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    Yesterday, 11:04 PM
    NICE! Always love it when "survivors" from that era, that somehow managed to evade WWI, show up. I've seen a couple of relatively unblemished 1911's from the first 1-2 years of production, and each time it was a case of "I saw the finish work,...
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    05-10-2021, 10:57 PM
    Lyman 17A front globe sight with a post insert. Some form of rear peep appropriate to attaching to your rig. If it's a micrometer type like a Lyman 57 or Williams FP, great. If it's more basic like a Williams WGRS, that'll do too. Combine with...
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    05-10-2021, 10:47 PM
    "Is it still worthwhile to hit up the tire shops?" If you have a plutonium-powered DeLorean with the ability to take you back 40-50 years . . . Even if you live in something resembling Free America where the eco-Nazis are afraid to come out in...
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    05-09-2021, 11:46 PM
    To maybe save you some time. . . The NOE clone of the British .380/200 MKI bullet shoots high out of my 1944 dated Webley. Outpost75 claims his 36-178D mold from Accurate pretty well duplicates the in-flight behavior of the MK2z load our sights...
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    05-08-2021, 10:47 AM
    You are correct - in a bolt gun, there is a whole lot less going on. You action is undoubtedly spec'd to take considerably more than anything that can reasonably be done in the .223 case. I've seen a 700 that in .308 that was mistakenly loaded...
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    05-06-2021, 09:55 PM
    It's also going to have the Minie ball effect trying to expand the base into the available bore space, so maybe a little more drag from that too, so a slight increase in pressure, methinks. How that maintains once it jumps the cylinder gap and...
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    05-06-2021, 09:20 AM
    This is a good post (#90) that gets to the heart of the questioning. The nature of God and his motives is indeed one of the big questions that doubters of any religious system are going to ask. This being a gun forum, let me phrase this from a...
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    05-06-2021, 12:25 AM
    Pot, meet Kettle. I'm pretty sure your mantra is older and more fatigued than mine, by a few thousand years. Rizzo seems to have seen some holes worn in it, which is, after all, why we're here chatting. Look, I'm going to continue share my...
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    05-05-2021, 10:23 PM
    Leverguns are more my Pop's thing, but I dabble in his toys occasionally. With the impending Ruger relaunch of the Marlin franchise, I got curious about the differences between the three Marlin platforms. The 1894 is obviously a flat bolt, split...
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    05-02-2021, 11:38 PM
    .303 - It's probably worth your time to play across the wider Eley spectrum. All the EPS bullet loads are basically production rejects that didn't quite make it onto the Tenex pedestal for various reasons. Knowing the level of players Tenex is...
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    05-01-2021, 08:43 PM
    No B.W., I don't believe in your system because it has never passed my smell test, as I've made abundantly clear in the past, and you fail to accept. I suspect Rizzo may be on nearly the same wavelength - else why would he launch the thread? I...
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    05-01-2021, 07:33 PM
    The difference in the round is primarily one of higher chamber pressure in the 5.56. The difference in the GUNS is that 5.56 throats are longer to compensate for this. Whether 5.56 in a .223 chamber is going to cause problems gets you into...
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    05-01-2021, 11:45 AM
    Rizzo, I don't think anything ever rang more true to me than this: “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh...
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    04-28-2021, 11:09 PM
    Been using 5744 for cast rifle a lot. It disappointed in a 32-20 (ish) rifle. Haven't tried it in pistol. Varget maybe? 4064?
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    04-28-2021, 10:47 PM
    Why would the perfect being make such an imperfect thing as mankind? Why would a creature of infinite power, wisdom, and ability to deliver by miracle make puny, stupid men to work his will, not tell them what that will is, and generally let them...
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    04-28-2021, 10:14 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread Winchester 1906 .22 in Factory Rifles
    You probably have no idea how fortunate you are to have it - yet. Mine's from the mid '30's and came to me with a bush-repaired stock that needed replacement and has a lack of finish that just about guarantees that it was probably some...
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    04-28-2021, 12:24 AM
    If we were to take this to an insane level. . . Start with one of the "long" 9mm cases (i.e. .38 Super) and trim it back to near-max headspace for the gun. Then uniform the primer pockets and flash holes. Those steps should work towards making...
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    04-27-2021, 08:34 AM
    Handguns were just not their destiny. I forget the source of the article, but years back somebody did a piece on a WWI prototype Winchester 1911 pistol. Kinda like the North Americans, they never really got off the ground with making them past...
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    04-26-2021, 10:56 PM
    I'll likely be joining you guys on this saga ere long, but maybe some perspective is in order: Les Baer will guarantee 1 1/2 to 3" groups at 50 yards depending on the specific model of their 1911 under discussion. This is with a ~$3,000...
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    04-25-2021, 10:22 PM
    A couple of my carbine's front end: That's a 67A. Not sure what kind of span there was between your gun and mine. The rifle is a bit more buried and less accessible in the safe, but feeling the muzzle through the silicone gun sock it...
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    04-25-2021, 06:28 PM
    SoonerEd, skip to the bottom of the first post in my old thread here: https://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?269789-Careful-Analysis-of-Segregated-Range-Scrap-Smelt&highlight=segregated+range+scrap You've got some good breakdown of what...
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    04-24-2021, 08:31 PM
    "What's the barrel length?" and "Does the crown look stock?" would be a reasonable means of determining originality. I have two 67's - a long and a short - and both of them are dovetailed for the front sight. If you have a standard length,...
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    04-24-2021, 12:57 AM
    I worked the gun shop scene from 1992 to 2005. I have a memory from the earlier part of that period of Miroku manufacturing Model 12's in Japan and selling them maybe through the Browning name? That particular serial number structure seems a lot...
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    04-24-2021, 12:23 AM
    According to Nick Stroebel's Old Gunsights, that's a # 96-A or 96-B rear sight which are listed for the Model 68 and 69 rifles respectively. Stroebel's book also lists the 97-A Front Ramped Hood for the 67, 68, and 69 rifles. The Standard...
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    04-23-2021, 09:41 AM
    BEST? I don't know. MOST DISTINCTIVE? Probably the '74 Sharps with all the steps you need to take. Maybe the rolling blocks. COOLEST? That pretty much has to be about context. I'd pay good money to hear 500 redcoats load their Martinis in...
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    04-22-2021, 08:45 AM
    They distill the act of shooting down to the pure act of shooting more than anything else. It's a single-purpose machine designed to chamber and fire one cartridge - not feed a bunch more of them. If you think of guns in that context, some of them...
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    04-22-2021, 08:26 AM
    Numerous load manuals have treated the .45-70 as three separate cartridges for many years now, depending on what vintage and design of firearm you intend to shoot. . . Similarly, we have both Peacemaker and "Baby Casull" load data for the .45...
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    04-20-2021, 01:06 AM
    Bigslug replied to a thread 1917 Enfield in Military Rifles
    Then you need to take a deep breath and hope when you look down the barrel. Your friend was a teenager in the late '50's and early '60's. USGI .30-06 stopped being corrosive primed around 1953, but there was a lot of it out there. With luck, it's...
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    04-19-2021, 01:43 AM
    How 'bout this one: https://noebulletmolds.com/site/product-category/452-454/tl452-234-rf-bi2/ We started the design discussion for .45 ACP, then someone had the grand idea of converting the first TL groove into a crimper to do double duty in the...
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    04-18-2021, 04:31 PM
    .303 - I think you've wrung it out past any reasonable level of expectation for a travelled, 60Y.O., middle price point plinker. You can only control the quality of ammo someone else made to a point, and having done a good bit of that, you've...
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