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    Yesterday, 12:12 PM
    I’d shoot the stuff, myself. The ammunition is still commercially available and that ammo is not all that old. Finding the collector that would offer you the big bucks would likely be more difficult than finding the ammo was. Do you want to shoot...
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    Yesterday, 10:49 AM
    It was very common for a gunsmith or experimenter to recut or recherry an existing bullet mould to some new design he needed or thought would be the latest&greatest. If the original cavity was smaller than the new one, it would clean up to the...
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    12-07-2022, 10:56 AM
    If what you’re interested in is which powders are applicable for your needs, you might get a copy of Propellant Profiles, from Wolfe Publications. It’s a compendium of all the articles under the same name that have appeared over the years in...
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    12-06-2022, 11:26 AM
    Just get on Amazon and search for “Steam Cleaner.” The one I got looks like a teapot, blue, with an electric cord and a lot of little accessories that screw into the spout. Can’t remember the brand name, but it was surprisingly inexpensive. ...
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    12-06-2022, 10:33 AM
    Check on the Vintagemachinery web site. They have collected a library of the old instruction manuals and parts lists for obsolete machinery. If your Dunlop came with change gears (an extra stack not installed on the machine), there should be a...
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    12-05-2022, 12:32 PM
    Yes, my .32 Pedersoli is pretty grungy down there, even though the cleaning patches come out light gray after a 30 minute cleaning session after shooting. I found this out when I made a little adapter for the cap nipple that fitted the miniature...
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    12-04-2022, 11:26 AM
    For me, gun shows are an opportunity to add to the database of how unusual, how interesting, and how the price of my own findings has appreciated. I like to look at guns and gun stuff the way others like to look at minerals, or cars, or plays or...
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    12-01-2022, 03:37 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread All purpose wrench in Our Town
    I have one I use to remove and replace the bushing atop my RCBS press. It’s the only one of convenient size that opens up far enough. It came down from my grandfather who worked at Ford for a time. I’ve seen them with “Fordson” on them. Maybe...
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    11-30-2022, 10:19 PM
    The Quigley stock, for modern target shooting, has a lot of drop in it. Very 19th century, though. It also has the narrow military style buttplate, often seen on the original buffalo guns, but if you’re not as tough as a hide hunter and plan on...
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    11-29-2022, 11:45 AM
    I’ve made a couple adapter rings, for loading .22 RF and .22 Extra Long CF on homemade dies in the 310 tool. They are needed because there is often more or less of a gap when the 310 dies are properly set in the handles. Without the guiding...
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    11-24-2022, 12:49 PM
    Best wishes for your recovery bigted. I had one of those burst capillaries. The Doc said the most common cause is diabetes, but in the absence of that, they don’t know why it happens. I had a blurry, yellow map of Africa going up my vision...
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    11-24-2022, 12:34 PM
    You’re all very welcome; I’m glad to contribute where I can. And, like that squire in The Seventh Seal, “I love to give good advice,” useful or no. I think Sharpe’s book also goes into the priming charge technique. Cartridge primers were...
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    11-23-2022, 11:03 AM
    How is your headspace? A pressure level that would take the head off a .357 shell might have bent or stressed the linkage, and loosened it up. Not having your rifle tightly breeched could cause inaccuracy. Can you close the action on a feeler...
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    11-20-2022, 12:59 PM
    uscra112 is right. Nowadays, .25-20 WCF brass is no harder to find than the Single Shot version (or any easier, either, or less expensive), so there’s no particular savings advantage in setting the barrel back and rechambering. A WTB ad here, or...
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    11-20-2022, 12:37 PM
    Scheutzen powder of that vintage was a “bulk” smokeless powder that, for certain specific cartridges, could be loaded bulk-for-bulk using the same scoops (or powder measures at the same settings) as black powder. It was made by taking nitrated...
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    11-19-2022, 11:33 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Best Movie Remakes in Our Town
    I thought the remake of Planet of the Apes did a much better job of suspending disbelief than the original did. It wasn’t just the superior special effects and costuming; the acting was more believable too. The same with True Grit. John Wayne...
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    11-17-2022, 09:27 AM
    Keith started collecting back when the “rare, vintage antiques” of our time were just obsolete, used guns, of no particular general interest or value. He remarked in one of his later books that money back then was just as hard to get hold of as...
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    11-16-2022, 11:29 AM
    I wrote up my conversion of .240 Weatherby Magnum cases to .236 Lee Navy a ways back in this section. Almost as hard and elaborate, and (as it turned out) more costly, was the conversion of .348 Winchester cases to .44-77 Sharps&Remington. I...
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    11-08-2022, 08:18 PM
    How many patches do you use to wipe between shots? Not that a magic number does the trick, but none of my paper-patch rifles really started sitting up and talking until I decided to clean (not just wipe) the bore between shots. I found it...
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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