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  • marlinman93's Avatar
    Today, 05:12 PM
    I've always lubed all rifle calibers, regardless of straight taper, or bottleneck. Pistol calibers with carbide can get away without it. My preferred lube is Hornady aerosol spray lube. It's so easy to use that it's all I've used since it came out...
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    Today, 05:08 PM
    I'd definitely go with the .38-55 for the purpose stated! You'll shoot it a lot more than bigger calibers, just because it's such a pussycat. I sure like the caliber!
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    Today, 05:05 PM
    Why yes, I am proud of dragging anyone into this lust for shooting old Ballards Charlie! ;) I just last Sunday finally picked up an original paper patched .40-90 Ballard round too! I wanted one original, just so I could compare it to what I'm...
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    Today, 04:58 PM
    Anyone with a hand drill and a set of taps can D&T for a tang sight if they know how to use the tools. I use a drill press now, but I used to do them by hand and never had a problem. Reverand Al, Considering they don't have holes, I'd tap it...
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    Today, 11:37 AM
    Agree with rfd! The Lee Shaver Economy Soule would be perfect for your wife's Roller. It's about $225 and just need to measure the tang sight spacing to determine if it's original Rem. spacing of 1.93" Or maybe Stevens 1.5", or other?
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    Today, 11:33 AM
    I've settled on the RCBS CSA 345 gr. bullet for all my loads in my .40-85/90 Charlie. It just works. But I also have the lighter version But I also have the 300 gr. version and it's equally good at distances below 500 yds. I would likely choose the...
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    Today, 11:25 AM
    The .38-55 is indeed one of my favorite calibers, and a caliber you can shoot all day long and never experience any fatigue or soreness. If the twist rate is quick enough it can also be loaded with heavier 300 gr. bullets and do very well at longer...
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    Yesterday, 07:31 PM
    I think I'm using a shell holder for the .303 British Charlie. It is a slightly smaller base diameter, but seems to work with the 9.3x74R brass fine.
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    Yesterday, 07:19 PM
    I personally think the 1875 Sharps offering looks weird. Just never cared for the design and I too would go for the C Sharps 1885 High Wall if I wanted a smaller action, and lighter/quicker hammer.
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    Yesterday, 04:56 PM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread lyman 1878? in Single Shot Guns
    Not odd at all considering paper patch should have less resistance going down the bore.
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    Yesterday, 02:34 PM
    I will take these. PM sent
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    Yesterday, 12:52 PM
    Good luck Charlie! Hope the Pacific shoots well!
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    Yesterday, 12:50 PM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread lyman 1878? in Single Shot Guns
    I know my #7 Ballard pictured above is abusive with the factory 535 gr. bullet recommended in the .44-100 case. From what I've been able to find, and glean from talking with John Dutcher, the .44-100 and .45-100 Ballard cartridges were never offered...
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    Yesterday, 11:01 AM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread lyman 1878? in Single Shot Guns
    It isn't really based on what I think, vs. what the rules said. Creedmoor rifles don't have a specific look, but they do have very specific rules, so guns not fitting within those rules should not be called "Creedmoor" rifles. Set triggers...
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    04-24-2018, 12:02 PM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread lyman 1878? in Single Shot Guns
    I'm a big fan of the .40 caliber rifles, and not any I own in old .40 caliber chamberings I don't like! I was without a .40-65 for years, but recently rebarreled an engraved Ballard I own in .40-65 with a Douglas half octagon 30" barrel. I'm also...
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    04-24-2018, 11:57 AM
    I have a friend who rebarreled an old Trapdoor action to .38-55 and reworked the ejector to fit the smaller case rim. It's got a 1/2 octagon barrel on it now, and done in a deluxe officer's model style. It's a great shooter, and a gorgeous build!
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    04-24-2018, 11:54 AM
    I used nothing but cast plain base bullets in my Ruger #1 Lyman centennial in .45-70. A much longer barrel, but I'm sure they're likely the same rifling. I used both 360 gr. and 405 gr. bullets, as I'm not a fan of those big heavy slugs some guys...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    04-24-2018, 03:07 AM
    I will take Lot 11: 35 Rem Once Fired Brass , QTY=100, RP stamp, $ 45.00 shipped PM sent
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    04-21-2018, 08:29 PM
    What is your problem?
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    04-21-2018, 11:31 AM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread lyman 1878? in Single Shot Guns
    Finally watched the review videos just because I wanted to see where the "Creedmoor" part was. As usual somebody is being liberal with the use of the "Creedmoor" name, as it's obvious this gun has nothing in common with a Creedmoor rifle. But I...
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    04-21-2018, 11:17 AM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread lyman 1878? in Single Shot Guns
    I'd personally go with the pistol gripped version myself. But I just like that look and feel better.
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    04-21-2018, 10:26 AM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread lyman 1878? in Single Shot Guns
    By the way. Here's a Pedersoli with shotgun butt, and set triggers for under $1300. Still need to get sights, but the BIN price isn't bad at all. And another about $20 higher. Better than paying more with Pedersoli sights, and then replacing them...
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    04-21-2018, 10:15 AM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread lyman 1878? in Single Shot Guns
    I personally would steer clear of the CSA 1875 model. They aren't a bad gun at all, but they seem to have very little following or interest. The 1874 Model Sharps is a much better choice and will hold it's value much better. Not that you're going to...
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    04-20-2018, 08:32 PM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread lyman 1878? in Single Shot Guns
    I can't add much to the good advice given, but I will say that I don't mind paying a little extra for a nicer looking rifle. That may be better grade of stocks, or better fit and finish. Regardless, I just feel better looking at a nice quality gun...
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    04-20-2018, 02:55 AM
    https://www.eezox.com/
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    04-19-2018, 07:39 PM
    Who stated anytime about conducting tests at the loading press????????
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    04-19-2018, 04:10 PM
    As a kid I witnessed a grain elevator explosion. For the non-rural types grain elevators are large storage silo's. Grains of wheat are barely flammable. Wheat dust on the other hand is highly flammable/explosive. While I am not interested enough...
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  • marlinman93's Avatar
    04-18-2018, 08:59 PM
    I'm right there with you, but still buying and selling whenever the urge or something pretty gets my interest! I love shooting still, but I love nice lumber too!
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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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