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    06-21-2021, 04:41 AM
    I don't like opossums much. They're a plague around here, but I'll say one thing for them: I don't see snakes. They're immune to snake venom, so they consider even a rattler as a tasty meal. Which pleases me no end.
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    06-19-2021, 07:05 PM
    No guns, but I do have a J.C.Higgins scope. Pretty sure it's a trademarked Weaver G4, but it has a Litschert objective on it. Going to go on a Stevens 44 that I just resurrected.
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    06-19-2021, 05:59 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Beeswax clean up in Boolit Lube !
    I've used Eds's Red to get it off surfaces, but never needed to get it off my hands.
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    06-19-2021, 05:57 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Beeswax clean up in Boolit Lube !
    I went looking for it online. Amazon and Walmart both $7.00 a bar.
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    06-19-2021, 12:43 PM
    Not. it's not a straight wall case. The .25 Stevens RF is a true straight wall .25 caliber case, .277" nominal O.D. Hornet brass is .278" at the shoulder, but the base has to be swaged down from .298" to make it mimic a .25 Stevens case. ...
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    06-19-2021, 07:44 AM
    Must be one of those old hunters who fire two rounds to get his deer each year. One to check the sights, one to kill the deer.
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    06-19-2021, 07:37 AM
    WELL. Seems it WASN'T all .22 ammo. From the Yucatan Times: 4 million 872 thousand high speed .22 caliber Long Rifle (LR) cartridges. 1 million 230 thousand cartridges .22 caliber LR high speed PH 295 thousand .40 caliber S&W...
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    06-19-2021, 06:39 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Marlin 336 30-30 in Leverguns
    Just reminded myself of something I heard from a dealer at a Worthingon, Minnesota gun show in 1999. Now, if you look at a map, Worthington is pretty much the middle of nowhere. Open prairie, fields of corn/wheat/soybeans that go on for miles, and...
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    06-18-2021, 01:31 PM
    I can't say I use it, but i know where mine is. An aluminum K&E that I bought when I was in high school (class of '63). We geeks all had leather scabbards, and wore them on our belts like gunfighters. Very old joke: Ask an engineer what's two...
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    06-18-2021, 07:57 AM
    We can only criticize them because we have so much instrumentation they didn't have. Chronographs we can buy out of pocket money cost six months' wages in 1940. Even gunwriters often judged pressure by bolt lift and case expansion. Even the factory...
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    06-17-2021, 09:35 PM
    A properly done Mann-Niedner firing pin mod would adequately deal with the rebounding-hammer weakness, would it not? Assuming that the body of the pin were large enough.
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    06-17-2021, 09:26 PM
    I quit using the .22 on garden raiding 'chucks and raccoons years ago in favor of a reduced load in a .223. More positive kills and no ricochets. Can no longer walk far, so no woods loafing or pasture patrolling. Only thing left is porch...
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    06-17-2021, 08:53 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Marlin 336 30-30 in Leverguns
    Sadly, this ^^^^^ Granted it's the workings of a (mostly) free market, but I hate to see younger people priced out of buying one of the best utility guns ever made. I paid $200 for my near-mint '70s vintage .30-30 in 1999. The .35 Remington...
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    06-17-2021, 03:38 AM
    Yup, another source for the same book.
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    06-17-2021, 01:29 AM
    Dropbox link at post #8. Big file - takes a minute or two to download.
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    06-17-2021, 01:22 AM
    Nobody has ever "rated" any of the old actions. People have built some pretty warm varminters on Hepburns though, but usually for cartridges with a base diameter of the .219 Zipper or less. They seem to survive this. Two things matter: Hoop...
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    06-16-2021, 07:49 PM
    The O.P. was comparing .22LR to .22 Magnum. The latter is loaded with a jacketed bullet, (at ~2000+ fps). Anyone who hasn't read Frost's Chapter XII yet should be made to sit down and do so. Nobody who has studied it will ever complain about...
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    06-16-2021, 02:10 AM
    What a resource! Thank you.
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    06-15-2021, 02:06 PM
    I think the answer is yes. Going back into the '30s one of the .22LR companies advertised with a picture of their machine for measuring bullet pull. Very much like the tensilometers used for testing strength of metals, but smaller. .22LR bullet...
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    06-15-2021, 03:25 AM
    Off topic, but I kinda gave up on the .22 rimfire for garden defense against woodchucks and raccoons. Too dependent on making perfect head shots to assure humane kills, which in the real world is not as easy as the keyboard commandos would have you...
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    06-14-2021, 11:38 PM
    About 6-7 years ago I tackled this problem by improving the commodity ammo I was shooting. Two things I did cut the "groups" in half. One was weight-sorting, the other was swaging the bullets to a uniform .2250" in a tool I made that was similar...
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    06-14-2021, 11:12 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Seating depth in Cast Boolits
    Ought to ask...what revolver are you shooting these loads in? Old, weak models,controlling pressure will be crucial. New strong ones not so much. Use a slower powder like Unique or Herco if you can find some. Very fast powders generate more...
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    06-14-2021, 03:42 PM
    Uncrimped .22 ammunition went out about 120 years ago. The round was originally meant for Stevens single shot rifles and pistols, which didn't need a crimp. They even warned in their literature that extracting an unfired round would leave the...
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    06-13-2021, 11:40 PM
    Kroil or equivalents will not completely remove rust. Only acids or electrolysis will do that.
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    06-13-2021, 11:37 PM
    Evaporust, (citric acid), naval jelly & CocaCola, (phosphoric acid), muriatic (hydrochloric) acid, even dilute battery acid....they all work. I just had to clean up a mould that had been in storage 20 years. VPI paper all dried out, even rust in...
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    06-13-2021, 06:25 AM
    Depending on which sight you have, the detent spring may be at fault. I have even found the spring to be missing altogether on one old Stevens 44 I bought.
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    06-13-2021, 04:18 AM
    He's talking low powered, guys...... A .25 Hornet loaded with cast bullets would be perfectly fine in a Stevens 44. In fact my bolt thrust calculations suggest that 1800 fps would be possible without straining the rifle. Personally I'd rather...
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    06-12-2021, 08:00 AM
    Squareness of the base and the furrows cut by the rifling are two entirely different matters, although the furrows must all be uniform or you'll get the same results as an out-of-square base. The matter of base squareness was proven conclusively...
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    06-12-2021, 01:07 AM
    Even money says the hijackers thought it was truckload(s) of 9mm or 5.56.
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    06-11-2021, 10:12 PM
    Now it's come to this: 7 million rounds on their way to the USA..... https://ktla.com/news/nationworld/millions-of-rounds-of-ammo-stolen-from-u-s-bound-trucks-on-mexican-highway/ Will it show up for sale on-line?
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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
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