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    Yesterday, 12:14 PM
    Not everybody is waiting on the Henry. But I agree there are a large number of other single shot rifles on the new and used market that could easily fill many people's needs in the same price range.
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    11-16-2017, 07:59 PM
    That's what I was thinking too.
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    11-16-2017, 12:21 PM
    Wonder if those punch marks on the stock were "kill counts"???
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    11-16-2017, 12:20 PM
    I've had many more issues with stick powders not igniting properly than ball powders.
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    11-15-2017, 09:24 PM
    Thanks! The top tang is marked "1885" on this one.
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    11-15-2017, 05:00 PM
    Guessing that since this receiver is marked "1867" and it began life as a rimfire, it's an early gun. With the length of this chamber, it appears to be the center cartridge of 46.5mm
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    11-15-2017, 11:43 AM
    My guess is that these were indeed broken from rough handling, and not during use. The break appeared to be a hit from behind going forward, so likely it was tossed butt first on a pile and struck the breechblock spur, snapping it off. This one is...
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    11-14-2017, 07:34 PM
    Since there seems to be a general interest in military Rolling Blocks here. Here's one I picked up not long ago that's chambered in 11.7 Danish. Started life as a big rimfire, and later the Danish converted them all to centerfire. The cartridge is...
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    11-14-2017, 12:23 PM
    Since your cases really don't need a lot of forming, I'd load them at whatever load you hope to use and simply shoot them. No need to do a light charge, or use filler to fire form them. I've built cases that had a lot more brass movement during fire...
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    11-12-2017, 12:45 PM
    Safe is good, but still need to be concerned about the angle of that breechblock with having to make up for that much headspace.
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    11-12-2017, 12:43 PM
    Any number of single shots in .45-70 can be adapted to scopes with very little effort or cost. The .45-70 is a great choice, but I'd steer clear of the Hi-Lux mounts. Their scopes aren't bad, butt the long range "Malcolm" style mount needed to get...
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    11-11-2017, 10:10 PM
    I'm always puzzled when these gun makers come out with a single shot rifle, and don't offer a 28"-30" heavy barrel? Seems like there's a lot of demand for calibers like .45-70, .38-55, and .32-40, in a longer, heavier barrel. Would make a decent...
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    11-11-2017, 10:06 PM
    Fireforming might help with excess headspace, but there's another issue that can't be addressed on a Rolling Block by fireforming. The design of the "rolling breech block" means if the gun is loose, then the breech block is not square to the bore,...
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    11-11-2017, 11:06 AM
    Yes, from the info I can find the Maynard could be made on the same .303 brass. But length will be an issue. .303 brass is around 2.2" long, where Maynard is 2.3" long. So your cases will all be short in the chamber. Made an error on case length...
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    11-10-2017, 10:55 PM
    Might consider making it a .40-50 Sharps Straight, like my old Rolling Block is chambered in. Same bolt face, rim diameter, but with a .410" bore. Simply open the .303 brass up, and cut the length to about 2" and load them up! A wonderful little...
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    11-10-2017, 11:23 AM
    Apples and oranges. A purpose built bolt action target rifle isn't usually a pretty gun, but they can be very accurate depending on components used. The right barrel, trigger, and action wont care too much about wood quality. It will of course need...
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    11-09-2017, 08:46 PM
    I personally don't think all gun buyers are looking strictly at prices. If that was true, then companies like Shiloh, DZ Arms, etc. wouldn't have lengthy waiting periods for customers to get a rifle. Those buying a particular type of gun aren't...
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    11-09-2017, 12:13 PM
    How could he list it as "low number" if he didn't have it to see the serial number?
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    11-09-2017, 12:11 PM
    I've never considered getting into paper patched bullets, so I shoot lube groove bullets in all my old single shots. Many are from the era of paper patching, and have chambers cut for that purpose. But I try to keep things simpler for me in...
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    11-09-2017, 12:07 PM
    Indeed case colors that vibrant are rare, but certainly not impossible. I always wonder how a gun survives over a century with colors so nice, but I've seen it before and close examination showed they weren't re-done. I wouldn't care at all if this...
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    11-08-2017, 02:06 PM
    And you could also buy guns assembled by Bannerman's from the large inventory of parts they owned. I've seen some extremely fine examples of various guns Bannerman's built up. Some of them with factory stocks, and later with custom stocks that made...
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    11-08-2017, 01:31 PM
    If you examine the bullet molds made by the old masters like Schoyen and Pope, you'll see a different design than what is used by many production mold suppliers today. They believed that more lube grooves of smaller capacity was the answer to better...
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    11-07-2017, 05:56 PM
    Boz is correct, the Lee is a .459" mold, so it might be too small to fit the larger Martini bore. I've got a couple Lee molds I reworked by opening up the base band so they seal in larger bores, and that works great. I even prefer the Lee aluminum...
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    11-05-2017, 12:07 PM
    Comblains are a tough action to find, but even tougher to make a good sporter from! The design of the action with it's lack of leverage on the lever makes it hard to open, even if cases extract easily. Get a sticky case and it gets worse fast! But...
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    11-03-2017, 04:57 PM
    Your attachment comes up as "invalid link". As for a Cerrosafe cast telling more than slugging the bore, I sure haven't found that to be true myself. I do a Cerrosafe cast of every gun's chamber to ensure the chamber is as marked, and see what...
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    11-03-2017, 12:15 PM
    Thanks! Appreciate the comment. The Stevens 44 1/2 is a very nice gun in .32-40. I don't seem to see them often in that caliber, as most I see are in Stevens calibers more than more popular .32-40 and .38-55 calibers. I've owned some Stevens...
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    11-01-2017, 09:53 PM
    Sorry, misunderstood. I don't have but the one Ballard Creedmoor #7. I have another Rolling Block with 34" barrel, single set trigger, and in .44-77Rem-Sharps Bottleneck, but it's an extra heavy barrel, not a lightweight 1/2 octagon like the...
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    11-01-2017, 06:56 PM
    Thanks! This one is my #6 1/2 Rigby Ballard in .40-63 Ballard Everlasting: Schoyen Ballard in .32-40:
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    11-01-2017, 05:05 PM
    I try to make the CGCA show every May also! It's one of my favorite shows in the USA! Yes, I also don't own anything I don't shoot, but as I mentioned not enjoying full loads in guns like my #7 Long Range Ballard, I use reduced smokeless loads...
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    11-01-2017, 10:01 AM
    I have an original Ballard #7 Long Range in .44-100 that was built to meet Creedmoor rules. It came with a 535 gr. bullet mold! If by chance some organization was to ever reintroduce another 800-1000 yd. match under the Creedmoor rules I'm set with...
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