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  • Green Frog's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:12 AM
    For those of us interested in single shot rifles, especially from the “Golden Age” between the Civil War and World War I, the American Single Shot Rifle Association is worth a look. Not only do we talk about and research these old warriors, but we...
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    Yesterday, 10:02 AM
    If you’ll post a picture or six of yours, we can probably make a better guess of when it was made by its specific features. Froggie
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    Yesterday, 09:57 AM
    Not at all. I’m guessing you’re using a set of large handles, or maybe you’ve got a set of dies for a TruLine Jr(??) Froggie
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    Yesterday, 09:54 AM
    Qi run into a similar problem (now that I think I understand your problem) when I load 32 S&W Long ... forget about 32 S&W! I’ve had to do a lot of maneuvering and parts swapping to make that work, but keep the faith, it will eventually work....
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    09-21-2020, 09:20 PM
    My “newest” Simmons tool has to be about 30 years old and other than a bit of damage I did to one of the original shell holders, it’s required no repair or replacement at all. I have acquire two more that are even older. One was handled by someone...
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    09-20-2020, 12:40 PM
    What, no 40-90 Ballard for a #5 Pacific? :mrgreen: When I first started in the schuetzen game I had a very old oak Gerstner machinist’s tool chest I used to carry my stuff to the range, and in one of the little drawers at the top I took cardboard...
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    09-19-2020, 09:49 PM
    Thirty years ago I could have installed that spring with my eyes closed. But I haven’t done one... for thirty years. It seems that the NRA Disassembly Manual has a thorough breakdown of the Model B which is just like you Model A in all but grip...
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    09-19-2020, 09:24 PM
    I used to take one of my TruLine Jr presses to classic rifle matches. I would attach it to the bench with a couple of C-clamps and load 32-40s for my high wall. Mega points for cool... wish I had been a better shot to impress the crowd more! The...
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    09-19-2020, 09:01 PM
    I’m curious, salpal48; of the four AAs you have, how many have four 7/8 x 14 holes and how many have the one odd, larger hole for loading shotgun shells? Have you ever tried the shotgun setup for the All American? Mine came to me with a 16 ga...
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    09-19-2020, 07:06 PM
    Not to be a wet blanket, but you’ll really be pushing the limits of strength for the little TruLine Jr if you add full sized dies (especially a full length sizing die) and crank down on it. It sounds good to talk about a compact press doing a full...
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    09-18-2020, 12:36 PM
    How were the BH grips as far as the amount of spongy core showing at the edges? It seems like some grip makers are starting too deep... cutting away the desired bark and getting down too close to the center “pith”... and there is no apparent reason...
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    09-18-2020, 12:14 PM
    Green Frog replied to a thread Lubing duration in Cast Boolits
    I bought some cast 32-40 rifle bullets at a gun show once. They were in an old flat tobacco tin and lubed with what I assume was the old black Ideal lube, probably at least 30-40 years previously (somebody’s grandfather) but worked perfectly well...
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    09-17-2020, 09:58 AM
    Thanks, Ken. I think I recall hearing that now that you remind me. Of course my reservoir is just a little short piece of nickel plated brass instead of the rolled steel stovepipe type from the original. It just keeps chugging along though!...
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    09-16-2020, 06:05 PM
    Love my old #1... came to me with a replaced, shortened reservoir tube and no top, but it just feels good to use when I'm doing black powder revolver loads. Also, it looks good next to the old lubri-sizer! :bigsmyl2: Froggie
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    09-16-2020, 10:24 AM
    Thanks guys. Regardless of frame designation, my Ruger SA 327 FM is a stud hoss! I’m sure my hand and arm would give out long before I could load it too heavily... not that I’d want to try! It’s nice to know there is a good margin of safety there...
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    09-16-2020, 09:27 AM
    There is a different die adaptor for the .380 (#18???) but a #1 should work fine... it’s for the close size 38 Spl. If your expanding die isn’t getting the job done for you, it may be possible to use one from a 38 Special (.357 or .358) to expand...
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    09-15-2020, 09:10 PM
    Look like early Ideal to me, but I've never seen them without the Ideal label. It would appear that the wooden handles are later replacements. They look too new and that's a more modern profile and finish. I do know that Ideal used to sell...
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    09-15-2020, 03:21 PM
    You can just be fairly certain that production dates come after patent dates (unless they say “pat pending”.) you wouldn’t believe how many folks will try to convince you that a ‘30s vintage Ideal item is “turn of the Century” because of the molded...
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    09-15-2020, 03:14 PM
    OK, I know it’s not a flat top, but since frame sizes are being discussed here, I need to know about my lone Ruger Blackhawk, an eight shot 327 Fed Mag. Can I assume they used a Super Blackhawk sized frame to get “8 beans in the wheel” on this...
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    09-15-2020, 10:49 AM
    Wait until you spend 15 minutes looking in the grass for the glasses you are wearing... and have a couple of people stop by and help you look! Don’t ask me how that happened. [smilie=b: Froggie
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    09-14-2020, 10:38 AM
    Well, I started this thread so I guess it’s my prerogative to let it drift. If I didn’t already have the commitment I made about 40 or so years ago, I wouldn’t even start with 310 tools today. Even though I already have the ones I need for my...
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    09-13-2020, 10:36 AM
    Well of course being a lifelong bachelor does make some difference! ;) Froggie
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    09-13-2020, 10:31 AM
    It looks like it has a heavy patina (read “rust”) so it isn’t aluminum. I’m going to guess it’s a relatively thin cast iron, but I’m just going from a couple if pictures on the Inter-Web! Froggie
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    09-13-2020, 10:31 AM
    Just so there is no misunderstanding; I am a believer in a handgun caliber that starts with a ".4". In my case it has always been a .44. My favored field pistol caliber is .44 Special. However, all of my deer have been taken with a .44 Magnum and...
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    09-12-2020, 07:30 PM
    I haven’t ever used CFE powder, but if I want to use a powder for which I have no chart, I pick a rotor that seems like it ought to be close, then find its size by actually weighing charges, then go up or down as needed until I find the one closest...
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    09-12-2020, 11:54 AM
    [smilie=b::evil::evil: You may assume I am not amused!
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    09-11-2020, 07:05 PM
    We just watched one of the most egregious offenders buy a nice boxed set for $51, then immediately resist the marked steel handles for $159. I expect to see each die for $29.95, then the empty box for a similar amount. So all and all this guy is...
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    09-09-2020, 09:55 AM
    NEWS FLASH!! The measure in the picture is not a plain old #5... it is a #5 Micrometer. This one doesn’t work well for very small charges but for medium on up to magnum, the micrometer adjust is awesome. I have several and it is the best I’ve...
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    09-08-2020, 07:42 PM
    I have a couple of #5s and several #5 Ms. They are excellent powder measures. I find them a little quicker to adjust than the #55, but that may just be me. Froggie
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    09-08-2020, 01:53 PM
    I’m just getting tired of seeing the same stuff posted over and over again at crazy prices by these dreamers as I do my regular search for any unusual calibers etc. The guys trying to sell a “rare” 30-06 neck sizing and decapping die for $29.95...
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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