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  • Green Frog's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:54 AM
    Greg, one of the very first guns I had built was done for me by an elderly gunsmith known for his love of old single shots. I used a low wall musket receiver I had inherited and had him add a Shilen “premium” 22 barrel in Model 52 Bull profile. The...
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    09-28-2020, 09:47 PM
    An acquaintance at my shooting club had bought a bunch of primers of all sizes in an estate sale several years ago and back in the Winter offered SPPs for $17/1000. I told him I’d take them (he only had 3000) but didn’t hear from him again until...
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    09-28-2020, 09:10 AM
    Just out of curiosity, what caliber is it now? Also, do you want original mfg parts or would you take repros? There are a lot of good quality repro parts out there, and you might even get a stronger finished gun using modern parts. If price is...
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    09-28-2020, 08:55 AM
    Where are you located, Mr Peabody? Taylor’s has an open house at their store in Winchester, VA a couple of times a year and they usually set up a big display at “The Nation’s Gun Show.” I’m sure they will be glad to discuss their products with...
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    09-27-2020, 01:57 PM
    Marlinman93, my Franken-Ballard has a butt stock that was made as a rough trial piece... rough profiled and intended to be altered and added to with Bondo or whatever to make a suitable design. There is no fore end. The barrel was originally on a...
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    09-26-2020, 07:28 PM
    I spent time today shooting a Ballard in 22 LR. When I put it together several many years ago with parts from all over the country (literally!) I believe I coined the term “Franken-Ballard” to describe its mixed ancestry. I also have a Number 5...
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    09-26-2020, 07:10 PM
    Green Frog replied to a thread Creedmoore? in Cast Boolits
    During the brief heyday of Long Range Riflery (including at Creedmoor without the final ”e”) popular cartridge rifles included the Sharps, Remington and even some by Ballard and Maynard. Americans used the “new fangled” cartridge rifles chambered...
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    09-25-2020, 11:19 PM
    Harter66, My dad and I were close too. I KNOW what you mean! Dale53
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    09-25-2020, 05:36 PM
    robg; Two grains of 2400 is a "bit" light... FWIW Dale53
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    09-24-2020, 08:30 PM
    I don’t remember seeing the decal like that on a grey press? Ken, is that normal? Froggie
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    09-24-2020, 08:25 PM
    Missed being at the Fort this year!! I’m trying to decide whether I can afford to buy/build a Ballard for when we get to come out and play again. Froggie
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    09-23-2020, 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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    09-23-2020, 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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    09-23-2020, 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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    09-23-2020, 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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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