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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, 02:46 PM
    That is a bullet sizer and the T should indicate "top" where the bullet inserts.
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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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    02-18-2018, 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, 07:11 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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    02-15-2018, 09:24 PM
    I'd be more concerned about the mainspring/forearm hanger creating issues. That's always been the weak point in #1 accuracy.
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    02-15-2018, 09:22 PM
    As mentioned in a previous reply, the Creedmoor rifles used a steel plate mounted in the heel position for shooting in a reclined position at 800-1000 yds., and they shot extremely accurate. Even in the 1870's those guys could make 13-15 consecutive...
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    02-15-2018, 09:15 PM
    Finally got my forearm wood fitted after many hours of slowly opening up the barrel channel! Unfortunately the high grade wood has no straight grain lines, so a corner popped off during the fitting process. By the time I noticed it missing, I...
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    02-15-2018, 01:19 PM
    Thanks OlDeuce! I do have one Winchester too! But never know how long they'll stay here! Bought it because it has a Stevens-Pope barrel, but might take it with me to Denver in May for sale or trade stock.
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    02-15-2018, 01:17 PM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread Ballard #2 in Single Shot Guns
    Your gun is most likely a cast frame Ballard, so low level loads are a must to keeping it together in the .38-55 caliber. The Ideal tool is indeed marked correct, since Marlin was the first to introduce the .38-55 in their Ballard rifles. There is...
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    02-15-2018, 01:08 PM
    I've seen a couple Ruger #1's fitted with tang sights, and each done differently. Both were mounted over the safety on the guns. One had the safety deleted and the metal drilled and tapped for mounting the tang sight. The other had an ingenious base...
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    02-14-2018, 05:46 PM
    The action on the right in this image is the one I'll work over to use now. It was a large shank .43 Mauser action previously. My friend milled the sides to clean it up, and recut the top to octagon like a civilian action.
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    02-14-2018, 05:31 PM
    Had a setback on my Rolling Block project! Got a call this morning telling me the receiver is cracked in the thread area. I called a friend to ask if he had a spare receiver, and he told me he'd sell me back the one I sold him last year! So now I'm...
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    02-14-2018, 05:25 PM
    Too short for most of my uses, so I prefer cross sticks most of the time. If I'm at the range doing load work up, I take my Caldwell to dial in accurate benchrest loads.
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    02-14-2018, 05:20 PM
    Yes, all of these tools can still be used! They will serve display purpose for me, but I do use similar tools for loading ammo for my old guns. The tools I use are very similar, except being modern copies. Here's the Schoyen they will go with: ...
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    02-14-2018, 05:13 PM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread Ballard #2 in Single Shot Guns
    It wouldn't be for that cartridge, and your gun is typical of many Ballard #2 cast actions that some uneducated gun tinkerer put a .38-55 barrel on. Most likely you'll find that your Ballard has a 3 line rollstamp on the left side of the receiver....
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    02-14-2018, 02:05 PM
    Was perusing the internet a couple weeks ago and saw a Ballard rifle for sale. It was complete with shooter's tools, but not in very good shape. Nobody bought it, so after a short time I contacted the seller about whether he'd part with the tools...
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    02-14-2018, 01:41 PM
    The extractor is an easy fix, and shouldn't cost much to repair. I take them to a local welder and he usually charges me $10 to build up the extractor with his tig welder. Then I take it home and file or stone it down until it fits and extracts...
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    02-13-2018, 10:05 PM
    Bob, I doubt the rifle's scope has enough elevation available in the rear mount to reach 1,000 yds. without holding over. I've loved that gun ever since I first saw it posted on a forum!
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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