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    Today, 08:37 PM
    . That right there is the epitome of a truck gun ! . :D .
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    Today, 03:19 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Flintlock Parts in Muzzleloading.
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    Today, 03:09 PM
    . The Weaver Pivot Mounts (google) were side hinged with a spring clip on the side of the rings opposite the hinge to secure them in shooting position to the mount base. .
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    Today, 10:50 AM
    . I would suggest first checking if the shotgun barrel walls are thick enough to accept standard screw-in choke tubes ILO Thin Wall tubes, to ensure you obtain the right stuff from whomever. .
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    Yesterday, 01:29 PM
    . It's quite easy to make .45-70 Gallery black powder loads for the .45-70, using commercial (or homemade) .457" round lead balls (from any shop that sells frontstuffer supplies). * Clean, sized & prime the case as usually. * Pour in 5gr...
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    Yesterday, 01:00 PM
    pietro replied to a thread 30WCF to 30-30Win in Leverguns
    . Winchester dropped the .30WCF designation in favor of the .30-30 designation at about SN 1,250,000 (+/-). There is no actual date or SN for the change, since Winchester always ascribed to the "parts bin" system of parts awaiting assembly -...
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    06-24-2019, 10:20 PM
    . Anybody who switches from a BP like Goex, to the hotter burning Swiss, is well advised to reduce their charge(s) by 10% to avoid issues. .
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    06-24-2019, 10:14 PM
    pietro replied to a thread BP recoil in Muzzleloading.
    The difference in felt recoil, beyond stock drop/design, is that the rifling resists the passage of the projectile more than a smoothbore does. [smilie=p: As Sir Isaac Newton once proved: "for every action, there is an equal & opposite...
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    06-24-2019, 10:07 PM
    Smokeless powder is never loaded by volume, only by weight. A rotary powder measure doesn't actually measure the powder charge, it's merely a device that delivers consistent consecutive amounts of a select weight of powder, after it's calibrated...
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    06-24-2019, 10:31 AM
    pietro replied to a thread Browning 53 Ejector in Leverguns
    . Because the ejector spring is the heart of the action work some folks have cut coils off but this sometimes causes the gun not to eject properly. This is because the spring does not have much travel to start with and if it’s cut, over time,...
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    06-23-2019, 01:08 PM
    . There's not enough demand for a barrel maker to tool up specifically for Arisaka barrels; so IMO your best bet would be to obtain a 6.5/.264" barrel blank and get it threaded for th Arisaka & chambered to .260 Rem. ...
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    06-23-2019, 12:59 PM
    Popping the maple grain without amber/yellow effect should be done with the lightest blonde dewaxed shellac that you can find. Even a light amber shellac, like the Target/Oxford Ultima-WB Shellac, will work fine since maple has its own creamy...
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    06-22-2019, 03:17 PM
    . FWIW METHOD FOR BOTH INDOOR & OUTDOOR GALLERY LOADS WW or RP cases, size and expand. .096 flash hole, Fed 215 or WLRM primer
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    06-22-2019, 03:02 PM
    Or...…… black powder = volume; smokeless powder = weight. The real difference is that black powder burns differently than smokeless powder .
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    06-22-2019, 02:39 PM
    . Whenever finishing a gunstock of any kind of wood, it's best to keep in mind that the final finish (TruOil, Lin-Speed, whatever) will made the color of the stock appear much lighter after it cures/hardens than the raw/sanded wood. Then, test...
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    06-13-2019, 12:16 PM
    . If you google "pre-war Winchester model 70 front sight ramp for sale", you can find a gennie to install. .
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    06-13-2019, 12:08 PM
    +1 Also, If Tru-Oil is applied correctly, little bits in the oil don't make a difference. Part of that application involves spreading a tiny bit of oil, starting on one end of the stock, finger rubbing that little drop out to an area about the...
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    06-12-2019, 10:25 PM
    Also, I have fashioned a new/taller front sight blade in a few other different ways. 1) I bought a Lyman Ivory bead front sight blade meant for a 1903 Springfield, cut down (up ?) the bottom so the installed blade was the proper height, then...
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    06-11-2019, 08:50 AM
    . You're welcome - I luv it, when a plan comes together. :) .
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    06-10-2019, 07:08 PM
    . Your rifle is listed in the cross-reference list as a Savage Model 187 If you googled "Savage Model 187 parts for sale", you would have found Wisner's - who has the magazine tube you need.. In fact, Wisner's carries two different styles -...
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    06-10-2019, 11:03 AM
    . I would suggest that there are a few crucial dimensions that should be documented before comparing parts. For the bottom metal fit/doability, measure the exact center-to-center distance between the front/rear guard screws. For the...
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    06-08-2019, 10:36 AM
    Call me a shopper, but sooner or later, I've always been able to find/buy guns in excellent condition well below market price at the time. The trouble for me before I retired was that the economic purchases eventually led to my having so many...
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    06-06-2019, 09:08 PM
    . FWIW, I've never had, nor would I acquire or sell ANY firearm in "beater" condition - there's just too many guns in pristine condition to be had, and I won't own an fugly gun. Even the one or two "loaners" I keep are in excellent...
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    06-06-2019, 09:04 PM
    In my world, a gun with 60% barrel bluing and missing receiver finish isn't a "nice" gun - it's a shooter all day, and I would be hesitant to give more than $500 for a Winchester 94, even a pre-64, in that condition (YMMV, of course). A reblued...
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    06-06-2019, 11:28 AM
    Here ya go: http://www.ssfirearms.com/proddetail.asp?prod=RB232 It's a new/repo RB military rear/ladder sight. .
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    06-06-2019, 11:24 AM
    I would use the EASY button, and buy a rolling block rear barrel/forend band. Here's a vendor of RB parts - click & scroll down to the bands ( a rear band is $15 here): http://www.rollingblockparts.com/original-parts.html .
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    06-05-2019, 04:52 PM
    . FWIW, a few years ago, I sold a Ranger for $325 and a 1960's .35 Marlin Sporting Carbine for $500 - both were in excellent original condition (98%, +/-), with no alterations. .
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    06-05-2019, 04:16 PM
    . An excellent grab, for sure ! BTW, after I converted my Remington #4 rolling block from .32RF to .32CF, I found out that the chamber would accept the .32 Short Colt. It so happens that Winchester makes a couple of runs of that ammo each...
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    06-04-2019, 08:31 PM
    . If I really wanted a reliable & accurate auto-loader in .7.62x39, ILO of buying a poor man's .30-30 (SKS), I would just buy a Ruger Mini-14 Ranch Rifle & be done with it. (YMMV) As a bonus, the Ruger will accept a scope as-issued, w/o...
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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