. All bought new. I never had any trouble with any Ruger SA that I bought new. I still buy 3screws from time to time but no new...
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    11-13-2018, 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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Army vet..ex coal miner
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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