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    Yesterday, 09:02 PM
    Yes, and it was still a rework of the .44-77SBN original. If you look at my post I was replying to Texasnative46 mention of the .43 Mauser. And yes the Rolling Block was chambered in numerous calibers, including the .43 Mauser, which is also called...
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    Yesterday, 08:58 PM
    As I mentioned before, I don't doubt working your way out can be done. And even easier shooting at the same range or area where you begin to learn the terrain and how far to hold over. I know that once I learned to hold at a certain limb on a for...
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    Yesterday, 08:48 PM
    They aren't sold out. They have more, and get more almost every month. I looked this morning at "new arrivals" there, and there were many still available. Only issue I have is I'm not fond of the set screws used to hold the pins in, and the large...
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    02-21-2018, 03:30 PM
    No problem. We were typing at the same time. Hope you find the info you're looking for.
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    02-21-2018, 03:28 PM
    The .43 Mauser was developed by Remington Arms after they tried to sell the Rolling Block rifles in their own .44-77 Rem/Shps cartridge. Most of the old Rolling Block cartridges in .44 and .43 caliber were all slightly modified versions of the...
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    02-21-2018, 03:23 PM
    The judging by size is not very accurate as range goes out further. It works quite well for distances below 500 yds., but even at less than 500 yd. distances the arc of a .45-70 bullet with black powder is measured in feet and not inches. The arc at...
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    02-21-2018, 02:55 PM
    Only difference with your version is the rim diameter. Since you're using the .38-55 rim size, and the original used the slightly larger .30-40, .303 British rim diameter. Your choice what to call it, but .30-40 Rem. would work for me. Was this at...
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    02-21-2018, 02:51 PM
    It appears Fink Leather Shop is too new to be found in Richard Rattenbury's Packing Iron, which covers mostly 1800's gun leather. But it appears that Fink not only made leather for WWII military use, but also WWI use. But here's the results I got...
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    02-20-2018, 11:47 PM
    I'll see if my copy of "Packing Iron" has any reference to Finks Leather Shop.
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    02-20-2018, 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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    02-20-2018, 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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    02-20-2018, 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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    02-20-2018, 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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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
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