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    Today, 08:05 AM
    I did some comparisons with 3N37 in Quickload, which is what led me to Herco. It's only slightly faster than 3N37, and being significantly slower than Bullseye it has potential for more velocity (in rifle-length barrels) at the same or lower peak...
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    Today, 03:58 AM
    Both the Spanish and the Mauser .43s had tight necks, as did some American rifles in the later 1800s. They were specifically designed to use dead soft swaged bullets, paper patched. The bullets were intentionally a little undersized, so they'd load...
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    Today, 03:19 AM
    Ever give a thought to Herco?
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    Yesterday, 10:52 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread trip on i-80 and i-35 in Our Town
    I lived in the Twin Cities around year 2000, drove to Denver three times for holidays with my sister. Easy-peazy, but that was 20 years ago. I had a shunpike route that went from MNPLS to Sioux City via Worthington, Minnesota. Route 60 down to...
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    07-27-2021, 02:10 PM
    I answered this in your other thread. The Stevens Pocket Rifles were not sold chambered for the S&W round, only the Colt .32 Long round. Original .32 bullet was a heeled type round nose, Ideal 299153. The bullet and case were the same diameter,...
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    07-27-2021, 01:54 PM
    Used it for a lot of loads. .357 Magnum and .357 Max. Should work in 9mm, but there I use Powder Pistol. Cast bullet loads in .32-40, .30-40 Krag, 7.5x55 Swiss worked well. It also does well in smaller cases like .32-20. My best HV .25 Stevens...
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    07-26-2021, 05:36 PM
    It's been rechambered. There should be no step in the chamber. .32 RF had a heeled bullet like a .22 RF, the same diameter as the case. Standard bullet for .32 rimfire was the Ideal 299153. Around 90 grains, round nose. There was another RN...
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    07-25-2021, 08:11 AM
    In the '80s I did a lot of fiberglass work for custom motorcycles. Used the what the pros use - polyvinyl alcohol release agent that you spray on and which dissolves instantly in water. Moulds were of course sanded ultra-smooth and waxed. (That...
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    07-23-2021, 07:39 PM
    I am shooting these reformed cases in a Stevens 44, which has plenty of energy due to the much heavier hammer and stiffer spring. I also have a Stevens Model 83 bolt action single shot from about 1938 that reliably fires them. Most Model 83s were...
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    07-23-2021, 07:33 PM
    Here is the gadget I made for annealing. No media inside the shell, but rather it is stood up in a little cup of cold water and rotated at about 45 RPM to get uniform heating. Doing both would be even better.
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    07-23-2021, 07:23 PM
    The .17WSM brass has to be much stronger because the pressure is so much higher than even current .22 LR. The older boys' rifles were designed when rimfire ammo had copper cases, and probably never exceeded 8000 psi. (Modern .22 ammo seems to...
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    07-20-2021, 07:55 PM
    Here's a mighty pretty rifle on Gunbroker that I get as as 2932. Seller reports that it has the 6:00 extractor and s/n 11767. https://www.gunbroker.com/item/905995356 At my age and state of decrepitude, the starting bid is too rich for...
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    07-20-2021, 12:44 AM
    Quickload has the cartridge specs in their database. Pick your bullet, decide on a seating depth, and start trying out powders in the model.
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    07-15-2021, 11:49 AM
    Yeah, that's the weakness of that flat extractor. I have a medium frame in .22LR which was lovingly reworked (and relined) by some long-ago gunsmith. He made a new extractor that is a very close fit in the slot, and of all the ones I have with...
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    07-14-2021, 09:04 PM
    It's a real early s/n, that's for sure. I need to review all my dead tree sources. The revelation that the receiver design predates the M&H bankruptcy opens a whole new rabbit-hole to dive into.
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    07-14-2021, 04:03 PM
    Interestinger and interestinger said Alice. The sleeve alone makes it far better than a flat blade. I can't remember if my Bay State has that or not. But eliminating that and the hook at the top would certainly make the part a whole lot cheaper...
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    07-14-2021, 10:33 AM
    Old print sources like Carder, (or in the case of Stevens Jim Grant), could only do the best they could without the Internet. deHaas sometimes gets his historical comments wrong, because he too had only old sources and hearsay to draw on. Yes...
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    07-14-2021, 10:09 AM
    Good one, tyguy!
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    07-14-2021, 10:05 AM
    Well, that pretty much proves that they exist, and I've just been missing them. Is the gun actually marked Merwin & Hulbert anywhere? That would really put the cat among the pigeons. Now I've got to start a serial-number vs. features log...
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    07-14-2021, 01:41 AM
    @kootne: Now we're getting somewhere. Maybe. Your pic doesn't look at all like the blade extractor that @Jedman's has. Is that right? A better angle looking into the open breech would help. M-H went bankrupt late in 1896, and everything...
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    07-13-2021, 09:46 PM
    Those both have the crazy taper-pin barrel retainer coming in from the side, making them pre-fire Juniors or medium frames, not x9xx series... Charlie Carder was pretty clear on this. And M&H marked rifle would have to pre-date the x9xx design...
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    07-13-2021, 04:01 PM
    Puts me in mind of a genius V.P. Logistics at GM named Lopez who in the middle '80s negotiated a long-term contract for iron for block and head castings. "Saved the company a bundle", and he was a hero at Board meetings, but in a very few years it...
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    07-13-2021, 02:49 PM
    Just for the record - can you point me to any imagery that shows a 9xx receiver with a 9:00 extractor? H&As have been one of my hobby-horses for almost 20 years now, and I've never come across one, or seen any source that showed one such. Thanks!
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    07-13-2021, 12:13 PM
    ^^^^this^^^^
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    07-12-2021, 12:17 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Pit Bulls Killed My Cat in Our Town
    70+ years of experience, my friend. I've had feral kittens adopt me, but never an adult cat. I've had adult strays be friendly, but they were already half domesticated, just lost. Can't count those as feral. There's a huge difference.
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    07-11-2021, 08:49 PM
    Fast powders like Unique won't make for the best game loads. 4198 or RL-7 will give you hunting velocity and significantly lower peak pressure. Look to loads for the .45-70 for some guidance, even though the .45-70 is a smaller case.
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    07-11-2021, 08:34 PM
    I find it beyond incredible that any reputable gunmaker would even dream of curing wood that way! A fourth grader would know better!
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    07-11-2021, 08:27 PM
    Clear and colored apertures: https://freelandssports.com/product-category/optics-sights/apertures/
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    07-11-2021, 08:17 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Pit Bulls Killed My Cat in Our Town
    A feral cat will not approach a human unless it's rabid. Did you have it checked? If not, why not?
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    07-11-2021, 08:12 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Pit Bulls Killed My Cat in Our Town
    I have a friend who breeds and trains service dogs (German Shepherds) for a living. She will tell you categorically that some breeds are inherently killers - pit bulls being first on the list. SOMETIMES you can train it out of an individual dog,...
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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
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