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    08-10-2022, 09:55 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Commerative $2 bill in Our Town
    The People For A Perfect World howl about what an “indictment” it is for “Our Society” to have all these mendicants around. A “failure” of the eee-ville Capitalist System. Show me another country where all you need to do is hand-letter a message...
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    08-05-2022, 12:49 PM
    Frank deHaas reviewed the FBW actions in his books Single Shot Actions—Their Design And Construction and Mr. Single-Shot’s Book Of Gunsmithing Ideas. The one I have is the Model S, which has the outside look of the Stevens action. The Models J...
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    08-05-2022, 11:50 AM
    If your set was new in the 90s, it may have been made by the Leisure Group, which at the time owned Lyman and was milking it as a cash cow. As Elmer Keith groused in the Thirties, all this blather about “accuracy” and “precision” in the loading...
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    08-02-2022, 02:10 PM
    I don't have a picture. They're on a yellow and black card, coated in clear plastic in the section that has the airbrushes, paints and other stuff. Sometimes they are on sale; I grab an extra or two when that happens.
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    08-02-2022, 10:53 AM
    In a lot of cases, the “Collector” with the persnickety insistence on “originality” and the Big Bucks that the “Item” is allegedly worth, is rarer than the “Item” itself. It is certainly your rifle to do as you please with. I didn’t like the open...
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    08-02-2022, 10:06 AM
    Harbor Freight sells a key ring with various sizes of tiny test-tube type brushes for cleaning out the spray nozzles of airbrushes. I use them with a dropper of Ballistol/water to clean out the flash channels of my capping breechloaders. When...
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    07-31-2022, 11:38 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Sizing in Cast Boolits
    I’ve found, with boolits of .30 caliber anyway, that 0.003” is about the maximum I can size in one step without deforming the boolit to uselessness. And that is predicated on initially lubing the grooves (presumably with a light coat of lube on the...
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    07-24-2022, 11:50 AM
    I’ve seen people shooting Buffalo Classics at the Quigley. They have as much fun as anyone else. A set of good vernier and globe iron sights (which can be transferred to a more expensive rifle if the tyro decides to stick with it) and a shoulder...
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    07-24-2022, 10:46 AM
    When I found mine, I took the CO2 cylinder in to the store that refills fire extinguishers and had them fill it. It’s actually liquid CO2, under ambient pressure, and I could feel the liquid roll back and forth when I rocked the cylinder. With a...
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    07-24-2022, 10:21 AM
    If you have a vise with aluminum or copper jaws, you ought to be able to loosen the lock ring on that “401” expander plug, and then screw it in and out with the fingers. (Or the aluminum/copper jaws on the vise). I bought a miniature strap wrench...
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    07-23-2022, 11:09 AM
    If the box is absolutely pristine in every way, and you don’t need the checks, it might be worth storing them away for another 20 years or so and see what happens. Right now, though, I haven’t seen any collector interest in such things, and I go to...
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    07-21-2022, 09:00 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Rivian? in Our Town
    Well, these advances generally develop in the same way: 1). Lab experiments that show success slowly over time. 2). "Popular Science" for a small, dedicated coterie of knowledgable enthusiasts. The rest of us don't understand it, or them, at...
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    07-20-2022, 09:24 AM
    Aren’t those holes in the straps, slightly above where the bolts are in? Maybe it’s just paint rubbed off, but they do look circular. The later “As” I’ve seen pictures of were tilted at different angles with the straps. I figured that’s what...
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    07-19-2022, 09:30 AM
    For 200-yds maximum, the Pedersoli would be fine as a shooter. .45-70 would be Thee caliber to start with; easiest to load for (black or smokeless) and components and tools most easily available. I have a Cabela’s Target Model Pedersoli Sharps...
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    07-15-2022, 09:32 PM
    Yes, you do need to register. Otherwise it says “there are no posts here.” There are a few “A” type presses under the RCBS section. It seemed to me that there were a lot more of them. Maybe they’re in the Virtual Collections section, or here,...
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    07-14-2022, 04:28 PM
    It looks to me like a very early RCBS press that someone painted red (*shudder!!*). Those adjustable metal straps (as opposed to the more robust holes and cross bolt that came later) that set the tilt are pretty diagnostic. Check on the RCBS...
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    07-14-2022, 12:18 PM
    I use a dedicated box wrench; 3/16” or 1/4”; can’t remember which. With 1/4” plywood jaws in the vise, I can set the driver bit in the screw slot, tighten down the vise on the bit, slide the box wrench over the hex part, and begin the judicious...
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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