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  • Bent Ramrod's Avatar
    09-23-2022, 04:25 PM
    The usual auction sites, the swaging and Buy/Sell sections of the shooting sites, and the ARTCA Site. The problem is that once they are separated from the press, it takes a Herter’s specialist to identify them. To everybody else, they look like...
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    09-23-2022, 02:00 PM
    Here's a candle pad (or something) that I found at Goodwill yesterday. 99 cents. Made in Norway; has some construct with "TIN" in it, and says 93%.
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    09-23-2022, 01:44 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Elmer Keith in Our Town
    https://www.loc.gov/audio/?fa=partof:american+memory%7Ccontributor:keith,+elmer Here's the man himself. "Those were tough old times." Nowadays, we think we are in "tough times" when our cell phones only get one bar. He did an earlier...
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    09-22-2022, 10:27 AM
    If, once he’d connected, he’d put the next 69 shots onto the target, that would indicate something beyond mere luck. There’s probably an equal chance of a quarry having a heart attack as being hit one time in 69 at that distance. It might even...
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    09-22-2022, 09:59 AM
    Check out the Mob Museum. It’s in the old Post Office, just off the Strip, IIRC. It’s the real deal; carefully curated and historical, not just a “Snakes Alive!” roadside attraction. If you want to go shooting, the Desert Sportsman Range is...
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    09-20-2022, 03:37 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Rcbs a2 in Reloading Equipment
    Nice haul! It even has the priming arm (unique, AFAIK, to that model) and the holder for the primer tubes. Whether you use the system or not, they are not often found.
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    09-19-2022, 12:11 PM
    I’ve also noticed that the current Swiss powder with the pink labels is less dense than the older Swiss with the blue labels. It might even be less dense than the last lot of Goex Olde Eynsford that I bought. I made a funnel/loading chamber so...
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    09-19-2022, 11:58 AM
    My first centerfire, a .22 Hornet, with a Lee Loader, in 1975. IIRC, the set cost $9.95, new. Taking 3 hours to reload 50 cartridges (I weighed my charges on a RCBS scale), and the occasional primer going off on seating finally convinced me...
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    09-18-2022, 10:04 AM
    I think those were the core moulds that Herter’s sold for their swaging setups. You could get a .22, a .38 and a .44/.45 slug that would fit in the corresponding half-jacket. Weight, of course, was adjustable.
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    09-13-2022, 10:49 PM
    This is a very worthy effort! I’ll have to scrounge a few .17HMR shells next time I’m at the range. You might try black powder loads for starters, especially if your test bed is a Favorite. Annealing the shoulders and case mouths of the .17...
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    09-12-2022, 12:36 PM
    A friend had a Judge. He threw an aluminum pop can 15 yards, loaded the gun with .410 shotshells and handed it to me. I emptied the gun at the can, raising a splendid cloud of dust all around it. When I went to pick up the can, it had exactly...
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    09-12-2022, 12:06 PM
    There might be a market that some Italian company could serve with a replica 99. I wouldn’t have believed that anyone would be interested in a 76 Winchester copy, or (in view of the millions made) a 94 copy, either. But they seem to be selling...
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    09-12-2022, 11:13 AM
    A friend had a furnace that ran on propane from a grill tank and ambient air. He used a graphite crucible of maybe a pint capacity to melt bronze for casting into medieval stuff (buckles, medals, fibulae, etc) for the people of his “Shire” in the...
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    09-07-2022, 03:58 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Distant Thunder in In Remembrance
    I’m stunned. Since DT retired, his experiments and writing on .44-77 paper patch load development (here, on the Shiloh site, and on the Historic Shooting site) have been primary sources of info for anyone interested in getting their rifles...
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    09-02-2022, 10:13 AM
    I’ve found that the Ideal 457125 copy of the nominal 500-gr Government roundnose shoots good to at least 600 yards in every .45 caliber rifle I’ve shot it in. Other, more specialized designs may do better at longer ranges with the proper temper,...
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    08-31-2022, 09:18 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread 1894 Reference in AirGuns
    Any one interested in the mechanics of the old time airguns should get a copy of Air Guns and Air Pistols by L. Wesley. He was able to scrounge guns, accessories and parts from the 18th century onward, and fix them up and study them. Some of...
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    08-29-2022, 10:39 AM
    I like the type just to the left of your sight tube, with the smallest aperture on the card. The one I have can still subtend a flock of turkey silhouettes. I don’t shoot formally at bullseye targets though, just use them for experimental load...
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    08-29-2022, 10:00 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread 1894 Reference in AirGuns
    Dr. Watson’s description implies an underlever spring-cocker that definitely wouldn’t pass the 12.5 foot-pound (whatever it is) limit for air rifles in England now. Col. Moran would have to get a Firearms Certificate for that thing nowadays. “An...
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    08-29-2022, 09:43 AM
    Hold the open blocks by the handles in boiling water with dish soap, and brush gently with an old toothbrush.
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    08-29-2022, 09:35 AM
    I ordered my mould to cast at 0.364” diameter. I could use the slugs as-cast with two wraps of tracing paper in my antique rifles with ~0.380” groove diameters, or with one wrap of paper (the Chase patch method) in the reline job with the 0.375”...
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    08-28-2022, 06:50 PM
    The boolits from the Accurate mould I bought I size to 0.358” and patch with two wraps of 0.0015” tracing paper for use in my .38-55 with the 0.375” groove diameter. They push through the bore easily with the paper marked ( but not compressed or...
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    08-28-2022, 11:26 AM
    We had to wear cotton socks at work to conduct and dissipate static electricity, so I got into the habit of buying gym socks and wearing them all the time. Mostly white, and a few black pairs for “formal occasions.” When the heels wore through,...
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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