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    07-02-2019, 12:09 PM
    I never really liked the loading block and flashlight method of verifying powder charges. It reveals a double charge in a straight walled case usually I guess, but it seems more difficult for bottle neck cases and small charges. Also it leaves the...
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    07-02-2019, 11:33 AM
    I was thinking the same thing about stretching, with the 94 not being that strong of an action. While the rifle may shoot just fine and seems unchanged, it's possible that it is just a mite longer. An assessment to check for excess headspace with...
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    06-21-2019, 10:41 PM
    My Starrett dial caliper is a joy to use.
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    06-20-2019, 05:37 PM
    One time I got a guy who paused after launching into his spiel and I pounced. "What color underwear are you wearing?" "Are you the one whose sister is a hooker?" "Do you still sell drugs?" He hung up. :confused:
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    06-20-2019, 05:16 PM
    When the OP says that he told the incompetent employees of this new indoor range that he would not be back and to tell their manager so, his message was falling on deaf ears. They simply don't care, and would not risk being blamed for losing a...
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    06-20-2019, 04:48 PM
    I hate indoor ranges as well. Mall ninjas is a perfect description of the clientele. I guess that they are the same everywhere. All that they seem focused on are: 1) Selling training courses. 2) Renting guns. 3) Selling over-priced ammunition....
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    06-20-2019, 09:04 AM
    The standard advice is to slug the bore first before buying a bullet mold, and it always applies. Lee molds can work fine, but they usually cast close to the standard SAAMI groove diameter, and they are limited in their designs. If your groove...
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    06-20-2019, 08:13 AM
    The tapered octagon barrel does have exceptional balance. I own a standard round barreled Marlin 1894 in .44 Magnum, and a .45 Colt Cowboy. The Cowboy easily has better balance yet it doesn't seem any heavier despite what must be a heavier...
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    06-20-2019, 12:54 AM
    Yes, I just bought a .44 magnum 1894, and the barrel does slug out to .4315", which is pretty typical. Marlin deliberately over-bores them to reduce chamber pressures. SAAMI spec for .44 marlin rifles allows a .432" bore. My hand loads with .430"...
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    06-20-2019, 12:27 AM
    I think that the Burgess is one of the most attractive lever action carbines ever made. It's no wonder that it made Winchester so nervous. It's not a very strong action, so factory velocity loads should be your limit. A 250 grain RNFP with 8.5...
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    06-19-2019, 11:51 PM
    Well, you certainly should not sell that JM marlin. You won't ever be able to replace it, unless at a high price. That said, I also really like the CBA, based on my experience with my new Marlin 1894 Cowboy in .45 Colt. The tapered octagon barrel...
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Lifelong shooter, reloader, bullet caster, tinkerer.
Love the old west, steam trains, woodworking with hand tools, black powder guns, making stuff in my shop.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Shooting, Woodworking, Leatherwork.
Retired - repaired everything and anything.


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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