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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Today, 12:10 AM
    If you know the size of the target that is what you use. An average bull is about 6 feet at the shoulder. Knowing this holdovers are not that difficult. With a little practice range estimation based on target size is not that challenging. Also...
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    Yesterday, 11:47 PM
    I'll see if my copy of "Packing Iron" has any reference to Finks Leather Shop.
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    Yesterday, 11:45 PM
    They would usually sit over a raised cup that caught the bullet as it dropped out the bottom. A rod device threaded into the press would push the bullet down through the sizer. Similar to a Lee sizer, except down instead of up.
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    Yesterday, 11:42 PM
    That only works if you have something behind to judge altitude. Out on the open plains it would have been extremely tough for even an excellent shot to know how far to hold over, and also judge and get the distance correct. I doubt buffalo would sit...
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    Yesterday, 11:39 PM
    What you just got is the equivalent of the .32-40 Remington Hepburn cartridge! The Rem. version of the .32-40 was a .30 caliber, and I never understood why they didn't refer to it as a .30-40 Straight?
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    Yesterday, 11:10 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Ar 10 in CB Loads / Military Rifles
    The only thing that I have shot in mine is M852 or M118LR. I wasn't expecting much when I got them. I just wanted the cheap parts. I do all my on work including chambering so I looked at them as a cheap parts source.
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    Yesterday, 10:43 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Ar 10 in CB Loads / Military Rifles
    I have 2 Armalite B series but wanted something that worked with Stoner/MagPul mags since I some bolt guns that use these. I opted to go with two PSA's for under 6 bills with the plans of rebarreling them. I only have a couple hundred rounds...
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    Yesterday, 08:45 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Ar 10 in CB Loads / Military Rifles
    https://308ar.com/articles/ar-10a-versus-ar-10b/ They still manufacture both the A series and B series https://www.armalite.com/product-category/ar-10-parts-accessories/lower-receiver-parts-2/
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    Yesterday, 02:46 PM
    That is a bullet sizer and the T should indicate "top" where the bullet inserts.
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    Yesterday, 04:23 AM
    https://www.ammoland.com/2018/02/defense-against-bears-with-pistols-97-success-rate-37-incidents-by-caliber/#axzz57dP9srSy
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    Yesterday, 12:21 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Ar 10 in CB Loads / Military Rifles
    Yes it's the same lower, however, the lowers are not standardized like the AR15's. The ones that take the Stoner/Magpul mags are becoming the most common.
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    02-19-2018, 11:51 PM
    I had a bunch more that I lost in a hard drive failure. BlackPowder Cartridge News ran a series very detailed factual accounts of the Buffalo Hunting era that included shipped records for hides going east and supplies going West.
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    02-19-2018, 09:06 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread RCBS A2 press in Reloading Equipment
    Nib on eBay. Was at 270 but will go higher
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    02-19-2018, 01:51 PM
    The equal length tangs and round top receiver tell me it's a military action that someone installed an octagon barrel on. The case length and rim diameter would fall in line with the .44-90 or .44-100 Sharps. Both being the same case, with just a...
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    02-19-2018, 01:41 PM
    There are quite a few books on both single shot rifles, shooting, schuetzen, and tools, that are all very good! Some of the paperback ones are also very reasonably priced and well worth having in one's gun library. Gerald Kelvar and Ned Roberts...
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    02-19-2018, 06:25 AM
    http://www.swissrifles.com/ https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/theswissriflesdotcommessageboard/ http://swissrifles.com/links.htm http://www.milsurps.com/forumdisplay.php?f=141
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    02-18-2018, 08:51 PM
    According to Gerald Kelvar's book on old reloading tools, sights, and scopes; the Union Army Sharpshooters used Rural Mfg. rifle telescopes on their Civil War era guns. Rural was located in Philadelphia and is the earliest US scope maker known. The...
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    02-18-2018, 08:41 PM
    I use a stepped bullet design in my Schoyen Ballard in .38-55. It's the old Ideal Doc Hudson mold, and has a .383" base band, with .382", .375", .374", .374", and a .328" nose diameter. It's a fairly heavy bullet at around 315 grs. but my Schoyen is...
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    02-18-2018, 08:32 PM
    You should check the underside of the barrel, right in front of the forearm. If that's a factory barrel (which I doubt) it would have a caliber marking on the bottom flat. It would also have the "E. Remington and Sons" marking on the top barrel flat...
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    02-17-2018, 07:51 PM
    Some of these are early hunts but during both the early and the 1865 - 1879 the large commercial hunts had over a 1,000 carts. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Métis_buffalo_hunt https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/dxb01 ...
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    02-17-2018, 07:11 PM
    From the diaries of those buffalo hunters I've read, the usual hunting party was a hunter and two skinners. They could usually skin out 20-30 buffalo a day, so that's what the hunter took. But those hunters out to decimate the herds, and just kill...
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    02-17-2018, 07:02 PM
    Assume that's Loading and Shooting Traditional Schuetzen Rifles, by Randolf Wright. The first part is some interesting history on schuetzen and the rifles used back then. Then he gets into modern schuetzen, and the equipment and styles of shooting...
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    02-17-2018, 01:29 PM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread Ballard #2 in Single Shot Guns
    Although I'd never recommend putting a .32-40, .38-55 barrel on a cast action, I would not say you have to remove it either. As I mentioned before, I'd never use factory ammo in it, and smokeless loads should be with slower burning powders at...
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    02-16-2018, 06:40 PM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread Ballard #2 in Single Shot Guns
    No, they should not be fired with factory ammo in .38-55 with a cast frame. Marlin only put pistol caliber chamberings in the cast #2 actions. Calibers were mostly .32 Long and .38 Long, but some were also made in .44 Long, .44-40, and .32-20. These...
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    02-16-2018, 06:26 PM
    Thanks Oscar!
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    02-16-2018, 06:24 PM
    Yes, all the internal parts came with this receiver. But the rotary extractor is missing, so I'll need to get a black powder rotary. I have a smokeless rotary extractor with the retaining screw slot, but they're too large for a BP breech block and...
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    02-16-2018, 06:23 AM
    The guy in the video isn't the brightest bulb. He loads two fires one and walks in front of the loaded barrel several times. He does unload it once.
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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