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    Yesterday, 10:41 AM
    Many of the old military rifles were not cleaned all that well. Every one of them that I have cleaned has had an amazing amount of crud come out of the barrel. I've spent as long as three days soaking and scrubbing them. Getting them really clean...
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    Yesterday, 10:15 AM
    elk hunter replied to a thread Chat room in Our Town
    I'm generally up between 0400 and 0500 but that's Pacific time, much too late to chat with you East coast folks.
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    02-27-2021, 10:12 AM
    The shell holder is the cheaper and easier to fix or replace part. Rather than grind off the die I'd chuck the shell holder in the lathe and face it off a tiny amount and try it. If that solves problem mark the shell holder and put it in the box...
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    02-25-2021, 10:12 AM
    Can you get tech support? Can you get parts? Can you get service/repairs if you need it? Will your local welding sales/repair shop work on it? I tried numerous times to call HF customer service, never got through to them. All I wanted was a repair...
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    02-22-2021, 10:49 AM
    The above reminded me of an incident involving a powder horn. Fifty or more years ago a shooter in our area had his powder horn explode when he touched off his flintlock rifle. He was wearing it on his right side like most shooters do. How a spark...
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    02-21-2021, 10:22 AM
    elk hunter replied to a thread Winchester Model 71 in Leverguns
    There must be something wrong with me or my 71 as I've never found the recoil to be excessive or objectionable.
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    02-21-2021, 10:02 AM
    My reference book lists H.J. Sterling as "unknown history" and is a brand or maker that I'm not familiar with. Pull the barrels and check the bottom of them and the frame for proof marks. Take clear pictures of any marks and post them. If you...
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    02-19-2021, 09:48 AM
    I will suggest a trip to your local gunsmith. Your after market safety and your new cocking piece will likely need to be adjusted/fitted to work together properly. The cocking piece is the part that screws on to the end of the firing pin. If the...
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    02-18-2021, 10:03 AM
    elk hunter replied to a thread Other than paypal????? in Our Town
    Remember that if someone pays you with a credit card they can contest the charge. By just notifying the card company and saying that the item wasn't as described or they didn't get the item or what ever they will get their money back and chances are...
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    02-16-2021, 10:54 AM
    A friend told me when he was in Korea all their Garand ammo was AP. Years ago I had a bunch of late issue, non-corrosive, in Garand clips. A friend told me about some guy that used it for testing armor plate and I sold it to him for the unheard...
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    02-16-2021, 10:40 AM
    What rifle? Must be Spanish Mauser base not the Mauser A base. I was going to make the dies to swage a rim on to belted magnum cases to make a Mauser A base. Never got around to it as I rarely shoot the rifle, a 71/84, and I have a couple of...
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    02-16-2021, 10:28 AM
    elk hunter replied to a thread Nice rides in Our Town
    Sold my Goldwing in 2016 after a garage fire left it with no home to live in. The weather here is tough on them if left outside. I still think about buying another bike, then I just think again and realize my riding days are over. Age and health...
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    02-15-2021, 09:52 AM
    elk hunter replied to a thread 8x30 binos in Hunting Accessories
    I have a set of Leupold 9 x 35's that I've just about worn the finish off of in the last 30 + years. They aren't too heavy and gather enough light for me to see anytime I'll be hunting. I don't foresee needing anything else. My wife can't tolerate...
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    02-13-2021, 10:11 AM
    X-2 The information is there and easy to understand. Not difficult, it just needs to be right.
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    02-11-2021, 10:20 AM
    elk hunter replied to a thread Colt SAA Case in Our Town
    The cases shown in my Colt book are sized and compartmented to fit the revolver plus what ever accessories were with it. Sometimes there was a compartment for a box of ammunition or a wood block to hold some cartridges. All appeared to be felt...
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    02-10-2021, 10:53 AM
    With MIG wire being copper coated you will have a color difference when you try to brown or blue the trigger guard. If it were me I'd first try to TIG it and if there were too many impurities for that I'd go to oxygen/acetylene. Depending on the...
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    02-05-2021, 10:42 AM
    Trenches; It's shame you're not closer to my location I'd have you bring the barrel and receiver over and have you cut the threads using my lathe and threading tool while I watched and supervised. Square threads are not difficult to cut but the...
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    02-02-2021, 09:26 AM
    The original case was a stretched 44-40 case. If you are familiar with the old brass 5-in-one blank used used in the movies it used the same case. They can be loaded in the regular 44-40 case using the Speer 44 shot capsules. Google 44-40 shotshells...
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    02-01-2021, 10:12 AM
    I checked Marcot's book on the Spencer, no dimensioned drawings.
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Elk hunting, building rifles, reloading, swaging & casting, making dies & moulds




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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