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    Today, 12:45 PM
    That's what I normally do Charlie, but Win. RF pins are a PITA because the pin sits on the edge of the firing pin body. I may still give that a try when I get back from deer hunt in a week. I keep an assortment of piano wire, and also drill rod. I...
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    Yesterday, 06:16 PM
    I've found that .32 Win. Spl. brass is the easiest to make .32-40 out of, plus I have tons of it and no gun. One pass after a quick spray with sizing lube and it's there. Just knocks the shoulder off, and case mouth is already the right size.
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    Yesterday, 09:35 AM
    Back towards you. (Michigan) Steve Durren is tough to beat for quality, and a fair price. http://www.johnsonsguns.com/
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    09-24-2017, 06:32 PM
    Looks like I need to order a firing pin, or fix this one. My friend came to the show today without it! Going to have to wait a couple weeks until I'm back from deer hunting, as that takes priority! Headed out Wed. and lots to get ready before then!...
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    09-23-2017, 08:42 PM
    The Stevens in .44 Shot are not .410, they are .44-40 shot. I also have one here I'm selling and have fired it using .44-40 cases and Speer .44 shot capsules loaded with #7.5 or 9 shot.
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    09-21-2017, 11:10 PM
    The 7mm was on the #5 smokeless action. But I saw no reference to a 7mm in Buckshot's reply???? The Numrich barrels were threaded for the smaller thread size of the BP #1 action. They would not fit on a #5 smokeless action that has a larger thread...
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    09-21-2017, 11:06 PM
    Jacketed bullets have less friction in the bore, and a 12.0 gr. Unique load would do nicely in the .444 Marlin. 17.0 grs. of Unique will be right at your maximum of 1500 fps you mentioned.
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    09-21-2017, 11:02 PM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread My trapdoor in Single Shot Guns
    S&S is great! Amazing there's enough chopped forearms for them to offer these repair forearms! Pretty cool!
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    09-20-2017, 08:32 PM
    Thanks! Waiting on a new firing pin now. I tore it down and found the tip missing off the firing pin. If my friend doesn't come through I'll drill this one and press in a new tip. I keep drill rod for repairing broken firing pins.
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    09-20-2017, 08:30 PM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread My trapdoor in Single Shot Guns
    That's a good looking Trapdoor! If you can find a decent donor stock, I've spliced them under the band and it will never show with the band in place.
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    09-20-2017, 08:27 PM
    You should have the lower tang assembled to the action to avoid collapsing the sides of that receiver. I speak from a bad experience that took some effort to fix later. Steady weight will likely not do anything. It needs a sharp hit to the...
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    09-20-2017, 11:18 AM
    I always try to get my iron sights as far apart as I can. But also don't push the front sight too far forward. I like 1" to center from the end of the muzzle. In order to get even longer sight radius, and better sights on my Buffalo Classic, I...
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    09-20-2017, 11:14 AM
    A 444 Marlin is indeed too hot in factory loads. But if it was short chambered to not allow a factory load to chamber, the caliber is a nice one for mild cast hand loads. Same thing I've done with .40-70SS using .405 Win. reamer to chamber old guns....
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    09-20-2017, 11:10 AM
    That works on most calibers, but not the larger calibers. The expander wont fit through the threaded hole on large calibers, so welding it means if you ever break a decapping pin you need to cut the weld to remove the rod.
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    09-19-2017, 09:33 PM
    I've had that happen with numerous Lee dies when sizing, even with original cases! I've gone to applying Loctite to the shaft of the decapping rod before tightening the nut, so it will help grip it. They still come out if I want to remove them, just...
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    09-19-2017, 10:31 AM
    I use a pair of lead blocks for odd shaped barrels also. But I simply cut a half circle in each block. Never had an issue with them forming to a barrel as I increase clamping pressure. Lead forms easily, and even with no barrel channel it will...
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    09-18-2017, 06:47 PM
    If the carbine barrel is not any good, and you don't mind ruining it, I've slipped a large nut over the barrel and welded it to the barrel with my wire feed welder. Then while it's still warm I clamp the nut in my barrel vise and turn the action...
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    09-18-2017, 01:15 PM
    I've avoided buying anything from Numrich, unless someone else buys the parts first, and tells me they're good! I've had so many crummy parts, or wrong parts, or broken parts sent to me from Numrich, that it's just too much hassle. I ordered a pawl...
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    09-13-2017, 12:14 PM
    I do have a spare Hadley that fits this sight, and would use that if it goes on one of my Ballard rifles. Probably don't need a spirit level at such short distances as 200 yds., and likely it will run out of elevation around 450 yds. in most old...
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    09-12-2017, 01:32 PM
    I own old Lyman 55, Ideal #1, #5 and duplex #6 powder measures. I use them all for loading occasionally, just for fun. They work very well, but can be tedious to get them set exactly where I want. Once set they do as good as any modern powder...
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    09-12-2017, 01:28 PM
    I think you're right Bigslug. The Ballard rifles were often converted and reworked into specialized competition rifles, and my guess is this was used on one of the custom built target rifles done after bolt guns became popular in the 20's and 30's. ...
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    09-11-2017, 05:10 PM
    There are areas on the base that are obviously milled, and some might even be touched with a hand file, but if so a very skilled person with a file. But the bottom side of the base is lost likely a casting, or somehow hollow ground, as the 4 corners...
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    09-10-2017, 09:49 PM
    This is a pretty strange "tang sight". It's made to mount on the tang area of a Ballard rifle, and accepts a modified Lyman receiver sight. It was on a Ballard #4 Perfection in .32-40 I once owned. I think I'll put it back on another of the same...
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    09-10-2017, 09:46 PM
    Here's a box of bullets I've never seen or heard of! It's made by Tobe Watkins, who was a very good schuetzen shooter in the Davenport Iowa area in the early 1900's. Cast from a Pope mold for the .32-40! Full box too!
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    09-10-2017, 09:39 PM
    Here's some of my old reloading tools, etc. I have an attraction for old Ballard and Remington loading tools. Also old Ideal, especially from the era when Marlin owned Ideal in the early 1900's. This is an old Ideal #2 re-decapper: Breech...
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    09-10-2017, 08:07 PM
    Unfired is of course pie in the sky, as no way to tell if it's had a few rounds down the barrel, but still looks "unfired". But I doubt there's much difference in the price between like new condition, and like new unfired. Nobody alive to ever tell...
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    09-10-2017, 10:39 AM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread Gong size in Single Shot Guns
    It's always a problem shooting long range if you can't see bullet impact, or your spotter can't see it. I've often moved off the target and picked an object on the hillside or berm to shoot at instead. Sometimes that will give me a better indication...
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    09-08-2017, 04:34 PM
    That would not be a legal issue for you or anyone else. It would only be a legal issue for the person who did so. Just like someone cutting their shotgun barrel shorter than minimum length. If you epoxy in a liner or barrel, then you've made it...
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    09-08-2017, 10:20 AM
    Since rifles in .44-77SBN are usually .451" bore, it could be smaller if it was a paper patch mold. But being a grease groove mold I'd expect it to be closer to bore size and not .447"
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    09-07-2017, 02:32 PM
    You could thread a sleeve internally and then thread the OD of the liner to make up the chamber area. A cross pin and epoxy or Loctite might also work. Then turn the sleeve down to chamber dimensions.
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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
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