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    Yesterday, 03:07 PM
    It was likely rechambered from the original .32 Long using heeled or inside-lubed hollow base bullet to .32 S&W Short when ammo got hard to find. Does the chamber seem to have a slight step or unusual freebore ahead of the length a S&W Short shell...
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    Yesterday, 11:02 AM
    I’ve salvaged a lot of blackpowder rounds for components. Usually the solid compressed part of the powder is only the top 1/4” or so, and the rest of it falls out when that is broken up. I bang up the salvaged powder in cap&ball pistols. Waste...
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    Yesterday, 10:40 AM
    That’s a lot of money for a curio of largely imaginary practical value. Needing three of the same shellholders for every cartridge to be loaded is only the tip of the iceberg. I suppose the idea was to maximize the output efficiency per lever...
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    Yesterday, 01:04 AM
    I’m sad to hear that. He’d said that his health was not good, and he wasn’t writing or posting any more. Missed my chance to visit him a few years back when I went up to see my relatives in the Bay Area. He said the sheep shearing had started,...
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    07-25-2021, 04:14 PM
    There were a lot of upstart loading tool companies in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Most had their own line of reloading dies; whether made in-house or OEM. RCBS, C-H, Armory/C-H, Eagle, Echo, Herter’s, Harper, Lachmiller, Lifetyme, MSS, Pauly, Perfection,...
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    07-23-2021, 03:57 PM
    It was nice meeting you up there, Bob. The Match was better than ever. Wish they’d get the scores out.
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    07-21-2021, 06:06 PM
    After two long years, the announcement that the Matthew Quigley Blackpowder Shoot was on again for 2021 was welcome news. I reserved my room at the Westwind and started strategizing on what I’d shoot there this time. I'd never taken my .44-77...
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    07-21-2021, 11:12 AM
    It’s in pretty good shape, but for less than that you could buy a C Sharps Arms replica that is actually practical to shoot. Much better collector’s item potential, too. It’ll be like the Varner Favorite; only a handful sold compared to the vast...
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    07-19-2021, 06:23 PM
    Looking for rigorous scientific proofs in a venue like sporting firearms load accuracy is not going to be very satisfying. The only person rich enough and interested enough to do real ballistic experiments in the scientific sense was Dr. Franklin...
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    07-19-2021, 10:28 AM
    I don’t know the dimensions offhand, but there was a proprietary Westley-Richards cartridge called the .375-303 Axite Express. One in African hunting style would be worth having just for the cool name. Might be hard to find any Axite powder any...
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    07-18-2021, 08:46 PM
    Anecdotal evidence is a bunch of people saying, “I had a Risin’ Riz on my kneecap that the Dr.s couldn’t set right no how, but I just smeared summa that there Swamp Root Oil from Possum Holler Distilleries on it and I started feelin’ some better...
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    07-17-2021, 11:08 AM
    If he wants to shoot black powder, or likes the traditional aspect, the .44-40 is the way to go. If he prefers ease of reloading or wants maximum versatility, the .44 Magnum would probably be best. You can duplicate anything from .44 Special...
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    07-16-2021, 11:43 AM
    Thats a nice save. Those little Remingtons are pretty fragile. I guess they wanted to have them go into a smaller pocket than the .31 Colts did. I have the all-steel version, and I broke the web of the loading lever with a little too much force...
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    07-16-2021, 10:55 AM
    Yes. You could specify different designs in the same caliber, or even different calibers in your order for Ideal and early Lyman multicavity moulds. Back then, they would do custom work as well as turning out their standard off-the-shelf moulds. ...
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    07-15-2021, 04:59 PM
    I used to go 10 passes (2 a day for 5 days), but it seemed to me that the last pass began to etch the surface slightly. A matte finish resulted, which was OK, especially on a barrel, but next time I’ll see whether a more “deluxe” shine can be...
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    07-13-2021, 11:24 AM
    Looks good, especially for a first try. How many passes did it take? Rust bluing is tough, almost like Parkerizing, and will resist handling and wear much better than the finishes gotten by the various hot dunking and daubing bluing methods.
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    07-09-2021, 09:25 PM
    I only made a few of them up for my .22 Hornet. The groove depth is set with the stop screw on the lever. I didn’t need any extra leverage to roll the grooves; the rimfire jackets were well annealed. The cannelures I got seemed as effective as...
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    07-09-2021, 11:45 AM
    I passed the barrel back and forth in sections while turning until all areas were a uniform dark gray with no brown or red. By that time all the loose particles that were falling off with the condensate and making a mess on the newspapers I’d...
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    07-08-2021, 10:19 AM
    O Tempora! O Mores! As the guy used to say. You could do that work yourself. IIRC, you mentioned in one of your posts that you got a lathe from somewhere and restored it. You don’t have to be a master machinist—just read some books on the...
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    07-07-2021, 12:54 PM
    Wow, whatta haul! Is that a Schmitt on the Toshiba box? Looks too big for a Belding&Mull.
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    07-07-2021, 12:27 PM
    I have two. Set them up at different depths to roll two lube grooves in a .310 Cadet boolit I cast. But I’ve used them in the past on brass jacketed .22s and a box of commercial 240-gr jacketed .44 Magnum bullets, all I could find at the time...
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    07-07-2021, 11:42 AM
    Scrap clean lead was $1.00 a pound two months ago, but is now $1.50 a pound at my favorite junkyard. The price jump even startled the guy making up the invoice. But I knew money was getting worthless when I went to Wal-Mart to get a can of their...
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    06-29-2021, 09:51 AM
    Shooters in the 1890s were as interested in history as anyone is now, but there was not a nostalgic bone in their bodies. The idea of “re-enacting” anything back then did not occur to them; the worst thing they could imagine was being considered...
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    06-29-2021, 09:17 AM
    Breezy descriptions of chamber casting by pros writing in books or magazines do not, as you’ve noticed, always describe the reality for the rest of us. What I do is wipe barrel and chamber with a cloth patch dampened with sewing machine oil, just...
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    06-28-2021, 09:45 AM
    All you need as far as “chemistry” goes is: A solution of something that will quickly rust steel. This means able to generate very fine, “flash” rust quickly, rather than producing the heavy flakes that have the pitting underneath. The mixture...
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    06-27-2021, 08:56 PM
    If it was mine, I’d bush the chamber as above and recut the original .25-20 SS chamber. The rifle would be more interesting to me in the original caliber, and the SS shell looks much cooler to me than the stubby Repeater shell. Also, it would be a...
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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
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