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  • Green Frog's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:01 PM
    Does anyone know where I can obtain a Millett or other aftermarket replacement sight for an early (SN 68XXX) Model 15-3 revolver from Dan Wesson? My late father left my brother the Pistol Pac he bought new in about 1974 or so but in spite of lack...
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    Yesterday, 01:56 PM
    Back in the '50s and '60s when Bullseye was THE pistol competition, the 38-45 won a lot of centerfire matches for guys who were competitive with their 22 semi autos and 45 hardball guns and wanted a good "third gun." They were accurate and won...
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    12-05-2018, 11:31 AM
    Wayne, I'm beginning to get the idea that the only way I'll get a collection of Pacific/Bair rotors will be to make them. :( They weren't made in all that large numbers way back when, and were never that common around here, so I just find the...
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    12-04-2018, 07:31 PM
    The rotor type powder measure dates back to at least the pre-WW II days when Pacific made their pistol measure using brass (then steel during WW II) rotors calibrated and marked for Bullseye and later Unique Powders. After the Little Dandy became...
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    12-04-2018, 10:38 AM
    Green Frog replied to a thread Ideal 319295 ??? in Cast Boolits
    Thin Man, I can't claim first hand experience with the Nambu... I found out about the 32-40 connection when I was actively buying up every mould for 32-40 I could find. I bought a 319323 that somebody had penciled "Nambu" onto the box. I can't...
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    12-02-2018, 10:12 PM
    The little flip top boxes for reloaded 16 or 12 gauge shot shells are perfect for holding 25 rotors, then you put the other three from your complete set in your three Little Dandies and you have them all accounted for. I still need to buy one more...
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    12-01-2018, 11:05 PM
    Turning wooden parts on a metal lathe isn't that much of a stretch as long as you shape and sharpen your cutting tools appropriately. Going the other way and trying to cut metal on a wood lathe is not likely to be as successful. I've got some...
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    12-01-2018, 10:33 PM
    I had my 44-40 set (steel handles and 4 die set) handy and held them up alongside a set of 32-40 steel handles... it looks like the will screw in far enough to work. I wouldn't go out and buy a set of large handles just to load 44-40s, but if you...
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    12-01-2018, 11:48 AM
    Folks that wanted to hot rod that cartridge sort of obscured what I believe was its original intended purpose, building a reliable gun for the center fire leg of the 2700 course when Bullseye was in its heyday. The various military teams had...
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    12-01-2018, 11:03 AM
    OP, you never really state what you are going to use the gun for. This is like asking, "Which should I buy, a sports car or a sedan?" Both do similar jobs and in many cases share many of the same mechanical parts. The final decision must include...
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    12-01-2018, 10:53 AM
    It looks like you found a sweet spot... the power level doesn't seem too extreme, but it should be enough for most uses that Vaquero will be put to, and the accuracy looks good from here! I'd be loading a bunch of the cast bullets as I have an...
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    12-01-2018, 10:39 AM
    Green Frog replied to a thread Primer primer in Casting Equipment
    Good article. Thanks for sharing. About 15-20 years or more ago my friend Charlie Dell wanted to eliminate all variables he could for schuetzen, so he built a pendulum type device to determine the power of each brand and lot of primers. As I...
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    12-01-2018, 10:16 AM
    Green Frog replied to a thread Ideal 319295 ??? in Cast Boolits
    I was going to guess it was for an 8 mm Nambu pistol. :coffeecom As originally configured, that was a pretty good design for the 32-40, but finding a good bullet for the Nambu back then would have been a challenge, so I can understand someone...
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    11-30-2018, 02:16 PM
    I won't think any the less of you for it! Sometimes it feels so good to quit beating your head against the wall, you've just got to quit doing it! [smilie=b: Life is too short to drink cheap liquor or work on untenable projects! ;) Froggie
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    11-30-2018, 01:59 PM
    Well, I looked at the pictures again (Remington 870 bbl) and it looks like the steel was pretty badly pitted before being covered by XXX-cote. Stripping off the coating would probably just give me an unsatisfactory surface to refinish, so I'm...
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    11-27-2018, 12:19 PM
    Can you say “Wall Hanger?” This is the very kind of gun for which the term originated... something with;sentimental value, but for whatever reason unshootable. I would just piece it together the best I could for appearance sake and hang it over my...
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    11-26-2018, 01:14 PM
    Potsy, I’ve had similar thoughts... even to the point of planning to “upgrade it” to the deluxe target version with adjustable sights, checkered backstrap, and fancy grips. Fortunately, I sobered up! Unless a talented gunsmith were doing this for...
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    11-26-2018, 12:59 PM
    “Otherwise the things are bricks.” ^^^^^THIS^^^^^ If it comes to you in reasonable condition and you don’t devise some very creative way to abuse it, an Ideal or Winchester tong tool should still be good for your grandkids. Put a little oil...
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    11-25-2018, 10:10 PM
    The only legitimate wear I've seen on the iron handles is on the knuckle where the hard steel push rod of the priming chamber bears against it. With the old tools you mention in the OP, this would not be a problem since priming is accomplished at...
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    11-24-2018, 07:53 PM
    Maybe my Google foo isn’t working, but I can’t find reference her to removing Cerakote type comings. Is there a quick and simple way to get it off of a shotgun barrel(only?) :?: TIA, Froggie
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    11-24-2018, 02:28 PM
    There is a certain mystique to the New Service revolvers... not on the same tier as the Single Action Army, but a mystique nonetheless. A nice one, either original or well restored attracts lots of favorable attention, BUUUTTT... a damaged, beat...
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    11-24-2018, 02:09 PM
    My buddy the Brass Magnet speaks true! :coffeecom I would only add emphasis to what he said about the occasional FL sizing dies one finds for various pistol calibers... Don't be tempted to use them!! If you have a set of later, aluminum alloy...
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    11-24-2018, 01:53 PM
    I bought an old Navy Arms (made by Uberti) Henry that was basically the equivalent of NOS. It is strictly intended for use in the Repeater Class of the North-South Skirmish Association, so it's black powder, lead bullets only when I'm competing. ...
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    11-23-2018, 06:31 PM
    Looks like enough input here showing the variety of stuff available. I'm to the point where I consider all Government Models, regardless of manufacturer, as sort of Do-It-Yourself kits. There are so many accessories, add-ons and options, that the...
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    11-23-2018, 05:49 PM
    This thread has me totally bummed about the change in lock work from Uberti, but it makes me glad I've already got an old type 5 1/2" from Navy Arms in 32-20 and a 4 5/8' in 45 Colt from Taylor. Both of them were special edition models that were...
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    11-22-2018, 11:29 PM
    The second listing that Scott gives is as complete as any I know of... I say this because I have been assembling it since sometime back in the mid-90s. Some numbers have just managed to elude me, though. As for your questions about numbers such as...
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    11-22-2018, 11:15 PM
    If your particular die in your particular handle will reach far enough to do the desired process on the particular cartridge you are working with, it's all good. In this day and age, making things work with 310 tools seems to me to be a cut-and-try...
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    11-22-2018, 10:44 AM
    Thanks for all of the responses. Now I just need to sit down at the bench with the brass and the few odd tools suggested here and see what works. It’s good to know I’m not the only one who ever had this problem arise, but it’s still pretty...
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    11-21-2018, 11:55 AM
    Actually primer removal... I bought some used 32 S&W Long brass with the head stamp, "G.F.L. 32 WAD CUT" and when I tried to decap it using my Lyman TC FL sizer die, over half of the primers popped out normally, while almost half had the face and...
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    11-21-2018, 10:46 AM
    It would be impossible to determine how many head of livestock have been successfully slaughtered using 22 rimfire in a handgun or single shot rifle. Proper placement of the shot is vital, and catching the animal unaware (not in fight or flight...
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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