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  • indian joe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:41 PM
    indian joe replied to a thread 348 Winchester in Leverguns
    I got a Browning 71 in 1999 - I went to the Hornady manual and chose winchester 760 (I like the way it runs through a measure and its one of their top load choices) once I tested the load, bought a stash of powder and brass, figuring that this...
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    09-15-2019, 08:23 PM
    Davis or L & R both good gear
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    09-14-2019, 07:20 AM
    Shoot roundball in it!!! ---Brass frame ---If ya start in with conicals you WILL loosen it up pronto!
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    09-14-2019, 07:17 AM
    We are in a very dry environment here (think Arizona / New Mexico I guess) so storage is pretty easy and rusting very slow to take hold Sometimes wondered whether we get a different formulation of WD40 downunder - its a super effective paint...
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    09-14-2019, 07:05 AM
    Piedmont said it ------38-40 is almost the coolest looking round (45-75 is the best!!) I built a 38-40 a couple years ago on a 92 action, 26 inch half round half octagon barrel shoots a duplex load, 3 grains of 4227 under a case of black, RCBS...
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    09-12-2019, 08:10 PM
    ahhhh finally !!! I bin tryin to get guys away from rusting their barrels with heavy detergents and hot water for years - its a tough job but somebody gotta do it !! Tap Water and a litle bit of a rub is all it takes to clean a BP gun...
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    09-12-2019, 05:54 AM
    I think you miss the point - its not a problem as in poor manufacturing - its deliberate design to overcome the unsuitability of the short, fat, straight wall case, and make these guns run poperly. As for the 94 - designed around a case half as...
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    09-12-2019, 02:10 AM
    Measure your cylinder, you want enough bigger ball to get a good seal in the chambers - My ASM likes a .451, a lot of em go better with .454 - I reckon ya want a ball at east 3 to 5 thou over cylinder size. Set up right these cheap ball guns will...
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    09-12-2019, 02:00 AM
    Get the short arbor fixed and then set the barrel/ cyl clearance at .003" (max, smaller is better) and then you can shoot "normal" loads without any problems. yeah good advice from Mike
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    09-12-2019, 01:54 AM
    Your low pressure read with Re7 loads has had me scratchin my head for a good while - I dont have any facility to pressure test - do have a good solid 92 that would likely take anything i wanted to shoot in it - eons ago I chose RE7 as the best bet...
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    09-11-2019, 07:58 PM
    you are right of course but it will take the average weekend plinker a fair long time to wear one of these down even with full loads, and cause him to have a serious amount of fun along the way - FFg powder helps steady things down a bit without the...
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    09-11-2019, 07:40 PM
    I have a 44 navy made by Army San Marco, but a steel frame - its a top shooter!!
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    09-11-2019, 07:33 PM
    Jack - a couple more votes for the 44/40 Back in the Day when I used to buy some ammo for the 44/40 I always liked the Dominion brand – way better than Winchester or Remington/Peters at the time, Cleaning out some old stuff a few days back and...
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    09-11-2019, 06:09 PM
    yes on all counts - a guy peened a barrel on an original 73 (setback and rechambered) I hated that peened barrel every time I looked at it - red loctite I used on an old 44/40 (model 92) parts gun - shot it with heavy loads (1850 FPS hp j boolits)...
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    09-08-2019, 07:24 PM
    Interesting argument here - two blackpowder rounds Same case capacity = 40 grains tops - same Length case - one calibre size different - diferences in boolit weight and velocity counteract each other and fall squarely into the "so what" category. ...
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    09-08-2019, 06:45 PM
    For reasons that escape me loctite is fine and dandy on a half million dollar John Deere combine but not kosher on a firearm ?? Loctite will do the job for as long as any of us are alive - the only downside is at some point some gunsmith will...
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    09-08-2019, 06:30 PM
    Don All good - yr not leaving the wool exposed for long and its a dilute solution - would not expect any visible damage from that - maybe a little softening but hey they are getting used, at some point some of em are gonna wear out and need...
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    09-07-2019, 07:43 AM
    I used red bearing mount on a floppy loose 92 ------ we rebarrelled it 40 years later and had to use an oxy torch to get the old barrel out.
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    09-07-2019, 07:39 AM
    Oxyclean site says pH (when diluted) can be up to 11 - that is strongly alkaline - if the felt is wool (as in off of a sheep) then a pH 11 solution is gonna be deleterious to the wool felt - no ifs - no buts - no maybes - the extent of damage will...
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    09-06-2019, 07:17 PM
    You're spot on here alkali dissolves wool ............... acid? no Spill battery acid during winter your cotton pants come back full of holes - your wool sweater survives unscathed
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    09-06-2019, 07:13 PM
    Boys ---wool processing 101 - a strong alkali (caustic soda) will dissolve wool ---wool is resistant to acid - so any alkali solution is gonna deteriorate wool - just a matter of degree and strength as to how quickly the process moves
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    09-06-2019, 08:42 AM
    "Lamping" - yeah I have done that with belt buckles - etc - the hotter the better and oil quench - thats a dark finish that works really well on rough steel variation on the theme for magazine tubes, buttplates etc is polish the part and take it...
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    09-06-2019, 08:18 AM
    some random (very) thoughts on magazines first off I dont like the look of shorties near as much as the full magazine secondly I have spent 30 odd weeks over four visits hanging out with rural folk in the US and considerable fun was had...
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    09-05-2019, 10:14 PM
    Whoa! that last bit is going in my memory bank for sure. Lags - how do/did they do that blue finish like we see on some older shotguns ? I can get it with one quick pass of an oxy torch on non critical parts like magazine tubes and steel...
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    09-05-2019, 03:22 AM
    I have a pedersoli barreled 76 Uberti - it likes fatter boolits - using reformed 348 winchester brass the case necks are a tad fat and the chamber neck is pretty neat .460 is as big as it will take - 458 sized dont shoot as good.
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    08-31-2019, 05:02 AM
    Not really. I was shooting at a duleling tree. About 25 feet 6 in plates and hitting more then missing. Nothing felt odd at all. Even the last shot was a bit more of a boom then normal. But not handnumbing or anything. Mate......ya blew...
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    08-30-2019, 07:17 PM
    Always go thinner patch with shaller rifling ------ I reckon this project got slung in the too hard basket way too easy -- unless the rifling is obviously stuffed or the crown or some thing - that thing should shoot a ball fine - just cant load it...
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    08-30-2019, 07:13 PM
    powder will be fine in the horn but if you leave it in storage for too long undisturbed its a good bet the hide weevils will drill holes in the horn (least at my place, we dont do chemicals much)
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    08-30-2019, 07:09 PM
    That has changed! ("progress" I guess) CVA kits I put together 20yrs ago were some HARDwood (beech maybe?) - way tougher wood to work than the couple of curly maple stocks I have done I hot oil bent three ML stocks a couple years back to suit...
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    08-20-2019, 11:18 AM
    A similar issue I was having with a older Rossi .44-40....it would feed sort-of if you cranked it hard...but not always. Very hard to get it to lift the cartridge. I compared it to an ancient Winchester M92 and a fairly new stainless Rossi M92. It...
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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"
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