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  • marlinman93's Avatar
    Today, 09:38 AM
    Lee Shaver has a very good reputation for his work with these.
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    Yesterday, 02:24 PM
    After slugging the bore, it appears it is not a .44 caliber for sure! It slugged at .411" and I decided to try one of my sized and loaded rounds from my .40-63/70 Rigby Ballard in the chamber. It dropped right in, so might be that caliber. Will...
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    Yesterday, 09:37 AM
    Actually Starline does anneal their brass, and "suggests" their brass might need annealing if loaded with black powder due to the low chamber pressures of BP. "When loading with black powder, annealing of mouth may be necessary to allow case to...
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    Yesterday, 09:01 AM
    Thanks guys! I was excited my friend was willing to do a trade. I couldn't afford the cash to buy a 4 1/2 A-1!
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    08-12-2018, 08:38 PM
    Another annual Oregon Arms Collectors show was this weekend. I saw numerous guns I loved, but only one I wish I could take home. It belonged to a good friend, and after a weekend of wheeling and dealing we finally came to a trade agreement with less...
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    08-10-2018, 10:53 AM
    If you anneal a case until it turns red you just over annealed that case. I turn the lights out and use just a small task light to see what I'm working on. Annealing the cases in dim light will get them the correct softness. Doing so in good light...
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    08-10-2018, 10:49 AM
    I wish those making the adapter cases would simply turn the base inside thicker so when the blank opened up it would be contained in the bored hole. Then it would push out easily! Since that base is thin it allows the blanks to expand above the bore...
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    08-10-2018, 10:45 AM
    Those are pretty serious target rifles, and are very accurate! Once you figure out which ammo it likes best it should provide you a lot of fun!
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    08-10-2018, 05:46 AM
    https://www.triplek.com/product/savage-23b-25-20-4-rd/ http://ammoclip.com/S/savage_23c_32-20wcf.htm http://cfnparts.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=399
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    08-09-2018, 05:09 PM
    All cases (ramshot or .22 blank) are a PITA to remove from those RF adapter cases after firing! I've tried them in various RF calibers of .44, .38, and .32 and all were a nuisance. I'd rather convert the guns to shoot CF than mess with blanks of any...
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    08-09-2018, 05:05 PM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread High wall in Single Shot Guns
    Most efficient for a .25-20 might not look right on an 1885. The 24" is likely most efficient, but that kills the nice long sight radius, and the balance of the gun's looks. I'd choose a 28" or 30", as I think it looks better, and gives a better...
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    08-09-2018, 03:27 PM
    Rented a couple of times but found it cheaper and easier to buy new and sell on eBay for oddball once use types of chambers. Anything that I am going to be doing several of I purchase carbide USR oil groove reamers from PTG. ...
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    08-08-2018, 03:19 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Annealing brass? in Single Shot Guns
    In a centerfire cartridge firearm the bullet is seated long with almost no neck tension. The bullet pushes back into the case when it contacts the lead angle. I don't know if any lead bullet shooter do this, but, it is fairly common for BPCR...
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    08-08-2018, 11:28 AM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread High wall in Single Shot Guns
    I use either 2400 or Unique in all my .32-20 loads and the deviation across my Oehler is very minimum. It's a pretty small case, and powder position can't change much like it could in much larger cases using these powders.
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    08-08-2018, 11:23 AM
    I sure wouldn't call it "child's play". I do own the dies, and it's tough to get the cases sized down to the rim. The first part sizes easily. That last part above the rim wont size without removing the case from the shell holder in the press, and...
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    08-07-2018, 07:18 PM
    http://www.aajansson.com/pdf/understanding-fixed-limit-gages.pdf
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    08-07-2018, 11:29 AM
    I've owned and shot #2 Balllard rifles in .32 Long for decades, and love the caliber! It isn't quite the same as the .32 Long Colt, but the same cases will work great, and most of mine are the Colt marked cases. There's also a guy on Gunbroker who...
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    08-07-2018, 11:18 AM
    I never anneal my brass unless I'm reforming brass from another caliber, and it takes numerous steps to form it. That usually work hardens the brass, so I lightly anneal it afterwards to soften it again. But I see more people ruin good brass from...
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    08-07-2018, 12:41 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Annealing brass? in Single Shot Guns
    In a 45/70 with jacketed or when soft seating not much of an accuracy benefit, however, with lead bullet for my BPCR's I find significant benefit to anneal.
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    08-06-2018, 06:52 PM
    That surprises me since the SAAMI spec for the 7mm BR is 52,000 CUP. That is the same as the 243 Winchester. 52,000 CUP correlates to 60,000 PSI http://www.lasc.us/BellmMaxPressureContender.htm Closest I have seen is a 7 BRM in a eabco ...
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    08-06-2018, 04:13 PM
    The 30 BR is a great chambering, however, its top end pressures are over anything safe in a Contender. It would be a great choice in an Encore.
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    08-03-2018, 10:09 PM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread High wall in Single Shot Guns
    The .32-20 is much more versatile, and a much better bullet selection. It will also be heavier bullets and hold better at longer distances. I've used my .32-20's out to 500 yds. on dingers, but my .25-20 has been tough to get more than occasional...
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    08-03-2018, 09:49 PM
    I can't agree there. If a gun is bad enough, it will always look better if properly restored. I've done several, and don't regret any of them! This one was a mess too. New barrel, stocks, and after a lot if polishing to remove...
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    08-03-2018, 07:45 PM
    Very interested if you have enough.
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    08-03-2018, 12:48 PM
    It sounds more like you've got a .44-100 Ballard, as the .452" groove is common for that caliber. I have the same caliber in a #7 Long Range Ballard. When they changed to the .45-100 they opened up the groove to the more common .457" groove...
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    08-03-2018, 12:44 PM
    Well really too late to give an opinion, since you've done it. But I really like browned barrels. Not so much on browned receivers though. I prefer color cased, and since Al Springer does them so nicely, and at a great price, I'd do it cased, with a...
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    08-03-2018, 12:41 PM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread High wall in Single Shot Guns
    The Low Wall action does provide a little easier access to the chamber for smaller cartridge cases. But the .25-20 and .32-20 don't really ever give any real problems to most shooters to chamber or remove fired cases. The Low Wall action is only...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    08-03-2018, 01:07 AM
    I love the 30/30 in a 14". A buddy has a 10" and it is way louder than my 14".
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    08-01-2018, 11:15 AM
    I've seen it done a few times and it looks horrible to my eyes. A wedding band is a neat option, but I prefer just a simple clean transition like most makers did in the 1800's.
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    07-31-2018, 11:36 PM
    All the 1885 cast kits I have seen have been 8620. If a scrap yard is handy have it XRF Analyzed
    26 replies | 669 view(s)
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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