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  • pietro's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:23 PM
    I know that you're excited to have her take an interest in guns, but (IMO) @ 5 y.o. children have neither the concentration or ability to safely handle a firearm. If you have patience, you will certainly eventually be rewarded. A BB gun would...
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    09-14-2019, 07:13 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Win. Model 54 in Factory Rifles
    There were 10 different factory offerings at one time or another: .22 Hornet .220 Swift (1935/1936) .250-3000 Savage .257 Roberts (1935/1936) .270 Winchester 7x57mm Mauser 7.65x57 Mauser (1929-1936) .30-30 Winchester
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    09-12-2019, 10:21 AM
    . It's most likely the primers used, but just in case, I would also disassemble the bolt and check that there isn't anything in the firing pin channel or on the FP body (burr ? ) that could occasionally hang up the FP from going fully forward. ...
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    09-08-2019, 10:34 AM
    . IDK about the throating, but can tell you that I was able to buy a nearly-new .30-30 Contender ($100) from a fella who decided to immediately sell it after the barrel rose in recoil during his 1st shot, smacking him in the forehead & drawing...
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    09-08-2019, 10:27 AM
    . In over 50 years of hunting/shooting with front stuffers, I've NEVER used any kind of filler. You'll likewise be GTG, as long as the projectile is seated firmly against the powder charge. Leaving an airspace between the powder charge and...
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    09-06-2019, 05:04 PM
    . Please keep us updated, Steve.... :) .
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    09-06-2019, 10:06 AM
    pietro replied to a thread T/C or Traditions in Muzzleloading.
    . IME: * Cracked T/C stocks are due to overloads........ * There's no need to be concerned about repair parts for a T/C, as they are hell for stout, and everybody (online parts vendors) carries the parts. .
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    09-06-2019, 10:00 AM
    pietro replied to a thread Rossi 92 rebarrel in Leverguns
    . Board member John Taylor here does excellent re-lining but IMO, while re-lining to .38-40 might work (I would be leery about the chamber diameter needed), a liner with a .427" bore would be impractacal because it's too thin. .
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    09-06-2019, 09:54 AM
    . John would know better, but IMO due to the very small difference in bore sizes between the .45 Colt (.458") and the .44-40 (.427"), the liner wouldn't work. IMO (again) while a liner might work if the entire barrel's bored out to accept a...
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    09-03-2019, 09:55 PM
    pietro replied to a thread .45 TC Hawken in Muzzleloading.
    . The .45cal T/C Hawken weighs 9lbs. The .50cal T/C Hawken weighs 8-1/4lbs. The .45cal T/C Seneca weighs 7lbs. The .45cal T/C Cherokee weighs 6-1/2lbs. The Cherokee & Senecas are lighter than the Hawken due to thinner/shorter barrels,...
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    09-02-2019, 02:23 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Bore Butter in Muzzleloading.
    . FWIW I've been using Bore Butter since it was first introduced (early 1980's ? ), and have long decided that it doesn't need any "fixing" ( or a change). .
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    09-02-2019, 02:18 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Mossberg question in Leverguns
    That's just WRONG - but, I LOVE it ! ! . :bigsmyl2: .
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    09-02-2019, 02:14 PM
    pietro replied to a thread My Rossi .45 in Leverguns
    . Nice! I would respectfully suggest replacing that commercial rear dovetail slot filler blank with one fashioned from the male dovetail portion of a fancy take-off longleaf rear open sight. I usually do that, as I did on my 16" Big Loop...
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    09-02-2019, 02:05 PM
    . IMO @ $500, it's a MUCH better buy today than it was in the past - if I wanted a .300H&H, I'd jump on it in a New York Minute. :happy dance: .
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    08-31-2019, 07:05 PM
    First thought: Sans a Cody letter to the contrary, the saddle ring and forward barrel band on a Rifle model (vs a Carbine model) are not an issue configuration. Second thought: Whether it's genny or not, the stock refinish reduces it's value by...
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    08-30-2019, 10:29 AM
    . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G6MaVtRAU0 Here are 5 pages on how to assemble a muzzleloading rifle kit, complete with pics: http://riflestocks.tripod.com/50cal.html#TOP .
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    08-30-2019, 10:21 AM
    pietro replied to a thread Powderhorn storage in Muzzleloading.
    . There's nothing in BP that will harm a horn - in fact, powder has been found in horns that were loaded a LONG time ago, that ignited just fine. :shock: Very large powder horns were once the easiest & most popular means to transport & store...
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    08-26-2019, 12:40 PM
    . Welcome to the board, Jack ! :) .
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    08-25-2019, 09:58 PM
    . It looks like a Model 101 Olympic .22 Short magazine, but if LR cartridges fit, it most likely came from a Model A/HA/D.HD/GD. https://www.gunclips.net/hdmihist.html .
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    08-25-2019, 09:51 PM
    pietro replied to a thread M99 in 250-3000 in Leverguns
    Nope - I only re-handled it in Ebony. It started life as a new Cold Steel Trailmaster Bowie with a rubber/Kraton handle.
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    08-24-2019, 02:17 PM
    . AFAIK, this is the way Railway Express Agency guns were marked (property of, etc): .
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    08-23-2019, 11:41 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Single shot pistols? in Muzzleloading.
    I used to regularly shoot (and win) muzzleloading matches with my .45 Patriot, so not a toy. .
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    08-23-2019, 11:38 PM
    . Arizona has 9 M/L clubs This place is in Mesa: https://www.rsscaz.com/divisions/public-range Additionally, maybe you can contact these folks:
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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